Chair & Co-opted Governor
I have been a governor at Horley Infant School since 2012, and was elected the Chair of Governors in September 2016. Working closely with the Headteacher and the Governing Body, we ensure the pupils have a safe environment, the best teaching staff and the right tools to enable them to learn and grow in confidence to move on to the next phase.
As well as being a Governor at Horley Infant School, I was also a Governor at Oakwood School for 8 years and remain a Trustee of the PTA. I have been a Councillor for Horley Town Council since 2007. I see these positions as a means of working with the schools and local organisations to bring people together in Horley for such events like the Horley Carnival, Horley in Blooms, St George’s Day, etc.
I grew up in Malaysia until 1967, where my father worked; I moved back to Scotland to attend boarding school in Crieff. I worked in Catering & Hospitality for 40 years and moved to Horley in 1997 to run a guest house, which was sold in 2019 and I am now semi-retired. In my little bit of spare time in the day I like to take my dogs for a walk around the many parks and open spaces in the surrounding countryside, where despite living next door to an airport, it can be surprisingly quiet!
Vice-Chair & Co-opted Governor
I joined the governing body in September 2017 as a parent governor and became a Co-Opted Governor in September 2021. I have two children who have previously attended Horley Infant School. I love the ethos of the school and wanted to remain a member of the governing body even though my children have moved on.
I read Modern European Languages at Staffordshire University, and before having my children worked for 13 years as a project manager at a global investment bank. During this time, I was based in London and Tokyo, working with large teams of people to deliver successful outcomes.
A project manager must be organised, have a fair yet critical eye, and be adept at working with people from different backgrounds and with different viewpoints. I bring these skills to bear as a member of the school’s governing body and am delighted to have the chance to contribute to the school’s continued success.
As the Headteacher at Horley Infant School, I enjoy the opportunity of working closely alongside our Governing Body through meetings and wider monitoring within school. This has enabled me to highlight the operational decisions which have been made in line with the strategic direction that has been set by the school and Governors.
Prior to joining Horley Infant School in 2013, I taught as a mixed Year 1 & 2 teacher at Pickering Community Infant & Nursery school in North Yorkshire and developed as a middle leader taking on responsibility for a variety of school improvement areas including English, Outdoor Learning, ECTs (formerly known as NQTs) and More Able & Talented children. Since 2013, I have been a class teacher, Senior Leader and Deputy Headteacher at this school and I am now incredibly fortunate to be the Headteacher.
I am very proud to be part of the wonderfully dedicated and enthusiastic team here at Horley Infants that has the children very much at the centre of everything they do. Our school is particularly special to me as I am a former pupil and have had many family members thrive through the school’s excellent work. I am passionate about the importance of community links and the idea of ‘giving back’ and this has led me to take up a number of volunteer roles within the local community and further afield in the last fifteen years (and counting!)
I have been a Governor at Horley Infant school since 2000 and before that I was treasurer of the Friends for 5 years. I have seen the school grow from 8 classrooms to 9 and then to 10 with the addition of a pre-school and the expansion of the hall. I was involved with each project, in particular monitoring the budgets. I have been Chairman of the Finance Committee for several years and have been both Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Governing Body in the past.
I was also chair of the Horley Learning Partnership (HLP) Finance Committee before it was disbanded when HLP was re-structured.
I have supported the staff through many good times but occasionally difficult times and with my experience can act as a sounding board for both the Chair of Governors and the Head Teacher, listening but also challenging if needed.
Originally from Worcestershire, I have lived in Horley for over thirty years. I am a Chartered Materials Engineer with a firm of consulting engineers managing their construction materials laboratory in London. I am married to Sue. Our two children went to Horley Infant School in the 1990’s – both are now working in London and have finally flown the nest!
Away from school (and work) I relax by reading and gardening and am a keen member of the Geographic Project. I also follow the fortunes of Kidderminster Harriers FC.
I joined the Governing Body in October 2016 as a parent governor, when both my boys were at Horley Infant School. At the end of the 2018/19 academic year, my youngest left Horley Infant School to join his brother at Yattendon and I was asked to stay on as a co-opted Governor. I am currently link Governor to Ms Carliell for the Strategic Development Pillar looking at the School’s curriculum intent.
I read Audio-Visual Media Studies with Business at the University of Central Lancaster and Financial Management at Robert Gordon University. After University I qualified as a Chartered Public Finance Accountant and worked for over ten years within Local Government Finance. After the birth of my second son, I left Local Government and set up my own business as a Graphic Designer/Illustrator.
As a result of my time as Governor and parent helper at Horley Infant School, I have developed a genuine love of school life and last year made the major decision to close down my business and retrain as a teacher. Following my teacher training I have secured a job as Year1 teacher at Burstow Primary School.
I joined the Governing Body in 2006 as a Staff Support Governor.
I have been involved with Horley Infant School since 1996 when my elder daughter, Hannah, started school in Bumblebee class. Over the following years I assisted in the classroom as a parent helper and supported the school through activities organised by the Friends. When my younger daughter, Lucy, started school in 1999, I was fortunate to be offered a part-time position as a Special Needs Assistant working with a child in Year 1.
