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Meet our Governors

Welcome to our "Meet our Governors" section of our website - here you will be able to learn a little about each of us and understand more of what our role in the school is.

Governor Committees 2016-17

Finance & Management Curriculum & Pastoral
Mr Graham Lamb (Chair) Miss Mandy King (Chair)
Mr Mike Leaver Mr Mike Leaver
Dr Ian Davies Mrs Mary Deller
Mrs Bernadette Holmes Mrs Bernadette Holmes
Dr Thomas Pike Mrs Debbie Pal-Born
Mrs Susie Winstanley Mrs Zoe Folbigg
Mrs Caroline Howard - SBM Mrs Jordana Makwaya
Mr Richard Wheeler - Site Mgr Mrs Margaret Warren
   
   
Pay Committee  
Mr Mike Leaver (Chair)  
Mrs Mary Deller  
Mr Graham Lamb  

 

Mike Leaver - Parent Governor, Chair of Governors

I am a father and have two daughters, the youngest of which currently attends Strathmore Infant & Nursery School.  My working life revolves around playing the viola in the BBC Symphony Orchestra, which sees me performing regularly in London, around the UK, and touring throughout the world.  Being a school governor has given me the chance to develop a whole new set of skills, it has challenged me in many new ways, but it has been a very enjoyable and rewarding experience.  I think I manage to contribute to the school by being a strong supporter, but also challenging the school to improve.

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, Vice-Chair

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.  I am Vice Chair of Governors, other than taking on responsibilities
delegated by the chair and deputising for him during any absence, I work
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 8 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 12 years I have been very involved in voluntary youth work.  I currently run a local youth group and 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 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 will join Strathmore in 2016, 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.

Jordana Makwaya - Staff Governor

I joined Strathmore School as a teacher in September 2013, after completing  my teacher training in Bristol, and then being at home with my first child.  I jumped at the chance to become a staff governor, I saw it as an opportunity to develop myself professionally.  As a staff governor, I act as a messenger for my colleagues and am able to provide the governors with an insight into the day-to-day activities inside the classroom.  I enjoy learning about all the "behind the scenes" information which is essential for a school to run smoothly and successfully.  I believe that by being a governor I have developed skills and knowledge that I would never have discovered had I not taken this opportunity.  Between working full time and having a young family, spare time is very rare but I do love to read, have meals out and go to the cinema.

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.

Chris Roblett - Parent Governor

My son currently attends Strathmore Infant & Nursery School - and loves it!  My day to day role is as a Childcare Director for a growing chain of Day Nurseries and Pre Schools covering four large Boroughs - every day is vastly different and never the same.  It is a huge privilege to be able to serve as a governor as this gives me a role in being able to support, contribute and serve the local Community and a great School.  I am also excited to be a part of a team that wants the very best of its children and families and will strive for the very best.  When I am not chasing around after my son I like to read as much as I can fit in and meals out.

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.

Susie Winstanley - Parent Governor

I am an ex-Strathmore pupil from the 1980s and now my son is at the school, and my daughter is due to join in 2016.  I became a governor at Strathmore because I wanted to be part of the amazing experience that the school provides for all children, and help to ensure that Strathmore can continue to do so.  I worked in financial services marketing in London before having a family and sit on the Finance & Management committee.  I also monitor Health & Safety within the school, which is a new field for me that I'm finding interesting and have been fully supported in.