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Ray Browne 

I have lived in Horsham St Faith since 2004 and have been involved with the community as a Parish Councillor and a School Governor.

I spent my working life in the Public Sector during which I was involved in developing and training staff and holding a number of Senior Management Posts.

I was School Governor and Chair of Governors for a number of years at Mile Cross Middle School. I have been a Governor at St Faiths C of E Primary School since February 2014. I am an active Governor helping at school with visits to outside activities.

I am currently Vice Chair of Governors in the Harnser Federation and sit on The Strategic Steering Committee Group for the Nebula Partnership of Schools. I am also on The Curriculum Committee and Resources Committee. I am the Schools Cluster Governor for Hellesdon High School.

I am a strong supporter of schools being local to this area and supported by a partnership approach with other schools.

Rob Carey

I am a Foundation Governor, initially at St Faiths Primary, and then as part of the Harnser Federation upon its inception. I have been married for almost 20 years and have two children, both of whom attended the school in St Faiths.

I worked as a food store manager for the East of England Co-op for over 13 years before leaving just before Christmas 2015, in order to start a new career as a driving instructor.

In my spare time I like to play golf as well as being a big football fan. I also like to spectate at other sporting events and have been fortunate enough to visit the Olympics in 2012 and the Commonwealth Games in 2002 and 2014. I also like to listen to a wide variety of music and enjoy reading thriller novels and sporting biographies.

Paul Cross

I have been the Head of School at Hainford VC Primary School for almost four terms now. Before which I was the Class 2 teacher (Yr2&3) for three years and before that the Class 3 teacher (Yr4-6) for five years.

During my time at Hainford I have been a staff governor for two years which gave me an insight into how a governing body can support and help grow a successful school.

I currently live in the ever-expanding village of Mulbarton with my wife Katie and my son Henry. In my spare time I enjoy/endure running and generally enjoy getting out and about.

The Reverend Christopher Engelsen

Born near Southend in 1957, I can just about claim to be an East Anglian.  I went to a Secondary Modern School in Ringmer, East Sussex and discovered my love of music and literature – and a sense of calling to be a priest.  Coming to Norwich in 1978, I worked at Moss Bros, and studied evenings at City College, before going to train for the ministry at Lincoln Theological College.

Ordained as a deacon at Norwich Cathedral in 1986 (and priest in 1987), I served my curacy in Sprowston, then a second curacy in Christ Church, Harrogate in the Diocese of Ripon. After three years in East Leeds as a Team Vicar, I was Priest in Charge of Foulsham, Hindolveston and Guestwick.  Then P in C at Hevingham, Stratton Strawless and Hainford, (which later expanded to Coltishall, Horstead, Frettenham, Hainford and Stratton Strawless). I have been Bishop’s Foundation Governor with Hainford School since 2001 and have seen it grow into partnership with Frettenham, from a First School to a Primary and now part of the Harnser and Nebula.

It is a joy to take assemblies at Frettenham and Hainford and join in with RE from time to time.  My aim is to give the opportunity for children to discover what the Christian faith means for them, along with a sense of worship, prayer and community and care for others, themselves and the world.  It is also a privilege to welcome the whole school into our local church throughout the year.

Part of my inspiration is St. Benedict, whose way is to integrate work, prayer, study, rest and community – an on-going challenge!

I enjoy music (including playing the piano) reading, going to the theatre/cinema with my wife Jenny and catching up with our two children, Charlotte and Peter at university.

Sue Hill

I have been a Governor for over 25 years originally at Frettenham First School whilst still teaching at Sprowston High School. Since my retirement I have supported Frettenham through Partnership and Federation with Hainford School, change of status to a Primary School, Federation with St Faiths and now as a member of the exciting and innovative Nebula Partnership.  In that time I have been a classroom volunteer, supporting pupils one day a week, a member of Resources, Finance and Curriculum Committees and served as Chair for over 5 years.

I am a great supporter of Village/Rural Schools, have strong views on the importance of education to help children enjoy learning and to aim high! I love being in school and find Primary aged children a constant delight and often an interesting challenge.

My interests include Golf, playing in Norwich City Concert Band (often wrong notes!) Opera, birding, cooking and eating! I also have an enthusiastic but ignorant interest in gardening.

Gyles Longhurst

I have currently been Head of School at Frettenham for a year. Prior to this I was a class teacher, member of the leadership team and Staff governor at Drayton Junior School, where I worked for just over 10 years.  Through these roles I gained very good understanding of all aspects of school governance and also how an effective governing body can have a positive effect on the outcomes for children, staff development and wellbeing.

