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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 Monitoring Teams 2021-2022


Finance Team

Priorities & Operations Team

School Development & Outcomes Team

Safeguarding, Welfare and Community Team

Shah Mohammed

Tom Pike (Vice Chair)

Rhydian Peters

Debbie Pal-Born (Chair)

Nick Ward


Helen Furnivall (Pupil Premium)

Lisa Morgan (SEND)

Laura Lester (EYFS)

Mary Deller (Safeguarding)

Graham Tibbetts



Pay Committee

Headteacher Performance Management Committee

Appeals and Complaints

Employee & Pupil Discipline

Helen Furnivall

Tom Pike (Vice Chair)

Rhydian Peters

Debbie Pal-Born (Chair)

Laura Lester

Mary Deller

Mary Deller

Debbie Pal-Born (Chair)


Debbie Pal-Born (Chair)

Nick Ward






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.

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.

Debbie Pal-Born - Co-Opted Governor, Chair of Governors

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, Vice-Chair

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 council.  I am keen to support the school so that all our children have a great start and love to learn.

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.


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