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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.
It gives me great pleasure to be a governor in this marvellous school which continues to rise in stature. I currently run my own small business and prior to this held a number of senior accounting positions in industry. I am also a member of Kidsgrove Town Council and Newcastle Borough Council, representing the Newchapel and Mow Cop ward and a director of Kidsgrove Town Centre Community Interest Company. I have recently been appointed to the Kidsgrove Town Deal Board and the Steering Committee for the Neighbourhood Plan which is to be carried out in Kidsgrove and it's satellite villages and towns.
Having been born and raised in Mow Cop and now living in Newchapel, I have a close affinity with the local area. Due to my two children attending Thursfield, I also have a strong personal interest in the school and it’s successful performance. In the past, I have taken part in classes helping the younger children with reading and as a family we regularly support the various fund raising activities at the school.
I have gained skills and experience from a variety of roles within the ceramic and automotive industries, that could be beneficial in the role of Governor. These include managing teams, process improvement programmes, capital expenditure responsibilities, financial business planning and customer relationship management. I communicate effectively with people at all levels, act as coach / mentor and analyse situations in a logical and systematic way. My main interest outside of work is participating or watching any type of sport, and previously I was treasurer of a local junior football team.
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