Edlesborough School

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The Board of Governors at school consists of 14 Governor posts:

  • The Headteacher
  • One staff Governor is elected by the staff
  • One is appointed by the Local Authority
  • Two are Parent Governors elected by parents
  • Nine are Co-opted Governors appointed by the Governing Board


Please find below details of our Governing body 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.


What do Governors do?

Firstly, it is important to say that Governors don’t run the school. That is the job of the Headteacher and the Senior Leaders, teaching, support and administrative staff.


The Governor role is concerned with the performance, operation and finances of the school. We help to set the overall strategic direction of the school, agree its policies, set challenging targets and monitor progress. Key tasks include monitoring finances, providing support to the Headteacher, Performance Management of the Headteacher and making sure that the school is compliant with current regulations and best practice.


Examples of activities where Governors have made a major contribution in recent years include: recruitment of a new Headteacher; recruitment of temporary Headship (substantive Headteacher on maternity leave); approval of key areas of spend, e.g. IT plan.

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.



Nicola Thomas - Vice Chair of Governors
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.



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 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.



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 manears 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.



Madeleine Graf

My husband and I moved to Eaton Bray in 2017 to be nearer to our family and I am  keen to be involved in local life and to make use of some of the skills and experiences I have developed, both professionally and in other areas of my life. I have an M.A. in Education and I have taught in primary and secondary schools, worked in an LEA advisory team and in initial teacher training in England and in Wales. I am very interested in community projects and I was also a founder member and director of a community shop in the village we lived in in South Wales. I hope that the role of school governor will allow me to make a positive contribution to the lives of local children and families and I look forward to being involved in the life of Edlesborough School.



Oliver Pengelly

I joined as a parent Governor in 2018. I have two children, one of whom currently attends the school. Having previously trained and worked as an actor, I am now the Assistant Director of Drama and Head of Wolstenholme House at Berkhamsted School. I joined the board eager to find out more about the school and hopeful that I might offer some understanding of modern teaching and learning practice. I am passionate about our young people's education. As a Governor, I hope to play some part in ensuring all children receive a well-rounded education of the highest quality and depart for secondary school as knowledgeable, passionate and confident individuals. Beyond education, I am a keen sportsman, enjoy coaching football and ran my first (and last!) marathon this year.



Donna McLean

I have been a teacher at Edlesborough School since 2010 and am now a senior leader, responsible for Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Literacy.  I joined the governing body in 2017 to gain a better understanding of the strategic decisions made and to offer knowledge and insight into life within school.  Outside school I have two young children of my own and enjoy being creative. 

Would you like to help?

If you would like to be involved and have the time and enthusiasm to join a committed team of individuals to help your local primary school be the best it can be, then we would love to hear from you. We’re looking for people from all walks of life!


Please read the Information About Becoming a Governor document.


If you are interested and would like to find out more, please contact the School Office on 

01525 220431 or