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Meet our Governors – Phil Clark

I have been a Governor at Bowmansgreen since May 2016.  I am one of our two parent governors – our role is to be representative of the parent perspective in general, but not to be a spokesperson for the particular views of parents.  We are elected for a four year term, at the end of which other parents will have the opportunity to stand as a parent governor.
I have one child at the school in year 5, and my daughter attended Bowmansgreen from 2008 to 2015 and is now at Samuel Ryder.  I decided to become a governor to help the school meet the challenges that all schools face at the moment – maintaining a high quality of education for our children whilst faced with budget pressures.  I work in finance and this year have taken on the role as Chair of the governing body’s Resources Committee.  This committee is responsible for overseeing and challenging the school on how it manages its finances, the school premises and learning resources.  We usually meet each half term, with Miss Lippa and the School Business Manager.
It’s been a steep learning curve during the last two years, and an eye-opener into all of the hard work that goes into running the school for the benefit of our children, but it has been enjoyable.  All of the Governors are committed to supporting the school in its mission to improve the education that your children receive.
Most of my spare time involves sport – I play football on a Tuesday night at Cotlandswick with a group of dads from school, and also play tennis and badminton.  I also do Parkrun in Verulam Park on a Saturday morning with my son, and manage his rugby team at Old Verulamians.