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Governor Profiles

Melanie Harvey

I am a retired mother of two grown-up children and have spent almost all my working life in Early Years education.  I am passionate about giving each and every one of our youngest children the best start to their education and am now enjoying using the experience and skills I acquired during my working life to support the work of the Headteacher and staff at Kingswood Early Years Centre.

Although I have never been lucky enough to teach in an Early Years Centre, it seemed appropriate to use my existing experience where I think I could be most useful. I am proud to be a Governor of Kingswood Early Years Centre, to be part of a team where all the adults strive to make ‘Everyday an exciting adventure.’

Chris Munroe

I have worked across all age groups in Primary education for many years and have a great deal of experience in Special Needs, English as an Additional Language and as a Deputy Head in an Infant school. I have two grown up children and am a grandmother of very young children!

I have lived in North Brent for many years and have been a governor before.

I believe passionately about creating opportunities for children to learn, both in school and out of school, and making sure children have access to this entitlement.  Kingswood EYC is a unique setting and one I feel I can offer my service to support all the good work staff and parents do here to help children learn. It is an exciting place to be and I am proud to be part of it all.

Mick Martindale

I have been a local resident for many years and have been in the roofing business for half a century. My own daughter attended Kingswood Nursery in 1995 and this was a very happy time for her.

I have been a governor since 1989. I joined by accident!  I have always tried to be involved in the local community and I was asked to come to a meeting to make up the quorum.  Since that day I have attended every meeting and have worked with three Headteachers at Kingswood.

I particularly like to support the centre with health and safety issues and my ladder skills come in very useful!

Carole Racher

I am married with two girls who graduated from Leeds University with Politics degrees and who are now both working and living in London.  My husband and I have lived in Watford for 35 years since we got married and moved from Norfolk. I took early retirement at the end of 2011 to dedicate more time to my elderly dad and mother in law. I was a Headteacher in a Hertfordshire Primary school for 10 years, but prior to that I taught children from the age of 5 to 20 and have always helped them strive for goals that cannot be bought. I am passionate about children fulfilling their dreams and ambitions and have a special regard for those who do not find education straight forward.

I would like to bring my experience to an environment that I have not had experience of teaching in but that I had an association with in my attached Nursery and Early Years Centre when I was Head Teacher. I have a passion for Early Years Education as it is the foundations on which to build future lives.

I also felt it was time to ‘give back’ to the community in which I live and it seemed appropriate to use my existing experience to do so. I look forward to continue being an involved and contributing member of the Kingswood team.

Alison James

I moved to Watford in 2011 with my husband.  Since then we have had 2 children, my Noah, attended Kingswood before moving onto Kingsway Infants.  My daughter, Lyra, is currently attending at Kingswood.  I work part-time at Waitrose in St Albans. During my 16 years at the branch I have been a manager and represented my colleagues at Waitrose council.

Louise Jones

I am a mother of 2 and my eldest has attended Kingswood since September 2015.  I live on the Kingswood estate and have done  for 5 years after moving from North London with my family at the age of 18.  I am a marketing manager producing the Mothercare and Early Learning Centre catalogues as my day job.

Bernice Jackson

I have three children and have loved every minute of watching them grow up into wonderful young people of whom I am very proud!

I started teaching in 1982 and over the years I have worked with juniors, infants and early year’s pupils.
I am very privileged to be the Headteacher at Kingswood and to be working with such a committed group of staff, governors and parents. Working alongside parents and watching the children grow and develop is extremely rewarding.

I have been a Governor since September 2010, when I joined Kingswood. Believe it or not, the Headteacher does not have to be a governor, but I think it would be very odd not to be! The volunteer governors we have at Kingswood are dedicated and committed and help us to make important decisions to support the future of Kingswood and every child in our school.

Sam Godfrey

I live in Watford with my partner and our two children Tilly and Matthew, both of whom attended Kingswood Nursery.   I have been the Nursery Secretary at Kingswood since September 2010 and previously worked in a small primary school in Hemel Hempstead for 3 years. I currently clerk for Kingswood which generally means attending  meetings, distributing papers, taking the minutes and ensuring that the Governing Body meets its statutory duties. I spend most of my spare time watching both my children play football and supporting our local football team, Watford FC.