I am married to Emily, who teaches English to Japanese children via SKYPE. We have two children, Rohan  (6) and Lotty (4), who take up most of my spare time. As a family we enjoy walking our dog, cycling, and spending time with family on our boat at Blakeney point.

Personally I enjoy sport and will give any a go, but particularly enjoy football and climbing. I am also married to Norwich City Football Club, having had a season ticket for over 15 years.

Jenni Porter

I have been a primary teacher since 1990. I moved to Norfolk in 1996 and became involved in the Harnser schools then, through teaching part-time at Frettenham.  I have supported the school through transition from a First School to a Primary and then to becoming Norfolk’s first Partnership with Hainford. I have been a member of the Governing Body, through all its phases, since then.

I am now part of the Executive Leadership Team for the Nebula and am responsible for SEND. I have always enjoyed working with other schools and keeping my professional knowledge up to date. I have been an Advanced Skills Teacher for Norfolk, have completed the NPQH and the National SENCO Award. I am passionate about small schools and pupils maintaining the right to be educated locally.

I live within the Nebula catchment area and know the local communities well. I enjoy walking, visits to the theatre and cinema, reading and technology.

Rev Keith Rengert

I have been ordained some 7 years, serving as Curate at North Walsham for just over 3 years and arriving in my current benefice in October 2012.  Prior to ordination I trained & worked as a nurse for 20+ years.

I first became a Parent Governor at North Walsham Junior School in 2011; my term of office there was short as the governing body was dissolved when it federated with the next door Infant School.  By the time that process was completed I had moved to Spixworth & became a Foundation Governor at Horsham St. Faith.  I have experienced St. Faith’s Federating with Frettenham & Hainford to form the Harnser Federation, which in turn has an ongoing relationship with the rest of the Nebula Partnership Schools.

As the local Rector & Bishop’s Appointed Governor I have a spiritually supportive role.  Primarily this relates to St. Faith’s as Parish Boundaries & school boundaries do not coincide, however, with Revd. Chris Engleson I am available to all governors, staff, parents and pupils as required.  I see my role as a Chaplain as well as a governor.

I have recently also become a Co-opted Governor at Woodland View Junior School.

Toni Rhodes

I was appointed as a community governor with the Frettenham and Hainford Primary Schools in 2008 when I retired from my post as Finance Officer at a school in Norwich. I was involved in the consultation process of federating our three schools and in partnering with the whole of the Nebula.  I am at present Chair of Governors for the Harnser Federation and as well as being Vice Chair for the Executive Committee of the Nebula Partnership I also serve on the curriculum and resources committees.  I am married with two daughters and 6 grandchildren and have lived in Hainford for 25 years.

I always worked in Finance.  I raised over £2 ½ million to build Norwich Playhouse.  Liaising with the builders and architects, I had to attend all the construction meetings. I sourced the interior equipment from the cloakrooms to the seating and lighting and finally arranged for a Member of the Royal Family to come along and open the Playhouse.

I was invited to become a Magistrate, firstly for the Kings Lynn Bench and later for Norwich. I carried on working as a JP for almost 15 years leaving only when my other commitments became too time consuming.

I am also Chair of “The Mardler” Talking Newspaper. This organisation sends out almost 200 recordings of the North Norfolk Newspaper each week, which we record for the visually impaired in North Norfolk

Prior to moving to Hainford, we lived in Fakenham and with a small group of other volunteers, I helped set up and run a very successful swimming club for the town’s children and trained as one of their swimming instructors. But now in my spare time, having sailed on the north Norfolk Coast for many years, I spend a lot of time on the Norfolk Broads. I like to travel, spend time in art galleries and I enjoy reading, theatre, ballet and concerts.

Lesley Rix

I’m Lesley Rix. I have 20 years experience teaching across the Primary age range both in the UK and in International schools in South East Asia. I returned to my home city of Norwich in 2009 and have been teaching EYFS at St Faiths’ Church of England Primary School since then.

In September 2015 I was appointed to the role Head of School and now teach a mixed class of Year 1 and 2 children two days a week.

Peter Spears

We have been living in Hainford as a family since early 2012. My wife comes from Hainford and went to Hainford school as a child. We were married in Hainford church in 2006.

I have been working in the NHS in various roles since late 1999. I feel I have good understanding of both how the public sector works and the cross over between the NHS and Education. Both my wife, Sarah and my mother in law are teachers so I have some appreciation of the issues in Education.

Our two children both go to Hainford Primary and both attended the Pre School in Hainford.

I am a member of the resources committee and hope to bring some of the things I have learnt during my working life both to this and to the governing body.

I do the school runs each week and hope parents are able to come to me and feel that they can bring any issues or concerns to me whenever they wish.