Who is Who?: The Governing Body
Ellie Wilkinson -Chair of Governors
Ellie joined the Governing Board as a Co-Opted Governor in October 2015. She is currently the Link Governor and is Chair of the Curriculum and Pupil Related Matters committee. After graduating from Leeds University in 1997 she worked for over 20 years as a Research Scientist, most recently as a Laboratory Manager at The Institute of Child Health, Great Ormond Street Hospital. She has decided to take a break from this career while her children are young, the eldest started in Reception in 2015 and the youngest is still at home.
Ellie has lived in Hatfield Peverel for 9 years and loves the sense of community in the village, she sees the school as an important part of this community and is very keen to support the school and its pupils.
John has been a Governor since his eldest was 6 years old - she is now 36! John is the Local Authority Governor and Chair of the Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee. His 3 children all began their education at HPIS, through St Andrew's and John Bramston (now Maltings Academy) to university and have progressed to jobs they enjoy. John was a GP in Hatfield Peverel from 1980 to 2011 and values the link between the surgery and the school. Post retirement John is practising what he used to preach and enjoying walking and gardening, the occasional 'little job' for/with his better half and is the proud grandparent of 7.
Sam became a Co-Opted Governor in 2016 and has two children. Her daughter progressed from HPIS to St Andrew’s in September 2016 and her son started school in September 2017. Since her daughter started in 2013, she has been actively involved in the school’s ISA Committee and have been Vice Chair for 2 academic years helping to organise the big event of the year, the Family Fun Day.
Having been so involved with the ISA Committee over the last few years, it made Sam realise that she would like the opportunity to become more involved in the school, by understanding its statutory role and being actively involved in decisions to ensure the school continues to secure the best outcome for each and every child. This is what prompted her to become a Governor.
Sam graduated from London South Bank University in 1997 with a BA Honours Degree in Hotel Management and gained experience in various departments within hotels enabling her to develop her customer liaison skills and ensuring departmental standards and budgets were well maintained. After graduating, Sam worked closely with the Managing Director of a hotel chain in the whole project management of opening a new hotel from dealing with the architects and the builders, to marketing the hotel and buying the supplies which gave her a vast array of organisational experience as well as experience in dealing with many different people, companies and regulators.
Prior to having children, Sam was the PA to the Chief Executive of a large national Housing Association which specialises in housing for people with disabilities. This role had a very clear focus on inclusion and equality for everyone.
Chris joined the Governing
Board in 2018 as a Co-Opted Governor. His Eldest daughter started at our school
in September 2018 and will be followed by his younger daughter in a few years’
time. Chris enjoys spending time with his family, playing football and has a
keen interest in Technology.
Chris has his own IT company that specialises in educational data analysis software for secondary schools. He has strong links to Education, having previously worked for many schools and local authorities. Aside from software development Chris has also been a School Network Manager and a Foster Carer, which he feels has given him a diverse range of experiences. Chris is excited to be joining our governing body and hopes the wealth of skills, knowledge and experiences he has built up will enable him to make an excellent contribution to the school in the coming years
Joanne joined the Governing Board as a Parent
Governor at the end of 2018. She has a lot invested in the school as a parent,
as all three of her young children will attend the school over the next few
years. Joanne is also invested in the school as an educator as she has a strong
background in early years education. Prior to children she was a teacher in an
outstanding infants school in London and also spent one year as Head of Early
Years at Heathcote Preparatory School in Danbury.
Joanne is originally from Canada and she enjoys travelling back to the land of ice and snow whenever she can. She loves the great outdoors and has a keen interest in camping, fitness, hiking and cooking.
Early years work is a true passion for Joanne and she can't wait to share her expertise and help support the staff and pupils at such a fantastic school.
Chris joined the Governing Board in 2016 and is a
Co-Opted Governor. Chris has two boys, the eldest started at HPIS in September
2016 and his youngest will follow in 2018. Chris enjoys spending time with his
family, he likes to keep fit and has a keen interest in DIY and home brewing.
At work, Chris is the chief actuary of a captive insurance company having previously worked in the London market and for an insurance/actuarial consultancy. By nature (and necessity), like most actuaries he is very analytical in his approach to tasks, but he is also able to step back from situations, seek alternative solutions and communicate ideas and findings to a range of audiences.
Chris has been fortunate enough to deal with a wide range of people at work and he particularly enjoys explaining new concepts and ideas to individuals and groups. Chris is keen to make a positive contribution to the school and help towards maintaining its high standards.
Lorraine has worked in nursing for over 20 years and qualified as a psychiatric nurse (registered mental health nurse) 10 years ago. She has worked with adult and child and adolescent inpatient mental health services for nearly 10 years and has recently started a community position for adult mental health services with individuals who have a wide range of mental health difficulties and often complex and challenging lives. Over the years Lorraine has liaised closely with social services, various children’s services and multi agencies aiding in recovery and stabilisation for individuals with mental health difficulties. Lorraine is also an EMDR therapist. With the increasing emphasis on child mental health awareness, Lorraine’s expertise will be a great asset to the school.
Jon is a Chartered Surveyor and has been keen to get involved as a governor since his son started school in September 2016. Jon is currently Head of Estates for the MoD Volunteer Estate in East Anglia overseeing a diverse property portfolio of 200 sites; He deals with everyday statutory compliance through to multi million pound developments. He holds a BSc in Building Surveying and is a Chartered member of both the CIOB and RICS. Jon’s expertise will be of particularly benefit to the Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee.
Dr Geeta Puri
Geeta joined the Governing body in January 2019 as a co-opted Governor; after retiring from full time teaching in a secondary school. Geeta is actively involved in charitable and other fundraising events such as Helen Rollason Cancer Charity, ‘Type two together (diabetes) group’ and home visit group in Hatfield Peverel. Geeta is a keen reader, she has fun with cooking and is forever open to learning new skills. She is a mother of two young professionals.
Geeta has a PhD in Biochemistry. She migrated to the UK in 1988 from India and spent the first decade running a family owned business in care sector. Geeta trained as a teacher thereafter. She has been a secondary Science teacher for the last 20 years; mainly working as Head of Science / Head of Biology. She is fully attuned with educational legislation, the dynamic nature of the curriculum and the changing needs of today’s learners. She is looking forward to be able to contribute and share her experiences; in order to see the school, go from strength to strength.