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Click Here to Meet our Local Monitoring Council Representatives

Julia Youens

Chair of the Local Monitoring Council

"I am a mum of two boys, both of whom have attended The Oaks. My career and passion is sport and getting young people interested and involved with PE and School Sport. I run my own Education company working with teachers, young people and sports coaches to 'learn through sport'. I hope that I can bring a parent's perspective to the Local Monitoring Council, as well as support using my 'educational' background."

Tim Harwood

Vice Chair of the Local Monitoring Council

"I have been teaching since 2000 predominantly in Early Years and some in Key Stage 1.  Recently I have become a Deputy Headteacher within a primary school in a local academy, but my passion is still ensuring that the early stages of a child’s education are as strong as they can be, to give them the best possible start.
After working on a project with the Senior Leadership team and staff at The Oaks, I was excited to have the opportunity to become a LMC representative as I think the ethos of the school is great, and I am looking forward to working as part of the team.  I hope my experience provides me with the background to both support and ask challenging questions in my time within the school."

Emma Tench


"I am a mum of two; one in secondary education and the other at University.  I have 10 years experience within Education, both in the classroom and with outside agencies.  I am passionate about schools in our local area as I believe they are among the best in the country."

Lyndsey Wood

Staff Representative

"I am the Headteacher at The Oaks Infant School. I have been teaching since 2004 and I enjoy every minute of it. As Headteacher I feel I have a good standing to be a supportive and challenging member of the Local Monitoring Council."

Tom Manktelow

Parent Representative

"I am a Dad of three girls, my oldest started at The Oaks in September 2019 and my three year old will start nursery in September 2020.  I have spent my career in business and global digital sales but originally my degree is in Biology. To me, capturing a love for education in the first few years will set you up for life. I was a passionate scout leader for 15 years and I believe in guiding a well rounded and diverse approach to education."

Emma Borthwick

Parent Representative

"I am a mum of two boys, one of which has just started at The Oaks School, before children I worked for Kent Police and I have a degree in Criminology. I am passionate about my children's early years education and helping the school community."

Kerry Miller

Staff Representative

"I have been teaching at The Oaks since 2015 in both Early Years and Key Stage 1.  In the last 18 months I have been a Specialist teacher in The Acorn Speech and Language that is attached to The Oaks Infant School. I strive to ensure that every child reaches their full potential despite their needs."

Rebecca Christian

Parent Representative

"I am a mum of two, my youngest son attends The Oaks and is very happy there.  I have a degree in Youth Justice. I have spent my career in the Prison Service, most recently as a Governor in the Youth Custody Service, working with 15-18 year old boys.  I have an interest in evidenced based practice and ensuring we are following the best possible path available when it comes to the education and development of our children."  

Irene Nhandara

Parent Representative

"Soon to be a mum of 4, I have children of varying ages and have seen the changes in education since my first born started school in 2008. I felt this was the right time to be involved as parent governor to support The Oaks community. I work for the NHS and have done so for almost 20 years in various non-clinical roles, following completion of a BSc in Psychology and Applied Sociology."