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Meet The Governors!

David Giles

David was appointed as a governor at Jubilee Wood Primary School in May 2013, and became Chair of Governors later that year. He had previously been a governor at various schools for 20 years, initially following his own children through their schools as a parent governor. He has been a governor at a range of schools, including Infant, Primary, Secondary and Special schools, and including both academy and council-controlled schools, and has served at various times as a parent, co-opted, council appointed and staff governor. David is also Chair of Governors at a special school in Bletchley.

With his own three children having been educated in Milton Keynes schools, David is passionate about local education and securing the best outcomes for the students in the care of local schools. He believes that a good education is essential for giving children the best start in their lives, and he does not accept that their backgrounds should be a barrier to them doing well at school and in their later lives.

 David is looking forward to the completion of the new extension and the refurbishment of the older parts of the school. “At Jubilee Wood, we are building a unique and special place at the heart of the community of Fishermead and Oldbrook” he said. “it is already a fantastic place for our young people with truly superb facilities and gives them an excellent preparation for their later education. Jubilee Wood is a very exciting place to be”.

 After a long career in property and mortgage finance, David took a career change in 2009 and now works with sixth formers at a local school. David lives in the town with Carolyn, his wife of 30 years, his affectionate if not particularly bright dog Rolo, and two of his three twenty something children.

Cec Tallack 

Cec has been a governor at Jubilee Wood since he was co-opted onto the governing body in January 2013.  He is the lead Governor for Resources. 

Cec is an Alderman of the Borough of Milton Keynes and is now retired.  Cec was a Councillor on Milton Keynes Council from 1993 and 2014 and represented Fishermead for the whole of that time.  As a result he knows the catchment area of the school and its issues over the last couple of decades. 

During his time as a Councillor for the area, he held many varied positions on the Council including Leader of the Council, Cabinet member for Resources and Chair of Licensing.  His time as part of the leadership of the Council coincided with a large expansion of the city, including the time of the biggest increase in the number of new schools of anywhere in the country.  This involved significant working with national government.  The dynamic nature of change to both Milton Keynes and the Jubilee Wood catchment area makes the job one of the biggest challenges facing any governing body in the UK and Cec is experienced in those challenges.

Cec was a keen advocate for the establishment of Jubilee Wood School and the creation of an all through primary for Fishermead and Oldbrook.  He believes that huge strides have been made in the education of local children since it was established.  What is more it has the potential to go on to make an even bigger impact on the prospects of the local area in the future.

Cec has held many posts in the wider local government world including 11 years on the Bucks Fire Authority, the leadership of the opposition on the South East Regional Assembly and as a member of the local government committee of the Council of Europe.

On a professional level, Cec, a London School of Economics graduate, had a long career in Human Resources management positions, part of which led to him relocating to Milton Keynes in 1989. 

He has been a lifelong sports fan, who retired from playing a long time ago.  He is a keen enthusiast for Milton Keynes Dons and can be found at most of their matches.

Val Walker

Val qualified as a professional psychologist in 2000.

 Val has sixteen years of experience as an Educational/Practitioner Psychologist working in a variety of public and private settings. During this time, she has undertaken work as a main grade psychologist with responsibility for a group or ‘patch’ of schools. In addition, Val has undertaken independent work for parents, solicitors, consultancy organisations, the Children’s Legal Centre, independent schools and special schools. As an Educational/Practitioner Psychologist she routinely works with parents, teachers and other professionals. Previous to becoming an Educational Psychologist, Val held a teaching/lecturing position in a central London FE college where she had a role with special educational needs and pastoral support in her faculty. Val has previously been a Specialist Psychologist for Looked after Children (LAC) and has held the position of Senior Educational Psychologist.

 From 2009; Val has undertaken expert witness work including cases within the criminal, family courts and work with SEN tribunals. More recently, she has been involved in criminal cases where the court have sought advice regarding defendants with possible learning disabilities and about clients’ susceptibility and compliance.

 Val has been a governor at Jubilee Wood Primary School since February 2016, she is the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) governor.

Ama Nyarko

I have lived in Milton Keynes all of my life and have attended primary school, secondary school, and university in the area. I am a mother of three and I am fully aware of the challenges that we face as parents.  I believe that parent governors have a special role within the school and just like every other parent at Jubilee Wood, I want the very best for my children. I want them to be happy, confident and become the very best they can be.

