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Compass Primary School

Governor Profiles

miss tanya lee (co-opted governor)

My business background is in senior leadership in large global matrix organisations including positions in sales, marketing, operations and e-commerce, working both in the U.K. and U.S.A.  It was during this time I found my passion for people and team development and I’ve recently set up my own organisation to work with people to help them to be their best, to be confident and produce their finest work. I believe that no day is a day wasted and there isn’t a day that goes past that I don’t learn something new.

Outside work, I live with my partner Rod and our two cats.  I am passionate about travel and try to visit a new country every year.  I enjoy exploring new cultures and people.

I became a governor as I wanted to volunteer in the community in a way I can add value using my business and life skills.

My mother attended the school when she was a child (when it was Henry Gotch!) and went on to become a primary school teacher in Kettering. So I grew up with a parent working in education.

I look forward to working with you all to continue to add value and drive and to support the school’s aims and values of Explore, Discover and Dream.

Mr Reg Talbot (Co-opted Governor)

I spent 40 years of working life in Research and Development in the engineering industry as well as teaching school mathematics. I am a volunteer Governor at Kettering General Hospital and a Parish councillor.

I am married with two children and five grandchildren who are at primary and secondary school, continuing my interest in education. I spend as much time as I can afford on holiday. I play golf and support Northampton cricket and rugby. 

mrs karen ciftci (parent governor)

I am delighted to serve you as Compass Primary Academy Governor to strive for best practice and education excellence across the school environment. I bring 15 years of international teaching and leadership experience, developing education, assessment and standards for students across multi-cultural backgrounds. My passion is improving “The Language Dimension” and enabling all students to be the best that they can be.

I am a business studies graduate from NTU and worked for many years as Marketing Director in the IT industry, focusing on customer service, complaints management and making improvements from feedback.  Hence, as Governor, I value what you have to say.  It will be a pleasure for me to connect your child’s school experience with the ever improving standards of excellence at Compass.  As past President of the Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals in UK, Europe and USA, a National Business Awards and National Customer Services Awards Judge for many years, I can help us to journey towards best-in-class performance.

As Governor, I am interested in the physical and mental wellbeing of everyone at Compass Primary Academy and offer my skills, as an MSc Dance Science post graduate from Trinity Laban, for students to be fit and well.

I look forward to serving you and journeying together towards our ever improving school community.

Mr Andy BUFFHAM (Co-opted Governor)

Having run my own businesses for 15 years, I trained to become a teacher with the School Direct scheme. I trained and taught in Norfolk and then joined Peckover Primary School 5 years ago.

Having worked as Assistant-Vice Principal and Year 5 teacher at Peckover for 3 years, I am now Vice Principal at Oakley Vale Primary School. As a teacher and a leader, I am passionate about developing teaching and learning that is creative, exciting and meaningful for all children.

 Kat DRINKWATER (co-opted governor)

Having owned and lived on a 54ft Narrowboat for much of my late 20’s & early 30’s it’s fair to say I am always looking for alternative options rather than accepting the norm.  I also have a keen passion for the Arts which inspired my undertaking of a BA in Performing Arts at King Alfred’s College in Winchester.

My current background is in Project & Account Management within the retail construction industry.  After 7 years of travelling to building sites across Europe and honing an in-depth working knowledge of live projects and the proactive, efficient and organised approach they require; I was promoted to Resource Director at the beginning of 2018.

For me becoming a Governor is 2-fold.  Firstly, it’s the prospect of growing both personally and professionally, by nature I am always seeking a new challenge.  Secondly and most importantly it’s the opportunity to ‘pass it forward’; being able to offer a positive contribution to the daily routine of Compass Primary.

My aim is to take my varied knowledge and skill set and combine it with my passion and commitment in order to ascertain the added value I can bring to Compass Primary whilst helping to build the best possible education and experiences for all the pupils.

 Tina Prati (chair of governors)

I am currently a Senior Project Manager within the Financial Services Industry. I have previously been a Foster Carer and have worked within Further Education with local businesses to understand the benefits of offering Apprenticeships and helping them match their opportunities with young people. 

Having left school at 16 and studying for my degree in Business Information Systems later in life whilst working full time with a young family, I want to use my knowledge and experience to help Compass Primary to build the best possible opportunities for its’ pupils.

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