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Our Governors

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The second column.

A warm welcome to our dedicated team of governors. 

David Aaronson (Chair of Governors) Peter Nickoll (Vice Chair), Andy Limbert and Mani Janakiraman




Rachel Rice (Head teacher), Daniel Peel, Geordie Stewart, Hannah Bailey and Vincent Lajux

Our clerk to governors is Helen Gibson

All state primary schools are accountable to their governing bodies, which in turn are accountable to parents and the community. The Governing Body is made up of members of the local authority, community, parents and staff. We have recently reconstituted to ensure our makeup and roles are in line with statutory guidelines and had a full review of governance, following Ofsted guidance.

The term of office for all governors, except the Head teacher, is 4 years.

If you would like to find out more about being a school governor, please see the attachment at the bottom of this page. We currently have a vacancy for a new governor. 

In every school newsletter, there is an update from our governors in 'Governor's Corner'. To read these, please refer to the newsletters held on the parent newsletter page. These give you an up-to-date overview of governor support and actions; they are written every two weeks. 

At Deanshanger Primary School we have a dedicated team of governors, committed to the key roles of -

  1. Prioritising the highest Safeguarding practice and that the school is a safe and happy learning environment.
  2. Ensuring that the school fulfils all its statutory obligations and that all information regarding this is easily accessible on the school website.
  3. Determining the strategic direction of the school through the School Improvement Plan (SIP) and ensuring that this is based on an annual and accurate Self Evaluation Form (SEF).
  4. Monitoring and evaluating the progress of children against the annual targets outlined in the SIP.
  5. Monitoring and evaluating the progress of senior leadership to ensure progress in all areas and the smooth running of the school.
  6. Being visible in the school through link governor visits and supports subject improvement in line with the SIP.
  7. Approving and monitoring the budget.
  8. Supporting the recruitment of excellent staff.

The full Governing Body meet four times a year with sub-committee meetings for Curriculum, Personnel, Premises, and Finance in between. 

To contact the Chair of Governors -   Mr David Aaronson directly, please use the following email address - ChairofGovernors@deanshanger.northants.sch.uk or for postal correspondence, please use the school address below. 

Elected PARENT GOVERNORS (2)
 

Hannah Bailey   

Year 6 Link Governor

I have lived in Deanshanger for the past nine years and have one child currently at DPS.

Having been a primary teacher for 16 years, I now run my own children and adults wellbeing classes, focussing on teaching the skills needed to become aware of emotions and the techniques needed to manage them.

I have taught all year groups from Year 1 to Year 6, with the last 5 being in Year 6. I have been SENCO and worked with the LA in this area. As well as this, I have been a Learning Mentor, Assessment lead, KS2 Leader, EYFS lead as well as curriculum focus in Maths, Art, Science and PSHCE. Before my Teacher training I was a TA for 2 years, so feel I have walked in a lot of school positions’ shoes!

Although no longer in the classroom, I passionately believe in the importance of an excellent education for all children. I have chosen to work in schools in challenging areas or in difficulties to be part of a change for good and was integral in bringing one school from Special Measures to Good in two years.

In my free time I enjoy all art and creative pursuits, as well as gardening.

I feel I could bring experience, creativity and understanding to the role of a Governor and would love the opportunity to help DPS continue on its amazing journey to “Outstanding”.

Pecuniary Interest – None             
Current Term of Office  11th October 2020 - 12th July 2024


 Vincent Lajux. 

I’ve been a governor at Deanshanger Primary School since October 2020, I have two children currently at Deanshanger Primary Scool.

I am currently an engineering manager for an aerospace engineering company leading and I have experience leading project and people to deliver project.

In the past, I have had different involvement in supporting educational organisation, during my university life I have been a member of the Student union to represent the view of the students. I have also been previously a Parent Governor at Saint Mary’s and Saint Giles Primary school.

I am looking forward to supporting the school by being a governor to help to develop and support the governance of the school, and possibly provide some input and guidance for the benefit of all the stakeholders of the school.