I have worked within financial management for the last 8 years and have experience in law, negotiation and problem solving.

Jackie Hinchliffe

Jackie is currently the Year Five Team Leader at Jubilee Wood.  She began her teaching career as a Teaching Assistant and worked in several schools across Milton Keynes before gaining Qualified Teacher Status in 2010.  She worked at Meadfurlong as a teacher before the amalgamation of the two previous schools into Jubilee Wood where she has been a staff governor ever since.

Jackie has lived in Milton Keynes all of her life. She is married with three children and one grandchild. Jackie loves going for walks with her dog and is an avid reader. In her spare time, Jackie is a Viking and Saxon re-enactor. She has been a member of the local group of The Vikings since 2001. She enjoys traveling the country throughout the summer, camping and putting on combat and living history displays.

Allison Barby

Allison has lived in Milton Keynes for 22 years with her husband Clive of 21 years. They have between them four children and five grandchildren. Allison’s children both attended Meadfurlong School with the youngest also attending Penwith School.

 Allison worked at Penwith School from April 1997 as the School Finance Manager until the amalgamation in September 2012 when she took on the role of School Business Manager. Allison is very passionate about her position in the school and thoroughly enjoys being involved and working alongside the children from all year groups. Allison loves seeing the children progress and learn through the good education provided by Jubilee Wood Primary School.

 Allison started on the Temporary Governing Body for Jubilee Wood Primary School and became a Co-opted Governor when the schools amalgamated. Allison was the Staff Governor at Penwith School for 13 years prior to the amalgamation always being very involved in the financial decisions.

 Allison became a member of the project board when discussions were first had on the new junior extension. This has been very rewarding seeing how the building has progressed and helping to make the necessary decisions. This new extension and refurbishment of the current junior site will give the pupils the opportunity to learn in a bright and exciting environment.

Samson Dhunay

Samson was appointed as a parent governor at Jubilee Wood Primary School in September 2013. He is currently the Development Governor overseeing Governor training.

With his two children attending Jubilee Wood, he is passionate about their education and the development of the school. He is looking forward to the completion of the new building and what the future will bring to this school. He is keen to give something back to this community to ensure our children receive a good standard of education.

Samson works as a service engineer on the railways. He lives in Oldbrook with his wife and two children.

Jeanette Mackie

Jeanette is a very experienced  and passionate teacher of English, with expertise and experience in Language and Literacy  across the age range and curriculum. She has worked in and with challenging schools for the last seventeen years as a senior leader and education consultant. She has worked with 3 schools in an Ofsted category to help them  move out of the category and onto greater success. In addition to expertise in the sphere of English, she has knowledge of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and Behaviour and Safety. Currently, she is the Senior Vice Principal at Milton Keynes Academy.
She is the mother of three girls and grandmother to 2 boys and 1 girl. In her limited spare time,  she is an avid reader and walker; she has also been known to catch the odd salmon!

Tony Berwick

Tony is Headteacher and was appointed in 2012 to amalgamate the two previous schools into Jubilee Wood. Tony has extensive leadership experience and has been a Headteacher in four schools before moving to Milton Keynes and this latest position. His last post was abroad in The Netherlands and he has also worked in Germany for the Ministry of Defence running the largest Primary School in Germany for Armed Forces families.

Tony is married to a primary teacher and they have one son and twin girls; the girls are in full time education and his son is now a teacher as well!  He loves to travel and explore new places and new countries and he is a keen football fan who has supported Norwich City since being able to walk!

Barry Neale

Barry is a parent  at this school with  a child in Y6 and he is also a governor at  one other school in this locality. He believes these are challenging times for all schools, and he is excited to be part of it all. "It's our business to ensure our children receive the support they need to achieve now, and in the future."

Janet Lodge

I take an active role within the school using my experience both professionally, and as a mother of two, to challenge and support. One of my children has recently joined Reception and we will have another member of our family attending next year.

I have a background in customer service, administration and finance and I use my experience to put forward the views of parents.

 Just like every other parent at Jubilee Wood Primary School, I want the best for my children. I want them to be in a happy, safe and in a respectful environment, in which they are able to grow in confidence and knowledge. I firmly believe that when staff, governors, parents and children work together and share a vision, school can be a source of great achievements, friendships and respect within our wider community.