Bernard Champness

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Current Trustee roles

  • Member of the People and Infrastructure Committee

Current role on LGB of a PKAT school

  • Chair of Governors of Middleton Primary School

Governor, educational and school leadership experience

  • Middleton Primary School
  • Chair of Governors and Chair of Finance & personnel committee
  • Finance Governor
  • New Governor Mentor
  • Safer Recruitment Trained Governor
  • RE Governor
  • Head teachers Performance Management Governor
  • Pay Review Panel
  • Curriculum & Standards Governor
  • EAL
  • Sports Premium

Professional experience

  • Trained as a Cordon Bleu chef and obtained City & Guild 147 and 151.
  • Worked in one of the restaurants owned by the Savoy Hotel Group.
  • Did a 9 month correspondence course and obtained 5 O levels.
  • Worked in a Solicitors Office in the Finance department but then trained as a legal executive and worked in the Family department dealing with divorce work
  • Then started own business as a law Costs Draftsman and qualified as a Cost Draftsman. Ran the business for 21 years and employed 9 people.
  • I have been Clerk to Thurlby Parish Council since 1988 and worked full time for Bretton Parish Council for 10 years to date.

Professional and education qualifications

  • CiLCA (Certificate in Local Council administration)
  • Member of the ILCM (institute of Council Management)
  • Member of the Law Costs Draftsman Association
  • City & Guild 147 and 151
  • Community involvement
  • Clerk to Thurlby Parish Council since October 1988
  • Clerk to Bretton Parish Council since March 2007
  • Clerk to Witham on the Hill Parish Council since March 2015
  • Was Chair of the Local Children’s Centre at Watergall in Bretton, until it was closed.
  • Help organise Bretton Community festival
  • Chair of the Pyramid Community Centre Steering Group

Skills and expertise in relation to school governance

  • School improvement
  • Finance
  • Accountancy
  • Legal
  • Communications
  • Community engagement
  • Social and community care
  • Fundraising