Pecuniary Interest – None             
Current Term of Office  31st July 2020 - 12th July 2024

Co-opted governors (4) 

David Aaronson  -  Chair of Governors, Committee Membership: member of Curriculum committee and joint SEND lead, Most Able lead, Safeguarding/Child protection lead and BNTO member

SEND Link Governor

I have been a Governor for nearly 30 years and my reasons were so I could help support the school in the work it does in providing positive experiences for all the children regardless of ability, to see that we became a transforming force in the wider community and ensure that we delivered the best educational opportunities we could.  Before retirement, I worked in the field of Special Education with Adults with Learning Disabilities and as a SEN link governor, this has enabled me to support the school in this very important area.

I was a District and Parish Councillor up until 2014 and this allowed me to build up links between the School and wider community,  as well as accessing support and funding from outside agencies. 

Pecuniary Interest – None             
Current Term of Office  1st September 2019 - 31st August 2023


Andy Limbert - Committee Membership:  Chair of Curriculum Committee, Vice Chair Personnel Committee and joint SEND lead, safer recruitment lead

Year 4 Link Governor

I am a retired hotelier with over 40 years of experience running large hotels, both in this country and overseas.

Having lived in the village for more than 30 years, I have always taken an interest in both the primary and secondary schools. In their youth, both of my grown-up children attended the schools and benefitted from the excellent education which they received.

When running hotels I have been active within schools in a number of areas, having worked with education establishments as a careers advisor, mentor and other supporting roles.

I truly believe in the importance of a sound education and I hope I will bring to the team at the school, the knowledge and experience which I gained from the variety of roles which I have held in industry.

For many years I have been active within the village community, serving as a Parish Councillor, and together with my wife, we started and ran the Deanshanger Feast for over 16 years.

I am looking forward to furthering my involvement in the community, by supporting and working with the team at the school. 

Pecuniary Interest -  None
Current Term of Office   19th July 2021 - 18th July 2024      


Geordie Stewart - Vice Chair Finance Committee

Year 2 Link Governor

I’ve been a governor at Deanshanger Primary School since October 2020.

After studying at the University of St Andrews, I spent a year at Sandhurst before commissioning into the Light Dragoons - an armoured reconnaissance regiment. I spent several years as a Troop Leader before instructing at phase one training where I spent the final 18 months of my army career. I’ve written two books and currently work for Amazon in Milton Keynes.

Teaching has been part of my family for generations – great-grandparents, grandparents and now one of my sisters. I applied to be a Governor having had an insight to teaching in other countries alongside my desire to better understand our education system and local community having moved to Deanshanger. I believe and hope I can add something different given my experience to date in the public and private sector.

Pecuniary Interest -  None
Current Term of Office   1st Oct 2020- 16th July 2021     


Mani Janakiraman 

Year 5 Link Governor

I’ve been a governor at Deanshanger Primary School since December 2020.

I have more than 20 years of professional experience having worked with many international banks, Public utility and Non-profits. I have been a Founder CEO of a tech start-up and hold directorship within an IT and Business Consultancy for the last ten years.

I grew up in a proud teaching family where both of my parents were teachers in a primary school setting. My siblings were also trained to be qualified teachers. I feel passionate about contributing to the wonderful cause of education which has the power to elevate all strata of the society.

As a Governor, I look forward to providing an objective input to the Governing Council’s decision-making process with a view to improving the functioning of the school for the benefit of all stakeholders (pupils, staff and parents) and elevating the status of the school within the Community.

Pecuniary Interest -  None
Current Term of Office   1st Dec 2020- 16th July 2021   

Elected Staff Governor (1) 

Daniel Peel - member of Personnel Committee, Finance Committee and lead governor for health and safety

Year 3 Link Governor

Pupil Premium Link Governor 

Sports Premium Link Governor 

I am a proud dad of 3  children in the school. I have lived locally in the Milton Keynes area all my life. 

In 2018, I was employed by the school as a Learning Support Assistant in year 4. Whilst this was a big change from being in corporate business for 15 years, I really enjoyed the change in direction and realised how rewarding working and supporting children could be. In September 2019 I moved to an Office admin role, where I now look after the schools admin and still have contact with the children during the week. 

Becoming a member of the Governing body is a way for me to give back to a school that has given my children so much. I am hoping it will give me further opportunities to make a difference and support our school in the future. I enjoy and thrive on the challenge that comes with every aspect of school life and am passionate about high-quality education for each and every child to reach their potential. I would like to contribute to providing an infrastructure and environment to ensure outstanding education is given to all children at Deanshanger Primary. Schools should be a safe, secure and happy environment for staff and pupils alike, and as staff governor, I believe I can help support the school. 

