On this page you can find details of the Governors of our school. Governors are there to ensure that the staff are carrying out their duties properly. They meet for a full governors meeting once each term and there are two main committees – Community and Curriculum and Resources, which also meet each term. All governors serve a 4 year term of office following their election.
Mr David Knight
I am a former Deputy Head of an inner urban Secondary School (retired in 1994) and a former company director, now retired, of a medium sized facilities management company, servicing many schools and other organisations in both the public and private sectors.
I was born in Devon, raised in Sussex, went to Leicester University and then spent the next 50 years living and working in the culturally diverse London Borough of Brent. When I retired from teaching I became Chair of Governors of two primary schools and continued to be a governor of both until in 2016, I moved to Lancaster to be near my family.
I am totally committed to raising standards in schools (I have worked with "failing" schools, both as an "additional governor" at schools in "special measures" and an education consultant in several London boroughs) and supporting good schools, such as Bowerham, to get the resources/funding required to always seek to improve their offering.
I know what it is to live in poverty (as a child, I was brought up "downstairs" in a typical "upstairs/downstairs" household) and this - together with extensive travel in Europe, North America, the Caribbean (I worked there for 6 months), Africa and the Middle East - has led me to believe that all schools and society itself should value and wholeheartedly support "inclusiveness".
I became a Co-opted governor for Bowerham School in January 2019. I have been involved with the school since my eldest daughter started reception in 2012 and currently have 3 children attending the school in Year 1, 3 and 6. I work as the Stroke Therapy Team Lead at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. We are a team of physiotherapists, occupational therapists and technical instructors delivering rehabilitation to Stroke patients both within the hospital and in the community. As part of my role I manage approximately 20 members of staff. I am a keen runner and swimmer and enjoy being outdoors. I am very keen as a governor to get involved in health promotion, increasing physical activity and healthy eating, encouraging interest in science and health careers and encouraging everyone to be kind to themselves, each other and the. Environment.
Mr Stuart Box
Dr Laura Premack
I am a coach, facilitator and writer with a strong background in education. I worked in academia for over a decade and before that was a schoolteacher in California, Arizona, and Massachusetts (my home state). I have an EdM from Harvard University and expertise in curriculum design and assessment. Subjects I’ve taught include art, ecology, social studies and language arts. Much of my teaching was with bilingual children and their families in diverse classroom environments. I have particular interests in teaching writing across the curriculum; developing cultural awareness and tolerance; and supporting outdoor education, sports, and the arts. I have a daughter in Year 1 at Bowerham and a two-year-old son. We like to spend our free time hiking, swimming, baking, reading, and messing about in the garden.
Mrs Joanna Young
I’m a parent at Bowerham School with two children, in years 6 and 4, and I’ve been a Governor at Bowerham for around seven years. I’ve really enjoyed learning and understanding how schools work, and getting an insight into a sector so different from my own which is Head of Client Services which I have found particularly valuable.
I work as an Account Director for a marketing agency, working with clients in all kinds of sectors on their communications and marketing, and I’m also Chair of Trustees at a local Foodbank where I do quite a bit of campaigning work around issues to do with poverty and social exclusion. I hope this might be useful in the context of both schools comms and anything I can do to understand the issues concerning our more vulnerable pupils (As Chair I am child protection governor). I’m really keen to keep learning and to support staff and Jo, and work with school to continue to provide all our children with an outstanding education at Bowerham.
Mrs Vicki Haslam
I have been a parent governor since September 2016, when my daughter was in Year 1 at Bowerham. I am the current SEN governor and am also responsible for governor training at Bowerham. I have loved getting to see ‘behind the scenes’ and learning about how a school really works. It’s been a privilege to be involved in the setting of goals and priorities and to be directly involved in, for example, the recruitment of new staff. For my ‘day job’ I work as a teaching co-ordinator at Lancaster University. Skills from my employment that I can bring to Bowerham include experience of writing policies and designing procedures, sitting on and servicing committees, writing and editing information e.g. handbooks for both staff and students, recruiting and leading a large team of pastoral advisors for one of the University’s undergraduate colleges, and contributing towards strategic development at both department and university level. I have a particular interest in student mental health and, in addition to supporting university students on a one-to-one basis, I regularly deliver mental health awareness training to both staff and students.
Mrs Rebekah Redmile
I am passionate about supporting the local community and there has never been a more critical time to do so. I am a breastfeeding support mentor, mother of two and have a background in education and the arts. In 2013 I graduated from university with a degree in three-dimensional design and for several years following this I ran a successful jewellery business. Before returning to Lancaster I worked as a Design Technology technician and as a TA with SEN children. This time gave me a good insight into the workings of high schools and I hope that my new role as parent governor will enable me to gain a greater knowledge of the running of primary school systems. My eldest child has just started in reception (and absolutely loves it) and my youngest will follow in a few years meaning that I will be involved with Bowerham Primary School for many years to come! The passion and drive of the staff at this school is incredible and I plan to work with the other governors to support them with the work that they do and challenge when necessary to ensure that this school continues to be the nurturing and aspirational school that it is.
