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  • Who Are Your Governors

    Anthony Shuker Chair of Governors

    Anthony Shuker – Chair – Co-opted

    Both of my boys attended Sound from Reception to year six and what a great job the school did. I have been involved with the PTA since 2008. I am an IT professional with over 20 years experience working in higher education and business, working primarily with Microsoft technologies, programming, technical training and project management. With a BSc in Physiology and a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, I did my term as Media & IT director on the board of the Porsche Club Great Britain, and continue as a Club official assisting with IT and the local Club.

    Appointed by the Governing body on 23 Nov 2018 (original appt 24 Nov 2014)
    Term of office 4 years
    Responsibilities: Chair, Safeguarding  & IT Governor, Training Liaison Governor

    What is your favourite thing about Sound/ What makes Sound special?

    What I most enjoy about Sound School is the children, hearing them laugh on a cinema night, the fantastic achievement of ALL the children (no matter how small) and the fact they enjoy attending Sound. There are many factors that make our school so special, but one of the main factors is the great staff we have that hold and promote the values of the school and believe in the children.

    What is your background and why did you want to be a governor?

    Two questions really. I studied Medicine at Aberdeen university, moved into a career in IT a few years later, initially at Aberdeen university, then for a major IT service provider. Spent part of my career as an IT trainer, and now I sit at a desk developing IT solutions to make the job of accountants easier.

    We have a fantastic school, and as a parent I thought I should do my bit to help the school continue to achieve, so I got involved with the PTA, planning and running events, went on to be chair (of the PTA), and was invited by the then governing board to join. I had no hesitation in saying yes. I might only play a tiny part in the work that the school does, but it is a wonderful feeling being a tiny cog in a school that has such a massive impact on the lives of our children.

    What are your governor responsibilities?

    I am the current chair of governors, which is a complex and multi-faceted role. I lead the governing board to ensure it fulfils its functions well. That it focuses is on vision and strategy, I advise and shape proposals to be discussed at the board meetings. I aim to facilitate the board in working as a team to challenge, support and contribute to the strategic leadership of the school. At times I am a confidante, a manager, a critical friend, a cheerleader, an ambassador, an arbitrator, and coach.

    I am also the Training Liaison governor. Collating the training needs and activities of the governing board, and identifying any skill gaps in the board.

    I continue in my role as link governor for IT and safeguarding.

    Headteacher. Mrs L Minshull Thomas

    Mrs L Minshall Thomas – Headteacher

    Head teacher at Sound and District Primary since 1st January 2017

    Appointed by the Governing body on 1 Jan 2017
    Term of office  – continuous
    Member of the Achievement and Standards committee
    Member of the Resources committee

    What is your favourite thing about Sound/ What makes Sound special?

    I love the family feel at Sound and how the school community work so amazingly as a caring and hard working team.

    What is your background and why did you want to be a governor?   

    My background is in education and teaching. I have worked in a large inner city school in Manchester as an Assistant head and governor and then as a deputy headteacher and acting headteacher in Congleton.

    What are your governor responsibilities?

    I am the headteacher so sit in on all meetings sharing information about the school.

    3 words to describe yourself ?

    Fun, Hardworking, caring

    3 hobbies of yours?

    I love all sports and the outdoors. I particularly love my football (my beloved Everton), I enjoy spending time with my family and love going on camping trips!

    Simon Banbury Vice Chair

    Simon Banbury – Vice Chair – Co-opted

    I have one boy at Sound, currently in year six, and another boy who is now at secondary school having attended Sound too.  I have worked for a major oil company for the past twenty years, in sales and marketing of Bitumen products involving new product development, HSSE, logistics to financial hedging.  I joined the board of governors in March 2016 as a co-opted governor.

    Appointed by the Governing body on 14 March 2016
    Term of office 4 years
    Responsibilities: Vice Chair. Chair Resources committee.

    I am the joint link governor for English and French.

