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Meet the Governors

What do Governors do?

The governing body structure is:
 
two parent governors (elected by the parent body)
eight foundation governors (one elected by the Trustees, two by the Diocese of St Albans, four by the Parochial Parish Council plus the local priest) 
one local authority governor
one staff governor (elected by the staff)
the head teacher
one co-opted governor (co-opted by the governing body)
 
There are two main committees:
 
the Education Committee - responsible for issues related to the curriculum, teaching and learning and pupil achievement)
the Resources Committee - responsible for issues related to finance, premises and staffing

Governors’ Details and Register of Interests September 2019

Name

Appointing

Body

Term of

Office

Responsibility

Committee

Membership

Business 

Interests

Personal Relationship

with Staff (if any)

Attendance

at Meetings since Sept 2017

Rebecca Bradley

Diocese Education Board 01/10/20 - 30/09/24   Resources    

 

Ritchie Copues Parent 01/08/17 - 31/07/21

Governor training

Swimming Pool

  None None

Full 17/10/17

Res 24/01/18

Res 30/04/18

Full 13/06/18

Res 25/10/18

Res 23/01/19

Res 13/05/19

Full 12/06/19

Res 24/06/19

Full 22/10/19

Full 27/02/20

Full

10/06/20

Res

05/10/20

Emma Davies Parochial Church Council 01/05/14 - 30/04/18 Admissions, Early Years Education Committee, Pay Review Committee, HT Appraisal and Pay Governor at Simon Balle School None  

Ed 09/10/17

Full 17/10/17

Ed 05/02/18

Full 22/02/18

Ed 23/04/18

Full 13/06/18

Ed 08/10/18

Full 16/10/18

Ed 05/02/19

Ed 29/04/19

Full 12/06/19

Ed 07/10/19

Full 22/10/19

Ed 10/02/20

Full 27/02/20

Ed

27/04/20

Full

10/06/20

Ed 03/11/20

Full

11/11/20

John Grubb Local Authority 08/05/15 - 07/05/19   Resources Committee (Chair), Pay Review Committee, HT Appraisal and Pay Carries out work for the Hertfordshire Primary Heads Forum None  

Res 18/09/17

Full 17/10/17

Res 24/01/18

Full 22/02/18

Res 30/04/18

Full 13/06/18

Full 16/10/18

Res 25/10/18

Res 23/01/19

Full 25/02/19

Res 13/05/19

Full 12/06/19

Res 24/06/19

Full 22/10/19

Res 27/01/20

Full 27/02/20

Full

10/06/20

Res

05/10/20

Full

11/11/20

Caroline Baker

Parent

08/12/20 - 07/12/24

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Pettengell Parochial Church Council 31/12/16 - 31/12/20 Health & Safety

Education Committee

None None  

Ed 09/10/17

Full 17/10/17

Ed 05/02/18

Ed 23/04/18

Full 13/06/18

Ed 08/10/18

Full 16/10/18

Ed 29/04/19

Full 12/06/19

Ed 07/10/19

Ed 10/02/20

Ed 27-04-20

Full

10/06/20

Ed 03/11/20

Full

11/11/20

Lorraine Gauld N/A N/A   Education Committee, Resources Committee Headteacher None

Res 5/10/20

Ed 3/11/20

Full

11/11/20

             

 

Alan Stewart N/A N/A

Safeguarding

Children Looked After
  Governor at Hertford St Andrew Primary School, Hertford None

 

Ed 09/10/17

Full 17/10/17

Ed 05/02/18

Full 22/02/18

Ed 23/04/18

Full 13/06/18

Full 16/10/18

Full 25/02/19

Full 12/06/19

Full 22/10/19

Full 27/02/20

Ed 27/04/20

Full

10/06/20

Full

11/11/20

Ali Hoodless Parochial Church Council 17/09/16 - 16/09/20 SEND Education Committee   None

Full 22/10/19

Ed 10/02/20

Full 27/02/20

Ed 27-04-20

Full

10/06/20

Ed 03/11/20

Full

11/11/20

Sarah Lynn Parochial Church Council 21/10/19 - 20/10/23   Resources Committee   None

Full 22/10/19

Res 27/01/20

Full 27/02/20

Full

10/06/20

Res 05/10/20

Liam Bailey Diocese Education Board 23/01/20 - 22/01/24   Resources Committee   None

