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Trudi Barnes, Chair of Governors
I have over 20 years experience of working in Early Years and Childcare that includes managing nurseries and running a Children’s Centre in North Somerset.

When I moved to London I was keen to continue supporting the work of nurseries and was so pleased to find RONEC in my local neighbourhood.  From when I first visited the nursery I felt at home, always a warm welcome and the feeling of purpose and belief in all the children made me want to support the work they do.

I am passionate about Early Years and Childcare and how these years are the stepping stone to the future for all children. By giving them opportunities to play and learn supported by very skilled staff and in partnership with parents nurtures a love of learning . I am so pleased to be able to support RONEC in continuing to grow and develop with the amazing children and families they work with.

My children are all grown up and am lucky to have 4 grandchildren who continue to show me the joy and potential of children every day.

Ruth Chamberlain – Co-opted Governor
I first became interested in RONEC when I took my daughter to the stay and play sessions. Luckily, she got a place at the nursery and really enjoyed her time at RONEC. I really liked the way RONEC went about doing things and I wanted to find out more about how the nursery worked so I became parent governor to be able to support the nursery further. I am now a co-opted governor as my daughter has left but I wanted to continue to help the team at RONEC to achieve their goals in enabling all the children in their care to flourish.
Ian Sutton – Co-opted Governor
I have over 20 years’ experience of local government and early years having set up and run Children’s Centre services in three London boroughs. I came to Newham as a Children’s Services Commissioner and began to work closely with RONEC helping to set up the ‘Connect With Me’ project for children with ASD.

I became the Newham local authority representative on the Governing Body in 2018 but left the Council soon after to work for the charity Ambitious About Autism. But, working with the school and the staff had been so enjoyable and rewarding that I continued to support the school as a Co-opted Governor.

Beatrice Baidoo – Parent Governor
Being an ex pupil at Ronald Openshaw (well over 25 years ago!) I always had fond memories of my pre school days. So when the opportunity to become a parent governor arose, I took it without any hesitation.

As a mother with both children having attended/attending RONEC, I have been able to see first hand the fantastic services provided to children and parents.

As a parent governor, my is aim to help the nursery school achieve its aim and continue to be an outstanding nursery school. As part of the curriculum committee I can help assist in the learning and development of the children by reviewing high standards of educational attainment and targets set for pupil achievement.

As a parent governor, I am able to help and work closely with the head teacher and staff and help the governing body to communicate effectively with parents.

Maria Bastos da Fonseca – Parent Governor
I am Maria Bastos da Fonseca and I was appointed a parent governor in 2018. Passionate about Dance and the Creative Arts ever since I can remember, I have studied Performing Arts and worked within that sector all my professional life. Before becoming a mother, I have also fallen in love with the education sector, and this love only grew stronger once I was blessed with my children. Being aware of the power that was given to me upon becoming a mother, I pledged to become the change I wish to see. And precisely because the world is changed by one’s example, I decided, having been offered the opportunity to get actively involved, to gratefully accept the challenge and help fight for a system that is worthy of all our children’s full potential. At RONEC our children play their way to success, and I believe that is exactly by getting involved, participating and cooperating with the school in a dynamic exercise of everyone’s potential that we can become that change we wish to see, and help our children and community to develop the positive vision that every positive action carries. There is a rather optimist feedback loop when one keeps taking action, so I believe that if we do that together, working co-operatively, we can improve outcomes for all.
Martin Crosier – Parent Governor
I wanted to become parent governor to help the continual improvement and success of RONEC. I currently have my second child going through the nursery school and benefitting from the excellent practices and experience of all staff. I aim to help the HT, all staff, children and parents get the most out of their time and broaden the message to potential future attendees. In particular as a parent of two SEN children I have first hand knowledge on how beneficial the right early education plans can be and aim to widen this message and advice to the wider community.

As a director in a live entertainment venue group, I bring many skills from a commercial and business background in particular being able to advise on the subjects of marketing campaigns, technology, sales, project management and finance.