Governor Profiles

Laura Kennedy-Weeks  - Headteacher

Current Term of Office: September 2017 ongoing

Resources and School Improvement Committees

As the Headteacher of Millfield First & Nursery School I am a member of the Governing Body of the School. This gives me the chance to meet with all the governors on a regular basis and work with them to make our school even better. I attend both the School Improvement and Resources Committees where all aspects of school life are discussed.

 

Peter Godbert - Local Authority (LA) Governor - Chair of Governors

Current Term of Office: December 2013 to December 2017

Resources and School Improvement Committees - Vice Chair

Link Role: English

Peter joined the governing body at Millfield in 2006.  He is currently the link governor for English.  Having previously served as Chair of Governors, Peter has taken on this role again for this academic year.  Peter works as a manager of a small team of programmers developing statistical software which benefits his ICT work with the school.  Peter has three children who all attended Millfield in the past.  He lives locally and is regularly found in school supporting reading in Key Stage 1 (KS1).  Peter is also an Elder of Christ Church, United Reformed Church on Baldock Road and helps lead the Junior Church there.

 

Karen Wagstaff - Co-opted Governor

Current Term of Office: September 2017 to September 2021

School Improvement Committee

Link Roles: Special Educational Needs and Disability / Equality

Our Co-opted Governor was previously a Staff Governor and knew that she wanted to become a teacher at the age of 5 and never waivered!  She now has over 20 years teaching experience within the primary age range and is dedicated to ensuring children have the best possible experiences at school. Family and friends are an important part of her life; she loves to spend time with all of her family including the dog, who shares her enjoyment of long walks.  She has been an active member of the Guiding Movement working for many years where she has many roles and enjoys the challenges and friendships that they provide.

Paul Hadley - Co-opted Governor

Current Term of Office: December 2014 to December 2018

Resources Committee - Chair

Link Roles: Governor Training / Health & Safety

Paul is a Co-opted Govenor who joined the Governing Body in 1997.  Living in Stevenage, Paul's links to Buntingford started when he worked for The Co-operative Group.  Paul is the longest serving Governor at Millfield, is currently Chair of the Resources Committee and also served as Chair of Governors for a period of 5 years.

 

Teresa Bonner - Co-opted Governor

Current Term of Office: December 2014 to December 2018

School Improvement Committee

Link Role: Early Years Foundation Stage

Teresa  joined Millfield Governors late in 2011...but she is no stranger to the school. She worked as a Midday Supervisory Assistant for 11 years about 13 years ago. She is the link governor for Early Years Foundation Stage and is on the School Improvement Committee.  She worked at Buntingford Library for 17 years and held storytime there every Thursday. Teresa visits the children in Foundation Stage each week to read them a story.  Both her children attended Millfield School. She and husband Graham enjoy spending time with their grandson. Teresa loves to read and garden, making cards and spending time with the two dogs....Dylan and Tillie.  She and her husband are also Town Councillors.

 

Saylesh Nakum - Co-opted Governor

Current Term of Office: December 2014 to December 2018

School Improvement Committee

Link Role: Maths

Saylesh has been involved with Millfield since 2005 when his eldest child started in Reception Class.  Saylesh has recently served as Chair of Governors.  Saylesh was educated at Loughborough University and has worked in the software industry ever since.  He moved to Buntingford in 1998 after joining a company in Cambridgeshire.  Saylesh enjoys spending time with his family and friends and likes walks in the local countryside, sports (badminton, running and cycling) and music.

 

Alex Tomkins - Co-opted Governor - Vice-Chair of Governors

Current Term of Office: February 2016 to February 2020

School Improvement Committee

Link Roles: Safeguarding / Children Looked After

Alex was welcomed onto the Governing Body as a Co-opted Governor in February 2016.  He has lived in Buntingford for a number of years and went to Millfield when he was younger. Currently he teaches SEND students in a Special School in Stevenage and has a Masters Degree in Special Needs. In his spare time he volunteers with Scouts, recently taking a number of young people to Japan to take part in a world jamboree. He is passionate about education for all and hopes to offer a valuable contribute to the governing body.

