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Welcome to our Governors’ section.

 

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

 

We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.

Picture 1 Warren Newbert - Chair of Governors
Picture 2 Alice Garnham - Parent Governor
Picture 3 Nicola Thomas - Vice Chair of Governors
Picture 4 Mike Scott - Community Governor
Picture 5 Denise Kaye - LEA Governor
Picture 6 Sharon Stilliard - Parent Governor
Picture 7 Heather Burrows - Staff Governor
Picture 8 Mr Simon Murden - Parent Governor
Picture 9 Mr Matthew Gray - Parent Governor
Picture 10 Suzanne Gabbitas - Parent Governor

Governor Profiles & details of Committee Memberships

 

Warren Newbert - Chair of Governors

I have been the Chair of Governors since 2015 and a Governor at the School since 2010 and prior to that I was Treasurer for Pre-School when it was independent.  My initial interest was to better understand how the school worked and the associated challenges and some 7 years later I am still learning about the education system and really enjoy trying to help the school navigate its way to deliver against our objectives.  It is a voluntary job and there is some time commitment attached but for me it was about making a difference by offering my knowledge to support the progress and development of the school and ultimately I get a lot from the experience, the challenges and the team that I work with.  I have 2 sons - my eldest has moved on to secondary school and I have another child in KS2.  I live in Northall and the day job is as a Finance and Operations Director for a technology company.

 

Mike Scott 
I am a Community Governor. I am married with two children, a boy and a girl both in their twenties, and have lived in Northall for the past eight years.  Before retirement I was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Luton (now University of Bedfordshire). I taught undergraduate Marketing Planning and Policy; Brand Management; Post Graduate Marketing on Masters in Education Programme; Organisational Design on MBA . I was also responsible for co-ordinating the Undergraduate Dissertation Programme and also supervised numerous Post Graduate Dissertations. My research interest was in the marketing of schools.

 

Denise Kaye

I have been a Governor at Edlesborough since 2009. My working life has been in Education, initially in Primary schools where I worked for some years as a classroom teacher before becoming a Headteacher in a First School in Hertfordshire. Since then I have worked part-time for Buckinghamshire County Council in Adult Learning. 

 

 

Sharon Stilliard
We moved to the village in 1987 and my four children all attended the school.  I became a parent governor in 1988 but was unable to continue in this role when I was appointed Science teacher at the school in 1989, when the new National Curriculum was introduced. In 2008 I became the staff governor and on my retirement in 2010 a community governor. I am  custodian of the school pond and have witnessed  many changes on the school premises over the past 28 years. I am a member of the Resources committee and the Literacy governor.
 

Alice Garnham
I am a parent governor.  I am married with three children, two of whom are currently pupils at the school.  Since having children, my interest and involvement in primary education has grown. I have worked as a Teaching Assistant locally and am passionate about providing all children with the best start possible to their educational lives. I joined the governing body in 2012 and hope my dedication and enthusiasm can help the school to continue moving in the right direction.

 

Nicola Thomas
I have been a school Governor since 2013 and my two sons attend the school. I joined the Governing Body to understand more about the school and to take a more active role in supporting it. I am currently Vice Chair of Governors and Chair of the Performance Committee. By background, I am an accountant-turned environmental policy consultant with experience in both the private and public sectors, including central government. I manage the Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Natural Environment Partnership, so I work locally. Outside work and school my hobby is music, and I play tenor saxophone in a local jazz band.

 

Simon Murden

I joined as a parent Governor in 2016, with a varied background, from licensee

of a pub to now being an accountant within a large financial services organisation.  I wanted to become a governor to understand more about the strategy of the school, the challenges it faces, and support it in achieving its goals, providing a professional perspective from a regulated environment.  As a member of the Resource Committee I can help within my areas of expertise, and I am sure will develop some new skills along the way.  In my free time I am a keen cyclist, and coach in the mini and junior section of Tring rugby club.

 

Matthew Gray
I have been a Parent Governor since October 2016. I have two children who attend the school; they are currently in the preschool and Year 1. Since my eldest child started at Edlesborough School I have been a member of FOES.  I have  twenty years’ experience in the IT industry and so am able to support the school in matters of IT which I feel is particularly important to children’s education and which I am aware can be a constant drain on teacher time. I am currently the school Website Governor.

 

Suzanne Gabbitas

I became a Governor in 2014 and my oldest child attends the school. I have both a boy and a girl. I  joined the Governors to learn more about the school that my children are attending and the education they are receiving. As a part-time teacher for many years I hope to be able to support the school in moving forwards as my profession is in primary education. I have worked in Church schools, Primary and Infant schools in Hertfordshire. I am a member of the Performance Committee.


 

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