Our role as Governors is to work collectively in the best interests of the children, ensuring good conduct of the school and high standards of educational achievement. A fundamental part of our success is building an open, honest and constructive working relationship with all of the staff and parents.
As a governing body we have a real mix of skills and expertise that we bring to the school; whatever our background we all hold the same motivation and commitment to make Lakeside a great place for education and a great place to work.
Please take some time to read our introductions.
David Young - Chair of Governors
I have been Chair of Governors since April 2017, being Chair of Governors in such a wonderful school as Lakeside is a massive privilege and something I really enjoy.
I have a very diverse background. I have a Law degree from Bristol University. I was a Commissioned Officer in the Royal Military Police for 8 years and I have 34 years of experience working for a very large company in the security industry. I have held General Manager and Managing Director roles in UK Companies. My final role was as Senior Vice President with full executive responsibility for all Product sales in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific. I have held both UK Plc Board and US Executive positions.
I have lived in Hatherley with my family for 27 years, I am also a Councillor for Up Hatherley Parish Council. Now I am retired, I have the time to give something back to the community in which I very happily live alongside spending time with my wife and family and 3 wonderful grandchildren.
Tim Kay - Vice-Chair and Parent Governor
I am a father to 3 children who all attend Lakeside. Married to Rowena, we moved the family to Cheltenham in 2012 having spent 12 years in London. My day job is working for KPMG in the Midlands where I lead our work with technology companies. Outside of work time seems to get spent ferrying children between activities (surprise!) but when there is some downtime it’s most likely spent in the garden or kitchen (again most likely with children in tow). We love Cheltenham and Lakeside; I became a governor to hopefully put back into the school a small portion of what our children get out of the hard work and dedication of the teaching staff.
Ben Braiden - Parent Governor
I am a father to two girls whom both attend Lakeside. I wanted to become a Parent Governor because I’m unable to do the school run due to work commitments but wanted to be involved, in some way, with my daughters’ education. I wanted to share in what they were experiencing, what they were talking about and also know what I could to better support them. Whether that is directly with them or through my work with the governing body and the wider school. They love Lakeside, they love the teachers - going to school makes them happy. I am grateful for how Lakeside continues to shape my children into polite, respectful and mindful young girls. Outside of being a Dad I work for a Marketing and Communications agency and as such can bring certain skills and experience from my work to the governance of the school.
James Sharp - Co-opted Governor
I joined as a Governor in November 2016 and I am a Co-opted Governor. I chair the Curriculum and Standards Committee.I've got a masters degree in Astrophysics from Cambridge University and a background in software engineering. I've worked in a variety of industries, from robotics to telecoms but most recently I'm a director and founder of a company making software specifically for... School Governors. When not doing anything school governing related I love to be outside, in the hills, with my dog Gatsby and also have a private pilot's licence.
Tim Brown - Co-opted Governor
I live in the Reddings and wanted to give something back to the community in which I live. I have previous experience as a Parent Governor (Finance Committee) at Christian Malford Primary School in North Wiltshire, where I was a Governor for 2 years. I have 23 years of experience in the Hospitality and Catering Industry in a variety of roles; my final role before leaving the industry was Food and Beverage Operations Manager a Center Parcs, Longleat. I am now self-employed, working as a driving instructor and also running a property management company. I hope to be able to bring my experiences and skills to the school, particularly as a key part of the Estates Committee.
Joyce Cox - Co-opted Governor
I live in Hatherley Road and both my sons attended Lakeside when it was a Junior School. Most of my working life has been involved in education. I am a qualified Primary teacher and have been an Infant Headteacher and Head of a Speech and Language Centre for children with Language Disorders. Also, for the last 20 years I have been an Ofsted Lead Inspector visiting a wide range of schools all over England. In addition, I have worked as a Lead Validator in Guernsey and have visited all the primary schools on the Island. For the last three years I have been a Director of a Primary Multi Academy Trust in Somerset.
