Chair of Governors
Ms Michelle Robinson - Safeguarding
Ms Paulette Bywater - Complaints
I was previously elected Parent Governor in January 2017 and since then have been Co-opted on to the Governing Body since 2021 and remain a Governor at Asquith Primary.
I have had 2 children who attended Asquith Primary School who have since finished their education journey at Asquith Primary and are now in High School. Both talk fondly of their time at Asquith. I attended clubs at Asquith whilst both children were babies and I was delighted when both got places in the fabulous Nursery setting and then in to Reception.
As a working parent I was a heavy user of the wrap around provisions at Asquith.
I have worked for local government for over 25 years, in a senior position for over 12 years, and worked for the last 6 years specialising in Education. As a Senior HR Business Partner/ Manager; providing advice on all employment matters & policies supporting a large number of schools across the city predominantly focusing on change management; case management; people strategy along with a solutions focused approach with strong collaboration with stakeholders and partnership working and negotiation with the Trade unions. I hope that my experience and knowledge is seen as an asset to the school. Most recently (January 2022) I supported the Governing Recruitment panel in the 2 day Assessment Centre which subsequently led to the successful recruitment and appointment of Asquith's new Headteacher from September 2022.
I am proud to be a member of the largest volunteer workforce in the UK in my role of Governor.
I have a strong interest in Education and have seen the difference that attending a good and caring inclusive school can make to young people’s lives.
Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (Chartered Membership status)
2020/21 - Governor Safeguarding Training Online
2021 - Child Protection & Safeguarding
2021/22 - eLearning: Online Safety and the links to Child Protection
Mr Matthew Costello (Vice Chair) - Pupil Premium
I joined the Asquith Primary governing board in October 2021 as a co-opted governor. I have two boys who both attend Asquith Primary. I live very local to the school and have the luxury of working from home, giving me the flexibility to attend school frequently and fulfil my duties as a governor. In 2022 I became vice-chair with specialties in looked after children and pupil premium.
Away from school I work for a Global Travel company and manage a European team of people focused on processes and strategic operations.
In my spare time we love to get out as a family, with our dog, into the Countryside for walks.
Mr Lalit Suryawanshi - Health & Safety
Mr Mohammad Shan-A-Khuda - Maths
I have been a Co-Opted Governor at Asquith Primary School since September 2018. A key interest to for being a governor has been to contribute to build school community through exercising the core seven ‘Asquith values’ i.e., Friendship, Courage, Equality, Excellence, Respect, Determination, and Inspiration. Specifically, Asquith’s ‘can do’ attitude and ‘never give up’ have resulted in a great inspiration for me throughout my son’s education at school and beyond.
I am currently working as a lecturer in the School of Computing at Leeds Beckett University. Within the role, one of my special inputs is to the teaching, learning and development of under graduate and post graduate students’ mathematics curriculum. A prominent role as a mathematics governor at Asquith is also influenced by my lifelong passion for maths for the benefit of the community.
Before working as a lecturer, my role as a data scientist involved working on-site with West Yorkshire Police in assisting and guiding officers in conducting cybercrime investigations. I have a scholarly publication on cybercrime victims in England. Working with the wider community including academics, researchers, industries have enabled me to apply my skills, knowledge, and experiences to become one of the successful governors at Asquith Primary School and beyond.
Mrs Kathryn Nash - Reading
Mrs Helen Peirce - Attendance & Behaviour
Mr Peter Withington (Vice Chair)- Training & Development
Mrs Deborah Baxter-Heyes - Writing
Mrs April Shirra - Staff & Pupil Wellbeing