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Governing Team

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 Glynn Ashforth - Chair of Governors; Community Governor

I have lived in Melksham since 1999. I have been a community governor for 6 years and my linked department is science.

I recently retired as a Police Officer having served 32 years in Wiltshire Police. I still work for Wiltshire Police as an offender manager under the 'umbrella' of safeguarding. I value education at all levels and have recently completed my own studies to gain a Master of Science degree in Forensic Psychology and Criminology.

I have two grown up children and four grand children who all live in the County. 


ml_av_guv_eharroldEmma Harrold - Clerk to the Governors

I have been Clerk to the Governors for 4 years and prior to this I was a Parent Governor at Melksham Oak.  I love the role of Clerk to the Governors and enjoy working with the Staff and Governors to ensure that Melksham Oak continues to deliver a great education for the young people of Melksham.



Ken Hunt OBE - Community Governor; Teaching and learning committee, Personnel and resources committee.

I have been a governor since 2009. I have lived in the Melksham area for most of my life. I am married with two children, both of whom attended George Ward School.

I am now retired but worked in industry in various technical and management roles for over 35 years. I also worked for the UK Government as an advisor helping UK companies 'do business in India' for which I was appointed OBE in 2006.

A Chartered Engineer by profession, I am passionate about ensuring children receive a sound education in maths, science and technology. I am link governor for maths. 


ml_av_lizhorobinLiz Horobin - Staff Governor; Personnel and Resources Committee

As a teacher and second in charge in the Personal Development Facult, I am fortunate to teach a variety of different subjects at all key stages. Prior to attending university as a mature student I had a variety of different jobs such as teaching in pre-school, managing a crèche, waitressing, charity work, supporting separated service wives, the church but my career as a nurse for many years was challenging, interesting and enjoyable. This has set me in good stead to teach about health in PSHE and Health and Social Care. I enjoy the challenges and opportunities with teaching different subjects and sharing my life experience with our students on a daily basis.
Most of my life has been spent in the RAF with my father as a serving member which meant we travelled the world and spent time in Singapore and Germany. My husband was also in the RAF when we married and we continued to move around regularly but eventually deciding to settle in Wiltshire before he retired from the service. Moving around on a regular basis had it challenges but settling in one place for more than a few years was more so. I love Wiltshire with its rolling downs and historical towns and villages. I do miss the sea as we often lived near a beach but now I can look forward to the holidays and make the very most of the sea and shore.
As a staff governor I have shown my commitment to MOCS and its students and community. I enjoy all aspects of school life and look forward to the coming challenges.

Kerri Burgess - Staff Governorml av kerribuckley

Having previously worked in three local secondary schools over the last 12 years, I was delighted to take up the post at MOCS. It is a great school with a fabulous staff and  wonderful, brand new facilities for the students. I feel extremely lucky to have become part of the MOCS community.

Although I am London born and bred, I have lived all my adult life in Wiltshire, never more than 10 miles from Melksham, so I know the local area well.

I love my job and have worked for many years with children and young people from 0-18 years of age in my various roles as Pre-School Manager, Childminder, Teaching Assistant  and Pastoral Manager including 6th form. I have also spent 11 years as a school governor in both primary and secondary schools, and have found it fascinating to learn about this aspect of school life.

It makes me very proud when I meet ex students and they tell me how they are doing, particularly when they thank me for the small part I played in making their school life successful.  I find getting to really know young people and supporting them through their school years hugely rewarding and wouldn’t change careers for the world!

Barbara Stevenson - Parent Governor; Standards Committee and link Governor for Business

Having lived in Melksham most of my life I decided to become a parent governor in January 2014. Both my children have attended the school and I am passionate about working to provide the best education for young people.

My background is one of Corporate Finance and I am currently undertaking further study to become a Chartered Banker. Since taking on the role I have had a number of opportunities to do additional work with the school and I hope to begin working with the finance team in the near future.

On a personal note, I love living in the countryside where I enjoy walking my dogs and all aspects of country life. I'm passionate about my children and their activities, love to read and spend time in my garden.

Mark Fordham – Vice Chair of Governors; Community & Welfare Committeeml av markfordham 3

I settled and have now lived in Melksham since December 2009 after completing a successful career in the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers, (REME). Although I have left the service I still maintain strong ties with the Corps and work as a Lecturer in Engineering at the Defence College of Technical Training at Lyneham.

It is a privilege to serve on the Governing body as the School continues to develop and moves forward at a rapid pace. Being a Governor is an interesting, challenging and rewarding role to have within the local community.

In my spare time I am a qualified rugby coach with a local club and a member of a local Rugby Referees’ Society. My youngest son is a keen rugby player, plays for a local side and who also attends Melksham Oak Community School.