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Kate Shaw – Chair, Financial Management, Sports Centre, Chuckles, Contact with LA/MATS Staffing, Parental Engagement.
Skills and Experience - Has a professional career in education spanning over 45 years. This includes four headships, with three of the posts in very challenging circumstances. Was appointed to two schools in special measures and took both to a successful outcome with her leadership judged as outstanding. Since retiring has served as a governor in 3 schools and took on the role of chair of governors at the Isle of Portland Academy working closely with the ESFA and RSC to prepare for transition into a new Trust. Currently a member of the IEB at Parkfield School, Bournemouth.
Contact Details - shawk05@hotmail.com - Mobile: 07795 255494 

Jay Mercer – Web Communications.
Skills and Experience - Retired assistant director of Dorset Children's Services. Chair of governors at Orchard Hill College Academy Trust since 2013. Before retirement he was Corporate Director of Education in West Berkshire, Director of Education and Skills in West Sussex and Bristol and Director of Family Services in Barnet. Prior to that he was a secondary teacher. He has also previously served on two IEBs.
Contact Details - jay@dunstonhouse.co.uk  

Mark Loveys - Leardership 6th Form.
Skills and Experience - Retired Head of LA School Improvement, prior to that Headteacher at two schools in the LA role he worked with a number of governing bodies who were in need of support and development. Following his retirement, he took on an interim role as CEO of the Heath Academy Trust whilst the post-holder was on maternity leave. Currently delivers governor training for Dorset and until recently sat on the board or a Primary School in difficulty, Bovington Primary School.
Contact Details - loveys.mark@gmail.com 

Anthony Moore –T&L Curriculum Academic Progress & Attainment.
Skills and Experience - Chair of governors at a St George's CE Primary School, Langton Matravers. Appointed by the diocese to support this school in difficulty and moved the school on effectively. His particular strength is building relationships but has also managed two critical incidents at the school and has worked successfully with the media. Prior to this board he was appointed to St Aldhelms School, Poole to move the school from crisis point. The Diocese awarded him the St Aldhelms Cross for this exceptional piece of work. His background is in secondary education as a Headteacher and Deputy Head (Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester) with both positions also serving on the GB.
Contact Details - dunbar030950@gmail.com 

Mary Kahn - Safeguarding, SEND, PP, Parental Engagement.
Skills and Experience - A Chair of governor with 8 years' governance experience at a secondary school, The Woodroffe School. Has been safeguarding governor for 5 years. Is currently working towards becoming a Local Leader of Governance. Her school is supporting Budmouth College as they are a teaching school.
Contact Details - mkahn@woodroffe.dorset.sch.uk 

Vanessa Eddey - Financial Management
Skills and Experience - Local Authority Finance Manager, Schools & Early Years.
Contact Details - v.a.eddey@dorsetcc.gov.uk

Education in schools has changed dramatically in the last two decades. These changes have transformed the role and work of governing bodies. They now have key responsibilities for setting their school's aims and policies, deciding how money will be spent, managing the employment of staff, and the maintenance and development of the premises. Most important of all, they have an important role in the main purpose of their school – ensuring that its pupils receive the best possible education.

Effective governing bodies work in close partnership with the headteacher in making decisions. The head, not the governing body, is responsible for the day-to-day leadership and management of the school.

The responsibilities of the governing body are defined in law. They are predominantly strategic and include:

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