Mr Simon Munro
Chair of Governors/Community governor
Currently, my two daughters attend Elveden. I became a Governor in 2017 as I had an interest in the way the school ran, along with its unique partnership with Forest Academy. I also sit as the Safeguarding Governor across both schools.
I would like to think that my day-job [as a Chief Inspector in the Police Service] and my experience can support and assist in developing the schools. I have previously undertaken secondments to the Home Office, the MOD and the National Police Chiefs’ Council. My current role is Head of Frontline Operations, which has a national commitment. Additionally, I sit as the Police Standards of Professional Behaviour Coordinator for the Police Service. It is funny how these roles map across into parts of school delivery and oversight, despite them being so different in function.
Outside of my job, and being a Governor, I am passionate around health, lifestyle and wellbeing. I am a qualified personal trainer and I voluntarily co-manage and instruct at a gym in my spare time. It is great to work with the school in developing opportunities for the children around physical activity and wellbeing.
I find the Governing role very interesting and fulfilling, as well as being an education in itself! It is a privilege to be part of two fantastic schools and I would encourage anyone interested to sit as a Governor.
Mrs Claire Goldstone
Vice-chair of Governors/parent governor
I am a mum of 3 boys and have been coming to forest with minded children since 2008. I joined the governing body when my eldest was at forest as I wanted to have some input into my sons school and provide some support. I enjoy being involved in the financial side of governance and understanding just how much goes into ensuring our children have a great education and a wonderful environment to learn. I have a scientific background and have been part of several science weeks, providing children with new experiences.
Ms Mary Andrew
I am now retired with time on my hands - I have grandchildren at primary school in St Albans and thought I might be able to bring some of my business background into helping a school!
Miss Helen Morley
Mr Max Fiddes
I am a regional manager in the FMCG industry, working independently from home. This has provided me with a great deal of flexibility, allowing me to be involved in my children’s education. In addition, this has allowed my partner to study full time for a master’s degree. I have an interest in improving standards in many sectors, which has led me to applying for a position as parent governor having recently finished working on the board of a charity. I believe the skillset I have developed, together with my calm and persuasive manner will help ensure that the parents’ voices are heard. I would look to work with parents, teachers, governors and the educational body to help drive the continued improvement needed to provide our children with the best chance for success. I am enthusiastic, well-motivated and would relish the opportunity to making a difference to the education of Forest Academy students.
Rev Paul Tams
I have been involved in education for many years and taught in a Middle School both before and after my ordination. My experience was not only in the classroom but also in school management, timetabling, budgets and policy.
I am the adopted father of three children and so, have experienced schools as a parent of children with special educational and emotional needs.
I was ordained in 1990 and am now Rector of three parishes, Elveden, Santon Downham and Lakenheath. I have a chocolate Labrador and enjoy walking, cooking and gardening.