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 contact or approach us if you have any questions we are a friendly bunch and would love to meet you.
Our committee as appointed at our 2021 AGM
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.
Overview: Katherine joined the committee in 2018 and has been Chair since 2019. 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'.
Treasurer & Vice-Treasurer
Our Treasurer and Vice-Treasurer are 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.
Emma Callcott: Treasurer
Overview: Emma joined the committee in January 2019. She has two boys George in Year 1 and William in Receptiony. 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!
Helen Thomson: Vice Treasurer
Overview: After 3 1/2 years as Chair Helen, Helen is now putting her background experience in committee finances to excellent use as our Vice Treasurer. She joined the committee in 2015 when her eldest son joined the school. Helen is married to Iain and has two boys Sam in Year 6 and William in Year 4. She is currently a stay at home mum.
Why the FoWPP: Helen initially joined the committee to see how she could volunteer and be more involved with school life without being in the classroom. She also wanted to get to know more parents associated with the school. She has been planning, fundraising and clearing out the FoWPP cupboard ever since. Helen most enjoys the camaraderie with other parents and the sense of satisfaction she gets from seeing the children use things that the FoWPP have fundraised for.
About: Helen can often be found in school or ferrying her boys around but in her spare time she enjoys: cooking, sewing, reading and socialising. Interestingly, an Open University documentary was once made about Helen’s first year at school and she hates drivers who don’t indicate.
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.
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!
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.
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.
The role of the Communications Coordinator is to plan and produce content relating to events, fundraising and promoting the FoWPP across our different channels (Facebook, Website, Twitter and internal communications with parents/carers).
Overview: Hazel has been a key part of the committee for a number of years. She has one son, Eric in Year 6 and is the Group Events Manager for the hospitality division at William Reed a job she has had since 2002 (that’s a lot of events).
Why the FoWPP: Hazel joined the committee to be more active in her son's life and his life in school. She enjoys meeting new parents and feeling like she has made a difference.
About: When Hazel isn’t racing around the Country running events she enjoys gardening, swimming, family time and eating out. Hazel once lived in Berlin and can’t bear middle lane drivers!
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.
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!
Overview: Sharon joined the committee in 2018. She is a single mum to Jack in Year 4 and Mellieha aged 21. Sharon works in Customer Services for Nationwide and is responsible for our Corporate fundraising.
Why the FoWPP: Sharon wanted to be more involved in her son's school life as she didn’t have time to do so when her daughter was younger. She really enjoys being part of the committee and the positive changes it makes to our children's school lives. She has also made some great friends.
About: In Sharon’s spare time she loves nothing more than a glass of wine (or two!) and a good book. She also watches a lot of football as Jack is obsessed but also loves meeting friends old and new. Sharon is extremely thoughtful and can’t bare rudeness or unkindness.
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.
Overview: Sally is mum to Isaac in year 3 and has ‘dabbled’ in FoWPP events for the last 3 years, helping out with school fairs and attending fund raisers when possible. In 2019 Sally set up her own Interior design practice after designing in the corporate world for 20+ years, this has bought Sally the gift of flexibility and the ability to become a bona fide member of the committee.
Why the FoWPP: Sally says "the work FoWPP do is so essential and positive". Sally is very keen to bring enthusiasm, ideas and energy to the party! There is something very special about the Warden Park community, and to be an active participant in that community through FoWPP is a privilege.
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!