Warden Park Primary Academy, New England Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 3JR

01444 451264

Warden Park Primary

'Reach for the Stars'

Meet the Committee

Please see below for an introduction on who does what on the Friends of Warden Park Primary (FoWPP) committee. Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.  We are a friendly bunch and would love to meet you! Contact us via our email wppa.pta@gmail.com or our Facebook page.  

Our committee as appointed at our 2022 AGM

Co-Chairs

The Chair has overall responsibility for the running of the committee and charity with the Treasurer. They are a key contact for school, parents and the Charity Commission, ensuring that like any other charity, we are compliant with regulations.

 

Emma Callcott

Overview: Emma joined the committee in January 2019. She has two boys George in Year 1 and William in Reception. After being a stay at home mum for 5 years Emma is now the school bursar at Fletching Primary School so we are very lucky to have her financial skills!

Why the FoWPP: Emma joined the committee as she was new to both the school and the area and saw it as an opportunity to meet other mums. She also wanted to refresh her accounting skills and saw this as a way of doing so whilst being involved in school life. So far Emma enjoys feeling a part of the whole school and helping raise valuable funds. She is a huge advocate of nursery mums joining the FoWPP and helping to make a difference to the school.

About: When Emma is not running around after two energetic toddlers or crunching those numbers she enjoys baking, cooking for family and friends and exploring beautiful Sussex. As a youngster Emma performed in West Side Story at Greenwich Theatre and was watched by none other than Hugh Jackman. Emma is very punctual and abhors bad timekeeping!

  

Sally Williams

Overview: Sally is mum to Isaac in year 3. Having initially joined the PTA in 2019 as an ordinary member, supporting events and keeping the PTA cupboard in order, Sally is happy to have been voted in as Co chair at the 2022 AGM. Sally runs her own interior design business and enjoys the flexibility that brings, allowing her to be a more active member of the school community.

Why the FoWPP: Sally says "The work FoWPP  do, has such a positive impact on the children’s school experience". Sally is very keen to bring enthusiasm, ideas and energy to her role and hopes to encourage wider participation from others in school community. “There is something very special about the Warden Park community, to be an active participant is a privilege that not everyone has had the chance to experience. We want to ensure that everyone feels welcome and included”.

About: Sally once saw David Bellamy plant a tree in the local woodland and was a member of her high school ‘green team’.  Also, she is a (not so secret) tree hugger!  

 

Treasurer

Our Treasurer is responsible for all things financial ensuring the FoWPP is compliant with regulations, that our books balance and that we have the required funds to run events and fund those all-important purchases on the school wish list.

 

Katherine Shepherd

Overview: Katherine joined the committee in 2018 and was Chair from 2019-22. She has two children – Rose in Year 4 and JoJo in Year 2. Katherine works full-time for the International institute of Environment and Development as a Project Manager, her dream job... for now!

Why the FoWPP: Katherine joined the FoWPP to help the school with fundraising as well as it being an opportunity to meet other parents within the school. She most enjoys seeing all the preparation and planning for an event come together, working with other parents and feeling like part of the school community.

About: When she isn’t busy working, looking after little people and chairing the committee. Katherine really enjoys running in the dark whilst listening to 80’s music. She can also play the recorder with her nose and hates 'baby shark do do dodo dodo'. 

 

Co-Secretaries

The role of the Secretary is to manage committee members' details and review membership applications. As well as organising all meetings, producing minutes and managing all PTA records. They are also responsible for ensuring we are compliant with the Charity Commissions Membership Recommendations.

 

Angela Wright

Overview: Angela joined the committee in January 2019 and has two children, David in Year 3 and Beth in Year 1. Angela is an absolute whizz at operations and organisation and is also a pensions lawyer and part-time landlord.

Why the FoWPP: Angela joined the committee as the school is a huge part of her children's lives and something she wanted to be involved in. She also wanted to get involved in doing some fun things she doesn’t get to do in her day job. Angela has enjoyed getting to meet people who have children in older years and finds it rewarding to see the children benefiting from FoWPP purchases.

About: Being a full-time working mum – Angela does not have a great deal of spare time but when she does she enjoys pottering in the garden and planning all the holidays she will get to go on in her retirement. A lover of travel Angela met her husband on the train coming down from Machu Picchu only to discover they grew up 10 miles apart. Angela is also extremely fearful of small children armed with super soakers!

 

Philippa Sanniez

Overview: Philippa joined the committee in April 2022 and attended meetings informally prior to this in 2021/22. She is married to Amon and has two children, Kya in Year 1 at WPPA and toddler Ephraim. Philippa is a Counselling Psychologist by background and currently works for Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust in a Primary Care Psychological Therapies service.

Why the FOWPP: Philippa joined the committee in order to be more involved in the school fundraising and events as well as a way to meet other parents. Having a child who started at WPPA during the Covid Pandemic it has been more difficult to connect and be involved in school life so joining FOWPP seemed like a great opportunity to achieve this goal.

About: As for most parents, Philippa’s time is mostly spent with the family. However, she does enjoy her Body Combat, Aqua and Yoga classes. She also loves being outdoors, reading a good book or watching a series back to back!

