Governor Profiles

Matthew Simpson

I have lived in the village for 18 years  with my wife, two children and our springer spaniel Skye!  It has been my pleasure to be Chair of Governors for the last three years, a role I take very seriously and am extremely proud to hold, particularly as my children progress through the school.

Originally working within a private small manufacturing family business for many years, I then moved on to take on wider roles within national companies, again within the manufacturing sector. Throughout my life I have always been committed to helping young people be the best they can, both in school and out, and have been involved in various uniformed groups to support this commitment.

In my mid 30's, I made the decision to work in a more young person focused role and retrained at university to be a qualified youth and community practitioner. This enabled me to work directly with young people, supporting their dreams and aspirations. I now work within the secondary school sector where I am  a senior manager on the school leadership team with responsibilities for Child Protection, Behaviour, Attendance, Special Educational Needs and Development and all aspects of young people’s emotional, social and behavioural needs. I have found the training, experience, skills and qualifications I have gained throughout my work life relevant in my role as a governor. My experience and  my skills  enable me to effectively support the governors and teaching staff to provide the best learning and whole child development we can.  It has been a pleasure working with our staff and Head to develop the whole school during some very challenging times.

Carol O’Connor

I am the Foundation Governor and have been for nearly 12 years.  During this time I have been Chair and Vice Chair. I am keen to support and work with our head teacher and teachers at the school, providing a rewarding and stimulating education for our children. I enjoy the role as you get to input directly into the management and strategy of the school at the same time become aware of the links to the church and wider community.

I have three children at the school in Year 1 and 5, and an older daughter who attended the school. I live in the village.

My background is as a Pharmacist with project management within the Pharmaceutical Industry, and more recently setting up my own consultancy business.  The skills I have gained within my working life compliment other governors and provide me with the skills to actively input into my role as a governor.   


Tim Beeden

I am the Class 3 and Senior Teacher here at Hose Primary school. Being a staff governor grants me the invaluable opportunity to see a very different side to school life. During my time as a teacher, I have been a Staff Governor for a total of five years which I hope stands me in good stead to help provide a link between the staff and the governing body.


Margaret Cox

I am very proud to be Headteacher here at Hose School and part of my role is being a member of the Governing Body.  I have worked here since January 2011 having previously worked in larger schools as a Deputy Headteacher or part of the Senior Leadership team.  I have a keen interest in inclusion and supporting pupils with SEN.  My aim is for every child to flourish during their time at Hose and to achieve to the very best of their potential supported by an abiding understanding of our school’s Christian values.

Helen Wilson 

I am a Parent Governor with three children in Hose Primary School, one in each class.  I grew up in a neighbouring village and went to a small village primary school very similar to this one and I am very aware of the important role such a school plays in the ongoing life of the local community.  My employment background is varied but at the moment I run the accounts and administration side of our family business and I deal with customers and suppliers on a daily basis.  I also work hard with the school's Parents and Friends Association to ensure our children can take advantage of the best opportunities available to them during their time at Hose Primary School.

Nathan Jones

I have lived in Hose since 2002, and I am a parent of two boys. My eldest son is a pupil at Hose C of E Primary School (Year 2) and the youngest will join in 2015. I believe that the school is a jewel for the village and community which continues to provide an excellent, all round education for our children. I am a Chartered Accountant and licenced Insolvency Practitioner.


Chris Card

 Hose school is already a super local school - delivering high quality learning opportunities both within and outside the classroom and, just like everyone else, I want it to continue to succeed and improve further.  The role of parent governor is a vastly responsible one and I would like an inside look at how things work and a chance to make a difference as well.

I also volunteer at the local Air Training Corp squadron, where I am proud to be a Civilian Instructor and, although this is a volunteer role, I get a great deal of satisfaction from giving something back.  This, combined with a varying career across different sectors and industries, all senior roles, means I have a strong background in business administration, operations managements and commercial activity.  I am also a registered STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Ambassador, which I believe demonstrates a commitment to the younger generation and the desire to help where I can to make a difference to their lives.

I have had a varied career in multiple sectors and roles from retail positions to programme management roles in large, global, multi-national businesses, which means I can bring a wealth of experience to the position, as well as commitment, enthusiasm, loyalty and care for the school, it's pupils and staff.  This is a very exciting role and I hope to make a difference.


Reverend Frederick Connell

I was ordained in Africa and I have worked in Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa. Ministry has included teaching at primary, secondary schools and theological colleges. I have also been to Jordan and Iraq on ministry. Ministry in the UK has included Rural and Urban context, with an emphasis on teaching, pastoral and spiritual development.
For the first twenty six years of adult life, I was  involved in professional property asset management, as a chartered surveyor working in the UK based in London, and overseas in USA, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean.

Richard Garnett

I have been a Governor at Hose C of E School for over 10 years. I started as a Parent Governor with twin boys at the school. Since the boys left I have continued as Community Governor. I have 25 years in the scientific industry and health and safety business. I was Chair of Governors for 2 years and have seen many changes in the school and its staff, all of which have been positive.