The following year I became a full time Teaching Assistant. I continued in this role, working in Years 1 and 2, until September 2008 when I was appointed the Home School Link Worker and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead. The Home School Link Worker role was a new one within Horley Infant School and has grown and developed over the ensuing years. I am now a Mental Health First Aider having recently completed a two-day training course.
I joined the Governing Body in January 2022. Horley Infants is a huge pillar of the local community, and it is an honour to be a Governor here.
I grew up in Horley and now live in Southwest London, but still have very strong family and friendship ties to the local area. I currently work as a Commercial Manager, and have worked at variety of organisations including Sky, the Department for International Trade and British Airways, and have been lucky enough to travel all over the world with work in different capacities. In my role I am constantly looking for ways to achieve great value for money, improve quality and drive innovation, skills I hope will serve me well in supporting the Governing Body and contributing to the school’s ongoing success.
Away from school and work I am a big skier, having qualified as an instructor when I was younger. I also follow rugby (Harlequins RFC), Formula 1 (Lewis Hamilton all the way!) and football (Chelsea).
Local Authority Governor
I am the CEO for Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust (OHC&AT). OHC&AT is a fifteen-provision specialist Trust and College for pupils and students with a range of complex special needs and mental health challenges ranging from pre-school to 25.
I have previously been the Headteacher of an outstanding special school and went on to lead an inadequate special school to a ‘good’ judgement in less than seven terms post-conversion. I have previously been a team member on mainstream Ofsted inspections, I am a SEND panel member for the National Teacher Accreditation and sit on the Young People’s Education and Skills Board as part of London Councils.
As a newly appointed member of Horley Infant School Governing body, I am honored to join a panel with such extensive knowledge and to be in a position to provide support to the Horley Infant family.
I have been a Civil Servant for the past ten years working in a variation of roles ranging from Caseworker, Decision Maker and then specialising in Workforce Planning and Finance. I have always been drawn to careers that are geared towards providing support and guidance to both organisations and the general public.
I was brought up understanding how important having an education is and how our earlier years play a pivotal role in shaping our views towards learning. Having seen how my son has developed whilst attending Horley Infant, it is a privilege to be on a board that really puts the needs of its children first, whilst equipping them with the required tools to succeed in the future.
I joined the governing body as a parent governor in November 2018 and I am currently the responsible governor for English working with Mrs Read and Ms Carliel
I have a degree in Italian Studies from The University of Manchester, with my third year completed at a university in Naples. This led to a brief career in the travel publishing industry but eager to travel more I qualified to teach English as a second language and taught in Lisbon for a year. I developed a real love of teaching and returned to England in 2004 to complete a Graduate Teaching Programme in Primary Education.
I taught for 10 years, mainly in Years 5, 6 and 7 before having my third child and moving to Horley. After a career break of over 6 years I have just returned to teaching and I am now a very happy member of staff at Meath Green Juniors where I work in a job share in Year 4. My eldest sons are currently in Year 5 and 3 at Yattendon, I have a son in Turtles class, and my youngest is a Butterfly (yes 4 boys!). As a local resident I am delighted to be able work with the other members of the governing body to support Mr Walters and our wonderful school.
I joined the governing body as a staff governor in 2012, and started my second term as a co-opted Governor in 2017. I am responsible for leading the School Development Plan: Impact and Year Two assessment data.
I began teaching in 2003 and joined Horley Infant School in 2010. I currently teach in Year Two and am the Year Two leader. I also lead Mathematics and form part of the Senior Leadership Team at Horley Infant School.
I joined the governing body in October 2018 as a parent governor. I will be working closely with Hilary Taylor as the safeguarding governor.
I studied medicine at the University of Liverpool, graduating in 2007 and completing my 2 foundation training years there. I then moved to London and worked for 3 years in anaesthesia and Intensive Care before starting my general practice training in Maidstone in 2012. I am now a GP partner at a practice in Kent.
During my training I got married and had 3 boys – my eldest has just started in Ladybirds, and the other two attend Bobtails preschool and Willow Tree nursery. I have seen my nieces and nephew thrive at Horley infants, and with 3 boys who will be attending, I am passionate about supporting the school and the governing body.
Helena Ventham Murphy
As a newly elected parent governor I look forward to working with the governing body to support Mr Walters and all the team at our fantastic Horley Infant School! The school has provided such a wonderful start to my son’s early education so I am delighted to have the opportunity to support such a nurturing, inspiring environment.
I have ten years experience in education – previously working as a primary school class teacher in West London for seven years, as a private tutor for children across KS1, 2 and 3 and also as a West End theatre tutor for child performers aged 8 to 15 years. With this range of experiences and having run drama, history, home learning clubs, EAL and Forest School projects, I am passionate about making learning creative, fun and accessible for all children.
After taking a break from teaching for the last five years to look after my young son (now in Year One ), I have recently started working part-time at Horley library in a role which offers wonderful opportunities to help and support local people of all ages, including running rhyme time and story time sessions for young children.
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