Pecuniary Interest – Office Team 

Current Term of Office started - 13/09/2018 - 16th July 2021   

 

LA Governor (1)

Peter Nickoll - Committee Membership: Vice Chair Curriculum 

EYFS and Year 1 Link Governor

I have had 47 years experience working in and supporting primary schools across the country.  I began my teaching career in Kent in 1971, moved for promotion to Buckinghamshire and finally to Northamptonshire. 

I was headteacher of a primary school in Buckinghamshire 1984-1990 and at Deanshanger Primary School between 1990 – 1997.  In 1997, I was appointed General Education Inspector and Adviser.  During my time as an inspector I undertook over 40 OFSTED Inspections leading 20 of them.

In 2005, I was appointed Principal Adviser for Primary Education in Northamptonshire and was responsible for the quality of and standards in Northamptonshire Primary Schools.

In 2008, I resigned from the Council and worked for myself as an Independent Consultant providing advice and support to over 45 primary schools. 

I finally retired in 2018 but wish to share my knowledge and expertise by offering advice and support to the headteacher and governors of Deanshanger Primary School. 

Pecuniary Interest: None

Current Term of Office: 01/04/2019 - 31/03/2023

 

Head Teacher

Rachel Rice - Committee Membership: All Committees

I had the pleasure of being a Head teacher in two other schools before joining Deanshanger in 2014. After an amazing family experience in Thailand, both personally and professionally, we moved to the UAE for my first headship. The interesting thing is that it may have been in the middle of the desert with sprinklers trying to keep us cool in the playground, but everything else was pretty much the same as the UK - the same curriculum with same expectations and fabulous children keen to learn!

We then moved as a family to Kampala in Uganda and all I can say is WOW! The most beautiful country and people with incredible staff, children and families.  The school was a British International School and held all of the features of school life that I hold dear - open communication, teamwork, dedication, high standards, a broad curriculum, well-matched resources and lots of smiles. 

Arriving back in the UK with my family in 2014 was a shock in some respects but very familiar in others. I went to Old Stratford Primary as a child and spent my secondary years at EWS here in Deanshanger ( formerly known as Kingsbrook)! I even did supply work here 20 years ago when I was starting a family!

I feel privileged to work in such a vibrant and community-focused school. We have been on a strong journey of reflection and school improvement and, in reality, this will not have an endpoint! There is always new educational research, external and internal feedback, changing expectations and individual needs to focus on. It's interesting how the world of education constantly changes but tried and tested strategies return.

We are well-supported by all stakeholders, have a very active PTA, parents that show a huge interest in their child’s education and very importantly, happy and polite children that come to school eager to learn – the recipe for learning success.

I am also very fortunate to work alongside a committed team of governors that constantly challenges us as critical friends whilst supporting our forward direction. We work strategically to ensure that our School Improvement Plan is acted upon in a timely manner and that all other advice is reflected upon to ensure our school is constantly moving towards being outstanding in the widest sense. 

Pecuniary Interest - Employee
Current Term of Office started –  31st August 2014

Governor Meeting Dates 2020-2021 

DPS Governing Body Meeting Schedule: FGB and Committee Meeting Dates, Sept 2019 – Sept 2020

Meeting Type  Date & Time 
FGB
Monday 12th October 6.00pm - 8.30pm
Personnel Committee  Monday 2nd November 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Finance/Premises Committee
Wednesday 4th December 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Curriculum Committee
Monday 7th December 4.45pm - 6:15pm
FGB
Monday 7th December 6.30 - 8.00pm
Exceptional Governors' Meeting Sunday 3rd January 3pm -  4:30pm
Personnel Committee  Monday 15th March 6pm - 
Finance/Premises Committee Monday 22nd March 6.00pm - 7.00pm
Curriculum Committee
Monday 29rd March 6.00pm - 7.00pm
Learning Walks
TBC based on timings of LA visits and school priorities
FGB
TBC
Personnel Committee 
TBC
Finance/Premises Committee
TBC
Curriculum Committee
TBC
FGB
TBC
Year group leads governor visits These meetings will take place from term 3 and will continue every term from this point.  Teachers and senior year group leads will attend with governors assigned to that year group.
 

