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Ms Bev Martin, Co-opted

 

My current day job is as a Regional Risk Director for a high street bank, overseeing different areas of risk for a network of business banking centres across the South East, but although my experience has brought knowledge and skills, I wouldn’t say it defines me.

Amongst other activities and interests, I am better known for my involvement in mentoring and coaching young people through the Scout Movement, which has given me experience in subjects such as safeguarding, and for organising various musical endeavours in Stowting Church, which include an increasingly ambitious Carol Service which Stowting School has also been involved in.

 

It was through my involvement in the local community that I was first introduced to the idea of becoming a school governor. The thought had crossed my mind before, with my current employer in full support of any employee wishing to give time to the community in this way, so when a vacancy arose in September 2016, I joined Stowting school governing board, firstly as an associate, then as a co-opted governor from early 2017, as a member of the Buildings & Finance Board.

 

Having had the benefit of a small village school education myself, I am passionate about ensuring the longevity of Stowting CEP School both for the current cohort, and for generations to come.

 

This year I will be focusing on the additional funding that the school receives to assist those from disadvantaged backgrounds and those with special educational needs. Ensuring this is utilised to maximum benefit. This is a subject close to me, with my family having spent significant time and energy in my teenage and early adult years fighting for the right support for my younger brother, who has Downs Syndrome as well as a variety of other complex needs. I, like Mrs. Uden and the staff team, believe that there is a place for everyone in society, and there should be the support available to ensure everyone achieves their full potential.

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