|Mr S Raggett||Chair of Governors, Local Authority Governor|
|Mrs P Hazlehurst||Vice Chair of Governors, Local Authority Governor|
|Mrs L Williams||Co-opted Governor|
|Mr J McAneny||Co-opted Governor|
|Mr D Rohland||Co-opted Governor|
|Mr J Miller||Parent Governor|
|Mrs S Sehmbi||Headteacher|
|Mr K Cooksey||Non-Teaching Staff Governor|
|Mrs Z Adams||Observer|
|Mrs H Fletcher||Clerk to the Governors|
Mr Kristian Cooksey
I have been a Staff Governor (non-teaching) since 2004 and I sit on the following committees: Finance and General Purposes, Personnel and School Improvement. I have two children both of whom have attended Blowers Green, so I have enjoyed a long association with the school, firstly as Site Manager but also as a parent.
I grew up in Wednesbury and then moved to Dudley to become a site manager here at Blowers Green Primary School, where I have worked for seventeen years. Prior to this role I was a plasterer. In my spare time, I regularly play as part of a darts team and thoroughly enjoy racing and breeding pigeons.
Myself, wife and daughters have always lived in the local area; spending some of our time in Dudley occupying the site manager’s house before moving to Russells Hall. I have two daughters - Lucy and Zoe. Both daughters now attend local secondary schools.
As a governor I bring skills from my working life, supporting children and adults to work together to ensure the best outcomes for the young people of our community. I take great pride in the school environment, and maintenance of it, and enjoy being a part of the improvement it has gone through and is still going through to enhance the education and experience of our pupils.
Mr Patrick Finegan
I am a co-opted governor and I sit on the School Improvement Committee – where I feel my skills are best placed. I am a qualified teacher with extensive experience in all phases of education. I am an experienced Virtual Head for Looked After Children (in five Local Authorities) and I was a lead Ofsted Inspector. I was also ministerial adviser for Edward Timpson MP and the Department for Education, and have undertaken commissions for the National College for Teaching and Learning. Previously, I was a highly successful Primary Head taking two schools out of Ofsted categories, and a school adviser in a Local Authority. Patrick has extensive inspection experience in all types of schools, local authorities and Virtual Schools. My experience also includes being an expert witness for the House Of Commons Select Committee for Looked After Children.
I am an experienced writer, trainer and consultant who specialises in helping schools become ‘Outstanding’ and in the education of Vulnerable Children. Currently, I run Sutton Education Solutions Ltd which has recently undertaken commissions for numerous Local Authorities.
Being a governor at Blowers Green allows me to support and keep in touch with its teachers and children. It makes me feel part of a team that are dedicated to giving their children the very best education possible.
Mrs Patricia Hazlehurst
I am a Local Authority co-opted governor and I sit on the School Improvement Committee. Prior to this I was head teacher of a large primary school for seventeen years - a job, a vocation I loved! I was a National Leader of Education and thus privileged to be able to support other schools on their journey of improvement. Since retiring from that full- time role I continue to make a difference in children’s lives through supporting schools as a school improvement consultant and looking after my three (soon to be four) grandchildren.
It was as a school improvement consultant that I first came to Blowers Green. I ‘fell in love’ with this school! The team’s determination to be the best and to do the best for these children is inspirational. I was delighted to be asked to be a governor and I intend to do everything that I can to support Mrs Sehmbi and her team.
Mr John McAneny
I have been a co-opted governor since retiring in May 2016. After teaching at Blowers Green Primary School since 1978, the invitation to become a School Governor has enabled a close association with the school community to continue. It is great to see teaching and learning raise standards; the aspirations and achievements of pupils continue to rise.
Although recent teaching experiences mainly involved teaching literacy and numeracy skills to Year 6 pupils, I have held many varied posts in school throughout my career. These roles include: Co-ordinator for Aesthetic Development (Art, PE and Creative Dance); Physical Education Co-ordinator; Numeracy Co-ordinator; Key Stage 2 Co-ordinator; Teaching Staff School Governor.
As a keen photographer, I enjoy visiting places; I also enjoy dog walking, playing bowls and reading adventure novels. Football is also a favourite interest. Taking control of the school football team continued for several years; but like all managers, it didn’t last for too long!
Mr James Miller
I have been a parent governor here at Blowers Green since April 2014. Presently, I sit on three committees: Finance and General Purposes, Personnel and School Improvement.
Mr Steve Raggett
I have been a governor at Blowers Green since 1995. I am Chair of the Governing Body and applied because I wanted to give something back to the school that all three of my children attended. I feel that the skills I have gained through my lifetime of experiences enable me to support, encourage and problem solve alongside a great team of staff, parents and children.
Being rather ancient, I grew up in a time before computers and mobile phones in Tewkesbury near Gloucestershire. I have lived in many places since my time in Tewkesbury, from London to Somerset to Sri Lanka and South India (where I worked for two years as a volunteer developing improved woodstoves to help raise standards of living in deprived areas). One of my greatest experiences during this time was driving across Europe in a battered sports car!
Since completing a degree in Government and Politics (many years ago) I have carried out several roles - including a driving instructor and builder - up until the 1980s when I moved to Cradley Heath to work on simple machines for making concrete materials to build with in developing countries. This has taken me to many places (mostly in Africa). We also developed a tram design which you can ride on at Stourbridge Junction. I now own boarding kennels where we rehome retired greyhounds.
I have three children who all attended Blowers Green Primary School. They loved their time at Blowers Green and this was a great start to them each going on to achieve their own successes. Chloe travelled before settling in Germany where she sells luxury cars; Jessie also travelled before qualifying to teach English; Joe is now in year three at Southampton University studying History.
My motivation as a governor is to ensure that Blowers Green provides the best possible education for every child in a safe and supportive environment. We aim to recruit the most enthusiastic and talented staff to manage and deliver our challenging and inspiring curriculum.
Mr Derek Rohland
I am a co-opted governor at Blowers Green Primary School. Presently I sit on the Finance and General Purposes Committee.
Mrs Lucy Williams
I have been a Staff Governor here at Blowers Green since 2011. Currently, the committees I sit on are Finance and School Improvement. I feel that my role within the school is both unique and a privilege. Being a Staff Governor gives me the opportunity to further support the whole school’s commitment and vision to ensuring our children are ‘surrounded by excellence’.
I have been a primary school teacher for seventeen years in three Dudley schools: Beauty Bank, St Marks and Blowers Green. I have taught in all year groups and carried out a range of roles and responsibilities including: Leading Teacher for Numeracy, ICT Co-ordinator, Advanced Skills Teacher, Deputy Headteacher, Staff Governor and Key Stage 2 Co-ordinator. Currently at Blowers Green, where I have been employed for five years, I am Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Teaching and Learning and the leadership and management of Science and Numeracy.
I live locally in Kingswinford with my fiancé. We both attended local primary and secondary schools and our families are both from the area. I have two older brothers – one who resides in Australia and is employed in the automotive industry and another who resides in Worthing and is employed by Sussex Police. I am a keen snowboarder, I love travelling (I spent 12 months backpacking around the world!) and I enjoy the theatre and live music concerts.
It is a privilege to be part of such a motivated and committed team where staff, Governors and parents ensure Blowers Green continues to provide the excellent standard of education which every child deserves in a stimulating and exciting environment. As a governor I very much welcome the opportunity to work with everyone at Blowers Green, in any capacity, in order to try and make the school even more successful.