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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 Nursery School.

I offered to become a governor because I felt it was time to ‘give back’ to the community and it seemed appropriate to use my existing experience.  Although I have never been lucky enough to teach in a Maintained Nursery School, I think it is where I can be most useful and I enjoy becoming involved and contributing to the Kingswood team.

Chris Munroe

I have worked in Primary education for many years. I have worked in Early Years as well as other year groups 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 a grandmother. 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 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 are now both working in different roles, but both at The Houses of Parliament. My husband and I have lived in Watford for 35 years since we got married and moved from Norfolk. I took early retirement two years ago to dedicate more time to my elderly dad and mother in law. I was a Headteacher for 10 years at a Primary School, 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 becoming 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, Noah and Lyra both attended Kingswood and have now moved on to Kingsway Infants.  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.

The Nursery and all its wonderful staff have given so much support to my family that when a vacancy for governor came up, I jumped at the chance to give something back.

Louise Jones

I am a mother of 2 and my eldest has attended Kingswood from September 2015 until July 2017.  I live on the Kingswood estate and have done for 6 years after moving from North London with my family at the age of 18.  I have a background in marketing but am just about to embark on a new career as a school business manager.

I became a Governor as I wanted to give something back to the nursery after the amazing work they had done whilst my son attended. My youngest is due to start in October 2017 and I can’t wait for her to receive the same fantastic beginning to her education.

Clive Goodchild

I was born in Watford and lived in Abbots Langley and Watford all my life. I attended Watford Boys Grammar, until aged 16 when I joined the Royal Navy and served for 6 years in the Communications department. I’m married to Richelle we’ve two children Zak and Zara, Zak used to attend Kingswood, Zara still does.

I currently work for Watford Borough Council and have done so in various roles for the past 20 years, my current role is the Facilities and Resilience Manager. My two passions in life apart from my family are Watford Football Club, and Tigers. I am also a keen cook and gardener.

I am a very new school governor having only been Parent Governor at Kingswood since June 2017, but I am relishing the challenge of assisting the school and ensuring it maintains high standards and the ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted grade.

Elaine McKeer

Having lived on the Kingswood estate since April 1991, my association with Kingswood Nursery began in January 1998, when the first of my two children started here. Over the years I have worn many hats both as a parent and, from September 2002 as a member of staff.

I am passionate about the importance of early years education and the wonderful opportunities this setting gives young children and their families. I am also a firm believer in Kingswood being part of the local community, taking every opportunity to get us “out and about”!

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.

Sam Godfrey

I live in Watford with my partner and our two children Tilly and Matthew.  Matthew is currently at Francis Combe Academy and Tilly is now working – both 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.

I currently clerk for Kingswood which generally means attending 2 evening meetings per term. Governors meetings generate a lot of paperwork and detailed minutes have to be kept and distributed to everyone involved. I also have to liaise with the Governing Body, Governance & County Hall to ensure that all record keeping is kept up to date and the Governing Body are kept informed of all major changes in Education.  More importantly I’m a mum and spend most of my spare time being a “Mum Taxi” for my children’s outside activities.