- 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
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.
Mark Fordham – Vice Chair of Governors
I settled and have now lived in Melksham since December 2009 after completing a successful career in the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers. Although I have retired from 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 move forward at a rapid pace. This is a challenging time to be a Governor and provides 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.
Nick Holder - Link Governor History, English, Melksham Town Council and Melksham without Parish Council.
I live in the centre of Melksham with my wife, Kelly, and my son Tyler who attends Melksham Oak Community School. I also have a daughter, Joanne, who lives in London and works there as an HR manager. We have a house full of pets, 1 dog, two cats, and four chickens, although they live in the back garden!...
General background and experience
Several years ago, I studied Politics and History at the University of Kent and since then I studied for a postgraduate MBA at Stirling University.
I have held a variety of commercial management jobs in retail and transport that have taken me all over the country. During my time in retail, I worked for some of the largest UK retailers including Marks and Spencer and WH Smith. My time in the transport sector saw me working for a selection of European airports and airlines and I also worked for a train operating company.
Since 2009 I have been working in the skills sector and in 2010 I spent 7 months in India working with the Indian Government helping to set up a programme of learning designed to help the hardest to reach children in the poorest of rural villages. Most recently I was the Operations Director of small national company which helps the long-term unemployed learn the skills needed to help them find sustainable employment I have also been involved in delivering the National Citizen Service contract for 16-17 year olds across the local area which includes Melksham.
Being a parent governor of Melksham Oak Community School, I am acutely aware of the need to ensure our children have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. I want to make sure the life skills we teach our children and the qualifications they gain through their secondary education are relevant to today’s challenging employment market. I am fully supportive of the changes that have been made to provide education for those in the greatest need and recognise the improvements that have been made here in Melksham and the impact this will have on improving social mobility.
Personal and family background
On a Sunday morning you will find me at Melksham Rugby Club cheering on Tyler and the rest of the under-14s. I am also an avid Bath fan and have been a season ticket holder for over 20 years.
As a committed family man, Kelly, Tyler and I spend as much of our spare time as possible with my parents, my sister and her family all of whom live locally. I also enjoy supporting our local pubs sampling real ale, when time allows, and swimming at the Blue Pool to keep fit. I am also a regular blood donor.
Andy Walsh – Vice Chair of Governors; Community Governor
After recently moving back to the Melksham area in 2016 my daughter started her school life at Forest and Sandridge Primary School. After being impressed with the support that she receives from all the staff and governors at Forest and Sandridge I decided that I wanted to be able to contribute and support one of our local schools in Melksham as a governor and jumped at the chance to become a governor at Melksham Oak Community School.
I currently work as CTO at a software development company based in the South West which has offices based in the UK and the US and I look forward to supporting Melksham Oak Community School and making a difference in any way I can.
Ruth Balnave - Parent Governor; Link Governor Pupil Premium
I have lived just outside Melksham since 2002 with my husband, two daughters, two rescue dogs and a lazy hamster. Our children both attend Melksham Oak.
I have been a Parent Governor since 2017 and I feel very privileged to have been given the opportunity to help, contribute and support the school, Senior Leadership Team and the local community. I have so much admiration for the hard working teachers who only want the best for all the young people at the school. My mother used to teach so I know how rewarding being a teacher can be.
I was also a member of the PTA (now known as FoSS) at Seend School for 9 years.
I love all kinds of sport and have played County level Netball for Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire. I have go-karted with David Coulthard, been a Gamesmaker at the 2012 Paralympics and on one occasion even asked Kate Middleton what she did! I also have quite an eclectic taste in music.
I work at a Brand Design company near Bath as Process Manager.