About the Governors

Tony Down (Chair of Governing Body)

I work in supply chain for Babcock International Group leading change management and capability development programmes. I became a co-opted governor in December 2014 and was elected chair of governors in September 2015. Whilst I’m a co-opted governor, my interest in Bowsland Green comes from having a child at the school. I wanted to play a more active role in our daughter’s school life and in particular in shaping the experience she has whilst she’s at Bowsland Green. So I now feel very lucky to have the opportunity to support the school through my role as a governor.

All of us involved, whether staff, children or governors, know we are on a challenging but exciting journey towards making Bowsland Green an outstanding school.

Katja Denning

My name is Katja Denning and I have been a parent governor since 2013. My 3 children are currently in year 4 and in year 2 at Bowsland Green. I am a primary school teacher, and am often seen around school on a regular basis as a supply teacher or lending a hand with various parent events!

I became a governor because I was passionate about contributing my educational expertise and knowledge to the school’s development, and wanted to learn more about how a school operated at a strategic level. I am currently the link governor for the Wider Curriculum, monitoring and evaluating the successful delivery of the new Bowsland Curriculum across the school. Being a governor is extremely rewarding, and I feel privileged to be part of a team committed to shaping the exciting future of Bowsland Green School.

Lottie Harris

My name is Lottie Harris and I am a staff governor at Bowsland Green. I joined the teaching team in September 2015, as a year 3 class teacher, KS2 leader and a member of the Senior Leadership team, leading the Wider Curriculum across the school. I now teach year 5 and 6 and lead assessment, as well as the Core Curriculum team.

The team at Bowsland Green are motivated, dedicated and committed, one I feel privileged to be a part of. Over the past year, I have enjoyed developing relationships with all our members, from pupils and parents to staff and governors, experiencing the hard work and drive that is pushing the school forward on its exciting journey to excellence; Brilliance, through Bowsland Best.

My motivation for my role on the governing body is being able to further impact the schools development and gaining experience of the strategic leadership of this valuable stakeholder group. I believe passionately that every child deserves the best opportunities and experiences we can provide to help them develop a life long love for learning and prepare them for our global world.

Andrew Holloway (Chair of Resources Subcommittee)

I am Chair of the Resources Committee which oversees the overall finances and staffing for the school. I am also a Link Governor for ICT, Health and Safety and SENCO.  I work closely with the School to ensure that we are not only meeting but where possible exceeding our responsibilities.

I became a governor as at the time I had 3 step children in the school whilst the oldest one has moved on to BSCS, i still have 2 children left in different stages in the school. I am therefore very keen to ensure that the education they receive is the best possible during these early years.

My work at Dell also means I am able to bring a wealth of business knowledge as I deal with education across the UK.

I am really enjoying my time as a governor we are on a journey striving to be the best but also offer the best education to the children not just today but for the future and it’s a privilege to be able to be a part of this.

Moxley Cooper (Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of Children’s Subcommittee)

I am Chair of the Children’s and Curriculum Committee which oversees the quality of education provided by the school, all aspects of pupil welfare, and is also responsible for seeking the views of pupils and parents. As Link Governor for Safeguarding, I work closely with the Deputy Head to ensure that the safety and wellbeing of pupils is given the highest priority.

I feel that my career has given me a useful background to draw on in my role as governor. I retired a few years ago from local government where my career began in Bedford’s Education Department, working in the teacher recruitment team. After that, I moved to the London Borough of Hounslow where I serviced the Education Committee and school governing bodies. I then transferred to the Chief Executive’s Department where I qualified as a solicitor.

My next appointment was Solicitor to the Council at Stroud, a post which I held for eight years before becoming Chief Executive of the former Police Authority, the body which was then responsible for holding the Chief Constable to account for the performance of the police service in Avon and Somerset.

My wife and I live in Stoke Gifford with our ten-year-old son who has three grown up half-sisters from my previous marriage.

Leanne Butterfield

I was co-opted as a governor in April 2016, shortly after we moved to the area with our 2 boys who started at Bowsland Green in Oct 2015 (Currently in Yr 1 & 2). I am the lead Governor for the Well-being and Stay safe curricula.

I work as a Doctor in the NHS, in the role of Consultant Psychiatrist, looking after the mental health needs of adults aged 18 years and above. My work involves treating and managing patients with all aspects of mental health, including anxiety, depression, adult ADHD, self-harm, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and dementia. I work with carers and general hospital staff to educate and raise awareness of Mental health and wellbeing, and also have previous experience working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

I am passionate about ensuring children’s mental health and wellbeing is fully supported and developed in school, and believe strongly that the school curriculum should help equip our children to: Understand the links between mental and physical health; Understand, talk about and support their own (and other people’s) mental, physical and well-being needs; and help reduce the stigma around all physical and mental health issues.

In addition to my role in the NHS, I am an Executive Coach, supporting individuals and companies to maximise their potential in the workplace.

In my spare time, I maintain my own well-being by running (marathons, half-marathons and 10km), cycling, hiking, camping trips with our 2 boys and singing in a Worship band at St Michaels Church, Stoke Gifford.

Ian Lewis

I joined the governing body in March 2016, having recently moved to South Gloucestershire.  Previously I had been a governor at a secondary school in Bristol and at a further education college.

I am a chartered accountant but am now retired.  Over my career I have worked in both the private and the public sectors in a range of financial and senior management roles, latterly in the funding and regulation of higher education.   I have benefitted enormously from the opportunities I have had and feel it is Important to give something back and to see if my knowledge and experience can help others.

I am a member of the resources committee and a the link governor for the School Financial Value Standard and Assurance, audit and the budget.

Vicki Down

I became a co-opted governor in January 2016.  I firmly believe that all children are entitled to a high quality, free education and I am keen to ensure that students who have difficulties accessing the curriculum (PP, SEND, EAL etc) are able to make the same good progress, both academically and socially, as their peers. This was a key motivation in becoming a governor at Bowsland Green.

I have a background in secondary education, having taught Mathematics in Greater Manchester and South Gloucestershire for over twenty years.  I was Head of Mathematics for just under half of that time and upon my return to this area I decided to reduce my level of responsibility.  I now teach in Thornbury and am responsible for tracking the Mathematical progress of all the students in that school as well as coordinating any required intervention.  I am also in charge of the A level Mathematics courses.

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, especially my niece and nephews (who often help with the daily dog walks) as well as going to the cinema and theatre.  I am a keen traveller having travelled from Alaska to New Zealand, with recent visits to Peru, Sri Lanka and Burma.

Dawn Russell

My name is Dawn Russell and I became a parent governor for Bowsland Green in 2018 when my eldest son started his reception year.

I am a Chartered Town Planner working for South Gloucestershire Council.  I have worked in town and country planning since 1999 and hope to use my skills and experience to support the school wherever possible.

I am interested in the Community around Bowsland Green School and how it can work together to support and enhance school life for its pupils.  

I currently sit on the Resources Sub-Committee.  My link role focus is for funding to support SEN and the pupil voice.  I also maintain a link with the Friends of Bowsland Green.