 

Events Coordinator

The role of the Events Coordinator is to create and promote events that build a sense of community and raise valuable funds for the school.

 

Laren Doe

Overview: Laren has two children at WPPA; Huxley in Year 2 and Athena in the nursery. With a background of Risk Management and Insurance within the Education Sector she has been a Governor at WPPA for over 3 years with a focus being on Health and Safety.

Why the FoWPP: Laren wanted to join the committee because she thought it would be fun! She thinks the work done by FoWPP is invaluable and she wanted to get involved.

About: Laren is a lover of wine and being outside, an avid reader and housework avoider.

 

Staff Members

Staff members act as a conduit between the committee and the school and assist in fundraising initiatives.

 

Grace Downes: KS1 Representative

Overview: Grace joined the committee in April 2021.  She went straight from university to Warden Park in 2016 and has been there since.  She is also the History and Geography leader for the school and currently teaches year 2.

Why the FoWPP: Grace joined the committee as she wanted to contribute what she thought would improve the school and children's educational careers. She also feels that staff and parent relationships are really important and so wanted to build on these by joining the FoWPP community.

About: Grace currently does not have any children but instead has two rabbits and a guinea pig.  She adores animals and hope to have an animal sanctuary one day.  When she isn't at work, she enjoys dancing, long sunny walks, seeing her 18 year old sister, gin festivals and going abroad to hot countries.

 

Sharon Grayson: KS2 Representative

Overview: Sharon is our longest serving committee member, she has worked at the school since 2004 and prior to that was on the committee as a parent. Sharon has 4 grown up daughters, including Kelly Cottingham who works in the school, and 7 grandsons (almost a football team!!).

Why the FoWPP: Sharon joined the committee as she wanted to help the pupils of the school and improve facilities for them. She also enjoys being part of a team and helping raise funds.

About: Sharon doesn't have a lot of spare time but she absolutely loves spending time with her family and going to her caravan by the sea in Hastings. She also enjoys a spot of face painting. Sharon abhors bad manners and liars.

 

Ordinary Committee Members

The role of our ordinary members is to support the relationship development between school, parents and staff. They are also responsible for leading one fundraising initiative per year.

 

Bettina Horne-Muller

Overview: Bettina has been on the committee for several years and was Co-Treasurer during 2019. She has two boys, Tim at Warden Park Academy and Sam in Year 6. Bettina is Editor for the Brighton & Hove Family Grapevine. She is very active in school life and can often be found in the library or sorting the dreaded lost property!

Why the FoWPP: Bettina joined the committee as she was new to the area and wanted to meet people and feel part of a community. She also felt it was important to support her kids' school and their learning experience. Bettina enjoys being part of the school's diverse community and its fund- and FUN-raising activities she also enjoys launching new initiatives and helping us to be creative through up-cycling and recycling.

About: In her spare time Bettina enjoys long walks in the countryside, trips to the beach and meeting up with her favourite people. She is not afraid of making a fool of herself despite causing some embarrassment to her kids and she can’t bear sniffing so do have those tissues at the ready!

 

Katie Back

Overview: Katie joined us in February 2020. She is mum to Mollie in Year 2 and works part-time in the WPPA nursery so she has plenty of time to focus on helping the Friends of Warden Park Primary (that's what we like to hear!!)

Why the FoWPP: Katie joined the committee as she's very keen to be active in the school and help raise money.  She likes the opportunity to meet other parents that comes with 'getting more involved' and recognises the value of volunteering to help raise funds and support our children's learning.

About: Katie is a massive Brighton and Hove Albion fan, and met her husband at the Amex stadium, which is where they tied the knot.  They are looking forward to taking their daughter Mollie to her first game in the near future. Katie loves cooking, reading and listening to podcasts, and most of all she loves spending time with her family.

 

Louise Edwards

Overview: Louise is new to the committee and has a daughter – Mara in year 1. She works full-time teaching Genetics at Sussex University and runs one of the MSc degrees. A role that requires constant plate-spinning.

Why the FoWPP: Louise is in awe of the dedication and spirit of WPPA staff in making the school such a fun and inclusive place to learn. This inspired her to join the committee so she could contribute towards these efforts in making WPPA an awesome place for kids to learn and play.

About: When Louise isn’t frowning at her overflowing inbox she likes to be silly with her daughter and get out in the fresh air as much as possible. 

 

Hannah Dedman

Overview: Hannah joined the committee in April 2022 after attending meetings informally in 2021. She has a daughter, Nellie, in Year 1, and a younger son Jude. Hannah has a background in the charity sector having worked in marketing for some of the biggest and smallest brands.

Why the FoWPP: Having moved to Haywards Heath just before the Covid pandemic Hannah wanted to find a way to support the school, feel part of the wider community and meet other like-minded parents.

About: Hannah loves Sussex and is enjoying the outdoor life after over twenty years in London. Live music, festivals and food are some of her favourite things. In the summer months she can be found with the family travelling around the UK in their quirky camper van Walter.

 

Jo Little