Chair of Governor and FRP committee
My family have had connections with Coaley C of E Academy for over 50 years. I attended the school and all three of my children have also.
I am and always have been a regular churchgoer and am a member of the Parochial Church Council at St Bartholomew’s and Lay Chair of Wotton Deanery Synod.
Professionally I have worked in the nuclear industry for the last 21 years as a Procurement officer and previously in local government. I have experience in governance, processes and procedures.
Outside of work I am District Commissioner for Cotswold Vale Scout District, overseeing 120 leaders and nearly 500 young people. Safeguarding, health and safety, communications and training as my focus in this role. Working alongside the school curriculum Scouting helps to provide young people with skills for life.
I have a keen interest in the running of the school and it’s future development.
Carole holds the responsibility of safeguarding and Looked After Children governor. She sits on the FRP committee.
My name is Richard Lucas and I have been a Headteacher for over 10 years, and the Headteacher at Coaley since September 2019. I started teaching more than 20 years ago and absolutely love my job. Working with children and being a Headteacher is such a privilege. Being able to improve children’s lives and make a difference is what makes my job so special and being a part of the school’s journey to improve is very exciting. I am a passionate supporter of Forest Green Rovers (and Arsenal), which I supplement by playing 5-a-side once a week – badly! I also play the drums in two rock bands and record and gig quite often. I love walking my two crazy dogs with my family and I find cooking strangely relaxing.
I live in Coaley with my husband and two daughters who both attend Coaley Academy. I am keen to be an active member of the school community and support the school in maintaining the standards of education and family ethos. Charlotte is a Chartered Engineer and a passionate supporter of all things STEM. She is a Civil Servant, qualified Lead Auditor and a recognised expert in Maritime Safety. Charlotte joined the board of governors in February 2019 as a Parent Governor.
Charlotte is the chair of the Standards and Ethos committee.
I was born and bred in Dursley and have always lived locally.
I have spent most of my working life as a photographer working for both newspapers and as a wedding photographer. For many years I owned a photographic studio in Dursley.
I now live with my wife in Cam and have two grown up children, both married. My daughter lives in Coaley and has two children who both attend Coaley Academy. My other son lives in Nottinghamshire and also has two children.
I am a Diocesan Reader at St. George’s Church, Cam, and have been involved with many local activities. I have been chairman of Dursley Cricket Club, Dursley Operatic and Dramatic Society and founder member and Chairman/Trustee of Kingshill House Arts Centre.
I joined Relate Gloucestershire and Swindon twenty years ago and served for ten years as their CEO. I also served as a Director/Trustee of the Relate National Charity.
I am so proud to be a Governor of Coaley Academy. It is an inspiring place to learn with totally dedicated staff and fantastic children. I hope to play a small part in the future growth and success of the school.
Ken is the Vice Chair of the Governing Board, holds the responsibility of Special Educational Needs governor and sits on both the FRP and S&E committees.
I became the Clerk in September 2019. I have three children two at primary school and one at secondary.
I am a nurse and a health visitor by trade and fell into this role whilst taking a two year sabbatical. Now back in a full time nursing role I have continued to clerk the LGB because I enjoy it so much.
I landed on my feet in 2019, joining Coaley school at a time of change and growth. I am passionate about Early Years education and am delighted to have the opportunity to teach my class for three years, watching as they grow and flourish through the EYFS and Key Stage one, within our small, nurturing Coaley family. I am a mum of two grown up children and spend my spare time running up and down the many hills around Stroud, walking my two dogs, looking for my cat and keeping up with friends and family.
Becky is a member of the E&S committee.
I moved to Gloucestershire from Leeds in 1980 and have subsequently lived in Coaley since 1981. Here we raised our son who attended Coaley school. During his early years I became a registered childminder and also a childminder coordinator for Stroud until 1986 when I returned to work. I also helped run the brownie pack in Coaley for a number of years.
Whilst my son became involved in football I became an avid supporter and ultimately Chairman of Everside youth football. I was also the first Child Protection Officer for Stroud Youth League.
The majority of my working careers has been in finance roles most recently Commercial and Treasury Manager for a local manufacturer and then Finance Manager for a telecommunications company.
I have always supported Coaley school and I am very keen to get involved in the development and progress of the school.
Anne is the chair for the FRP committee.
I live in Dursley and have two children, both of whom will soon be in secondary school. I was a governor for 5 years at another local school and enjoyed being part of a small team working towards a shared vision so, when I was approached to be a co-opted governor in late 2019, so I was happy to agree to join the board at Coaley. I work in Cheltenham for an academic publishing company, so I am involved at the opposite end of the education experience. I am passionate about the idea that education is the key to aspiration and opportunity.
Fran sits on both the E&S and FRP committee
I have been a member of FCIA's Governing Body since 2014 which included the transition to being part of the DGAT family.
I am also a governor at Field Court Infants School which is another DGAT school and I find that I am able to share the skills I learn with both schools.
I have completed a degree in Business Studies with The Open University, combining work with studying. I have also held a number of roles at work ranging from finance, recruitment and onboarding to working as an administrator with the Defence Intellectual Property Rights team.
What do I bring to FCIA? Passion, experience and the ability to ask awkward questions!