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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 2020-21

Finance & Management Committee Curriculum & Pastoral Committee
Mr Graham Lamb - Chair Mrs Helen Furnivall - Chair
Mr Gurpreet Rehal Mrs Amelia Makinson
Dr Oonagh McGill Mrs Mary Deller
Mrs Bernadette Holmes Mrs Susie Winstanley
Dr Thomas Pike Mrs Debbie Pal-Born
Mr Rob Stubbs Mr Graham Tibbetts
Mrs Susie Winstanley Miss Theresa Burtenshaw
Mrs Laura Lester  
Mrs Caroline Howard  
Pay Committee  
Mrs Mary Deller  
Mr Graham Lamb  
Mrs Susie Winstanley  


Susie Winstanley - Co-Opted 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 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. 

Theresa Burtenshaw - Staff Governor

I have been a teaching assistant for 17 years and have been working at Strathmore for the last 5 years.  I wanted to be a staff governor as I really like the ethos of the school and believe if we can build an environment where children feel safe, secure and happy then they will feel confident to try new things and take chances which will often result in great achievements.  I have 3 children, one who is currently in year 5 at Wilshere Dacre.  Outside work I love spending time with my family and really enjoy reading.

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.

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.

Laura Lester - Parent Governor

Our family moved to Hitchin from London in 2014 and were immediately impressed by everything Strathmore offers.  The school is firmly at the core of the local community and the vibrant and caring nature of Strathmore combined with the collaborative learning approach, made it somewhere we felt very fortunate to send our children.  With both of them now attending Strathmore, it is important to me to be able to support the school effectively.  I have thoroughly enjoyed spending the past year running the Strathmore Baby and Toddler playgroup, with a team of local Mums.  I became a parent governor as I felt that my professional background in HR for global banking institutions would bring a useful alternative perspective to an already diverse Governing board.

Oonagh McGill - Parent Governor

I have two young children, the eldest of whom is a Strathmore pupil and loving her time here! As a family, we’ve found the school to be very welcoming and inclusive. We really enjoy, and take pride in being part of the Strathmore community.

In my professional life I work in the healthcare industry, where alongside the NHS, we work towards ensuring UK patients have equitable access to high quality healthcare. I believe the same should be true of access to high quality education, as a means to break down inequalities and support equal opportunity. These are values I see brought to life at Strathmore, where all children are encouraged to learn and grow as individuals, by wonderful teachers in a supportive environment.

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 - Co-Opted 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.

Gurpreet Rehal - Co-Opted Governor

Gurpreet joins the team as a co-opted governor. He is a medical physicist and works in the construction industry, although you might recognise hime from the friendly family business he heped run on Ickleford Road.  Gurpreet has two children at Strathmore and in his spare time he researches anthropology and politics.


Rob Stubbs - Co-Opted 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.

Graham Tibbetts - Parent Governor

I have two daughters, the eldest of whom is a happy member of the Strathmore family, and I became a parent governor in March 2019. Since 2009 I have worked in communications for Natural England, the government agency responsible for protecting the natural environment and landscapes. My job involves promoting our work through the media and other organisations, as well as drafting speeches for our Chair.

Previously I worked as a journalist, writing for newspapers in Scotland where I grew up before moving south to work on the Daily Telegraph for six years.

In my spare time I love to get outdoors with my family, going for nature walks, camping and cycling in Hitchin and beyond. I also enjoy dabbling in athletics, cricket and playing guitar, despite my severe limitations in all of them!

Helen Furnivall - Parent Governor

I moved to Hitchin when our eldest daughter was born and am now a Strathmore parent.  We were initially drawn to the school because of its child centred approach and nurturing ethos, which was immediately evident when we looked round.  I wanted to be a governor to support the already excellent provision Strathmore offers.  Having been a primary school teacher for 14 years and a member of a Senior Leadership Team, I felt I had something to offer the school and give something back.


Reception Class and Year 3 applications deadline - 15th January 2021 - visit to apply