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Ann Barber B.Ed. D.P.S.E (Diploma in Professional Studies in Education Management)
I am a retired Executive Head Teacher and Consultant Leader for the National College of School Leaders. I have supported schools throughout the country to help them improve their management and leadership skills. As a Consultant Leader I worked alongside many other professional people, giving talks and presentations at a variety of conferences. I am a former resident of Harriseahead and began my working life at Thursfield in 1965. Four generations of my husband's family attended this school. Therefore it is very close to my heart and I am very pleased to be a part of its future.
Mr Robert (Bob) Owen MBE
I am a Chartered Engineer and until retirement was a General Manager in Siemens responsible for a number of Large Project Engineering Businesses mainly operating in the international marketplace. A former Vice-Chair of UMIST and a Board Member of The University of Manchester I have enjoyed being part of the Team that has helped Thursfield regain its performance.
I have been a Head of a North Staffordshire middle school for 5 years. I have been on a number of Governing Bodies including an IEB. I have supported schools in Staffordshire and the West Midlands in a variety of ways including offering school to school support in areas such as reading, transition to year 5, effective action planning, tracking and data analysis, improving teaching to good and developing effective leadership.
Since 2013 I have worked alongside Senior HMI’s to improve reading and literacy across the curriculum. As part of this work I presented at conferences across the West Midlands, Telford and Shropshire and have also worked in a number of schools.
I consider myself very fortunate to have been teaching at Thursfield for a number of years, completing my 30th year in July 2019. Throughout my time, I have fulfilled a number of roles, in a range of year groups and I am presently Assistant Head and KS1 Coordinator. I believe that Thursfield is at the heart of the local community. It plays a vital role in helping children achieve their potential through education and ensuring youngsters have the best opportunities to succeed whilst growing into responsible and caring individuals.
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