Devonshire Infant & Junior Academy Council
Mrs Lynette Varcciana Co-opted Chair
Lynette is a community Governor with a business and education background.
She is trained as a Business teacher but currently works in further education as a SEND teacher. her skillset, along with educational expertise includes business analysis and finance.
Mr Marcus Berlusconi Co-opted Vice Chair
I recently became an Academy Councillor having moved to nearby Cape Hill. In my professional life I work as an assistant to a Member of the European Parliament.
I see the role as Academy Councillor as an opportunity to ensure the school maintains high standards, and gives children the social and academic knowledge they need to succeed in the future. I believe it is so important that all children are given the same opportunity to have the best start in life and that is what Devonshire Academy provides.
I also sit on the Premises, Health and Safety Committee in my role as Councillor.
I have significant school governance, business and community experience. I am currently Chair Academy Councillor of Devonshire Infants and Junior Academies, a Director of Victoria Academies Trust, a Governor at a local secondary school, and for a short time Chair of Governors at a Sikh faith free school in Leicester.
I have also previously chaired an Interim Executive Boad and been a management committee member of a Pupil Referral Unit.
I am a Director of a long established family business - a plumbers merchants - and amongst my community interests include chairing Sandwell Police Independant Advisory Group, and being a national executive member of Sikh Council UK.
Mr Donald Wright
Although I have only recently become an Academy Councillor, I have had a long association with Devonshire Infant and Junior Academies. I was headteacher of the junior school for 20 years, and obviously had close professional contact with the Infants.
Since my retirement, I have been involved in a variety of part time and voluntary ways in the Juniors. I hope I shall continue to be of service to the schools and their children, in what I am sure will be a very exciting future.
Ms Kathryn Ennis
I became an Academy Councillor at Devonshire Academies in September 2017 having visited the school in my professional capacity as a university lecturer.
Previous to my current role, I was a primary school teacher and have taught in the Foundation Stage, Key Stage One and Key Stage two as well as being part of my then school’s Senior Leadership Team. I was also a Staff Governor, so have previous experience of working on a board of councillors, albeit in a different capacity.
I currently teach on a Primary PGCE programme, training postgraduates to become primary school teachers. My particular areas of interest are mathematics and science so I am hoping that these interests, in addition to my experience of schools and teaching, will be valuable in supporting the school to continue on its successful journey.
Mrs Harpal Tiwana
I am an Assistant Service Manager for Community Medicine at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust.
I have good leadership skills through managing a variety of specialities and am also employed as a Freedom to Speak up Guardian that allows me to listen and take action where necessary to ensure good outcomes for all.
Mrs Sam Hammond Staff Councillor
Ms Hardeep Johal Staff Councillor
Mrs Sharon Gibson Head of School (Infants)
Mrs Elise Waldron Head of School (Juniors)