Chair of Standards & Curriculum Committee
Community Governor and Vice-Chair of Governors
I have lived in Harpenden since 1997 and became a parent governor in 2007 having two children at Roundwood Park School.
Both of my children have now successfully moved on to university and beyond, following positive experiences as Roundwood students. I have always been impressed with the commitment and dedication of the staff at Roundwood and the individual care that each of my children received.
My background is in finance, having worked for 20 years in finance roles in multi-national companies. Due to my passion for education, I subsequently retrained as a mathematics teacher and spent three years teaching in a Hertfordshire comprehensive school. I am also a qualified executive coach and have used these skills to support RPS in various ways.
I am currently chair of the Standards and Curriculum Committee and previously chaired the Resources Committee during our transition to Academy status. I was appointed vice-chair in September 2012.
Students, Families & Community Committee
I am a Chartered Librarian and worked for HCC for over 10 years as a Branch Librarian, Information Specialist and with the Schools Library Service.
I left to have children in 2000, and have since retrained as a Garden Designer. I have been running my own Garden Design and maintenance business since 2008.
Both my daughters attended Wood End School and I have been a Parent, now Community, Governor there since 2010. Having seen the role a Governor can play in a school I am delighted to now be able to support Roundwood Park in the same way. My daughters are now thriving at Roundwood Park, taking full advantage of all the opportunities the school provides.
I think it is important that a school supports all its pupils and encourages them to develop their learning by building on their individual skills and interests. I believe that the pupils wellbeing, and attainment, should be at the heart of all the decisions the school and Governors make. I have skills in Library management, staff development, budgets and project management. I have also been involved in projects to improve the external learning environment of schools.
Since joining Roundwood Park School in September 2015 as the Head of Science, I have gained a significant understanding of how the school operates along with the various strengths, challenges and opportunities we are faced with.
More recently I have been appointed onto the Extended Senior Leadership Team to focus on supporting our Year 11 students as they make their final preparations for the summer examinations.
One of the areas of school operations that particularly interests me is how we use our wide range of resources to ensure we provide the best outcomes for our students, staff and community. As a Staff Governor I ensure that I contribute to this aspect of school leadership and management to the best of my ability. I feel confident that although we are enduring an ever changing political landscape in education, we are a very strong, robust and innovative organisation who can make the most of whichever opportunities and challenges we come across.
Living locally to Harpenden, I feel vested in the success of our community as a whole. I carry out my Governor duties with a great deal of pride and enthusiasm, combining my experiences from my time in education with my former career in private sector business. Aside from work I am an avid sports fan; regularly competing in running, cycling, swimming, triathlon and rugby (for Old Albanians unfortunately, sorry!).
I have been a Harpenden Parent Governor for three years. I have a son and daughter at the Roundwood Schools and live within the immediate vicinity of the schools.
I am from a family of teachers and appreciate how fortunate we are to have such a fantastic school and teaching / support staff who in turn are supported by a strong and committed community.
I work as a manager for the emergency services. My key role is liaison with central and local government, hospitals, GPs, CCGs, police, fire service, prisons and other stakeholders. This ensures delivery of urgent and emergency health care services and providing a response to major incidents. Part of my role is overseeing public education across schools, colleges and further education in London. I sit on four Safeguarding Boards for both children and adults and have been appointed to the Princes Trust Leadership Programme to assist disadvantaged young people.
I previously worked for the police and security services, headed up public services covering project management, event management, regeneration schemes and environmental management.
I look forward to working with the local community, pupils and school staff to maintain the excellent reputation of Roundwood Park and delivery of first class education to our children.
Students, Families & Community Committee
In 2010 I moved to Redbourn after living in St Albans where I brought up my children and worked in schools and educational services for nearly three decades. I have a BA Hons degree in History and in 1990 gained a PGCE at the University of Herfordshire, having run my own Nursery School for five years.
During the 1990s I taught in Primary schools across Hertfordshire working with children with Special Needs and English as an additional language. During this time I developed an interest in the role of talk in teaching and learning, through further study at Cambridge University
After gaining a PhD in 2006, I moved into Higher Education as a Tutor and Lecturer in Education in the Universities of Cambridge, and Leicester and researcher at the Open University – training the next generations of teachers, supporting primary and secondary teachers studying for their Masters Degrees, writing and researching. My research focused on creativity and the benefits and challenges of talk-based and collaborative teaching methods.
Living in Redbourn has allowed me to experience the pleasures of village life and the benefits of close links to Harpenden. With the draw of ‘local’ outweighing a long commute to Leicester, I left full-time employment in 2014 to spend more time with my young grandchildren and explore other interests. These include writing, travelling, singing and more recently dog ownership.
I remain passionate about the role of education in promoting opportunities for all and changing lives for the better and welcome the opportunity to contribute to Roundwood Park School as a Community Governor.
