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Mark Staker, Chair, health and safety

I am an Associate of The Chartered Insurance Institute (ACII) with over 25 years’ experience in the life insurance and pensions industry. Starting my career in Croydon working for AMP I progressed to become the head of their commission team, moving on to head the sales administration team at Scottish Amicable. Upon redundancy I changed paths to work for an Independent Financial Adviser (IFA) carrying out research, providing support to the IFAs and managing the office. In 2012 I moved to the hardest career of my life – the full-time care of my daughter when she started school.

My wife and I knew we wanted to be active members of the school community becoming members of the PFA immediately and helping at school events whenever we could. I then took my involvement one step further in 2014 and volunteered to be a parent governor, taking a position on the Finance committee to make best use of my financial background along with taking an interest in e-safety within the school.

In 2016 I became Vice Chair and subsequently in 2018 I have been voted in as Chair.

Apart from spending time with my family, living locally, I love to go to the cinema and theatre and apparently have far too much Star Wars Lego.


I am currently in my second, 4 year term, as a governor. I serve on the Learning and Development committee and am also part of Governance.   Mother to 2 girls, both of which have attended Oaklands Primary Academy.  My eldest is now at Newstead Wood School for Girls.  I work full time for the London Borough of Bromley as a Principal Finance Officer providing finance support to the Care Services division.  Applicable skills include extensive budget and finance experience; including within the Education portfolio. Report and procedure writing skills.  Ability to analyse high level data and information and to interpret findings with particular attention to detail.

Being a governor has been a very rewarding and worthwhile experience and I hope that I have added real value to the Oaklands Community and the school's desire to provide an excellent and enriching education for all our pupils.  In return I have gained a huge amount of knowledge and have had the privilege of spending time with the staff and pupils of this fantastic school.

My hobbies and interests include travel, having visited many and varied countries throughout the world.  Recently taking the children to some wonderful countries in order to experience diverse wildlife and cultures.  I have also just started playing ladies league Hockey again after a 15 year break!  I have also agreed to help coach the Under 12 girls team at our club.  

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