Who we are
Introducing the School Governors
Chair of Governors Local Authority appointed Governor
Foundation Governor – St Augustine’s Primary School
I am honoured to serve as the Chair of Governors at St Augustine of Canterbury in Downend, Bristol. I have lived in Bristol now for 2 years, and attend the St Augustine’s Catholic Church.
I’m a qualified Chartered Accountant (South Africa) and am Head of the People Team for a UK based SME Investment Company, BOOST&Co.
I owe a great deal to the exceptional teachers who nurtured me during my school career at a Catholic School in Johannesburg, South Africa. I’m immensely grateful for the wonderful Catholic ethos my school had, which is the foundation of my Catholic faith. I see a lot of my school in St Augustine’s, and it gives me great pleasure to volunteer my time and skills to the Board of Governors. I am learning an immense amount from my fellow Governors, from Mr Hilliam (our excellent Headteacher) and the dedicated and committed staff of St Augustine’s.
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I have been a teacher for 24 years and feel privileged to have this role.
I have been working at St Augustines for 5 years and have recently joined the Governing body as staff governor.
As a member of the governing body, I am passionate about ensuring that the provision and education of each and every child is the best it can possibly be.
In my spare time, I am Mum to a 13 year old boy.
Local authority governor, Link Governor for SEN
As well as being the local authority Governor, I also work as an HR Advisor for the local council and have done so for a number of years. I am passionate about learning and development, equality and fairness. I have 2 children, both of whom who went to St Augustine's primary school and the pre school prior to that. The education, experiences and opportunities provided to them have enabled them to achieve well academically in addition to the strong sense of community that they have. As a parent, I was always struck by the community feel and ethos of the school which I believe is quite unique and does so much to develop children in so many ways. Whilst my children were at St Augustine's, I was involved in supporting the PTFA and Youth club so hope that in my role as governor, I will be able to support the school in its ambitions to provide children with the best possible education experience.
I have lived in Downend since 2007, and am currently a Stay-at-Home parent for my daughter, who is in Year 1, and my son who is about to start at St Augustine’s Pre-School. Before this, my jobs included working as a commodities manager in the MoD and as a primary teacher, teaching a Year 5 class at a school in South Bristol. This is my first term as a parent governor and I look forward to meeting the challenges of the role with energy and enthusiasm, drawing on my previous classroom experience. My daughter loves St Augustine’s, and I hope to be able to support her educational development, and that of my son, to make their time at school the best experience possible.
Temesgen (Tem) Chinie
I am a qualified (ACCA) Accountant working for one of Bristol’s leading legal firms. I am married with two children. My son is starting at St Augustine's in September 2021. I have lived in the parish since coming to Bristol about ten years ago.
I agreed to serve, as an Associate Governor, to help support our school and because I am passionate about education and its power to improve lives.
Coming to the UK from Eritrea, English is my second language. My first degree was obtained in Eritrea, and I obtained a further degree at UWE before going on to complete my Professional qualifications. In the course of my degree and professional studies I have worked in a variety of roles and industries giving me a wide understanding of the requirements needed by our children for success in the world of work.
I took early retirement in 2018 after 40 years in Banking. I have lived in Downend and been an active parishioner in St Augustine’s for over 20 years. My three children, who have all now graduated from university, went to St Augustine’s school and two of them benefitted from SENCO support. The education they received from the school gave them the excellent start that they needed for their academic accomplishments. I became a Foundation Governor and member of the finance committee to help support the quality and values based education that my own family has enjoyed.
I am an aerospace engineer and I have lived in Downend for 5 years. My work involves managing big projects and includes engagement with a variety of industry partners and UK Government. This is my first experience as a Governor. I have two sons at St. Augustine’s who really enjoy going to school, which motivated me to contribute in return. My aims are to continue to facilitate the positive links between the school and parents & carers and to assist staff in securing external support opportunities, e.g. STEM, to supplement the children’s learning experience.