I'm Andrew Todd, a friendly Lancastrian that moved to Bristol in 2005, a few years after graduating University. I work for a global IT company as a Systems Architect.
My daughter joined Cadbury Heath Primary in September 2019 and I was looking for a way to get involved in the school community and support her education. A colleague has been a Governor and the Chair of Governors at another local school for many years and he highly recommended being a Governor as a way to get involved with the school, that doesn't involve baking cakes, organising parties or any of the other amazing work that the PTA does.
I was invited to join the Governing Body in October 2019 as a Co-Opted Governor where I took on the role of Link Governor for Curriculum as well as joining the Pupil Wellbeing, Progress and Achievement (PWPA) committee.
My aim as a Governor is to bring a non-academic perspective to school governance. There is an inherent requirement that Governors challenge the school's leadership to ensure that decisions are sensible, based on evidence and that impact can and is measured. Working in software development, I'm very familiar with this style of questioning and my hope is that these skills can help the school make the best decisions for all the pupils.
A more personal challenge as a Governor is to eliminate the need for a decoder ring in order to decipher the numerous acronyms that exist and to make it as easy as possible for parents and carers to understand everything that the school publishes.