Mr Nick Rafferty
Only a couple of months after my eldest daughter started in Reception at Bowerham Primary and Nursery School, the opportunity arose to become a parent governor and,
given my background is in secondary teaching, this gave me the chance to learn about those all important Key Stage 1 and 2 years, whilst also, hopefully, bringing my own
experiences to the primary sector. I have taught English at Lancaster Royal Grammar School for the past 5 years, having been at Ripley St. Thomas for the previous 6 so
education in the local community is something I care deeply about. At LRGS, as well as my day-to-day job I also coach a cricket team, run all the schools' quiz teams, organise school-wide reading challenges and have, with the help of my form, raised over £12 000 for charity in the last 4 years. In my spare time I am a keen sportsman and love reading,listening to music and going to the theatre. As a family, we spend as many weekends as we can outdoors in the wonderful, local countryside. I have been a parent governor at Bowerham since November 2018.
Mr Craig Smith
As a co-opted governor and parent of 1 boy currently at the school, I hope to make a difference through a combination of my personal drive for high performance and achievement whilst utilising my 20 years of corporate commercial and supply chain experience.
From my time at Kellogg’s, Nestle and now at Warburtons I have led teams on various matters of commercial management including finance, negotiation, business planning, IT systems, strategic goal setting, communication and engagement. I also have contract management and end to end supply chain leadership experience.
My hope is that as a member of the governing board my skills can complement those of the other governors to ensure as a collective we achieve the best for the school, pupils, teachers and parents.
Dr Pete Thomas
I have been a governor at Bowerham for more than 20 years, firstly as a parent governor and then as a co-opted member. I work at Lancaster University in the Management School and teach and research Human Resource Management and Organisation Studies, experience which is really helpful in understanding how the school works and how resources can be used most effectively. I am currently researching organisational wellbeing and this includes work within the school looking at teacher workload issues.
Mrs Geraldine Pollock
I have worked at Bowerham Primary and Nursery school for over twenty years, where I have a number of roles and responsibilities. Primarily I work in Key Stage two, where I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching and supporting the children.
Over the last ten years I have also been the Senior Lunchtime Supervisor of a large team of staff. I have overall responsibility for the development and smooth running of our ICT department and co coordinating the vast number of volunteers we have in school.
I am immensely proud of my achievements at Bowerham and consider myself a valued member of the Bowerham Family. I feel very committed to the success of the school and enjoy being a part of the Governing Body; which I have been involved with for the last fifteen years. The post of School Governor is one which gives me the opportunity to share my own knowledge of education alongside other people’s expertise, and to strive in continuing to make our school a place where all children are given the best possible opportunities to develop and grow within a safe and nurturing environment. As such a long standing governor I have been part of Bowerham’s continued improving journey and believe I offer an experienced vision of life at Bowerham for staff and children.
I have over twenty five years of retail management experience. During the weekend and school holidays I manage a local charity shop and coordinate the deployment of volunteers. As an NVQ assessor I also source funding for volunteers and give them the opportunity to undertake retail management qualifications.
In my spare time I am a keen crown green bowler and love spending time with my grandson and stomping in the countryside.
Mrs Deborah Marks
I spent 17 years in interior design and the building industry. I designed a bathroom and kitchen showroom in Lancaster for a builder and co-ran it for 3 years. I have also been involved in large projects like City block 1 and Lune Quays apartments in Lancaster. The 6 years before having my children I was an Area Sales Manager, first for Jewsons (Builders Merchants) and then CHP (Plumbers Merchants).I gave up work to be a full time mum until my girls started school, then I became an Ofsted registered childminder. I am also currently starting training to be a Makaton sign language tutor and undertaking courses for Autism and Dealing with challenging behaviour.
Mrs Joanne Banks
This is my eleventh year of headship at Bowerham Primary and Nursery school. I came with a range of leadership experience as an existing headteacher; I have worked as a teacher in Lancashire for 25 years. During my teaching career I have regularly taken on the role of Governor and found this to be insightful and has made a made a huge impact on my leadership to date. Being a school Governor brings me into contact with like minded people who are focused on ensuring the very best education for all our pupils. School Governors often come from a wide range of backgrounds, bringing a wide range of experiences and this, for me, is the exciting part of the role. The critical challenge that different member of the governing body bring ensure that our school continues to reflect, improve and grow, this is pivotal to our school aims and ethos.
Mr Dan Baxter
Please find dates and relevant documents below. Minutes of governors meetings are available on request from the school office but please note that some items are confidential to protect either HR issues or the identification of children and their families where appropriate.