My name is Louise Finlay. I have lived in Barnard Castle for 20 years now. I have two daughters one currently at the school and another who will be joining nursery in 2019. I have been very involved in the life of school since my elder daughter joined. As a family, we have helped with FoMS (Friends of Montalbo School) and have arranged volunteering days through my employer to help make improvements to school facilities. I have helped bring in donations that have enabled the building of train garden and purchased Ipads and other much needed items for school.
I am Parent Governor and also Vice Chair of Governors with three years of my current 4-year term with the Governing Body now completed. I serve on several committees which are listed on our Governor page. We have made a lot progress as a Governing Body recently and are using the data shared in the committee meetings to really understand the status and needs of the school. Being a Governor is very rewarding, especially when we see the school making excellent progress and achieving well. It gives opportunities to share best practice, learn new skills through Governor Training and to get into school and see and speak to the children about their learning and experiences during monitoring visits. My key focus areas are as PE & Sports Governor (responsible for ensuring PE Funding is well spent) and as KS1 Governance Lead alongside Faith Blaza. In KS1 we are supporting our staff in their personal development and in implementing some innovative an exciting programmes and curriculum items.
I have worked in industry for most of my career completing a work based Engineering Degree through sponsorship of my employer. I have worked in many project teams for products, processes, buildings and maintenance, I take the lead on health and safety compliance. I also operate a PSV transport company in partnership with my husband for which I am Transport Operations Manager. During my term as Governor I hope to back up the aspirations of the school leadership team in maintaining the positive family culture of the school, development of future leaders and ensuring the best environment for learning with a broad and exciting curriculum.