Chair of the Resources Committee
I am a Community Governor with a daughter currently in the Sixth Form and a son now graduated from University following 7 successful and enjoyable years at Roundwood Park School.
It is rewarding to see how the students mature during their time at the school and how this prepares them for further education, career and life generally. This experience led me to become a Governor, where I can contribute to the long (and short) term success of RPS.
I currently chair the Resources Committee which I find fulfilling as I can bring experience based upon my background as a Chartered Electrical Engineer working in Transport and Security businesses. My recent roles (Major Programmes delivery, Business P&L and Operations Director) enable me to effectively contribute to the school, specifically the Resources Committee which is responsible for finance, staffing and premises amongst other challenges.
As a family we have lived in Harpenden for over 20 years and I enjoy travelling to historically interesting locations throughout the world.
Standards & Curriculum Committee
I was invited to join the governing body in 2003 as a community governor. My profession as an architect has proved to be of some value to the school.
Over the years, I have been involved in a number of construction projects including: feasibility/design and project management process for both the music/maths block, the sports hall as well as the design and planning of the new reception and offices areas – my goal has always been to ensure that RPS achieves best possible design and value for money. I have enjoyed serving various terms on both the resources committee and more recently the standards & curriculum committee. Ensuring the school follows a broad and balanced curriculum, which meets the needs of every child, enabling them all to make good progress.
My daughter has completed her studies at RPS and my son is in Year 8. They have both thrived in a uniquely inclusive environment at RPS. I believe that the strength of our school is drawn from a positive overall ethos that provides all members of the school community with a safe and respected environment.
Chair of Governors
Standards & Curriculum Committee
I have lived in Harpenden for over 20 years and have brought up four sons who attended Roundwood Park School and then went on to study at university.
I was always particularly impressed that the school didn’t compare the boys to each other and always knew which son they were talking about at parents’ evenings. The care that Roundwood Park School offers every student is at the core of everything they do and I am very proud to be associated with such a committed team of people.
I became Chair of Governors in 2008, having been a parent governor and then a community governor for 8 years. The majority of my working life has been centred around teaching and learning in a number of different environments. I started out as a trainer for an IT company but qualified as an IT teacher when my youngest son was 2. I most recently taught in a 6th form college where, amongst other things, I taught A level ICT and ran vocational courses for challenging 16 year olds.
In my spare time I love to cook and entertain family and friends. I attempt, with various amounts of success, to grow flowers and vegetables and occasionally try my hand at some knitting. When I have the time I enjoy word puzzles and reading.
Students, Families and Community Committee
I have been at Roundwood Park for just over 5 years now and have spent 3 years as the Network Manager.
I have been involved in the implementation of many initiatives to support Teaching and Learning such as the introduction of Show My Homework, Bring Your Own Device, the VLE etc. My challenge is to keep the school as up to date as possible with ever developing IT technologies available in education.
I have also been involved in other areas of the school such as the Hall Refurbishment project and I am actively involved in the preparation of House Music each year.
I am very entrepreneurial and outside of school run my own business as a Mobile DJ. I have also been involved in Sound & Lightning consultancy both in local theatres and national venues.
I became a governor to become involved in, and gain a greater understanding of, other areas of the school’s operations and to help ensure that all decisions we make benefit the whole Roundwood Park Community.
I was appointed as the Headteacher of Roundwood Park School in September 2010 after serving the community in four other schools in Luton and Hertfordshire.
I am a graduate in Literature and History and I spent most of my career in the classroom as an English teacher before taking up senior leadership posts at Beaumont and Simon Balle Schools. As well as being the Head of Roundwood Park, I have recently joined the Governing Board of the Links Academy in St Albans.
I am married with two sons and live in Bedfordshire having originally come from Yorkshire. Being the Headteacher of Roundwood Park is a privilege and a pleasure, unlike the trials and tribulations of being a Leeds United season ticket holder! Away from school, as well as football, I enjoy travelling, skiing, reading fiction, History and exploring Historical sites. I am a “Friend of Duxford” and enjoy visiting there whenever I can.
Standards & Curriculum Committee
I was delighted, in May 2017 to be voted in as staff governor.
Currently Head of English, I am strongly placed to understand the new changes to the curriculum and its effect on our students and I am extremely keen to work alongside our governing body to help Roundwood Park School face the substantial difficulties it – along with other schools – encounter today.
I was appointed as Head of English here in September 2016. Previously, I was Second in English at Watford Grammar School for Girls and before this, I was Key Stage 4 coordinator for English at St Clement Danes School. I gained a PGCE at the University of Hertfordshire where I completed my placement at St George’s School and I have a first class degree in English Literature.
However, I have not been in schools all my life. I enjoyed a successful career in the theatre and I am the mother of three young adults all of whom attended STASSH Schools and I enjoy seeing them on their way to building successful lives. Now, I look forward to doing the same for all our Roundwood Park students.
