Annual Governance Statement
Belvedere Infant and Nursery School’s governing body is made up of 6 governors who represent the school’s staff, parents, the Local Authority, and the community. So that you can get to know your governing body a little more, individual governors have provided some information about themselves.
Councillor S. Hinkley
I have lived in Belvedere for the vast majority of my life and even attended Belvedere Infant School myself as a little girl! I still live in Belvedere with my husband and daughter and I am heavily invested in the local community. Prior to having our daughter, I worked as a Marketing Manager for a manufacturing company, which involved budget setting and management, procurement, sales and extensive direct contact with customers, overseas agents and suppliers. After over 16 years of working in this role, I was very fortunate to be able to stay at home when my daughter was young and had the time to re-evaluate my work life. During this period I became a Trustee and the Treasurer of St Augustine’s pre-school, which I enjoy very much. I also changed career completely when I returned to work as I knew I wanted to do more for the local community. I have now been a caseworker for Teresa Pearce for nearly three years, a role which gives me a valuable insight into challenges and issues faced by local residents. In May 2018 I was honoured to be elected to the London Borough of Bexley as one of the three Belvedere Ward Councillors, which enables me to be an effective voice for Belvedere residents and to fight for positive change and investment in our area. More locally to the school, I am also a Director of the Belvedere Forum, a charity which operates the Belvedere Community Centre and provides much needed support to the local community and hosts various regular groups and events. Needless to say, I am very busy, but absolutely love being involved with the school. The children are of course the stars, but there is such a strong and dedicated staff, it makes working with the school a fantastic experience.
Mr Adam Thorogood
I have a background in finance and having worked across various industries and countries for the last 20 years I wanted to use that experience to benefit the children who attend this wonderful school, and so becoming a school governor gave me that opportunity. It is important for me, having children myself, that I do whatever I can to ensure that the children are happy and enthusiastic to learn in a safe school environment and as a member of the board of Governors, I feel privileged to have such a responsibility working with this great and diverse team.