Donna Fryer (Vice Chair)
I became a community governor at Brigg Primary School back in 2011. Whilst at that time I did not have any children I had worked in schools through my roles with West Lothian Council and North Lincolnshire Council supporting ICT on both the administrative and curriculum networks. Back in 2005 I moved to a new job which meant I no longer had any involvement with schools and the education environment. At this point I felt that I wanted to re-establish a link with education and contribute to raising standards for children, and aid the provision of opportunities for them to achieve their full potential.
Being a former pupil of Brigg Primary School (albeit in its former Glebe Road site) and being a resident in Brigg applying to become a governor here was an obvious choice. The school is a very friendly, happy place where it is evident that the children feel safe and supported in their learning. I, along with the other Governors and staff, are very keen to promote these values. I find volunteering as a school governor rewarding as it provides an insight into the challenges faced in education, and an opportunity to make a difference in the local community.
I now work as an ICT Strategic Delivery and Change Manager and am able to apply my skills (and develop new ones!) whilst undertaking my duties as a Governor.
I became a local authority governor in March 2018. I retired as Head of St Hughs Special School in 2008 after 24 years there and that is when I moved to Brigg. I found retirement quite difficult to get used to and so in the first couple of years I climbed Kilimanjaro to raise funds for Brigg LIVES as well as sailing across the Atlantic and then through the Panama Canal and across the Pacific Ocean to Tahiti. After my travels I wanted to support Brigg community as much as possible and became a LIVES First Responder, a member of Brigg Town Business Partnership, Brigg Lives Arts as well as Brigg Rotary. Whilst this has kept me busy and hopefully is supporting Brigg become even a better place to live and work an opportunity to work with the great Team at Brigg Primary was offered to me. It felt the right time to become involved in schools again so here I am!
I strongly believe that children and their parents/carers should be listened to and the school’s job is to have high expectations for all of their pupils. My job as a Governor is to work alongside other governors not only to support Brigg Primary but to provide supportive challenge so that we can have outstanding school that children, parents/carers, staff and governors are all proud of.
I am responsible for Special Educational Needs, Looked After Children and Children with Medical Needs.
I relax by playing badminton regularly, love skiing and sailing when I can as well as biking around Brigg.