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Meet our Governors

David Hollywood - Chair of Governors

I was born and raised in Glasgow, where I trained as a Chartered Accountant

I have enjoyed a long and varied career in finance and general management through which I have lived and worked in several countries in Europe and North America. I have sat on the boards of a number of different quoted and unquoted companies

My wife, Helen, and I first moved to Marlow in 1976 and both our daughters attended Spinfield school in the 80's

I have been retired since 2014 and became a Governor at Spinfield in 2015. Until my appointment as Chair in December 2020. I have chaired the Resources Committee with responsibility for finance, human relations, premises and safety.

 

 

 

Keith Spence - Vice Chair and Chair of Resources

​I graduated from Leeds University in 1971 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Initially working for Monsanto Chemicals, I then moved into the food industry working for Imperial Tobacco Foods and Mars Confectionery for 12 years. My Mars experience led me into Mars Electronics and from there I joined RM Education for nearly 30 years, working in many roles including Manufacturing Director, Information Systems Director and Services Director. RM being the leading supplier of Software and Services to UK education gave me the opportunity to work with many schools and local authorities. I retired after 46 very happy and enjoyable years in 2017.

My wife Sue and I moved to Marlow in 1975 and we have lived here since bringing up our two boys Tim and Matt who are now both married to Laura and Maidlin respectively and who also live in Marlow. We are very blessed to have six grandchildren who have either been to, are currently at or will be coming to Spinfield School.

Spinfield is an excellent school and I feel very privileged to be a Governor with an opportunity to give something back. As Chair of Resources, I have responsibility for finance, human relations, premises and health and safety and in addition I am assigned as the Governor for Religious Education and Humanities as well as being attached to a year group which gives me a wonderful insight into the children’s life at school.

 

 

 

Steven Eltringham - Staff & Development Governor

​Before Spinfield I had a wide and varied career, starting as an apprentice motor mechanic in my father’s business. I then completed 13 years’ service in the Army, culminating at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. I was deployed in several conflict zones and visited many countries around the world.  After my service, I entered the retail leisure industry with Whitbread Inns and later Bass (now Mitchells and Butler’s) starting as a single site manager and on to be an area manager and ops manager.   

I Joined Spinfield in December of 2014 as a part time TA, specifically working with pupil premium and S.E.N. children across the two key stages.    I recently passed the Higher-Level Teaching Assistants (HLTA) with a distinction. This qualification allows me to cover teacher absence and take lessons when the need arises.   I involve myself in all aspects of the curriculum and school life including extra-curricular activities too. I have attended three PGL residential courses, run the after-school cricket club and am currently running the debating club. I have assisted in organising several class trips, along with the class teachers, one to the Houses of Parliament and one to the Bovington Tank Museum. I joined the Board of Governors, as the Development Governor, in September 2017.

 

Neil Martin - Co-opted Governor

I joined the Governing Board in 2016 and currently have the responsibilities of Equalities Governor and Chair of the ICT Working Group. I live in Marlow with my wife and two daughters, with both my daughters currently benefitting from an education at Spinfield School.

                                        

I am a Chartered Accountant and currently work for a company that provides resources and technology to the Education and Assessment sector.

 

 

 

Eileen Shaw - Co-opted Governor

Appointed as a school governor at Spinfield in 1996 I continue to have the privilege of working with the members of the Governing Body team, Headteacher and school staff, serving on, and chairing, various sub-committees The best part of this role is actually when involved with the pupils – of differing age, ability, temperament, as they move up through
the school and demonstrate their excitement as they master new learning and thrive on the social contacts. I am passionate about schools offering a holistic educational experience to prepare every individual for their future lives – whatever their choice of direction – and ensuring support is available.    Relevant experience. Initially working in the Glass Industry following teacher training held posts at all levels – from class teacher, Head of Dept, Pastoral care (Trained Counsellor) and Deputy Head of large multi-cultural school. Awarded a number of secondments by Bucks LEA to enhance my understanding and share experience and run conferences and workshops for stakeholders, which included at County level serving as Development Officer for Education/Industry links and Country wide assisted in running the Teacher Placement Service, placing Teachers into industry and industrialists into schools. Prior to retirement
member of ‘Headteachers into Industry Scheme’ working for the Rail Industry. I have worked for the National Curriculum Council and other bodies with an educational focus including assisting schools achieve the Investors in People awards – Spinfield has this status.

