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Colin Bowmer

Mr Colin Bowmer – Foundation Governor - (Diocese Appointment)


Term of Office

3 years - 08/01/2017


Position Held


Science Lead Governor


Committee Membership



Full Governing Board

Annual Policy Meeting

Finance/ Resources/ Premises/ Personnel Committee

Headteacher Performance Management Committee

Anything marked on Personal, Pecuniary or Business Interest?




Who's in your family?

Sylvia and I have been married for 53 years, we have 3 daughters and a son, Helen (teacher) Jennifer (teacher) Kristina (Pharmacist) and Christopher (Engineer). We have 6 grandchildren and 1 great grand child.


Why did you decided to be a Governor?

I have been a teacher in higher education most of my life so being involved with primary education broadens my view


Why at St Luke's CE?

St Luke's Church needed to provide a foundation governor.


Have you been or are you a governor anywhere else? (Do you have links with any other schools?)

I have two daughters who are teachers, I have contact with St Peter's Primary school in Swinton where one teachers


What is the most rewarding thing about being a governor?

It is good to see how the pupils develop in their formative years.


What have you learnt from being a governor you didn't know before?

I have gained experience of the administration side of education


What has been the most challenging thing you've being involved with?

I'm a chartered chemist with a research degree and have had a life-time experience in higher education teaching undergraduates and directing post-graduates in research degrees


What's the most important thing about education/school to you?

We should support children to become responsible adults who are always eager to enhance their knowledge and expertise throughout their lifetime


What do/did you do as a career?

I started as a laboratory chemist and studied to gain an honours degree in chemistry (part time study) I became a teacher in higher education where I gained an MSc degree in Chemistry research (part time) I am now retired.


What do you do with your spare time?

I have a large family which means considerable involvement with the younger members and their school work. I enjoy d.i.y jobs but time is limited. I organise the church music.


What was your time at School like? What did you most enjoy/find hard?

I enjoyed all school activities, particularly playing the recorder and later the violin. I enjoyed the teachers reading stories but I was a poor reader.


What subject did you enjoy most at Primary school? (Why?)

Music, we had a teacher who played the piano, Music from Beethoven, Brahms and Chopin brought tears to my eyes at the age of 4 years old.


Who was your favourite teacher (why?)

Miss Haddy at Tootal Road school taught me algebra which gave me a tremendous start in the study of mathematics.


What's your favourite Colour? (Why?)

I like all colours I have no favourtites


What's your favourite film? (Why?)

I seldom watch films, I prefer TV documentary programmes, particularly those with a scientific theme and also nature based programmes