I have lived in Harpenden for over 30 years and both our children attended Roundwood Park School in the last century!
The school was one that my wife and I felt comfortable in the first time we visited and I believe there has always been something special about what the school offers our youth.
I have been an RPS governor for over 25 years, initially as a parent governor, following three years as a member of the school’s PTA, then a local authority governor and most recently a community governor. Currently a member of the Resources Committee, I have been Chair of Governors on two separate occasions; one term of four years, the other of five years.
I worked in the construction industry for a national contractor for the whole of my working life and this experience has proved useful as a school governor in dealing with premises issues. Retired since 2001, I am currently Chairman of the St Albans District Credit Union, a not for profit community bank offering savings and loans products primarily in the St Albans District. I enjoy walking, reading and all sports (sadly now only as a spectator) and in the last few years have been involved with set building (and a very occasional appearance) for the High Street Players.
I was appointed an MBE in 2000 for services to education.
Chair of the Students, Families & Community Committee
My wife and I have lived in Harpenden since 1997. We have two children currently at Roundwood across various year groups within the school, our eldest son, who attended the school until 2016, has now moved on to study history at university.
I have been an elected Parent Governor since 2010 and believe the proactive input of governors can make a real difference to the success of a school and the community. I am the nominated governor for Child Protection and Chair of the Students, Families and Community Committee.
I have a BA (Hons) in German from the University of Manchester and am ACIB and CISI qualified. At work, I lead an award winning team in London providing structured debt and working capital to support UK mid market companies. I am a regular visiting speaker at the CASS Business School, London for their Private Equity MBA module and also serve on the Membership Committee of the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA).
At home, most of our spare time is spent enjoying family activities. When time permits, I play the occasional game of veterans’ football.
Standards & Curriculum Committee
We moved to Harpenden in 2003 believing it would prove a good place to bring up a family. The town and schools have lived up to expectations and we have never looked back since arriving.
I currently have children studying each of KS3, 4 and 5 at RPS and have a lot invested in the continuing success of what is already an outstanding school. This, combined with a desire to put back something into a community which my family had so benefitted from belonging to, is why I became a Governor.
Professionally I work at the Bank of England, where I currently run the Markets area which amongst other things implements monetary policy. Other than that you might come across me ferrying children around Harpenden, jogging on the Nicky Line or occasionally hitting errant tennis or golf balls.
My wife and I moved to Harpenden in 2002 and love being part of the community here. Our son recently entered Year 7 and our two daughters are still at Wood End.
I stood as a Parent Governor on a platform: I’m an engineer and a career technologist and from my experience of the rapidly changing consumer and employment landscape I believe we must be proactive in preparing our children to not just cope with but to thrive in a world that is evolving at pace. I look forward to helping inform the debate and contributing to our school’s response to these challenges.
In “me time”, you’ll find me running ultra-marathons, chasing a ball around a hockey pitch, pretending I can still play the piano or immersing myself in my EDM playlist on Spotify.
I am a Mathematics graduate who has spent over 30 years in senior/director IT roles in large private and public sector organisations including BT, Sainsbury’s, Post Office, Domestic & General and latterly the NHS.
My area of expertise includes delivering large IT transformation programmes and services within tight financial constraints and managing 3rd party suppliers.
I firmly believe that a good, all round, education should be available to each individual to enable him or her to reach their full potential – my wife and I have both benefitted from and appreciate the opportunities that this has offered us. Roundwood Park School is excellent in educating students both academically and for membership of the wider community; the Academy status provides further opportunities for strengthening this. I have welcomed the chance to contribute to the school and be involved with its development.
I became a Community Governor because I wanted to support the school in its efforts to provide young people with all the opportunities that a good education affords. I offer a range of business skills/expertise together with an independent, challenging but supportive approach and a commitment to work as part of a team.
On a personal note, I am married with two children and have lived in Harpenden for over twenty years. Our children have attended local schools and I have experienced, as a parent, education from nursery through to university.
Clerk to the Governing Board
I initially joined Roundwood Park School in 2012 as Clerk to the three governing body committees.
In December 2014 I took on the full role as Clerk to the Governing Board. The role of Clerk is crucial to the effective functioning of the Governing Board. I arrange and minute each Governing Board and Committee meetings, a total of at least 24 meetings a year. I also assist the governors in understanding their role, functions and legal duties. I thoroughly enjoy my role and working with a team who are committed and dedicated to the education, welfare and wellbeing of the Roundwood Park students.
My background is in training and development, administration, supervision.
I live in Redbourn and have two sons who currently attend the school. I am also Clerk to the Governing Board of Redbourn Junior School, Harpenden Secondary Education Trust and the Harpenden Secondary Schools Trust.