Our roles 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.
Dawn Brooks - Co-opted Governor & Vice Chair of Governors
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.
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.
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.
Parin Gohil - Parent Governor
I am the appointed Parent Governor and start my tenure this September 2019. I have lived in the local area for 4 years and my two older sons already attend Lakeside and are very happy, I have seen the supportive and nurturing nature of the school first hand. I have been in teaching for 15 years and am currently a Deputy Headteacher and SENDCO of a local secondary school, I have experience in all aspects of school life, including; leadership & management, curriculum implementation & impact, pastoral support and Ofsted inspections. I hope to use my expertise to support and guide the school to ensure high standards are maintained and positive outcomes are sought for all pupils.
Adele Knight - Parent Governor
I am delighted to be appointed as a Parent Governor, starting my tenure in September 2019. I have a son at Lakeside, in Year 2, and am committed to representing the voice of parents in all aspects of strategic decision making and promoting parental engagement in the life of the school. I have a long and extensive background in education. I have been teaching, in Gloucestershire schools, for 22 years; 19 of which spent in Senior Leadership, spanning three different schools. I am currently a Deputy Head and Inclusion Lead (inc. SENDCo) at a primary school in Gloucester. Prior to this, I was also Deputy Head in a large inner city school for 13 years. I have vast experience in driving rapid actions to secure whole school improvement and hold current responsibility for English Leadership, Curriculum Implementation and Inclusion (including SEND, Children in Care, Pupil Premium and Pastoral support). I am also a Designated Safeguarding Lead. Throughout my career, I have worked within a consultancy capacity, supporting teaching and learning in other schools and was a Leading Literacy Teacher for the county.
As a parent and educational professional, I am dedicated to helping Lakeside School be the best it can be; both in living the values and vision of high quality education as well as promoting the reputation of the school within the local community.
Eleanor Sharman - Co-opted Governor
I joined the Governing Body in 2019, and I currently sit on the Finance Committee. I have a background in hotel management, but for the last 15 years I have worked in education in a variety of roles. I have worked in student finance in a large Sixth Form centre, as a Finance Manage in two primary schools, and for the last nine years I have been the Bursar at Rendcomb College. Outside work I enjoy spending time in the garden and have recently become a convert to parkrun, where most Saturdays I can be found making my way around various local courses. I am excited to be involved with such a vibrant school and I am looking forward to my time as a Governor.
Connor Thompson - Co-opted Governor
I’m delighted to be part of the Governing body for Lakeside School having been appointed in 2020. I came to Gloucestershire in 2009 to complete my University Degree and have not looked back ever since.
As a current PE teacher and Head of Year at a Secondary School in Gloucester, I have a real passion for education - ensuring we give young people a better chance of success. My aim is supporting the school, staff, students and parents to have a real positive experience of Lakeside in any way I can.
A keen sportsman, I play and am Club Captain of Old Patesians RFC. Alongside this I am the Age Grade Chair for Gloucestershire Rugby Football Union.
It’s great to be giving something back to such a key part of the local community and join the Lakeside Family. Supporting the clear drive for continuous improvement is an exciting journey to be on and I hope to play my part.
Sarah Bird - Staff governor
I joined Lakeside as a Teacher in January 2019 and became Staff Governor in March 2021. I have been a primary school teacher for 16 years and have worked in five schools across two counties. I have been a subject leader for most National Curriculum subjects, including English, Science & Computing. I have also been lucky enough to be a Staff Governor previously at another school. I enjoy teaching all subjects but particularly love poetry and drama. I am currently on the following subject leader teams at Lakeside: RE, PSHE & Maths. I have lived in Cheltenham for most of my life and I have two wonderful children of my own.
Isobel Rutt - Co-opted governor
Having worked for over 30 years in education including teaching, as a SENCO, Deputy Head and now as SENDIASS adviser at Gloucestershire Local Authority I can safely say that I never tire of the amazing stories or incredible feats that children and young people can achieve. Education is about capturing that wonderment and excitement of youth and giving each child the best possible opportunity for them to reach their potential.
I have been so lucky to work with amazing families who strive for the best outcomes despite the challenges they face and I believe passionately in an inclusive learning environment. As a new member to the Lakeside family, I feel warmly welcomed from those I’ve met and I look forward to meeting with as many children and families as possible in the near future.
Stephen Dowell - Associate 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.
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.
Sarah Wood - Clerk to Governors