Nigel Patterson – Community Governor – Chair Person
I've been a school Governor for the past 14 years in primary schools in Abergavenny, working with 4 different Head teachers. I started as a Parent Governor with Park Street Infants School and within 2 years we were fighting to retain the Primary School. The school was amalgamated with Harold Road Junior School to form Cantref Primary School in the remodelled Junior School. I worked on the transition Board of Governors and was retained as a Community Governor using my professional skills as an Architect to assist with the redevelopment of the Primary School. In 2009 I was elected as Chair of Governors and we have achieved the Bronze Award for Governors as part of the pilot scheme. Last year we appointed a new Head of School and this year have taken part in the pilot scheme for the Silver/Gold Award for Governors.
Veronica Ruth - LEA Governor – Vice Chair Person
Now retired, Veronica Ruth has worked in education as a primary school teacher, local authority adviser and inspector. Her children attended Park Street and Harold Road schools. By supporting and challenging the school, she hopes to help Cantref provide the best possible education for all the children.
Morgan Bagshaw – Parent Governor
Richard Brunsdon - Head Teacher
I graduated from the University of Wales, Newport in 1999 following a career spanning some sixteen years with the Royal Air Force. I have been very fortunate in my teaching career, working in wonderful schools and learning from many talented colleagues. My ‘apprenticeship’ for Headship was at Cross Ash Primary under the inspirational Head teacher Isobel Busby. I spent two years at Cwmffrwdoer Primary School, Torfaen as head teacher and was delighted to take up my current role as Head Teacher of Cantref Primary School in September 2012. I consider myself very fortunate to be working with incredibly talented children and a dedicated and hard working staff.
Louise Woolfall - Parent Governor
I am a mum to 4 children, aged 15,12,11 and 7. I am also a carer for my parent who is disabled and has sight problems. For many years I have helped at Cantref, mostly through the PTA but for the last year I have been volunteering 2/3 afternoons a week doing kerbcraft, reading with the children and helping in the reception. Working with and getting to know the children has been very rewarding and watching their progression has been very rewarding.
Becoming a governor is an honour and I look forward to helping shape the future of the school.
Lara Kennedy – Parent Governor
Helen Botting ~ Year 2 Teacher
I received my B.Ed. degree from the University of Bath in 1985. My teaching career has been both varied and rewarding. During this time I have enjoyed my role as a Class Teacher through all Primary age ranges as well as the two years I spent as Head Teacher at Grosmont School, prior to its closure. I have three children myself and, as a parent, understand how precious each child is. I appreciate and enjoy the fact that children are always changing, bringing with them new challenges and fresh ideas – no two days are ever the same!
Pippa Morgan – Support Staff Governor
Justin Bailey - LEA Governor
My career started as a Retail Manager for the largest sports retailer in the country at the time namely Olympus Sports. This position took me to the city of Sunderland in Tyne & Wear as a 19 year old for two years which was immensely enjoyable and rewarding. I am currently the Sales & Marketing Director for Motorcare Motor Factors which is my family business based in Abergavenny, I have enjoyed this position since 1990. My main interest is football and I am proud to be the Chairman and Under 8s Coach of Llanfoist Juniors FC. I feel privileged and honoured to enjoy a role as LEA Governor at Cantref Primary School working alongside talented professionals for the benefit of all of our wonderful children.
Marion Pearse - Community Governor
Originally from rural Australia, I have been resident in the UK since 1990.
Before world travel and starting a family I worked for eleven years as a PA in the private sector.
My partner and I have lived in Abergavenny for twenty years and we have four children who attend(ed) school locally.
I have worked in the community and voluntary sector for twelve years, and carried out a [four year] term as an Independent town councillor.
In a voluntary capacity, I have been instrumental in setting up the Abergavenny Community Trust - a community-run and operated social business - operating from the former Park Street Infant School, and I am an active member of the Abergavenny-Yirgacheffe Community Link (a civil society link between Wales and Africa) in helping to set-up and establish a coffee trading enterprise called Two Towns Trading.
Paul Wadsworth - Commumity Governor
My name is Paul Wadsworth, I have lived in Abergavenny since I was 7 years old. My wife, Leanne, and I have five girls between us, Yasmina 18, Amy 13, Jenny 12, Suzie 10 and Betsy 2. Yes, all girls! Betsy is due to start our Nursery in Autumn 2015 and will be our third child to go through the school. I now run our family firm, F R Ball (Insurance) Ltd, having joined my father in 1994.
Leanne is a Learning Support Assistant at our school and I have been an Authority appointed Governor here since my election to Abergavenny Town Council in 2008. I have also Chaired our PTA, Friends of Cantref, stepping down 2 years ago to make way for fresh people, who are doing a fantastic job.
One of my Governor functions is Chair of Finance, where along with a few Governors, I work closely with Richard Brunsdon, Carol Pitt and the Local Authority to ensure as best as we can, that our school continues to meet the needs of our children.
At times the role is challenging but immensely rewarding, working for our children to start their education and preparing them for their futures.
Chris Binley - LEA Governor
I have two children who have successfully grown and flourished through their years at Cantref Primary School. In 2009 I became an LEA governor for Cantref School. Within this time, my role as governor has been exceptional. I enjoy being a hands-on governor supporting the school, staff and most importantly the children, in weekly activities. I enjoy the enthusiasm and commitment of the children when I coach the football teams ranging from years one to six. I am very fortunate to support school trips to Tal-y-Bont and London. I am always immensely proud of the high standard of behaviour and respect of the children.
In 1991 I started my own landscaping and property maintenance business here in Abergavenny. Over the past 23 years I have bult an excellent rapport with local communities and businesses, which has enabled me to bring sponsorship, donations and local support to the school.