Olivia Walker - Staff Governor

Current Term of Office: September 2017 to September 2021

School Improvement Committee

Olivia has recently joined the governing body and will be working on the School Improvement Committee.  She currently teaches a Year 1 class.

Alison Barr - Parent Governor

Current Term of Office: March 2017 to March 2021

School Improvement

Link Role: Offsite Visits and Learning Outside the Classroom

Alison joined the governors of Millfield School in March 2013 as a busy parent of two young boys just starting their journey through the school.  She herself has been a teacher for twenty years, mainly working with primary aged pupils in a wide variety of schools both in the UK and overseas. She currently works part-time as a Special Needs Co-ordinator in a large primary school in Stevenage.  Alison is part of the School Improvement Committee.

 

Louisa Reed - Parent Governor

Current Term of Office: May 2015 to May 2019

School Improvement Committee - Chair

Link Role: Science

Louisa joined the governors of Millfield School in May 2015. Her eldest child is currently in Year 2 and her younger child started Reception in September 2017. Louisa has worked as a Science Editor and Medical Writer for over ten years, following completion of a doctorate in Molecular Biology. She has had an interest in science since being fascinated at primary school by the intricate shape of snowflakes viewed down a microscope . Through her Science link role, she hopes to be able to support the school in providing the children with an inspiring introduction to a subject she loves.

Rick Duncan - Parent Governor

Current Term of Office: November 2015 to November 2019

Resources Committee - Vice Chair

Link Role: Humanities, Arts & MFL

Rick joined as a Governor in November 2015. He has five children, four of them have attended Millfield school of which one (Daizee-Mai) is currently still attending.  He has been residing locally in Throcking for the past 12 years. Rick has spent the last 16 years working in digital across various verticals from small to large corporate businesses instilling digital transformation and he is currently working for a financial institute as Head of Digital. His spare time is mainly devoted to his family but around family and work life he can be found in the gym daily, he also practises karate and is currently training for his black belt at Edwinstree School.

Kerry-Lyn Coughtrey - Parent Governor

Current Term of Office: March 2017 to March 2021

School Improvement Committee

Link Roles: Computing / E-safety and PE, RE & PSHE

I decided to volunteer as a parent governor because I wanted to make a positive contribution towards our children’s education.  I am passionate about education and recognised the importance in  ensuring every child has the right environment to grow & develop.  I have two children at the school, one is in Little Stars and one in Year 1.  My son has made significant progress at Millfield and the quality of education he has received has had a direct effect on his development.  I have seen the excellent efforts the staff and school have made to maximise the quality of his school experience, both academically and socially and I felt it was important to get involved.  I have 16 years Marketing experience working in a fast paced retail environment delivering large marketing campaigns.   

 

 

Fiona Judd - Parent Governor

Current Term of Office: April 2017 to April 2021

Resources Committee

Link Role: Environment

Fiona is a Parent Governor who joined the Governing Body of Millfield School in April 2017. She is the link governor for Eco-Action and Environment. Fiona has a degree in Psychology and has worked and volunteered for charities in London, she also has experience of working in social care. Fiona now works in project management for Hertfordshire County Council. Fiona’s eldest daughter attends Millfield School and her youngest will start at Little Stars when she is three. Fiona and her husband moved to Buntingford in 2014.

Sharon Chivers - Clerk to the Governing Body

The following governors resigned their term of office during the academic year 2016 / 2017:

  • Christian Draper  -  September 2016
  • James Radley  -  December 2016
  • Chris Meadows  -  March 2017
  • Rebecca Godfrey - March 2017
  • Kathy Willett - August 2017
  • Karen Wagstaff - August 2017 (change of role to Co-opted Governors)