Meet the Governors

Mrs Karen Best

Type of governor: Co-opted.

Date appointed: April 2015. Appointed by the Board of Governors.

Term of office: April 2019

Areas of responsibility: Health and safety of pupils, PE, enrichment/clubs, Nursery

Committee membership: Business  

Record of meeting attendance: 6 meetings out of a possible 12 meetings attended in the academic year 2016/2017

Declaration of business and financial interests + governance roles at other schools: None   

Professional experience and interests:
After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant I moved into my firm’s Corporate Finance Education team. For the past 10 years I have been advising both public and private sector clients on the financial and commercial aspects of large scale infrastructure projects such as the procurement and financing of school buildings, university and college academic buildings and student accommodation.

Outside of work I love to spend time at home with my husband and daughter, socialise with friends and (when it is not too cold!) run around with British Military Fitness in Clapham Common.

Why have you chosen to become a Governor and what would you like to achieve in this post?
I wanted to become a school governor because I am really interested in gaining a more in-depth understanding of how schools operate in practice. The fact that I am inspired by the success and ambition of the school and that Chesterton sits within the heart of the community that I love has made me very excited about having the opportunity to become a governor here.

My goal as a governor is to support the school in achieving the high standards that it has done so in the past and I have no doubt will continue to strive for in the future.

How do you support Chesterton as a Governor?
I will leverage the financial and management skills and experience that I have gained through my professional life. I would also consider myself to be energetic and enthusiastic towards new challenges and I look forward to learning and supporting Chesterton in a wider, non-financial context.

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