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Governors of Holyoakes Field First School


Mrs Tasnim Koser - Headteacher


After graduating from Warwick University, I started my career as a Reception teacher in a large 3 form entry school in Birmingham. I have been teaching for over 20 years now and have spent the last 14 years in various leadership roles in Redditch. I have a real passion for learning and so I have taken every opportunity to extend my knowledge and skill set. I feel incredibly privileged to have been given the opportunity to take on the role of head teacher at Holyoakes Field at what is the beginning of a very exciting chapter in the school's history. I very much look forward to leading the school forwards during this transition period as we plan our move to our brand new school.


Mr Bryan Allbutt - Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor 19.2.19 - 18.2.23

I am an ex-teacher and have worked at a number of school within Redditch. I am a co-opted Governor with a term of office until 2023. I am currently chair of the Governing Body and serve on the Strategic and Personnel sub-committees. I am also involved in education affairs  through serving on another Governing Body, being a member of the Diocesan Board of Education and Worcester Diocese Academies Trust and through the Association of School and College Leaders, the Historical Association and The National Trust.


Mrs Sue Irwin - Vice Chair Co-opted Governor 30.4.18 - 29.4.22

I was born in Surrey, moving to Devon as a 6 year old where I stayed until I left home at 19 to join the WRNS. I met my husband, who was also in the Royal Navy, and we lived all over the country plus a short period abroad, which was a lovely experience. Once he retired, we moved to Worcesteshire, and have been here for over 20 years, and most definitely call it home. I initially worked for AT&T, which, through various intermediary companies, eventually ended up with BT - one of those situations where the office and the desk didn't change, just the employer did. For the past six years I have undertaken voluntary work mentoring vulnerable children, through a charity called Mentor Link, and when I was asked whether I would like to become a governor, I thought it was a lovely opportunity to move on and become more involved. I am really thrilled to be a member of the Governing Body, and look forward to having an active involvement with everything the future holds. 


Mr Richard Lee - Local Authority Governor 25.9.17-24.9.21

I represent the Local Authority at Holyoakes Field First School as a Governor. I live in the Brockhill area and I am married with two children. I have worked for Jaguar Land Rover for 18 years and I am currently the Customer Insight Manager for Global Customer Service. 


Mrs Michele Clack - Co-opted Governor 25.11.17 - 24.11.21

I first became acquainted with Holyoakes Field First School at the age of five. Schools were bursting at the seams and I was heartbroken when my fifth birthday, in June came and went without an invitation to enrol. Dad suggested Mum take me along to see the headmistress to ask when I would be offered a place. Off we went the next morning with my two year old sister and baby brother in tow. Mrs King was lovely and encouraged by my enthusiasm, she said I could start that day and took me along to Mrs Tootal's class. 


Holyoakes Field First School was followed by Redditch County High School and then Birmingham University where i gained a degree in Biological Sciences. From University I tried accountancy but decided it wasn't for me and moved on to work in the Civil Service for some years. I've also had experience proofreading  and I'm generally to be found either reading a book or trying to write one.


I've been a reading volunteer since my nephew was six and he's now seventeen. I was asked a couple of years ago if I would consider being a school governor. It seemed a natural progression and I agreed to take on the role. I am proud to be connected with such a good school where pupils are treated as the unique individuals they are and encouraged to achieve in all areas of school life as well as in their academic work. 


Mrs Michele Chesterton 01.11.16 - 31.10.20


My love of Holyoakes stems from my childhood, as it was my first experience of school. My children and grandchildren have since attended Holyoakes and have benefited greatly from their time here. It was a lovely school then, as it is today.


I was initially a Parent Governor and then a Staff Governor after I started working at Holyoakes as a teaching assistant in 2000. I have enjoyed being part of Holyoakes’ development throughout the years and will continue to support the school and the excellent and important work they do.


Mrs Diane Hetherington - Co-opted Governor 16.3.19 - 15.3.23


I am a co-opted governor and a qualified management accountant working in a manufacturing company in Redditch. I previously worked for many years as a retail store floor manager with teams of over 60 people. I left retail and then went into social work with difficult teenagers.


I am married with 2 grown up boys and helped run the local playgroup when they were small. Returning to work, I retrained in accountancy.


I have always lived in Redditch and was a pupil myself at Holyoakes Field and spent many happy years here back when schools were two tier.


My hobbies are gardening, keeping chickens, reading, National Trust, museums and art galleries, swimmimg, walking and currently I am also a trainee beekeeper.


Mr Abdul Ullah - Parent Governor 19.11.16 - 20.11.20

My parents settled in Redditch over 60 years ago. So my brothers and I, attended this school in the 1970's. I have many fond memories and still keep in touch with the teachers. 


All three of my children have gone through Holyoakes Field. Holyoakes nurtured my children and put them in good stead for their transition into middle school. My eldest daughter became peer mentor, school councillor and the head girl in middle school! Thanks to Holyoakes teachers and staff bringing out her confidence, not only teaching but instilling life skills as well. 


Myself, I have been in the catering trade for over 35 years and have managed and owned businesses, in and around the midlands.


Mrs Helen Smith - Parent Governor 12.6.18-11.6.22

I have 3 children, my eldest now in middle school, started his education at Holyoakes Field and my twins are currently enjoying their education at Holyoakes Field. I welcomed the opportunity of being a parent governor - working in partnership with the school, to ensure the best possible outcome for all our pupils.


In the changing times ahead and the exciting but challenging building move, I would like to support the school, the staff and the pupils in every way I can. I have been a parent helper for the last 2 academic years and have witnessed first-hand the wonderful work the staff do to support our children and provide a rich and varied curriculum. I welcome the opportunity to help move the school forward with their vision and aims for every child leaving Holyoakes Field to have achieved their very best. 



Mrs Sarah Powell – Coopted Governor 14.7.20 – 13.7.24



I have lived in Redditch since 1981, having moved here to teach at ‘Bridley Moor’ and eventually retiring from ‘Trinity’ in 2013. It was a joy to work with the young people of this town and I remain passionate about the educational opportunities and aspirations of all the children in our community. In retirement my roles as an English Literature examiner and English tutor have enabled me to keep abreast of educational initiatives and the wonderful achievements of our students.  


In retirement I have been able to devote more time to National Trust outings, walking, playing badminton, learning Italian and paying the occasional visit to the gym.


I am delighted to be a member of Holyoakes Field Governing Body and to be of service in any way I can in these challenging times.  






Full Meetings of the Holyoakes Field Governing Body -      Term of Office 4 Years


Date of 




Bryan Allbutt








Sue Irwin

Vice Chair





Helen Smith Sarah Powell






25.9.17 - 24.9.21











Coopted 14.7.20-13.7.24
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11.06.20 A A A A A A O X A  
25.06.20 A A A A A A A A A  
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