Governor Meeting Dates 2018-2019
 

DPS Governing Body Meeting Schedule: FGB and Committee Meeting Dates, Sept 2018 – Sept 2019

Meeting Type Time & Date 
FGB (agenda: to include election of officers, Sub Committees and Chairs for 2018-2019, all Governor Roles, Declaration of Conflict of Interest, other statutory admin, SEF/SIP, etc.) Thursday, 13th September 2018 6.30-8.30pm
Learning Walk
Thursday, 18th October 2018 8.30am-12.30pm
Personnel Committee (focus on PM reviews/outcomes all staff) Thursday, 8th November 2018 6 – 8pm
Finance/Premises Committee
Monday, 12th November 2018 6-8pm
Performance/Curriculum Committee (agenda: to include recent data capture and feedback from ‘Invited Experts’) Monday, 26th November 2018 6-8pm
FGB
Tuesday, 4th December 2018  6.30-8.30pm
Performance/Curriculum Committee (agenda: to include recent data capture & feedback from ‘Invited Experts’)
Monday, 4th March 2019 6-8pm
Learning Walk
Tuesday,  12th March 2019 8.30am - 12.30pm
Finance & Premises Committee (agenda: to include budget discussion) Monday, 25th March 2019 6-7.30
FGB (agenda: to include budget discussion/agreement in principle of draft budget if available) Monday, 1st April 2019 6.30-8.30 pm
Personnel Committee (agenda: to include consideration of staffing issues for 2018-2019 academic year) Monday 3rd June 2019 6-7.30pm
Finance & Premises Committee Thurs 6th June  2019 6-7.30pm**
Performance/Curriculum Meeting (agenda: to include data capture info & feedback from ‘Invited Experts’ Thursday 11th July 2019 6-8pm**
FGB* (agenda: to include final data capture
Thursday, 18th July 2019 6.30-8.30pm**
FGB FGB (agenda: to include election of officers, Pecuniary Interests, other statutory admin, SEF/SIP) Monday, 16th September 2019 6.30-8.30 pm

Agreed FGB 13/9/2018

Governance 2020-2021
 

 

Name Type of governor - Lead role/Chair/Vice-Chair (if any) No. of full governor meetings attended

 

 

No.of committee meetings and Virtual Learning Walks (LW) attended 

Priority/Link role Governor training from Sept 2020
David Aaronson

Co-opted 

Chair of Governors

 

FGB    12th Oct


FGB     7th Dec 


Extraordinary virtual meeting    3rd Jan


Meetings attended   3/3

Weekly Catch Up's with HT


Personnel 1/1


Finance & Premises & resources

1/1


Curriculum

1/1

SEND,      Most Able LAC Safeguarding

Prevent, Feb 2019
Andy Limbert  Co-opted

FGB    12th Oct


FGB     7th Dec 


Extraordinary virtual meeting    3rd Jan


Meetings attended   3/3

Personnel 1/1


Finance & Premises & resources

1/1


Curriculum

1/1

Y4 Link Governor SEND      Safer Recruitment Pay and Perfromance 

 

 
Geordie Stewart  Co-opted 

FGB    12th Oct


FGB     7th Dec 


Extraordinary virtual meeting    3rd Jan


Meetings attended   3/3

Finance & Premises & resources

1/1


LW (Virtual)

Y2 - 1/1

Y2 Link Governor  
ManiJanakiraman  Co-opted 

FGB    12th Oct


FGB     7th Dec 


Extraordinary virtual meeting    3rd Jan


Meetings attended   3/3

LW (Virtual)

Y2 - 1/1

Y5 Link Governor  
 Vincent Lajux.

Elected Parent Governor

FGB    12th Oct


FGB     7th Dec 


Extraordinary virtual meeting    3rd Jan


Meetings attended   3/3

Finance & Premises & resources

1/1

   
Hannah Bailey Elected Parent Governor

FGB    12th Oct


FGB     7th Dec 


Extraordinary virtual meeting    3rd Jan


Meetings attended   3/3

Personnel                         1/1


Curriculum                1/1

Y6 Link Governor  
Daniel Peel Elected Staff Governor

FGB    12th Oct


FGB     7th Dec 


Extraordinary virtual meeting    3rd Jan


Meetings attended   3/3

Personnel                   1/1


Finance & Premises & resources                   1/1


LW (Virtual)                 Y3 - 1/1

 

 

Y3 Link Governor

Lead Health and Safety Governor

Health and Safety.