    What is your favourite thing about Sound/ What makes Sound special?

    The process of recruiting a new headteacher was a really thorough process, I came out it with a much deeper understanding of what makes the school special, ultimately it is the staff who work so well as a team and the pupils that make it what it is.

    What is your background and why did you want to be a governor?  

    I have worked for Shell for the past twenty years, mostly in the sales and marketing of bitumen and sulphur products.  I work with people from all over the globe from all sorts of disciplines, I see the opportunities that are there if children have a great education especially in science, maths and languages.  The school is small and has limited financial resources, but the teachers and pupils achieve so much despite this, I put myself forward to be a governor to support the school, I am finding though that the role of governor is also developing me. I would encourage any employer to look at the benefits of their staff becoming governors.

    What are your governor responsibilities?

    I am the chair of the resources committee and health and safety governor.

    3 hobbies of yours…

    I love watching the mighty Warrington Wolves play rugby league, each Easter I have a project to build something in garden,  I am also trying to grow wasabi which is really tricky to grow.

    Bates

    Anna Bates – Co-opted Governor

    I have three children, one of whom currently attends Sound. I have run my own business (teaching babies to swim) for the last twelve years and spent the ten years prior to that in sales. This experience has definitely helped me in my role as School Governor.

    Appointed by governing board 17 Feb 2019
    (Previously elected by parents on 8 May 2015)
    Term of office 4 years
    Member of the Resources committee
    Responsibilities: Marketing and communications, SFVS, Finance sub-committee

    I am the link governor for Geography, History, PSHE & Global Learning and Safeguarding.

    What is your favourite thing about Sound/ What makes Sound special?

    I love the friendly atmosphere at Sound, we are a small, rural school and all the children know each other and all the teachers. This really helps to make school life easier.

    What is your background and why did you want to be a governor?   

    My background is in sales and operational management. I have always loved helping people, and I love to be busy (with three children and a business I don’t have much choice!). I like being a part of the team where my children go to school and helping to ensure it runs smoothly.

    What are your governor responsibilities?

    I sit on the resources committee where I am marketing and communications governor. I am also on the finance sub-committee.

    3 words to describe yourself ?

    Talkative, Hardworking, Loyal

    3 hobbies of yours?

    I love training, working out and playing sport in general. I play for a local hockey and netball team. When I get chance I love to read. I enjoy spending time with my children.

    Kevin Burt (co opted)

    Kevin Burt – Co-opted Governor

    Appointed by the Governing body on 24 June 2019 (previous appointment 29 June 2015)
    Term of office 4 years
    Member of the Resources committee
    Responsibilities: Health and Safety

    I am the link governor for Health & Safety, PE and Science.

    What is your favourite thing about Sound? / What makes Sound special? 

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    Sarah Dale – Co-opted Governor

    I am a co-opted governor and joined the governing body in 2018. I have two children, both of whom attend Sound School.

    Appointed by the Governing board on 16 May 2022 (previously appointed on 25 Apr 2018)
    Term of office 4 years
    Member of the Resources committee

    What is your favourite thing about Sound? / What makes Sound special? 

    Sound has always been very special to me as this was my own primary school. I have lots of very special memories of my time as a pupil. My favourite thing about Sound is the family feeling, children who I went to school with are now coming back as parents.

    What is your background and why did you want to be a governor?

    I have worked in school as a teaching assistant since 2004. I chose to be a governor as I wanted to give something back to the school and help create amazing memories for our children.

    What are your governor responsibilities?

    Mathematics

    3 words to describe yourself…

    Caring, competitive, friendly

    3 hobbies of yours…

    Spending time with my family, caravan-ing, farming.

    Carol Huntbach

    Carol Huntbach – Co-opted Governor

    I have worked at Sound since 2005 and both my children attended the school, although they have both now moved on.

