Meet the current members of our governing board. Please click here to view Records & Attendance
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 PARENT GOVERNOR
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.
My husband and I have been living in Harpenden since 2004. We have two boys and our eldest started Roundwood Park in September 2017. In my short time as a Roundwood parent, I have already been very impressed by the ethos of the school and the emphasis on building a supportive environment to ensure an excellent and rounded education for all children. I am therefore delighted to be able to help contribute to the success of the school in my role as a parent governor.
As a PhD scientist, I have worked for the past 20 years in roles of increasing responsibility in R&D for a global pharmaceutical company. In my current senior director role, I lead and develop strategy and projects that involve the application of cutting edge informatics, data analytics and experimental technologies to understand disease and develop new medicines. I have a particular passion for inspiring the next generation of scientists and participation in STEM subjects. My role also involves developing others, with a focus on promoting the behaviours required for a successful career in any field.
As a family, we enjoy travel, outdoor activities and sport and I have recently completed my first triathlon!
RESOURCES COMMITTEE STAFF GOVERNOR
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!).
STUDENTS, FAMILIES AND COMMUNITY COMMITTEE PARENT GOVERNOR
I grew up in Harpenden and attended Roundwood Park School as a student, leaving to go to University in 1984. I returned to Harpenden 18 years later. My son is now a student at the school.
My background is in financial services, having worked for 20 years in the corporate pensions sector for a number of consultancies and major pension schemes. In 2009, I retrained as a teacher and spent seven years teaching in two very different schools, one in Harpenden and the second in Central Beds.
I returned to the pensions sector in 2014 and in order to retain my links to the education system, I volunteered as an Enterprise Adviser with the Mayor of London’s office. This role enabled me to help my paired school to develop and strengthen their careers strategy and provision. I also am involved with Harpenden Colts as an assistant Child Welfare Officer.
I am passionate about ensuring all students are provided with opportunities to develop themselves, including work related enterprise skills, whatever their aspirations are. I look forward to contributing to the governing board and helping Roundwood Park and its students to flourish.
STUDENTS, FAMILIES & COMMUNITY COMMITTEE COMMUNITY GOVERNOR
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 COMMUNITY GOVERNOR
I am a Community Governor with a daughter who has just completed Sixth Form and is now at University, also a son who spent 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.
CHAIR OF GOVERNORS STANDARDS & CURRICULUM COMMITTEE COMMUNITY GOVERNOR
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 STAFF GOVERNOR
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 STAFF GOVERNOR
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
RESOURCES COMMITTEE COMMUNITY GOVERNOR
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 COMMUNITY GOVERNOR
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 was an elected Parent Governor from 2010-17 and, since 2017, have been a Community Governor. I 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 owner managed 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 PARENT GOVERNOR
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.
My eldest child (of 3) started at RPS on the same day as the Alan Henshall, the headmaster. All of my children have or continue to benefit massively from being part of what is an outstanding school. This, combined with a desire to put back something into a community, 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.
STANDARDS AND CURRICULUM COMMITTEE PARENT GOVERNOR
My wife and I moved to Harpenden in 2002 and love being part of the community here. Our first of three children started at Roundwood Park School in 2015, and I was excited to have the opportunity to be elected that term as a Parent Governor.
I’m a Chartered Engineer and a career technologist, and I see day-in-day-out how rapidly the employment landscape is changing. I enjoy helping to inform the debate on how the school responds to these and other challenges to prepare our children to not just cope with, but to thrive in, a fast-evolving world.
In “me time”, you’ll find me running ultra-marathons, chasing a ball around a hockey pitch or pretending I can still play the piano.
RESOURCES COMMITTEE COMMUNITY GOVERNOR
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 board 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 meeting, a total of at least 24 meetings a year. I keep the board focused on its core strategic priorities, provide advice and guidance on its duties and functions, and deliver administrative support to ensure governance runs smoothly. I support governors in understanding their role, functions and legal duties. I thoroughly enjoy my job 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, supervision and administration.
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, the Harpenden Secondary Schools Trust and the Harpenden Secondary Education Trust who sponsor the Katherine Warington School.