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Meet the Team!

 

Martine Archer - Chair of Governors (Original Proposer)

Date Appointed: 01/10/2011, 01/10/2016

Appointed By: Hatfield Trust and Members

Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance:

2/3 Full Governing Body Meetings 2017 2018

2/2 Outcomes Committee 2018 2019

3/3 Full Governing Body Meetings 2018 2019

Committee: Outcomes Committee

Area of Expertise and School Focus:

Martine has been involved with HCFS since its inception, as she felt strongly that our children of Hatfield deserved to attend primary school within their community.  She is part of the founder group of the school and since it opened in September 2012 she has been the Responsible Officer, testing all financial elements within the school.  She was also the Community Governor, sitting within the Outcomes Committee of which she was the chair.  In April of 2015 she was elected the Chair of Governors.

She lives in Hatfield with her husband and 2 children.  Her daughter is currently in Golden Eagles class in Year 6 and her son is currently in Seals class, Year 1.

Her background has been in Business Development.  She has worked for 16 years within the beauty industry, as a Regional Development Manager and has been able to transfer these skills into her roles within the Governing Body, to great benefit.

Martine holds a great passion in the world of opportunities for our children, which is a strong feeling that runs through the Governing Body, giving her great pleasure to be a part of a team that helps to support the Senior Management of HCFS, in ensuring strong foundations for our children, who will undoubtedly enrich our society in years to come.

 

 

 

 

Gill Jones Lead Proposer and Trust Member

Date Appointed: 01/09/2011

Appointed By: N/A – Lead Proposer

Pecuniary Interests: CEO WHCFST & Director Herts Free School Company.

Attendance:

3/3 Full Governing Body Meetings 2017 2018

2/2 Outcomes Committee 2018 2019

2/3 Full Governing Body Meetings 2018 2019

Committee: Outcomes Committee

Area of Expertise and School Focus:

Gill is a skilled and experienced education and school improvement professional. Currently she is the Chief Executive of the West Herts Community Free School Trust, a small academy chain that opened 3 free schools in 2014. Previously she was Head of Standards and Effectiveness in Hertfordshire running a highly successful school improvement service with a strong trading arm and a history of school to school to support. She was also a member of the Director of Children’s Services strategic management board. Her career prior to this included work as a school adviser, Ofsted Inspector, NPQH trainer, Head Teacher and teacher.

 

 

 

 

 

Imran Jaffer Community Governor

Date Appointed: 11/11/2013, 08/11/2017

Appointed By: Parent Body ratified by Trust and Members.

Term of Office: 4 Years

Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance:

3/3 Full Governing Body Meetings 2017 2018

1/2 Outcomes Committee 2018 2019

2/3 Full Governing Body Meetings 2018 2019

Committee: Outcomes Committee

Area of Expertise and School Focus:

Imran Jaffer is a Parent governor of twins Rayan and Ayaan, who attend Golden Eagles and Sparrowhawks classes respectively.

Imran works in IT, in the private sector, at a large multinational retail company. He has used his experience in IT, to help the school with their Business Continuity Plan (BCP) and to review the choices made when acquiring technical learning resources, all of which are fantastic at the school.

Imran sits on the Resources Committee and he has attended several meetings, where they regularly review lots of items from the Finances of the School to Health and Safety.

Imran has reviewed several policies and procedures documents, to make sure that they are fit for purpose. These can be found online on the school’s website under “Parents Information & Policies”.

Imran is very keen on science and is delighted with the new science lessons that have started in Year 3. He is very eager to see these trickle down into the lower years.

 

 

 

 

 

Heidi Russell Jones Community Governor

Date Appointed: 14/12/2015

Appointed By: Hatfield Trust and Members

Term of Office: 4 Years

Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance:

3/3 Full Governing Body Meetings 2017 2018

2/2 Outcomes Committee 2018 2019

2/3 Full Governing Body Meetings 2018 2019

Committee: Outcomes Committee

Area of Expertise and School Focus:

Heidi has spent many years working alongside schools through her role as a Marketing Manager for an educational ICT resource provider and a charity developing life skills in young people.  During this time she developed a passion for supporting schools to create meaningful and memorable learning experiences that inspire young people and help prepare them for life beyond school. 

As a mother of a young son heading off to school in September she has both a personal and professional interest in understanding the opportunities and challenges of a growing school.  She is committed to support HCFS in offering the very best education to each and every child in the school. A keen wildlife watcher and traveller she is enthusiastic about the outdoors and understanding and enjoying the world around us.

