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Governor Profiles

Mrs Karen Wheatland

I have been a school governor for fifteen years, since my son was in year 2. Both of my children attended Giles Junior school and my son is now studying Fine Art at university. Professionally, I am a state registered biomedical scientist and a Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Scientists. I worked within the NHS for many years, leading and training teams in Haematology and Blood Transfusion laboratories. I currently work in the private sector, providing diagnostic testing for a veterinary pathology laboratory. I initially became a governor to find out more about the school and to have a ‘voice’ as a parent. I enjoy the challenges that governorship brings and I am keen to ensure that all children are able to flourish in a safe environment. I realise that academic success is important and that opportunities for success in other areas are also encouraged and celebrated. My hope is that Giles Junior school achieves recognition of its achievements by being regarded as ‘outstanding’ by parents, pupils, the local community and by Ofsted.

Mr Bill Hadall

I became a Parent Governor when the youngest of our three sons was still in the school, so I have been a governor of the school for over 25 years now. I have always had an interest in education and the development of young people; as a chartered engineer in industry I have looked after graduates and apprentices and latterly run a UK – wide graduate recruitment and development programme for a multinational engineering company. Since then I have set up my own consultancy business and have for several years been working with The University of Bristol in organising industrial placements for engineering students. I am proud of the way the school has developed and grown for the benefit of the pupils whilst dealing with ever – changing requirements from governments and education authorities – it certainly keeps the staff and governors busy! My hope for the future is that we will soon be classed as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted – we are all working hard to achieve this.

Mr Ric Euteneuer

I’ve been a local authority governor at Giles Junior School for 13 years, and I wanted to be a governor of a school in my immediate locality because I feel strongly that local schools should be publicly accountable and administered. I work for a Council in South East London in their Children’s Services Department in school place planning, so have regarded the expansion of Giles and other local schools with some interest. I have interests and some expertise in comparative school attainment, demographics, and Modern Foreign languages.

Mrs Sarah Allcock-Green

I am a mother of three children. When my first child was moving into the Junior School, 6 years ago, I was very keen to have more of an insight into his education and to contribute to the local community. I became a governor, to work with the school to become a ‘good’ school. When I joined the fantastic team of Governors, I volunteered to help support the school in Inclusion. This has changed my outlook on life and has changed me as a person. I have developed many skills and understanding of Inclusion. I have cared for a child with Down Syndrome and Autism for the last 6 years and supported his transition into a secondary school. I now work at Marriotts School for part of the week supporting children with additional needs and I work at Giles for the other half of the week working closely with the Inclusion Manager. I managed a football team for 8 years which involves hard work, dedication and good communication, especially with parents. I previously worked as a Sales Manager for one of the national leading Health and Fitness clubs before I had my last child.

Dr Phil Mason

I am a local resident and parent to three young children, two of whom attend another local school. I am a lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire Business School. I teach strategy to students and professionals from across the public, private and third sector. My current research explores governors’ experiences of the strategic development of ‘Free Schools’. I am in the process of completing my PhD in this subject area. I also work with public and third sector organisations on issues related to sustainability, governance and strategy. I am a keen swimmer and am passionate about Real Ale.

Mrs Emma Norman

I am employed as a Human Resources Business Partner wor king for an IT services provider based in Hatfield. I have over nine years’ experience working in HR in the private sector and I am CIPD qualified. In my spare time I enjoy running and spending time with family and friends. I was keen to become a school governor to help make a difference to children’s learning and education.

Mrs Dawn De-Vall

I have been a governor at Giles Junior school for 4 years and 3 of my children have attended the school and moved on to Barclay school. My eldest son is now studying computer science at Warwick University. I have a child currently attending the school and I am keen to ensure that all children in the school reach their full potential.
I have been studying law for around 10 years and achieved an ‘A’ at A-level and a First in my degree. I am currently studying a master’s degree in law and Business. I wanted to be a governor so that I could get more involved with the school and make an impact on the education of all children at Giles Junior school. I enjoy keeping fit and spending time with my children.

Mr Ross Marshall

I am a teaching assistant in the school and previously worked in the Metropolitan Police Service. As a staff member, I joined the governing body to ensure that physical fitness and education are a primary focus. I have two teenage children and outside school, I coach swimming and rugby and assist with the Scout movement. I continue to maintain my personal fitness by running and cycling.

Mrs Mary Hadall

My association with the Giles schools goes back to 1978 when our eldest son joined the nursery. All three sons attended the schools, then Bedwell (Marriotts) and went on to university gaining good degrees. I taught in the Nursery, Infants and then for 14 years in the Juniors after which I left teaching to pursue other interests. In 2004 the Governing Body was in need of a Clerk and so I have never really left! During all this time I have watched the school develop under three different head teachers and seen young teachers become the excellent educators they are today. I am very proud to be associated with Giles and to be part of its determination to provide the best care and education for all its pupils.

Mrs Elizabeth Fisher-Long

I became a parent governor in 2017 and recently joined the resources committee, I also work in the school as a midday supervisor assistant. I have one child that loves attending Giles and I am passionate about the school being the best learning environment for the pupils to attain their full potential.

Mrs Tabitha Kavoi

My name is Tabitha Kavoi and I have a daughter attending Giles Junior. I am also a working parent, with Environmental and Public Health background, currently working in Clinical Research Governance and Management at University College London (UCL/UCLH). I live close to the school and was motivated to become a governor to help support the school’s vision that every child is supported to achieve their full potential. I am keen to have an input into how the school is run and to have an understanding of all that goes on behind the scenes. I also believe that I have some experience that will be useful in helping the school with its mission moving into the future. I hope that some of my skills will be useful to support the School Management and governors as they continue to develop what is already a good school into one that can be outstanding in many ways.