The EMAS Advisory Board acts in the capacity of ‘critical friend’ to oversee the work of the Leadership Team. The Principal is ultimately responsible for the performance of the School in achieving its aims. She works with the Deputy Principal and under the guidance of the Board to achieve these aims and ensure the smooth running of the school’s business activities.
The Board provide direction and support to the Principal, the School Management Team and the staff of the School and independent adjudication as part of the School’s complaints procedure.
The Board meets no less than twice a year to:
- Advise on policy and strategy for the School
- Monitor alignment with national directives
- Oversee the School’s finances
- Recommend actions in managing EMAS from a business perspective
Between meetings Board Members may spend time working on individual projects that contribute to the strategic objectives of the School.
The Board’s terms of reference allow for members from a range of backgrounds and professions whose skills, knowledge and expertise greatly benefit the work of the Board in meeting its aims and objectives and contribute to the future development of the School.
Anne Gibb joined the EMAS Advisory Board in 2019. She brings to the Board her expertise as an experienced consultant in the fields of business, management and education development. She is a Time to Think Facilitator and an Executive Coach.
Dr Helen Prochazka has been sharing her expertise as an educational consultant with the EMAS Advisory Board since 2008. She is Director of The Montessori Partnership, owner of a Montessori nursery school in England and sometime Chair of Montessori Education (UK).
Lorraine Fannin O.B.E. has been with the EMAS Advisory network since 2008. She has been a Board member of a number of public bodies, literature and arts organisations and companies. Lorraine is experienced in strategy, training and employment development, organisational communication, and a wide range of governance issues.
Louise Leamy: With a background in business and corporate management, Louise trained as a Montessori teacher in 2005 and taught at EMAS until 2012. Now a primary teacher, specialising in early years education, she continues to support the school in an advisory capacity.