- Category: Governors
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.
Emma 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.
Liz Horobin - Staff Governor; Personnel and Resources Committee
Kerri Burgess - Staff Governor
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 Committee
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.