Governor Committees 2018-19
|Finance & Management||Curriculum & Pastoral|
|Mr Graham Lamb (Chair)||Miss Mandy King (Chair)|
|Mr Gurpreet Rehal||Ms Margaret Warren|
|Dr Ian Davies||Mrs Mary Deller|
|Mrs Bernadette Holmes||Mrs Bernadette Holmes|
Dr Thomas Pike
|Mrs Debbie Pal-Born|
|Mr Rob Stubbs||Mrs Zoe Folbigg|
|Mrs Susie Winstanley||Miss Theresa Burtenshaw|
|Mrs Caroline Howard - SBM|
|Mrs Mary Deller|
|Mr Graham Lamb|
Susie Winstanley - Parent Governor, Chair of Governors
I have two children who are going through Strathmore and Wilshere Dacre, and back in the ‘80s I attended both schools myself! I pursued a career in asset management marketing before moving into school administration in 2017. I have been a parent governor at Strathmore since 2015 and before becoming Chair had a focus upon Health & Safety.
I strongly believe in the power of education to provide opportunities for all our children which will enable them to be happy and succeed in life. Here at Strathmore every child is treated as an individual and made to feel safe and important and encouraged to develop a love of learning in our nurturing environment through the broad curriculum taught.
Bernadette Holmes – Headteacher
After having my own children and volunteering as a parent helper I decided to retrain, qualifying as a teacher in 1996. I taught in Stevenage and Hitchin across the primary age range, prior to becoming Headteacher here at Strathmore in 2009. I was particularly drawn to Strathmore because of the diverse population and strong community links. It is a privilege to work with all the children, a fantastic staff team, strong and proactive governors and some very warm and supportive parents and families. Whilst the variety in my role can be a challenge, mostly it is what makes it so enjoyable!
In my spare time I enjoy being with my family, eating out, trips to concerts and the theatre and reading.
Ian Davies - Parent Governor
I have been a governor for nearly 5 years. My own education has taken me right through the educational system to postgraduate level at University where I obtained a PhD in a science-related discipline. In my current employment I run a small business importing and re-selling scientific equipment into most European countries. This has provided me with many skills including financial and accounting management, people management, business and employment law, sales and marketing management, property and facilities management and staff recruitment.
Being a governor is very rewarding and allows you to play a pivotal role in the school's development. In the past I was Vice Chair of Governors, taking on responsibilities delegated by the chair and deputising during any absence, working closely with the Chair of Governors to establish a constructive relationship and share responsibilities.
Mary Deller - Co-Opted Governor
I became a parent governor at Strathmore in 2008 - my daughter is now in Year 10 at a local secondary school! I have been involved in many different aspects of school life - including helping to set up the Pre-School. I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and variety of tasks undertaken as a governor - especially being able to work as part of a team of fellow governors and staff.
My professional background is in journalism, but over the past 14 years I have been very involved in voluntary youth work. I volunteer with a local educational charity working in Hitchin schools. I am also a trained drugs educator, delivering lessons in drug & alcohol prevention in local secondary schools. With my interest in the emotional welfare of young people, I am pleased to support Strathmore as the designated safeguarding governor.
Zoë Folbigg - Parent Governor
I was born in Grove Road and have always felt drawn back to the local community - of which I believe Strathmore is the backbone. I wanted to become a governor so I could get more involved in the school and the rich learning environment it provides for its pupils, especially since my eldest son joined in 2014. I'm a writer and editor, and have worked for women's magazines for 15 years, so I feel I can contribute by poring through school policies and strategies with attention to detail - I sit on the Curriculum and Pastoral Committee - to help Strathmore in continuing to make great strides forward. My youngest son joined Strathmore last year, and when I'm not running around after my boys, I like to run and bake: each activity fuels the other!
Mandy King - Co-Opted Governor
I'm a Mum of two and work full-time in London. I've been a police officer for 20 years, currently specialising in intelligence. My motivation for becoming a governor was wanting to be involved in the school's community, but being unable to do drop-offs/pickups. I'm the Chair of the Curriculum and Pastoral Committee and bring a common sense approach to performance analysis and policy setting. When I'm not juggling my children's play dates and activities I enjoy yoga.
Graham Lamb - Co-Opted Governor
I have been a Governor at Strathmore since 2014, initially as a local authority nominee, and latterly as a Co-Opted Governor. I am Chair of the Finance & Management Committee and have lived in North Hertfordshire since 1997, and in the school catchment area until recently. I previously worked in the telecoms industry where I held senior posts in finance, product management, marketing, business restructuring and regulation including Head of Regulation for BT's network division and Head of Broadband Market Insight and Development. I was also a National Executive Member and President of my trade union in the 1980's. I am now semi-retired and enjoy using my experience to help the exciting things going on with Strathmore.
Debbie Pal-Born - Co-Opted Governor
Even though my children are now in Secondary School I have a keen interest in Early Years education which is why I was very happy to be accepted as a Co-Opted Governor at Strathmore in October 2016. I moved here with my husband and 3 children in June 2011 from France where we had lived for 5 years. Before that we lived in Brighton where I was a Parent Governor at my youngest child's primary school. As I work full time I wanted to contribute towards something worthwhile in my spare time and so I am looking forward to supporting the school achieve its goals and maintain its high standards.
Tom Pike - Parent Governor
I have two children currently attending Strathmore, and we are delighted to be a part of the school community, sharing the school's ambition to be somewhere our children flourish, learn and have fun. I work as a senior officer for a London council, delivering major projects including new schools, and improving services. I am keen to support the school so that all our children have a great start and love to learn.
Rob Stubbs - Parent Governor
I have lived in Hitchin for the last 20 years and my daughter has just started at Strathmore. I am a research scientist for Glaxo Smith Kline. I have a large interest in the natural world and love visiting local nature reserves and partaking in one of my hobbies, photography, as a family. We also love travelling to France for sun & culture.
Margaret Warren - Local Authority Governor
Having semi-retired after more than 30 years in the secondary and tertiary education sectors, I was pleased to take on the SEN governor role in May 2016 - an opportunity to put long experience of English and SEN teaching, tutoring, research and writing to use in support of the excellent work being done at Strathmore. My membership of the Curriculum and Pastoral Committee allows particular involvement in a range of issues close to my heart, including children's mental health and well-being, and their acquisition of literacy and numeracy skills. On every visit to the school, I am impressed and inspired by the high standards set and achieved, and by the children's obvious engagement with, and enjoyment of, the learning process and the school environment. I am, therefore, delighted to be part of the Strathmore community.