I joined Lakeside Governing Body in January 2018 and I am on the Standards and Curriculum Committee and the Pupil Premium Board. I enjoy working closely with other governors and the Lakeside Senior Leadership Team and staff through visiting classes, talking with pupils, looking at pupils’ work and being part of selection and interviewing committees to appoint new staff. My main areas of expertise are in Early Years, Literacy, Assessment and SEND.
Daniel Gillingham - Local Authority Governor
I am the Local Authority appointed Governor, and I was appointed to the board in May 2017. My link role includes Pupil Premium, Safeguarding, Looked after Children and SEND.
Outside of the governing body, I work for the Local Authority as a Commissioning and Participation Officer, with a particular focus of ensuring that voice of the child is central to the work that we do, especially with children who are looked after. I have extensive experience of working in children’s services and have had various roles in education, youth work and in social care and more recently working in Local Authority Education in a team which monitors the education provision for looked after children - a role where I worked with many professionals including social care, health, special educational needs services and many school and educational settings. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Integrative Health and Social Care, a Foundation Degree in Supporting Teaching and Learning and ILM Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring in Management. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and enjoy the much needed ‘down time’ I have.
I wanted to be a governor as I am passionate about ensuring that all children have the opportunities they need to enable and allow them to achieve the best possible outcomes and I look forward to working with the Lakeside school community in the years to come.
Dawn Brooks - Co-opted Governor
I joined the Governing body in July 2017 as a Co-Opted Governor. I am currently the HR Manager at the EMEA Corporate HQ for an international company. I have experience in HR practice in the UK and Internationally. I am a chartered member of the CIPD and I have a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a Postgraduate Diploma in HR Management.
I have lived in Cheltenham since October 2016. I moved to this region after a long stretch working in the NHS in London. I joined Lakeside as a co-opted Governor in December 2017.
I worked at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital for 15 years in the Learning & Development department. I now work at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as the Head of Leadership and Organisational Development. I have a MSc in Organisational Behaviour and am a certified Executive Coach. hope to bring my skills and experience to Lakeside and be a part of the fabulous school community.
Stephen Dowell - Co-opted Governor
I am an Assistant Head Teacher at The Milestone School in Gloucester, a large outstanding Special School catering for over three hundred pupils with a wide range of Severe, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties. I am Head of the Middle Department and manage a team of fifty staff. I have worked in mainstream primary settings and have been a classroom teacher, Middle Leader and am now part of the Senior Management Team. I am married and live in Cheltenham with my wife, two step children and one year old baby. The two eldest children attend local mainstream primary and secondary schools.
I am a consultant specialising in the field of school data. I work closely with the DfE, Ofsted and unions, write a popular blog on assessment and accountability, and contribute to the TES. I run regular training courses for teachers, senior leaders and governors across England, and am particularly focused on simplifying systems and reducing workload.
James Fry - Co-opted Governor
I joined the governing body in December 2018 as a Co-opted Governor but also have child at the school. I am a member of the British Computer Society and have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. I work as a software consultant, and have experience with organisational change in a number of industries from public sector through commercial property management. I am very proud to be part of the Lakeside family and to be able to support the school along with the rest of the Governing body.
Ben Jordan - Headteacher
I have been the substantive Headteacher at Lakeside since January 2019. Prior to this appointment, I was a Headteacher of an outstanding primary academy for twelve years. I have had experience of executive headship as well as working in six different primary settings across England and Wales. In my spare time, I like to keep fit. I also love watching sport.
Kate Shepherd - Clerk to Governors
I took on my first clerking role in 2012 and now clerk for a number of schools in Gloucestershire – I have been involved with Lakeside Primary since 2015. My schools are a mix of academies, maintained and special schools and I also work as an administrator for CLP (Cheltenham Learning Partnership) and GAPH (Gloucestershire Association of Primary Heads). I am a Governor at a local Cheltenham school and have been involved in governance there since 2008. I have a real passion for school governance and try to pass on knowledge and best practice ideas where possible.