Parent governors are elected by the parents, their term of office is four years. Authority governors are appointed by the local authority, also for four years. Co-opted governors are appointed by the Governing Body for a period of two years.
The Fitzmaurice Governing Body currently consists of 11 Governors.
Tracey Dunn – Headteacher
Tracey has been Headteacher at Fitzmaurice since January 2013.
Nicola is a staff governor. She is our School Business Manager and has been at Fitz since 2004.
Jo is the Deputy Head of the school. She has been with us since 2012.
Revd Joanna Abecassis
I have been the parish priest at Holy Trinity Church since July 2010, and then Rector of Westwood and Wingfield as well since March 2013 – and am also a mother and grandmother!
As well as my governing role at Fitzmaurice (since 2011) with a special responsibility for, firstly the Children’s Centre, and now Whistle blowing. I am also a Governor at St Laurence School and a Member of the Trust Board, and a Governor at Westwood with Iford Primary School and have a close involvement with the Mead School, Wingfield. I love being and working with all of these young people, of all ages, and it is good to be able to make all the connections too (not least as I am still very involved at the Children’s Centre). I am passionate about my ministry in the community, ‘loving and serving’ as best I can and wherever I can – and of course it is always good to welcome the school to Holy Trinity too for the annual Carol Service and for class visits.
Nicola Williams – Chair
I am a Parent Governor on the Resources Committee, I have two children in attendance at Fitzmaurice Primary School, I am a qualified Project Manager in the Civil Service and I am an active member of the Bradford on Avon WI, which is great fun.
I volunteered to be a Governor to assist in the school being the best it can be and had a lot of encouragement from my children who wanted me to be more involved in their school. I have been a Trade Union Representative in the Civil Service for over 20 years and have gained a lot of experience in staff issues and implementation of Staffing Policies and I am a trained mediator.
I appreciate that we all live busy and active lives and feel that the more volunteers that come forward the better, then the school can use our experience and enthusiasm for the benefit of all and we can all work together to make it a positive and happy place for everyone.
As a parent of two Fitzmaurice pupils, I am heavily involved in the life of the school; I help in both of my children’s classrooms regularly, attend school events, actively participate in Fitz Friends fundraising events, and can usually be found in the playground after school. I am passionate about education. I have an understanding of the school curriculum, experience with special needs pupils, and the double perspective of being a parent and a teacher, which puts me in an ideal position to work within the governing body to support Fitzmaurice in being the best place for our children to learn.
I am a parent governor and co-chair of the Resources committee. I have three children, with my older two currently at Fitz. I am a Chartered Accountant by background, having worked in accounting/advisory firms (Grant Thornton and KPMG) and also within Industry as a Finance Director. I joined the Governors in 2015 to offer my support and experience with regard to financial governance and planning; helping the school to consider best use of available funds.
I have been a parent of Fitzmaurice students since 2011 and have always been involved in my children’s classes. I am around in the playground every day. I am self employed running Vita Pilates, I used to be a secondary school PE and Dance teacher. I am an active member of Bearfield church. I sit on the Resources subcommittee of the governing body as this reflects the experience I have gained within the teaching profession.
I am a mum of four and have been a parent at Fitz since 2009 with my youngest due to start in September 2018. In years gone by I was a corporate lawyer in the City, specialising in M&A and corporate finance. I am currently self-employed running my very part-time sewing and dressmaking business. We are an outdoorsy family with lots of camping, hiking and National Trust café-frequenting. The boys and dad are very involved with the town football club and I can usually be found arranging fixtures for the U10s or freezing on the side-lines of a pitch somewhere in Wiltshire. I am not bad at poring over budgets, contracts and endless small print and asking very pedantic questions. This perhaps explains why I am Co-chair of the Resources Committee.
My children attended Fitzmaurice in the 80’s/90’s. At the time I was active on the PTA and ran the BonA Junior Youth Club and Playscheme. I then taught at a local secondary school for 29 years and I am now retired. I come in and help at school on a regular basis. I firmly believe that every child is entitled to the best education they can have and hope that the knowledge I have acquired over the years can be of benefit to Fitzmaurice. I am on both the Resources and the Curriculum and Standards committees.
I am a married man with two young boys, both of whom currently attend Fitz. My day job is Chartered Marine Engineer employed by BMT DSL Ltd, located in one of their four offices in Bath. Although a technical position, my current role does have a very healthy slice of project management thrown in, both of which require analytical thinking and the ability to solve complex problems. Prior to BMT I held a commission in the Royal Navy, spending 17 years in the service, retiring as a Lieutenant Commander. My motivation for joining the board of governors is two-fold: Firstly, I am very keen to take an interest in my boy’s education and view this position as my way of having a positive impact on this. Secondly we are keen to make Bradford our permanent home and involving myself in the local community in this way will help both me and my family integrate.