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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 passionate about children fulfilling their dreams and ambitions and have a special regard for those who do not find education straight forward. Having spent all my working years in education 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.

Emily Ricketts

I have two daughters who are both in attendance at Kingswood. I am proud to be a  parent governer and play a part in supporting a wonderful school. I applied for the role as I have a passion for early years education and have the time and energy to focus on being the best help I can be. I am learning as I go, gaining a deeper understanding of the dedication needed to help all children be the very best they can be. I have lived in the local area for most of my life and feel this is the most positive way for me to help the next generation.

Julie McLennan

I have been a Keyperson at Kingswood for a year and previously was a Deputy Manager in a Pre-School and I have over 30 years experience in Early Years.  I Am a qualified NNEB and have a BA Hons in Education and Early Years. I have one son who currently attends Parmiters school.  I feel that all my years of experience in Early Years will bring beneficial in my role as a staff governor and will fulfill my role to the best of my ability.

Peter Williams

I am a freelance consultant, and have lived nearby for just coming up on 30 years! I attended St Michael’s down the road as a teenager, and my first ever job was there as the second Caretaker before and during the holidays whilst I was at University (King’s College, London). I worked in sustainable construction at the Building Research Establishment for almost three years, before devoting just over ten years to working as a human rights campaigner, specialising in the right to life. I discerned that serving as a School Governor would be a great opportunity to ‘give back’ to the local community, and I look forward to doing all I can to support the brilliant school team and help further the flourishing of the children for whom they work so hard.

John Swain

I am a retired Police Officer of 32 years experience, I served in many areas of London culminating in Royalty Protection . Retired in 2005 and began working privately as a Royal Chauffeur, and latterly as an emergency response driver trainer. For the last 11 years I have been the Chairman of the Kingswood Residents Association and as such ensure the support from the Kingswood community is at the forefront of helping to make the school the best it can be through financial and physical efforts . My daughter attended the nursery in 1988 to which we have many happy memories of her time spent here, I am very proud to be elected as a Governor and the opportunity to continue to support the school at a greater level .

Lucy Moffatt

I have 3 young daughters, 6, 3 & 1. My middle child is currently in Kingswood nursery.  I have a BA Hons in Education Studies and have worked a lot within early years and school settings. I spent the most recent years before having my girls as a private Nanny to children with additional needs.  Why did I become a Governor? I have been lucky to spend the last 5 years at home with my girls and thought now would be a great time to dedicate some time to Kingswood as a governor. They gave me such vital support when my eldest attended nursery with Special Educational Needs. I feel strongly about using my experience to help support all children however possible to get the best from their education.

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 Shuttleworth College in Bedfordshire and Tilly is now working – both attended Kingswood Nursery.   I have been the School Business Manager 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. My role also includes keeping the governing body updated and informed of school finances which I monitor.