Who is Who: The Governing Body
Louise Poulton - Chair of Governors
Louise was appointed as a Parent Governor in June 2014. Louise has two young children; her eldest attends St Andew’s Junior School and her youngest started in Reception in September 2015. Louise qualified as a Family Law solicitor in 2002, having studied Law at UEA in Norwich and thereafter at the Nottingham Law School. Louise trained and qualified as a solicitor at a leading regional law firm before practising at a private client law firm in London, specialising in divorce matters. During her career she also worked in Sydney, Australia as the Legal Writer and Editor of professional legal journals and textbooks on family law. Louise is currently taking a career break while her children are young and welcomes the opportunity to become more actively involved with the school at Governor level. Louise is very keen to see the school and its pupils achieve their full potential in every way. During her spare time Louise enjoys swimming, walking, yoga and spending time with family and friends.
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.
Phil joined the Governing Board in 2013 and is an associate Governor. Phil is a Senior Analyst for Her Majesty’s Government Cabinet Office. Working alongside HM Treasury Phil provides an assurance and governance oversight for Number 10, presenting recommendations to Ministers that reduce wasteful expenditure across a wide variety of high profile and high impact projects. Last year his team saved over £1.3bn of UK taxpayers' money. Prior to joining the Cabinet Office, Phil worked in a variety of roles for Essex County Council spanning Finance, Human Resources, Health and Social Care Policy, Economic Development and European Policy & Funding.
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 8 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.
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.
Liz is currently the Head of HR at Stansted Airport and has worked in the Human Resources field for over fifteen years. Her eldest daughter started with the school in 2013 which prompted her to join the Governing Board and her youngest started in Reception in September 2016. Liz has always had a keen interest in the educational field, exploring Educational Psychology interests as part of her Master’s Degree education and has set up a coaching program at the local primary school to the airport. She enjoys watching football and opening her daughters’ eyes to new experiences whenever she can! Liz is the Vice Chair of the Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee and is a Co-Opted Governor.
Lesley has lived in Hatfield Peverel since 1970. Both her daughters attended the school in the 1980s. During their time at school Lesley and her husband were involved with the parent associations in both schools. Lesley was also a Brownie leader in the village when her children were younger.
Until her retirement she worked as a University Administrator, and prior to that she worked as an Administrator at a comprehensive school. She is currently involved in a voluntary capacity with both the local Workers Education Association (WEA), and also with the Essex Federation WEA, organising adult education classes. Lesley is a Co-Opted Governor and has been a member of the Governing Board since 2014.
Simon joined the Governing Board as a Co-Opted Governor in July 2014. His son has been a pupil at the school since September 2014. Simon is committed to working with the school and the Governing Board to ensure that the best possible education is delivered to all pupils at the school. Simon is an Energy and Sustainability Specialist working in the digital economy in London and he is responsible for ensuring that mechanical and electrical systems operate to their optimum levels. Simon enjoys gardening and spending time at the allotments
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.
Kathryn was appointed as a parent governor in June 2014. Kathryn has two young sons, her eldest in Year 3 of St Andrew's Junior School and her youngest in Year 2 at Hatfield Peverel Infant School. Kathryn has lived in Hatfield Peverel for 29 years and attended both the infant and junior schools, enjoying her time as a pupil and now as a governor. She has been a Metropolitan Police Officer since 2003, working in various London boroughs and roles. She currently works closely with prolific offenders working in partnership with the local authority, probation, prison, drugs support, employment and training to rehabilitate people back into the community and monitor those offenders under supervision requirements. Kathryn is passionate about early years education and loves living in Hatfield Peverel where she has grown up. In her spare time Kathryn enjoys baking, fitness and spending time with her family and friends.
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.