Board of Governors 2018-2022
Chair- Mr Paula Montgomery (Transferor Rep)
My name is Paula Montgomery and I am the current Chair of Board of Governors.
I have been involved with Grange Park Primary since 1997, firstly as a parent and then a member of PTA.
It was a privilege and an honour when, in 2002, the Headmaster, Mr J McCarthy, asked if I would serve as a parent rep on Board of Governors.I have since served as Vice Chair for a term and Chair since 2010.
My 3 children are all past pupils of Grange Park and remember their time there with very fond memories.
The education they received at Grange Park has proved to be a fantastic springboard for all of them.
Education has long been an interest of mine and I believe a good education results in a well-rounded individual.
In my working life I am Business Development Executive for SHS Sales & Marketing, responsible for Brands such as Colgate, Parozone and Nurofen in the Grocery business in NI.
I have a wide range of interests and am a member of Turnstones Drama Group in Groomsport.
Vice Chair Canon Ronnie Nesbitt (Transferor Rep)
I have served on Grange Park Board of Governors for the past eighteen years. As Rector of Bangor Abbey, and a 'transferror's representative, it gives me enormous pleasure not only to see the ongoing academic success of the school but equally importantly to appreciate the emphasis given to promoting the pupils' happiness and confidence. I lead assembly every so often and find the children warmly responsive and always up for fun! My visable presence in the area is mainly through the walking of two brown Labradors!
Mrs Clare Smith (Transferor Rep)
I am a member of West Church and have therefore come to the Board as a transferor rep, however, I also have 3 sons, 2 of whom are still at Grange Park PS. My eldest son has recently moved on to Sullivan and I have no doubt that the entire school community contributed to the confident young man he has become. All my working life was spent working in Public Health but I decided around 4 years ago to take some time out to spend with my family. In the subsequent years I decided to go back to studying and am hoping to complete my studies at the end of this academic year. I have a passion for pastoral care and volunteer with a local Christian organisation. I also enjoy volunteering locally with North Down Athletic Club as their Welfare Officer. Down time for me is being part of a local book club and I love to bake, which seems to keep my husband and children happy!
Mrs Pamela Phillips (Transferor Rep)
As a member of West Church Presbyterian Church, it was an immense privilege to be asked by Rev Charles McMullan to serve as a transferor representative on the Board of Governors. I also have two children at the school so am lucky to be involved in school life from a parent perspective. In addition to this, within the past year, along with another parent and teacher, I have had huge pleasure in being involved with the cross country club where we saw pupils really commit to and improve at the sport.
It is this energy and enthusiasm of the children that is a joy to see in Grange Park and I really look forward to serving to the best of my ability to contribute to the ongoing success of the school.
Professionally, I am a dentist, working in general practice on the Ards Peninsula. Other involvements include Sunday School/ J Club at West Church and I am a keen runner, involved with North Down AC.
I live in Bangor with my husband, two children and a strange little cat.
Mrs Sharon Cordner (Board Rep)
I have worked as a P.A. in the post-primary education sector since 2005, having previously worked in Events Management and PR in both the public and private sectors. I am a former pupil of Glenlola Collegiate School and a graduate of Queens University Belfast where I studied a BA (Hons) in Politics.
Outside of work I am involved in youth work in First Bangor Presbyterian Church and enjoy travel, music, art, reading and baking. I live in Bangor with my husband Simon, three children and a few too many pets.
Mr Adrian Murphy (EA Rep)
I am an accountant and civil servant, currently working in the Department of Health with responsibility for financial management of their £250m per annum capital programme. I live in Bangor, though I hail from Caledon in County Tyrone. I have three children, two of whom have passed through the school system and graduated from QUB and, a daughter who attends Grange Park. I look forward to playing my part in continuing the success of Grange Park
Mrs Shirley Sweeney (Parent Rep)
As a past pupil myself and now a parent of a pupil who is enjoying their time greatly at the school I was delighted to join the Board of Governors of Grange Park in November 2018 . I work in the Department of Education so I am really looking forward to supporting the work of the school and hopefully contributing in a small way to its continued success. I can normally be found at the Key Stage 1 gate for pick up on Thursday’s and Friday’s if anyone wants to say hello and I am a committee member of Bangor Abbey Players, often directing the annual pantomime and meeting the younger pupils in Grange Park for our annual colouring competition, which is tremendous fun. You may also see me walking our very bouncy dog round the area, although probably not as often as I should!
Mr Alastair Clements (Parent Rep)
I am a local business owner and have worked within the property industry for over fifteen years. I have two boys at the school and a little girl joining in September. Therefore, Grange Park Primary plays a major part in our family life and I am delighted to be given this opportunity to contribute to the school as a parent representative on the Board of Governors.
Miss Catherine McCartney (Teacher Rep)
The Principal, Ms Mandy White, acts as Secretary to the Board of Governors.