After an enjoyable and varied 20-year career in banking moving around the southwest I retrained as a teacher in 2005 and moved to Shapwick in 2006 having secured a role in a local secondary school where I lead the business and computer science faculty. My oldest daughter joined the reception class at Catcott in 2010 and all three of my daughters attended the school for the seven years of their primary education with my youngest finishing year 6 in 2021. They all thrived at Catcott and are now enjoying life at Crispin. I was elected a parent-governor in 2015 and I became chair of governors in 2016. I love the family feel at Catcott and can’t think of a happier place for young children to develop through the school’s core values of independence, resilience and thinking. Away from school governance, work and parenting I play a range of sports and am treasurer of Shapwick Runners.
I moved to Edington in 2015 and having recently returned to the area I wanted to get involved in our local community ideally using my skill set as a qualified accountant. After discussions with the chair of governors at Catcott and with encouragement from my employer and professional body I joined the governing board in 2016. Since then I have also become chair of the environment committee which is primarily focused on the financial review and facilities management of the school. Although I am most comfortable talking about budgets and financials I really enjoy supporting the school to make sure the pupils get the best all round experience possible. This will be truly tested later this year when my daughter starts school.
Hello, I’m a Somerset chap living in Chilton Polden - married to Jessica with two children who have loved their time at Catcott, since the first one joined in 2014. I joined the governing board shortly after that and have enjoyed getting involved.
After corporate roles in Sales, Marketing and HR, I founded a coaching and training business in 2007 that works across the world to bring about organisational change. We focus on the human performance that impacts leadership, culture, creativity and sustainability. It’s an eclectic mix of interventions, spanning areas like wellbeing, psychology, neuroscience, the arts, sport and therapy. The entrepreneur in me launched a footwear business in 2010 that had 4 shops and sold wonders from brands like Irregular Choice through to Jimmy Choo! I’m constantly learning about the culture, challenges and joys of schooling and education. The family feel and hard work that goes into making Catcott Primary what it is, is seriously inspiring and quite a responsibility for us all.
I have been a governor at Catcott Primary School for a number of years. I have responsibility for SEND, Safeguarding and I am Vice Chair. I am a retired primary school teacher, living in Catcott, and enjoy still being involved in education through my role as a governor. I feel very privileged to be able to contribute to this wonderful school. I believe that the children at Catcott are nurtured and cared for by outstanding staff and encouraged to reach their full potential.
I have been a Governor at Catcott School since 2018, and I am currently a member of the Environment committee, with responsibility for Governor training.
I have lived in Burtle with my family since 1995. I’m a veterinary surgeon, and worked for many years as a clinician and teacher at the University of Bristol. Now semi-retired, I work part-time in postgraduate veterinary education.
I’ve been involved with Shapwick and Polden cricket club for many years, and my husband and adult son still play for the club. I’m also an active local volunteer for Somerset Wildlife Trust.
Catcott School is a very important part of the local community, and I’m committed to working with the staff, parents and children to allow the school to flourish.
I have been a member of the governing board since 2017, soon after my son started at Catcott. I live in Chilton Polden and enjoy getting involved in community events, especially anything that gets children involved. In business I am a management consultant, focussing on performance improvement, so I’m interested with constantly raising the standards at Catcott whilst not losing sight of the broader needs of our pupils.
Julie Norman is an Executive Primary Lead for a Multi Academy Trust in Somerset, and runs her own business, School Omega Solutions (SOS), where she offers support and guidance to schools to help their improvement journey. She has 21 years’ experience in education, 16 of those years in Senior Leadership.
Julie also provides conference workshops and Keynote speaking. Julie is a Fellow of The Chartered College of Teaching and on the Executive Board for the NAHT supporting Headteachers, working as a Support Officer and Case Worker.
Martin joined the governing body in the Spring of 2022 as a co-opted governor after moving into the area and has two children at the school. Martin joins us with prior experience having been a governor for 2 years at a different school.
Martin is passionate about helping young people to achieve the best they can, giving them maximum opportunities to discover their full potential through education and extra-curricular activities alike.
Professionally Martin has a degree in Engineering and works in the data analytics industry with a number of organisations to help them get the most out of their data to improve the experiences of their customers.