Mrs Julie Spratley - Chair of Governors
It is my absolute privilege to serve on Mrs Bland's Governing Board and as a former pupil myself (many decades ago!) it is very rewarding to be able to give something back to the school which set me on my way!
I have many years of school governance experience in the locality and I strongly believe that it is in everyone's interest that all children, whatever their background or ability, receive the best possible education.
The best part of being a school governor is always meeting the pupils on governor visit days as they remind you of the reason why you spend so many hours throughout the academic year poring over a plethora of paperwork and attending meetings late into the evening!
Mr Chris Rowlands - Vice Chair of Governors
I am a serving member of the Royal Air Force, currently based at RAF Odiham where I work as an aircrew instructor on Chinook helicopters. This is my first role as a school governor, and one I am very much looking forward to. I hope that both my military and personal experience will be of benefit to the school.
I am married and have two young children, one of whom attends Mrs Bland’s. In my spare time, I enjoy practising and competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and mountain biking.
Mrs Rosemary Sanders-Rose OBE
Resident in Sulhamstead and Burghfield since 1971, Rosemary served 16 years on Newbury District Council, including the offices of Chairman and then Leader. She also represented the division on Berkshire County Council.
A school Governor at Infant, Primary and Secondary level over some 40 years she has been Chairman of the Willink, Sulhamstead Church primary and Mrs Bland’s Infant School where she is currently Vice-Chairman.
For 12 years a member of the main Board of Sovereign Housing Association she also chaired the largest subsidiary board which included West Berkshire.
In the local community she is president of the Burghfield Horticultural Society, patron of the Bland’s Luncheon Club for the elderly and a committee member of the local British Legion Branch. In West Berkshire she serves on the Macmillan Cancer Care Committee and is a Governor of the Mary Hare School for the Deaf.
Awarded the OBE in 1994 for political and public service.
Mrs Ruth Bowen - Parent Governor
I am a parent governor and held this role for just over a year. Previously I have been an active participant with school PTA events.
My youngest 2 children attend Mrs Bland's, the eldest have already completed their infant school journey and are well established at Garland Junior School. I wanted to become a parent governor to gain an insight into the organisation of my children's school and to have an influence to ensure the continuing high standards at Mrs Bland's.
Mr Kevin Mortimer - Co-Opted
I'm a technologist at heart and manage the teams that operate the IT infrastructure for the University. I was keen to become a governor as I see at higher education level the real shortfall in exposure to technology and I wanted to help my local community in trying to close that gap, especially with less privileged children.
I am passionate about ensuring the teaching staff are comfortable with technology and supporting them to improve the experience the children have. I live in Burghfield Common with my wife and two boys, the eldest is in reception and youngest due to start next September
Mrs Jenina Soares-Mistry - Co-Opted
My name is Jenina Soares-Mistry. I am a commercial solicitor and a newly-appointed co-opted governor. I live in Burghfield Common with my husband and our two sons. My eldest son has recently started in Reception at Mrs Bland’s and my youngest son will hopefully join him at the school when he is old enough.
This is my first role as a school governor. I hope both my professional skills and my personal experience will be an asset to the governors. I am excited to play an active part in the governing body’s work and to make a positive impact on the running of the school.
Mr Kevin Hughes - Co-Opted
Having served 24 years in the British Army and worked with the most vulnerable service personnel with regards to mental health, I now work on a new project partnered with the NHS with families in crisis dealing with mental health, child protection and housing to name a few. This is my first role as a school governor, and I am very much looking forward to the challenge. I hope my military experience and my current job role will be a benefit to the school.
I live with my partner and have two young children who both attend Mrs Bland's. In my spare time I play rugby for Tadley RFC and enjoy the outdoors with my family and two dogs.
Mr David Sparks - Co-Opted
I am a sales and marketing manager for an international software company based in Reading. I believe education is a hugely important part of our society and local community, and I hope that my personal and professional experience will benefit the school through serving on the Mrs Bland’s Governing Board. This is my first role as school governor, and I am looking forward to the challenge.
I’ve lived in the Reading area for 7 years with my wife. Outside of work I enjoy taking part in triathlons and running events, travelling and exploring new countries and cultures. "
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