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Barras Stone - Chair of Directors

I have recently retired after a range of varied and interesting jobs in a number of large organisations, amongst them British Aerospace, the BBC, British Gas and Bournemouth University. I now plan to spend more of my time being a Governor.  Having a long term interest in children's education, both through work and as a parent and grandparent, I have been a Governor in Bournemouth for 20 years.  I have lived on the school 'block' for many years and know Pokesdown to be an amazing school, the atmosphere is wonderfully supportive to young children, they learn with enthusiasm and are a credit to their families. I am really proud to be a part of Pokesdown School.


Kirsten Bryan-Brown - Appointed by the Members


As a classroom TA at Pokesdown Community Primary School, I have the privilege of seeing first-hand how dynamic and creative the approach taken to learning is for the children at our school. With two daughters here I am also lucky to experience the fantastic outcomes the children put on at the end of a topic and often find my own knowledge being challenged. Having previously worked in personnel and development management, I believe there is something special that gets created at Pokesdown and this is clearly seen in how confident, articulate and passionate the children are about their school and their own achievements.


Mark Cribb - Appointed by the Members


I’ve lived in Boscombe most of my life studying at Bethany and Portchester School as a child.  I’m now hugely excited to have a hospitality business in Boscombe that I like to think has become part of the positive and diverse local community.  As a parent of two young children aged 7 and 9, with a wife and brother in law who are both primary school teachers, and as an employer of an often young team I have a huge interest in education.  There is nothing more motivating or exciting than seeing hundreds of children fulfil their potential and set out into their world journey as happy and enthusiastic as possible. I hope I can bring a useful perspective to the board of governors and help Pokesdown Primary School, it’s children and the local community continue its incredible journey and influence.


Mark Saddington - Appointed by the Members


I have lived in Dorset all of my life and I am proud to have two sons currently attending our wonderful school. I have been fortunate enough to have had opportunities to gain a wide-range of experience in my career including running my own business, working for large corporations, the NHS and now I work at Bournemouth University. I have set-up and managed successful projects that have helped people with long-term disabilities, and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds find sustainable employment. My reason for volunteering to be a parent governor is simply to be able to give back. Our school has helped me and my family to feel part of a community, so just giving up a few hours of my time each month to help the school gives me more back in satisfaction than anything else I do.


Ashley St John – Appointed by the Members


I have lived in Southbourne and Pokesdown for the last 23 years. I am currently Vice Principal of a Secondary Academy in North Bournemouth, and have worked in that area for the last 19 years. Prior to that, I worked in a professional capacity for the Rugby Football Union. As a PE teacher, and a father of two girls who are keen dancers (one studying it at University), I am particularly passionate about the importance of sport and the Arts within education. I volunteered to be a governor as I wanted to put something back into our local community on a voluntary basis. I was very grateful to be offered the opportunity to be a governor of the school, and I hope that I'm able to help by applying some of my expertise from the secondary sector, into the Primary. 


Mike McClintock – Appointed by the Members


I live very locally to the school and have a background in teaching, IT and training. I bring a wealth of real world experience to our Governors.  I now run my own companies and some rental properties locally, but have lived and worked overseas.  My partner has been a parent governor at a local senior school and is a Junior school teacher (with special responsibilities for IT) at a Bournemouth public school.  


Kevin Thomas – Appointed by the Members


I have lived in Bournemouth since 2003 although I've had links with the town since 1992. I currently work in the area of HR Management Information and have experience working for the Civil Service, Local Government and Charity sectors.  I have two children, my youngest is still at Pokesdown while my daughter transferred up to Bournemouth School for Girls from Pokesdown in 2019. Having seen the wonderful way my children have learnt and developed at Pokesdown I am extremely excited to serve as a Governor and support the School Community in all it does.



Chris Wragg – Elected by the Parents


I have two daughters who attend the school and we live in the local area. I currently run a data science company and previously worked as a civil servant in Whitehall. My main areas of focus as a parent governor are special educational needs provision across the school and physical education. I am also interested in how our children's data is collected, protected and used to improve the school's understanding of where best to target its resources.


Paul Lord – Elected by the Parents


As an ex-pupil of Pokesdown, with my eldest daughter just finishing her journey at the school, and my middle daughter recently starting, I am extremely grateful to be given the opportunity to contribute back to the school community. As a qualified Accountant I have passion for maths, but I want to ensure that children have a wide variety of learning opportunities, to become well rounded individuals able to adapt for the future. I have worked for a variety of companies, from large corporates to local childcare. I am hoping my experiences and learning from these will support the school making positive contributions in the children's learning and development.