 

Wendy Jacob - Parent Governor

I became a parent governor in 2019 when my son joined the Reception class at Spinfield. Having grown up in Marlow and spent most of my life here, I'm keen to play an active part in the community and support the school. I started my career in recruitment before moving on to work in higher education on the employability agenda and transformation projects related to this. I currently work for a medical consultancy, leading on strategic and operational HR projects as well as managing a team to deliver HR operations for the international part of our business, which covers everywhere outside of the US (20+ countries). In my role as governor, I am the subject lead for sport and also have the pleasure of following a year group as they progress through the school.

 

 

Tom Ronan - Parent Governor

​I joined as a parent governor in 2020. I have two children who attend Spinfield School and have lived in Marlow since 2007. 

My areas of responsibility as a governor include Maths and French as well as being attached to a year group.

This role gives me a great opportunity to see student’s progress and development as they move through the school.  

I work for London Fire Brigade as a Station Officer at a busy Technical Rescue Centre. I have an MSc in Crisis and Disaster Management. 

Being a parent governor allows me the opportunity to support the school and teachers and provide promote the excellent work of the school in the community.

My other interests include outdoor and endurance sports.

 

 

​Joshua Clarke - Co-opted Governor 

I joined the Governing Board of Spinfield School in 2021. I am currently Deputy Head of English at Furze Platt Senior School in Maidenhead, combining my time with the role of Chair of the Secondary Working Group for NATE (The National Association for the Teaching of English), and examiner for several national boards. I have an MA Ed. in Language and Literacy, as well as BA (hons.) Drama from the University of Exeter. I am the assigned governor for Literacy, Art & Design, and Year One. 

In my previous comprehensive school, in my home city of Plymouth, I led on the transition of primary school students to secondary school in English, focusing on how the Key Stage 3 curriculum might be designed to operate seamlessly from content taught in Years 5 and 6. At various times I also taught Drama and Music, as well as establishing a Classics department from scratch, and taking a number of students from beginners' level right through to A-Level in Latin. My experience as whole-school coordinator for Gifted, Talented and More Able students also generated a keen belief in how our encouragement of the students in our care should be limitless. 

It is a privilege to have joined such an excellent school and Governing Board, and I look forward to making a positive contribution. 

 

Frank Schoofs -  Parent Governor

Our family moved to Marlow in 2015 and our two children are now enjoying their time at Spinfield School.

I joined the board of Governors as a parent governor in 2021, sitting on the Resources Committee and the ICT Working Group, as well as having responsibility for Science and Sustainability. My professional experience as a chartered materials engineer spans academia and industry in Europe, USA and Asia. I have been involved in science outreach since 2016, as a trained STEM Ambassador.

 

 

 

Alex Bone - Chair of Curriculum & Learning 

Having previously been a Governor at an Infant school, I was delighted to join the Governing Board at

Spinfield School in 2021. 

I am a serving Officer in the Royal Air Force and settled, with my young family, in Marlow during 2017. 

With a background in operational command and leadership, strategy and planning, I look forward to supporting and

championing the continued success of Spinfield School, allowing staff and students to achieve their full potential and goals. 

I am Chair of the Curriculum, Learning and Teaching Committee, and the lead Governor for Safeguarding. 

 

Yas Manns

I completed my Masters from Loughborough University in 2007 in Electronics and Computer System Engineering and I worked as a hardware and software engineer for 4 years in Telecom before moving to management area at automotive industry. I now work in a private medical company which provide pathology and radiology databases to NHS. I have two children who both attend Spinfield and we have lived in Marlow since 2016.

 

I am very privileged that I have been accepted as a Governor at Spinfield school - since 2022 - as it is an excellent school and I have taken the responsibility and support of Early Years Foundation Stage and RE. Working with children is very rewarding and I am looking forward to watch them grow.

I have a strong background in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) which I would like to use and bring new ideas where possible to school and support them as much as I can within the community. 

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