    Appointed by the Governing baord on 27 Feb 2018 (previous staff governor since Feb 2014)
    Term of office 4 years
    Member of the Achievements & Standards committee
    Responsibilities:

    I am the joint link governor for SEN, Mental Health & Maths and also share responsibility for mental health 1st aid.

    What is your favourite thing about Sound/ What makes Sound special? 

    I love the family, nurturing feel at Sound and I really love how much outdoor space we have. We use it well!

    What is your background and why did you want to be a governor?

    I have worked at Sound for 11 years and both my children attended Sound School.

    What are your governor responsibilities?

    I sit on the achievements and standards committee

    3 words to describe yourself…

    Fun, hardworking, happy

    3 hobbies of yours…

    Cycling, keep-fit classes, card marking

    Kirsty Booth – Co-opted Governor

    I am a co-opted governor and I have been in the post since 2012. I am the deputy head of Sound and District Primary School.

    Appointed by the Governing board on 24 Nov 2018 (previous appointment Nov 2014)
    Term of office 4 years
    Member of the Resources committee and Achievements & Standards committee
    Responsibilities: Mental health 1st Aid, Joint link governor for English and French

    What is your favourite thing about Sound? / What makes Sound special? 

    I love the family feel, the teamwork within school and how everyone pulls together to make things happen.

    What is your background and why did you want to be a governor?

    I want to ensure as a school we give the best for our pupils and that Governors are fully informed of school details.

    What are your governor responsibilities?

    Well-being / Behaviour

    3 words to describe yourself…

    Enthiusiastic, Competitive, Open/honest

    3 hobbies of yours…

    Climbing, Netball, Walking

    Mrs J Cotterall

    Mrs Cotterell

    Jan Cotterall – Staff Governor

    I was elected by the staff as the staff governor.

    Appointed by Staff on 17 Feb 2019
    Term of office 4 years
    Member of the Resources committee and Achievements & Standards committee
    Responsibilities: Pupil Premium

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    Steph Thompson – Parent Governor

    I am a parent governor and joined the governing body in 2022. I have one son who is currently in Year 2. I am a teacher of Maths and have worked in local schools since I trained. I’m really pleased that I’ve finally jumped in and been selected to be a governor!

    Appointed by the Governing board in March 2022
    Term of office 4 years
    Member of the Achievements and Standards committee

    I am the link governor for SEN, Mental Health & Maths.

    What is your favourite thing about Sound? / What makes Sound special? 

    Sound is so welcoming and has such a family feel.

    What is your background and why did you want to be a governor?

    I worked for Cheshire Police many years ago and left to train as a maths teacher. I think both of these will help me in my role as governor. I love working in a team and doing what I can to help improve whatever it is we’re aiming towards.

    What are your governor responsibilities?

    I’m link governor for maths but as I settle in I’m sure I’ll be taking on more roles!

    3 words to describe yourself…

    Determined, loyal, stubborn!

    3 hobbies of yours…

    I love playing hockey, growing veg in my veg patch and spending time with my family.

    Elaine Needham – Parent Governor

    I was elected by parents as a parent governor. I have two boys at Sound, currently in Year 5. My background is in Marketing & Communications.

    Elected by Parents on 7th Jan 2020
    Term of office 4 years
    Member of the Resources committee
    Responsibilities: Link governor for computing, RE and Early years

    What is your favourite thing about Sound? / What makes Sound special? 

    Sound has a family feel where children are put first. I love all the outdoor space the school has and how they put that to great use for the children’s wellbeing.

    What is your background and why did you want to be a governor?

    I’ve worked in Marketing & Communications for over 20 years and hope to bring some of my skills and experience from working in a range of industries to support the team at Sound. I love seeing the children happy and thrive at Sound.

    What are your governor responsibilities?

    I am the link governor for RE, Computing and Early Years.

    3 words to describe yourself…

    Loyal, Collaborative, Tenacious!

    3 hobbies of yours…

    Spending time with family, keeping fit (or trying to!) and taking holidays!