Child Protection (NSPCC)

Peter Nickoll

LA Governor

Vice Chair of Governors

FGB    12th Oct


FGB     7th Dec 


Extraordinary virtual meeting    3rd Jan


Meetings attended   3/3

Personnel                         1/1


Curriculum                1/1

FS & Y1 Link Governor

Curriculum   Senior Leadership

 
Rachel Rice  Head Teacher

FGB    12th Oct


FGB     7th Dec 


Extraordinary virtual meeting    3rd Jan


Meetings attended   3/3

Weekly Catch Up's with Chair of Governors


Personnel          1/1


Finance & Premises & resources

1/1


Curriculum

1/1

GDPR Governor

 

 
Ama Bimpong  Clerk

FGB    12th Oct


FGB     7th Dec 


Extraordinary virtual meeting    3rd Jan


Meetings attended   3/3


Personnel          1/1


Finance & Premises & resources

1/1


Curriculum

1/1

Clerk  

 

Governance 2018-2019  

Name Type of governor No. of full governor meetings attended    No. of committee meetings and  Learning Walks (LW) attended Lead Gov Governor training from Sept 2018
           
  Chair/Vice-Chair (if any)     Priority/Link role  
David Aaronson Co-opted  03-Mar LW 2/2 SEND  Prevent, Feb 2019
           
  Vice Chair     Most Able  
           
        LAC  
           
        BNTO  
           
        School Council  
George Elected Parent 03-Mar LW 1/2 British Values  Safeguarding Update(Working Together 2018)
           
Fairweather       English  Ofsted Ready (LA)
           
        RE   
Michelle Fernandez Co-opted 03-Mar LW 0/2 Pupil Premium  Safeguarding Update (Working Together 2018)
           
  Vice Chair     Sports funding  Ofsted Ready (LA)
           
        Maths   
  LA  Governor 03-Mar LW 1/2   Child Protection (NSPCC)
           
  Chair      Safer Recruitment  Safeguarding Update (Working Together 2018)
           
  (until 12/4/2019)     Safeguarding Ofsted Ready (LA)
           
        Equality  Safeguarding for Governors
           
Sue Forman         Prevent, Feb 2019
           
          FFT Dashboard, Feb 2019
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
Jonathan Heap Co-opted Governor (from 1/4/2019) 01-Jan LW 0/0   Safeguarding
           
  Chair from 12/4/2019       Equality
Ken Turner Co-opted  01-Feb LW 1/2 Computing Safeguarding Update (Working Together 2018)
           
        Science Ofsted Ready (LA)
           
        Website New Governor Induction
Chris Stevenson Parent Governor 02-Feb LW 0/1 English  New Governor Induction
           
  (frrom 4/12/2018)        
Nyree McKenzie Elected Staff Governor 03-Mar N/A Health & Safety Safeguarding Update (Working Together 2018) /INSET
           
          New Governor Induction
           
           
Andy Limbert Co-opted 02-Mar 01-Feb   Safeguarding Update (Working Together 2018)
           
  Lead Gov: Maths, SEND     Maths   
           
        SEND   
Rachel Head teacher 02-Feb   GDPR  
           
Rice       Arts  
Liz Wynder Co-opted 02-Feb   Science Safeguarding Update (Working Together 2018)
           
(resigned at end of Term 3 2019)       Health & Safety  
           
        Website Compliance  
           
        Governor CPD  
Hannah Ward           
           
  Clerk                                    
           
           
           
           
Associate Members        Expertise  
Jonathan Heap Associate Member - now full member of GB from 1/4/2019     Strategy, Vision Sept 2018, 1 year FGB appointment
Sach Grant Associate Member     HR/Recruitment Sept 2018, 1 year FGB appointment
Peter Nickoll Associate Member - now full member of GB from 12/4/2019     Curriculum, Senior Leadership Sept 2018, 1 year FGB appointment
           
Sue Forman             Associate Member                                                                                                         tba          
           
                                      from 12/4/2019          
           
Please note:  Appeals Panels are set up as required to enable the most appropriate membership is appointed           

 

 

 

