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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 Bala Tirumalasetti

I have always been interested in finding unique ways of studying and making education more fun. I am a good team player and strive to introduce effective ways of working with my team at work. I am qualified to be a project manager and would really be interested to give something to the community I am living in. I wish to contribute to the education sector which has always been close to my heart and feel that it is relevant now that I am a new mother. I have 3 years of experience in Training adults in Customer Service and Microsoft tools. I have contributed towards building on – line portals for learning to reduce the amount of paperwork.

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 Helen Thompson

I have a career of 20 years in Human Resources in different sectors; DIY, Construction Manufacturing, Hospitality and IT Services. I currently work for a Professional Engineering Institution which is a registered Charity. I am a Chartered Member of the CIP D and have a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management. Cross over from Human Resources include policies, recruitment, grievance and disciplinary, resource planning, HR records and reward. The governance structure within the organisation involves, Directorate Boards, Committees, Council and Board of Trustees. I wanted to understand the inner workings of governance and also find out more about the education system and how it all worked. This was because I have a son and at the time I was co-opted, he was in his last year of nursery looking forwards to starting Reception. In addition, as I am a Human Resources Professional, I felt I could offer some expertise and had some transferable skills and knowledge to be of benefit to Giles Junior School.

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

My name is Dawn De-Vall and I am a parent governor. I have four children, two of whom went to Giles and now attend Barclay school, one in year 6 and one in year 1. I am studying law and volunteer at Stevenage Citizens Advice. 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 the children at Giles Junior School. I enjoy keeping fit and spending time with my children.

Mrs Emma Evans

I am a Scientist and have been working in R&D for a large pharmaceutical company for almost 20 years. I’m keen to promote science to schoolchildren and so am a STEMNET (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network) Science Ambassador across schools in Hertfordshire. As a parent of two boys who are pupils at Giles Junior School and Giles Infants, I volunteered myself to take on the role of Parent Governor in 2014. I welcomed this opportunity to give something back to the Junior School, particularly at a time of change as a result of the expansion, and in appreciation of the school’s excellent support of children with special educational needs.

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.

Mr Hugh Allcock-Green

I became a governor of Giles Junior School in November 2010. I have 3 children, the eldest having attended the school, the middle child now attending Giles Junior. In my working life I am a Facilities Manager working for property owner/management company with considerable experience of facilities management, energy reduction and finance. I am also a volunteer with Barnet Education Business Partnership who provide work related training for young people. I am a Governor of a secondary school in the town.

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.