 

 

 

Jean Wilson Community Governor

Date Appointed: 25/02/2016

Appointed By: Hatfield Trust

Term of Office: 4 Years

Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance:

0/3 Full Governing Body Meetings 2017 2018 (Maternity Leave)

2/3 Resources Committee 2018 2019 (Maternity Leave)

2/3 Full Governing Body Meetings 2018 2019 (Maternity Leave)

Committee: Resources Committee

Area of Expertise and School Focus:

Jean is a qualified Solicitor with over ten years of legal experience in the financial services industry. She is also currently completing a Company Secretary qualification in order to expand upon her knowledge of governance and best practice of company organisation in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors.  
Jean was delighted to become a Governor of HCFS and she hopes to provide the school with support from her legal and governance perspective.  She feels that HCFS is already established as a vital part of the local community and a shining example of what can be achieved when an enthusiastic and committed group of people work together.  Jean wants to be part of the team that can help HCFS continue its achievements.
Jean lives in St Albans with her husband, young baby and excitable dog.  She is a keen amateur triathlete and marathon runner who can often be found spending Sundays pounding the streets come rain or sunshine.

 

 

 

Manoj Kumar  Parent Governor

Date Appointed: 07/02/18

Appointed By: 

Term of Office: 4 Years

Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance:

2/3 Full Governing Body Meetings 2017 2018

2/2 Resources Committee 2018 2019

3/3 Full Governing Body Meetings 2018 2019

Committee: Resources Committee

Area of Expertise and School Focus:

Manoj Kumar is a parent governor of Diya Manoj who is in year 5, Falcons. An IT engineer by profession with qualifications in IT, computers and Supply chain. After working for 17 years for various companies, Manoj now runs his own successful business providing technical, domain and project managerial consulting services for large retail organisations requiring supply chain automation. Manoj's many transferable skills include  IT and  experience in managing large scale commercial automation projects to time and budget. As part of his MPhil degree, Manoj has research and teaching experience.

As a parent, Manoj is passionate about ensuring all children get the kind of education his child currently enjoys and  would like to contribute and assist in whatever way he can. As a Hatfield resident since 2006, Manoj is also keen to give back to the local community and has been active in various local campaigns in particular concerning health care and leisure facilities.

On the personal front, he enjoys sport and plays badminton regularly. His hobbies are gardening and enjoys trekking and rambling and has been on many trekking holidays. 

 

 

 

 

Stephanie Squires - Community Governor

Date Appointed: 10/10/2018                                                                    Appointed By:

Term of Office: 4 Years

Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance:

1/3 Full Governing Body Meetings 2017 2018

2/2 Outcomes Committee 2018 2019

1/3 Full Governing Body Meetings 2018 2019

Committee: Outcomes Committee

Area of Expertise and School Focus:

Stephanie Squires is one of our newest members to the governing body. Stephanie is married with two children, one of who she fosters and is currently looking forward to introducing another foster child to their family this year.

Stephanie loves reading books and her main hobby is crafting.

Her professional background is in HR and she has worked for a Japanese Pharmaceutical company for a number of years until deciding to change direction and follow her dreams of working with children. She is hoping that being on the board of governors will give her further insight on how a school is run from a business perspective and is hoping to bring to the school all her knowledge gained from working within a HR environment, in-depth knowledge of working with children from the ages of five to nineteen and having familiarity of how social services run within fostering and children who are looked after.  

Stephanie says she is really looking forward to being a governor of such a forward-thinking school.  She truly believes that Hatfield Community School is of the next generation of schools and one that others will model themselves on.

 

 

Anne Murphy - Community Governor

Date Appointed: 10/10/2018

Appointed By: 

Term of Office: 4 Years

Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance:

0/0 Full Governing Body Meetings 2017 2018

2/2 Resources Committee 2018 2019

2/3 Full Governing Body Meetings 2018 2019

Committee: Resources Committee

Area of Expertise and School Focus:

Anne is Dean of the School of Humanities at the University of Hertfordshire. She has worked at the University for ten years and, aside from the management of Humanities, she also teaches and researches in eighteenth-century history. She has published two books: The Origins of English Financial Markets and The Worlds of the Jeake Family of Rye. Before joining academia, she worked in banking in the City. Anne is passionate about ensuring educational opportunities for all and is proud to be a governor at HCFS. She is particularly enjoying learning more about education in a new context.