Res 27/01/20

Full 27/02/20

Full

10/06/20

Res 05/10/20

               

 

Governors that have left since August 2017

 

Helen Sizer - left staff 31/08/18 - subsequently reappointed as a Foundation governor (October 2018)

Gary O'Leary - stepped down 08/04/19

Andrew Biggs - term ended 31/08/19

Louise Archer - term ended 31/08/19

Stephanie Spenceley - term ended 31/08/19

Helen Sizer - stepped down 31-08-20

Gill Carr - term ended 31-08-20

Duncan Newton - stepped down because all his children have left the school 31/08/20

Governor Profiles

Chair of Governors: John Grubb

I have been a school governor since February 2014 and became the Chair in October 2014. My link with the school is through my two granddaughters, one who left to attend Presdales in 2016 and the other who still attends the school. I spend time every week helping in my youngest granddaughter's class as well as helping out with a variety of projects in other parts of the school. I taught in Hertfordshire for 33 years and was headteacher of two primary schools. I retired from headship in 2012 and I am now an educational consultant, mainly working on behalf of primary schools in Hertfordshire.

Liam Bailey

I and Dawn have 3 children Tate, Esme and Susie. Tate began his education at the school in 2019 and I took that as an opportunity to apply to become a Governor. I am grateful to have been elected and I plan to use my life and work skills to assist the school to provide the students with the best possible educational setting.

Becky Bradley

I moved to Hertingfordbury in my late teens and whilst I now live in Hertford with my husband Tom, our son Theo and dog Cooper I still have close connections to the village through my parents living there and through St Mary’s where I have been a parishioner since my late teens. I am looking forward to playing my part in the continued success of this wonderful school. 

Ritchie Copues

I am married to Lizzy and have a daughter in year two with our youngest due to start in reception next year. With both girls starting their education at Hertingfordbury Cowper I welcomed the opportunity to have a role as a Governor. My experience has been gained in civil engineering, specifically in a commercial role on major projects in the UK. I worship at St Mary’s and am a member of the Parochial Church Council and I am looking forward to being more involved with the school as well.

Emma Davies - Vice Chair

I joined the Governing Body at Hertingfordbury Cowper in 2010.  I have two daughters, both now at Simon Balle, who previously attended the school. I sit on the Education Committee and am a link Governor for Early Years, but have many strings to my bow! And like nothing more than spending a few hours with the children.  My strengths are being able to organise and converse with people and my endless energy. I have always worked with and around children and I am extremely proud to be a Governor of such a wonderful, friendly and family run school.

Alison Hoodless

I am married to Mike and our two sons have attended Hertingfordbury Cowper since 2015. Prior to having a family I worked for many years with children with special needs, and spent five years living and working in Romania. More recently I have started teaching English to refugees, which I thoroughly enjoy, and am looking forward to getting more involved at the school.

Sarah Lynn

I have had a very long and happy association with Hertingfordbury Cowper school.  I am married to Michael and have three children; our older children joined in 2003 then moved on to Presdales and Simon Balle/Richard Hale and our youngest, Alice, left Hertingfordbury in 2019 and now attends Presdales.  They/We feel very privileged to have such a wonderful school on our doorstep. 

My early working career was spent in buying and retail management.  For the last fifteen years I have spent my time within a support role at Richard Hale school so have had a long connection within education.

I am grateful for the opportunity in joining the board of governors and look forward to playing a part in the continued success of the school

Craig Pettengell

I am passionate about the opportunity that education offers and recognise that each child only gets one chance. My mother & siblings were/are all teachers, and whilst my father and I joked to them that "we were the only ones who left school", I am humbled by the difference they have made to so many children. My work has involved me having various people and business managerial roles in the UK and beyond since 1995. I want to ensure children get the best education they can at Hertingfordbury Cowper Primary School. I was appointed a Foundation Governor in 2016, shortly after my daughter and son joined Hertingfordbury Cowper Primary School in Nursery and Reception.

Rev Alan Stewart

I am married to Rachel and we have two children Rosie and Elijah. In a previous life I have worked in retail and fashion design, but became a priest in 2003. I am responsible for St Mary’s church in Hertingfordbury and for St Andrew’s in Hertford. I’m fairly addicted to buying books and music from Amazon and enjoy painting, running and roller-skating!. Every week I lead two assemblies in school.

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