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Governor Profiles

Mark Chapman

I am now retired following diverse careers in the Merchant Navy and latterly, Technology and E-commerce. I bring 30 years of management experience as well as specific skills in business administration, project management and technology.  I have also been a school governor for around 15 years and as well as serving at Fortismere, I regularly act as a mentor to new Chairs and Governing Boards elsewhere.  My three children all attend(ed) the school.  I thoroughly enjoy the challenge of being Chair of Governors at Fortismere, and I greatly appreciate the trust the school has placed in me.  My motivations remain the same throughout:  to contribute my skills, experience and time to support schools and school leaders in doing the very best job they can for our community, and our children.

Wendy Sloane

I became a governor in the hopes of enabling a more constructive dialogue between parents and Fortismere, and to increase transparency at the school.  I currently have daughters in Years 9 and 12, while my eldest daughter finished Fortismere last year and is now at university. As a governor, I would like to build on the measures currently in place, to ensure that everyone feels they have a voice.  I was a Parent Governor for eight years at my children's primary school, the last four of which I was the Vice-Chair. I am a journalist and a Senior Lecturer in Journalism at London Metropolitan University, which is one of the most socially inclusive universities in the UK. I am committed to the state education system, and believe everyone should have the right to the best possible education.

 

Pat Dugdale

I am currently chair of the Resources Committee and the governor responsible for safeguarding issues.

I am a solicitor by profession and have worked for a number of London law firms during my career. I switched to a part-time legal role in 2010 which freed up time to pursue other interests. I joined the FSA committee shortly afterwards and became a Fortismere governor in 2013.  As a self-confessed languages geek, I also took evening classes in Classical Greek, brushed up my Latin and later put my Latin to good use as a volunteer teacher when Fortismere started Latin lesson as part of the Enrichment programme. I now run the after-school Latin Club on Thursdays which teaches all levels from beginners to GCSE. I am particularly keen to keep the club going, as pressure on school budgets has caused many schools to restrict their language options.

My two sons had seven happy and successful years at Fortismere and are now at university. I hope, as a governor, to contribute to the continued success of the school and the quality of students' education and school experience.

Harry Dodd

I became a Governor of Fortismere in 2018, after wanting to give something back to the local community.  I have a background in property, development and town planning, and currently work for the primary care strategic estates team at NHS England.  I hope this skill set will be of value of to the school at it looks to develop and improve its estate over the coming months and years.  In addition to attending the full governor board meetings, I also sit on the Physical Resources sub-committee.

Outside of work I am a keen pianist and lover of the arts, doing my best to attend theatre shows and concerts as often as my diary allows.

I look forward to working closely with the other governors, staff and pupils of Fortismere, and seeing it grow from strength to strength.

Lauren Overs

I am in my 13th year at Fortismere. I have been a Dance teacher, a Drama teacher, a senior tutor, an Advanced Skills teacher and the Head of Drama.  The school’s staff, students and community is always at the heart of what I do and each and every year I try to create opportunities to enrich the experience of students and change young people’s lives.  I feel I know the workings of the school inside out. I am constantly building and supporting good relationships within and beyond the school community – running the London Schools Drama Network for 8 years liaising with many other local schools and community centres. I keep abreast of the National Picture and am continually working with and advising outside agencies, including OFQUAL, the DfE and various charities.

Neil Amin-Smith

I currently work as a Research Economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, where my role is focused on analyzing and feeding into public policy. I became a governor in order to find a more direct way of contributing to the public sector, and in particular the state education system, and in the hope of using the tools and policy knowledge my job requires to help Fortismere achieve its goal of a transformative education.  My previous career was as a musician, and ensuring the continuation of Fortismere’s proud arts tradition despite the challenges posed by the impact of austerity on the education sector is also a real motivating factor for me as a governor. 

Nigel Linton

I am a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years of experience in both practice and industry. Over the years I have raised funds for companies, from both investors and banks. I have worked as a consultant for a variety of sectors, including financial, media and in education.  I have lived in the area for nearly twenty years now and have two children in Fortismere, in Years 8 and 11. I have formed very strong roots within the local community and have been involved in several local community initiatives. For example, I am treasurer for local charity, the Friends of Cherry Tree Wood, for whom I help raise awareness and carry out fundraising. I will use my skills to help Fortismere continue to thrive. I became a governor in the hope of increasing communication between parents and Fortismere, and to help towards improving the use of the limited resources available to the school.

Ian Macaulay

I have been a Fortismere governor since December 2017 and I now chair the curriculum committee.  I have two children in the school and I wanted to become a Fortismere governor to support the efforts of staff in offering an exceptional education to all the children of our community.  Since taking on the role I have been struck by the commitment of so many people, frequently under challenging circumstances. I believe that all stakeholders in Fortismere should be very proud of their school and its outstanding performance in so many areas. But far from resting on its laurels I want the school to focus relentlessly on the initiatives which will drive further improvement.  I am a solicitor by training and I have 20 years' legal and commercial experience in industry.