 

 


 

Helen Mussellwhite – Community Governor

Date Appointed: 22/05/2019

Appointed By: 

Term of Office: 4 Years

Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance:

/ Outcomes Committee 2018 2019

/ Full Governing Body Meetings 2018 2019

Committee: Outcomes Committee

Area of Expertise and School Focus:

Helen Mussellwhite is a Community Governor. Helen is a Secondary School teacher at a local secondary school. She has been a teacher for 20 years and specialises in Physical education and Childcare. Helen is the vocational and PSHE Co-ordinator for her school. 

 

Helen is very passionate about education and ensuring that schools give their students the best opportunities and experiences that they can, in order to help the children become model citizens and succeed in the future. Helen is looking forward to working with the school to share experiences and knowledge to make this happen.

 

 

 

 

 

Aimee De La Salle Staff Governor

Date Appointed: 01/09/2012, 01/09/2016

Appointed By: Staff Appointed, Ratified by Hatfield Trust and Members

Term of Office: 4 Years

Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance:

0/3 Full Governing Body Meetings 2017 2018 (Maternity Leave)

1/2 Outcomes Committee 2018 2019 (Maternity Leave)

2/3 Full Governing Body Meetings 2018 2019 (Maternity Leave)

Committee: Outcomes Committee

Area of Expertise and School Focus: N/A

As Staff Governor Aimee feels she can help further develop the link between the strategic vision of the school and how this translates on a daily basis within the school community.

In her role as Vice Principal Aimee is able to provide insight into the day-to-day life at HCFS and thoroughly enjoys working as part of a team of Governors who ensure that children are at the centre of all they do. Alongside having a Masters Degree in Education Leadership and Management, Aimee is also Specialist Leader of Education, with a focus on Early Years, Music, Literacy Curriculum and Leadership Coaching. She enjoys collaborating with other schools and sharing best practice across the community in order to provide the very best experiences for all children.

Aimee lives in Cheshunt with her husband Rob and their one year old son, Henry.

 

Jane Sutton Staff Governor

Date Appointed: 01/09/2012, 01/09/2016

Appointed By: Staff Appointed, Ratified by Hatfield Trust and Members

Term of Office: 4 Years

Pecuniary Interests: None

3/3 Full Governing Body Meetings 2017 2018

2/2 Resources Committee 2018 2019

3/3 Full Governing Body Meetings 2018 2019

Committee: Resources Committee

Area of Expertise and School Focus: N/A

Jane is married and a mother of 2 grown up children.  She has worked in education in various roles for the last 22 years.  Jane feels extremely lucky to be able to contribute to the development of HCFS as a Staff Governor and a member of staff.  She currently sits on the Resources Sub-Committee and is responsible with another Governor for the Health & Safety and Risk Management within HCFS.  She has been a Staff Governor from the start, at the time the school opened.  Jane’s first experience of being a School Governor excited her because, as then and still now, she believes Hatfield Community Free School will be a very special free school where all members of the school are committed to nurturing and fostering the children’s education academically and socially, providing the best they can for all pupils and the community around the school.

Jane is a very sporty person and in her spare time likes to play tennis, golf and go walking with her husband.

 

 

 

 

Sue Attard Principal

Date Appointed: 01/09/2012

Appointed By: N/A – Principal

Term of Office: N/A

Pecuniary Interests:  None

Attendance: 100% Full Governing Body Meetings

Area of Expertise and School Focus: School Leadership

I am Principal at Jupiter and Hatfield Community Free Schools sharing my time equally across both sites. I have taught for forty years drawn to the job as a passion for wanting to see children flourish and speak about what is on their mind. I have been a Headteacher for twenty four years in three schools. I have experienced six OFSTED inspections in different settings as a Headteacher with outcomes of outstanding overall each time. I believe in allowing each child and member of staff the space and time to grow through well planned coaching and mentoring. It is important that the bigger picture of strategic vision is shared by all in order to take advantage of all the talent we have. My Doctorate research is “listening to the voices of primary aged children and learning with them”. This life work is about making sure we can understand fully what children know and understand as they move onto their next learning steps. Adults who unlock the hidden potential around them make the largest gains in everything they do and I believe that is how I work. I love being in the classroom alongside the children and adults seeing the very small moments of joy unfold into deep and meaningful experiences. I work tirelessly to make sure everyone is noticed and has an opportunity to weave their magic to make out schools the best place to be. Being a Principal is the best job in the world!

I am lucky to have an adorable family who put up with my workaholic tendencies my husband Roger of 40+ years and my son and daughter now grown up and ready, hopefully, one day to give me some grandchildren. I enjoy walking my little dog I have taken on from my mum due to her illness and trying to keep fit at the gym. My other passion is going on holiday to experience and understand different cultures across the world.

 

 

 

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