Governance 2017-18

Name

Type of governor

Lead role/Chair/Vice-Chair (if any)

No. of full governor meetings attended   

No. of committee meetings and  Learning Walks (LW) attended

 

Priority/Link role

Governor training from Sept 2017

David Aaronson

Co-opted 

 

4/4

4/4

LW 2/2

SEND

Most Able

LAC

Online: Gov Refresher, Performance Data

In House Briefings: Performance Data, Finance, Preparation for Ofsted

George

Fairweather

Elected Parent

4/4

4/5

LW 1/1

British Values

English

New Gov Induction

In House Briefings: Performance Data

Finance, Preparation for Ofsted

Michelle Fernandez Co-opted 4/4

5/5

LW 2/2

Pupil Premium

Sports funding

Maths

In House Briefings: Performance Data, Finance

Julie

Fletcher

Elected Parent

(Resigned Dec 2018)

2/2

2/2

LW 1/1

English (until Dec 2017)

CPD (until Dec 2017)

 

Sue Forman

LA  Governor

Chair 

4/4

8/8

LW 2/2

SEND

Most Able

Science

Safer Recruitment (from Dec 2017)

Online: Gov Refresher, Performance Data, NSPCC Safer Recruitment. 

Taking the Chair, 

InHouse Briefings: Performance Data, Finance, Preparation for Ofsted

Rev. Stephanie Hibberd

 

Co-opted 

Vice Chair 

(resigned June 2018)

3/3

3/3

LW 1/1

Safeguarding

RE

Safer Recruitment

Gov CPD (from Dec 2017)

In House Briefings:

Performance Data, Finance, Preparation for Ofsted

 

Nic Masters

Elected Parent 

(from 04/12/2017)

2/2

1/1

LW 1/1

English

Arts

New Governor Induction

In House Briefings:

Performance Data, Finance, Preparation for Ofsted

Trevor Gregory

 

Elected Staff Governor

Resigned July 2018

 

3/3

1/2

LW N/A

Computing

GDPR 

 

Andy Limbert Co-opted 3/4

4/4

LW 1/1

Maths

New Governor Induction

HT PM Panel 

In House Briefings: Performance Data, Finance, Preparation for Ofsted

Rachel

Rice

Head teacher

4/4

8/8

LW 2/2

 

In House Briefings: Performance Data,

Finance, Preparation for Ofsted

Liz Wynder

Co-opted

4/4

3/3

LW 1/1

Science

Health & Safety

Website

New Governor Induction

Online: Governor Induction, Performance Data 

In House Briefings: Performance Data, Preparation for Ofsted

Clare Avery 

(until Dec 2017)

 

Hannah Ward (from

March 2018)

 

 

 

 

Clerk                                

2/2

 

 

 

2/2

3/3

LW N/A

 

 

3/3

1/1 LW Clerked

   

governance 2016-17

Name

Type of governor and office held (if any)

No. of FGB meetings attended 

No. of committee meetings attended

Link role

Governor training

David Aaronson

LA Governor

Chair Cur&Com

LAC

SEND (Joint)

     6/6

2 learning walks

RE

SEND ( Joint)

-

Trevor Gregory

Elected Staff Governor 

      4/6

2

N/A

 -

Philippa Doyle

Elected Staff Governor

      5/6

3

 

N/A

 -

Michelle Fernandez

Co-opted  

Governor

       6/6

2 learning walks

 

Sport

Pupil Premium

Maths

 

Julie Fletcher

Elected Parent Governor

        5/6

3

2 learning walks

English 

CPD

Safer Recruitment

Pay & perf panel

School finance for governors 

Stephanie

Hibberd

Chair of

Governors

6/6

3

2 learning walks

Safeguarding

RE 

Pay & perf panel

 

Sue Forman

LA Governor

V-Chair 

Head Perf. Man.

SEND (Joint)

5/6

3

2 learning walks

SEND

Assessment

Pay & perf. panel

Gov. induction

School perf. data

Jonathan Heap

Community Governor 

Chair of Governors 

  5/6

2

2 learning walks

 

 

Rachel Rice

Head teacher            

 

 

 

 

Diane Smith

Associate Member

(Resigned Dec 2016)

2/2

 

N/A

    -

Sarah Webb

Associate Member

5/6

 

N/A                                            

     -