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Tom Austin- Co-opted Governor

Having attended Stratton myself, progressing through Deer Park and Cirencester College, I moved away from the area after reading Geography at Exeter University and completing my Chartered Accountancy exams in Bristol with a global accountancy firm who I still work for. Wanting to be closer to family, my wife (Gemma) and I moved back to Cirencester several years ago and now have a family of our own, two girls and a rather mischievous whippet. I am a firm believer in wanting to create the best learning environment for the children of our school and hope they enjoy their experience at Stratton as much as I did as a child. In my spare time I am keen to get involved in anything sport related and never pass up the opportunity to get out on the golf course.

Georgina Baxter- Parent Governor

I graduated from Bournemouth University with a degree in PR & Marketing in 1999. I then spent the majority of my career in the mobile telecommunications industry as a Consumer Marketing Manager. I left Vodafone UK after twelve years in the summer of 2014 to focus on my family, and to facilitate settling into our new home town of Cirencester, having re-located from Newbury. I believe that Stratton school is a fantastic place for children to learn and grow and I look forward to serving the school as best I can in the role of parent governor.

Ian Buswell- Associate Governor

My experience as the accountant at an independent school and then at London’s largest further education college allow me to support teaching and learning effectively. Having a degree in physics, my aim would be to ensure that the excitement and wonder of science and maths is instilled in pupils. Currently working part time, I am able to give the role the commitment it deserves and demands. I want our children to aim high and succeed in their personal goals, growing out of a genuine partnership between staff and parents.

Margaret Edney- Co-opted Governor

I have lived in Stratton since 1976. I was born and grew up in Weston-super-Mare, and came to Cirencester to teach at Kingshill School as an Assistant Head. Before retiring I was head teacher of a girls’ school in Gloucester for 13 years. Since retirement, I have worked locally as a councillor, 8 years as a County Councillor for Cirencester, and 12 years as a District Councillor for the Stratton ward. I am a member of the PPC at St. Peter’s Church, Stratton, support CHYP (Cirencester Housing for Young People) and am a member of Cirencester Soroptimist Club, amongst other interests.

Kate Fountain- Parent Governor

I have lived in Stratton for 5 years since returning from living and working in London for 9 years. I graduated with a degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Leeds and subsequently completed two years at law school before starting my career in London at a large corporate law firm. Since 2013 I have worked for a commercial law firm in Cheltenham as a commercial property solicitor. I live in Stratton with my husband Sullivan and two children. I believe Stratton school is a wonderful school for the local community and am passionate about helping it continue to be a nurturing learning environment to bring the best out of all pupils. I want them to have the best start in life and enjoy going to school to gain the knowledge and skills they will need to help them flourish in life. As a parent governor I hope to help maintain strong links between the parent community and school body. I believe that my role as a parent together with my legal and business experience will be a useful addition to the governor team.

Elizabeth (Beth) Hamid- Foundation Governor

I have lived in Stratton since 1986 and all three of my children came to Stratton School. I have been a Governor here for over 25 years, as a Parent Governor, as Chair of Governors for nine years, and now as a Foundation Governor appointed by the church. It is a particular pleasure to have known as children, the parents of some of our present pupils! I work for Swindon Borough Council as a Child Care Social Worker in the Adoption Team and also as a practice teacher with social work students. It has been a great pleasure to be able to play a little part in the expansion of the school, to see new classrooms, and to support all the children and families in our continuing commitment to excellence.

CHAIR Sarah John- Parent Governor

I work a for a global technology consultancy company designing the future experience of work for employees. I have a passion for driving positive change to global audiences and I am trained in cross-cultural communication, having lived and worked in several different countries, including UK, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and India. I have a degree in Law and German from the University of Bristol.

I lived in London for ten years before moving to Bangalore, India where I spent three years living, working and absorbing a very different culture. I moved to Cirencester in June 2014 and live with my husband and two daughters, who both attend Stratton. When not working, I enjoy reading, running and am thinking about writing a novel. My aim in being a Parent Governor is to work in partnership with teachers, parents and fellow Governors on all aspects of school life to make life at Stratton school the best experience possible for our children.
Rev. David Minns- Foundation Governor

HEAD Mrs Ceris Towler

Dr Sarah Woods- Foundation Governor

I am a Geriatrician, working in Swindon and have lived in Stratton with my husband and 2 boys for several years. I was asked by St Peter's PCC to become a Foundation Governor at Stratton School in the year that my younger son started at Stratton in Class R. Part of my work at Swindon has involved being an honorary senior lecturer at the University of Bristol, tutoring medical students on care of the elderly placements in Swindon. I have also directed and taught on various clinical courses, and in common with all senior doctors, have a role in the supervision and training of junior doctors. This has given ma an interest in education and training as well as experience in management. I am an enthusiastic gardener and when I am not at work or at school I can usually be found either on our allotment or in my garden. I also play the bassoon and currently play with Cirencester Philharmonia. With my husband and boys I enjoy hillwalking and camping, pastimes we have often combined in the wilds of the Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia. Being a Governor in a school can be a rewarding job, involving strategic leadership and being a critical friend of the school. It has been a privilege to be able to serve my local community in this way, though I think I have learnt much in this time that has helped me in my work.