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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  supporting children with additional needs. 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.

Mrs Christine Woolston


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.

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.

Kim Hedley

I am a qualified biomedical scientist working at the local hospital in pathology as part of the IT team. My grown-up daughters both went to Giles until they went to secondary school. The good educational and social grounding that they both received at Giles helped them to achieve their qualifications that have led to good careers. I would want to ensure that all children that attend the school achieve the same. Whatever career the pupils choose to follow, their education should be exemplary and suited to their own needs.

Cath Whitehouse

I’m a parent governor with a son in the juniors and a daughter in the infants, I have just taken on this role and hope that I’ll be able to work with the staff, pupils and other governors to help the school be the best it can be. I am passionate about helping children achieve their full potential and to fulfil their hopes and dreams. My background is working with children looked after and disadvantaged children having worked in children’s residential homes for over 10 years, as well as being a shared carer for an autistic child. Most recently I have worked in the infant school as a one to one support. My husband and I are registered foster careers and I now work full time in this role, this is a new role to us as a family and we are looking forward to the new and fun challenges that the future holds.  In my spare time with my family we like to visits to places of interest, go on bike rides, baking, picnics and camping name a few.

Sophie Bichener

I joined the governing body at the start of 2018. I live in Stevenage and work in London as a Marketing Manager. My aim as a governor is to give back to my local community and use my expertise to help others. Giles has always been an important place for me as I grew up making frequent trips to the school while my mother taught there for nearly 25 years. It was an easy decision for me to find somewhere close to home where I could make a positive impact on the community and future generations.

Dixie Patel

I recently joined the school governing body in October 2018.  I have 2 children in years 3 and 6 and am extremely happy with how the children are doing. I can see how hard the school works in ensuring that all the children feel happy, safe and reach their full potential at the school.  I chose to become a school governor because I wanted to be part of a team that makes a contribution to the school and the local community.  I have experience in HR and am currently working for a well known bathroom retailer within the commercial team and hope to use my skills and abilities to make a positive contribution to the school.