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Michelle Shenston 

Headteacher

I am the Headteacher at Hillmead Primary School. I have been teaching for over ten years now and have always taught in Key Stage 2.  I trained at Middlesex University and have supported the University in past years by mentoring their trainee teachers.  My favourite subject is Literacy - I love writing and making the children in my class write too! I sit on the governing body as a staff governor.
 

Richard Armitage

VIce Chair

 

I became a governor in May 2015 and sit on the People Committee. I live in Saffron Walden and have 3 adult children and 1 grandson, who lives in Bishop's Stortford with my son and daughter-in law. One of my daughters is a teacher at a comprehensive school in London. Both my parents were teachers, my wife is a governor at a primary school in Saffron Walden, so interest in education runs strongly in the family. For me education is more than just performance in tests and exams; a wider appreciation of the value of learning and self-development will stand a young person in good stead for life.

 

I am a solicitor, specialising in commercial law, and through my firm’s pro bono programme I have worked with various charities and third sector organisations . I am also a trustee of the local charity which runs the Uttlesford Citizens Advice Bureau. I have gained a lot of personal satisfaction from my involvement in this work and want to put my experience to help Hillmead continue its progress through the ever changing world that surrounds it and everyone else.

 

My personal interests include most sports, reading, cinema, theatre, ski-ing, hiking and travel. I am also planning to return soon to active music playing after a very lengthy absence.

 

Liz Barnes

Co-opted Governor

I became a governor at Hillmead Primary School in January 2017. I have two adult children and two grandsons. I developed an interest in supporting the staff and children after my grandson joined the reception class and  was asked if I could assist with Year six reading .

 
I have been a secondary school teacher of D&T both in London and Harlow for nearly forty years and during that time my responsibilities have gradually changed. Besides teaching I was a Year Head (pastoral) for approximately fifteen years and then Co-ordinator for the Literacy strategy across the school. Latterly, I was professional tutor for the Graduate Teacher Training Scheme.
 
I have been extremely fortunate to have had the opportunities within my career and I believe that all young people should have the opportunity to develop their confidence,skills and potential within the safe and secure environment of  a caring school.I believe that is Hillmead school. 
 
Since retiring, I have been appointed a Justice of The Peace and I sit on the North and East Herts Bench. My other interests include gardening,reading and enjoying my grandchildren.
 

Joanna Boden

Parent Governor

 

Profile coming soon.

 

 

Mary Compton

Associate Governor 

I have been a governor since October 2012. I initially became a governor because BT were actively promoting the role of school governor and encouraged staff to use their commercial skills for voluntary activity so this is how I got involved. I have been surprised on just how much time it can consume as there is so much to keep on top of and get involved in but I have enjoyed it. I currently chair the People Committee.

 

I have worked in the private sector for 30 years with experience within the telecommunications industry having held senior positions in marketing, sales and strategy. I am currently an internal business consultant working on government projects. I have lived in Bishop's Stortford for the last nine years. I have an 18 year old daughter who is just about to start university. I work full time so what  little time I have I like to travel and enjoy food (both eating and cooking). I was a non-executive director on the NHS Hertfordshire board for three years prior to becoming a school governor.

 

I believe that young people should get equal opportunities and support, particularly as they start out in life. As we get older (and wiser) we should take time to give back and share experience to the benefit of others.

 

Hannah Draper

Associate Governor

I have become an associate governor at Hillmead School because I feel passionate about schools providing a high quality education for all children. I believe in Hillmead School and want to give something back to the school that my daughter adores and is thriving in. 

 

I am subject leader for D&T at Herts & Essex and also primary ambassador for my subject area. As part of this role I have already been working with Hillmead staff and pupils to support their D&T provision. I have interests in developing and supporting staff including trainee teachers and I am involved in the provision of coaching training through Catalyst, Bishops Stortford's Teaching School Alliance. Before entering the field of education I trained in costume and worked with the Royal Opera House, National Theatre and Pennsylvania Ballet among others as a costume supervisor. 

 

I believe all children deserve a high quality nurturing educational experience which will support the development of their full potential. 

 

Ulrike Kadritzke

Co-opted

Governor

I became a governor in April 2014. My two boys love attending Hillmead and I wanted to give something back and actively help ensure the school and its pupils continue to thrive. I moved to the UK from Germany in 1996 after a number of shorter stays in other European countries to learn languages and experience different cultures. I have lived in Bishop's Stortford since 2010 with my husband and our sons who we raise bi-lingual German/English. Prior to having children I worked in marketing communications for London-based international tourism and educational travel organisations.

 

I decided to give up full time work to spend time with my children and to support their learning journeys. I am now working part time as a translator and German language tutor. While my boys were at pre-school, I was a member of its management committee for three years, two of which as chairperson. This gave me a good insight into and experience of the needs and challenges faced by educational organisations and motivated me to apply for the governor post. I am Chair of the Finance and Premises Committee and sit on the Curriculum Committee. I am the link governor for modern foreign languages and also a member of the website working group and liaise with the local paper on news stories relating to the school.

 

Most of my spare time I spend with my horse so I am often seen wearing jodhpurs. Other interests include music, history and languages. I believe that every child deserves to be loved, nurtured and challenged to help them develop into a confident and happy person.

 

Gillian Lawson

Staff Governor

I started working at Hillmead School in November 1997 as the school's Cook Manager, on its former site. In January 2004 my present position arose as an L.S.A in Year 1 and Reception. I have since worked my way up through the school working in all year groups. I am also the Senior Supervisor at lunchtime so I am very lucky to be able to meet and talk to all the children at Hillmead. In 2006/2007 I did my NVQ3 for teaching assistants which I enjoyed very much. I feel very privileged  to work in such a happy, friendly school. I love my job.

 

I have two children of my own and in my spare time I like to socialise with my friends, holiday in the sun, read and of course cook!! I joined the governing body in September 2012.

 

Dan Leonard

Associate Governor

I’ve been an Associate Governor at Hillmead since September 2013 and I have really enjoyed being involved in supporting the school. I became an Associate Governor because I felt I had something to offer the school and want to support Hillmead in helping all pupils to achieve their potential. I work particularly with the Curriculum Committee but also get involved in full governor meetings.

 

I have been a teacher myself for fourteen years and am currently Associate Headteacher at a secondary school in Essex. I feel this places me well in supporting the school to achieve its aims. I live with my family in Bishop's Stortford and both of my sons are pupils in the school and thoroughly enjoy attending school every day. Outside of work I can mostly be found on a hockey pitch, tennis court or golf course.

 

Something that would surprise people about me: My greatest achievement in the last year is beating the pupils in high jump at my school's sports day this year after an 18 year break. My values: integrity, fairness, fun and loyalty.

 

Emile MacDonald-Williams

Associate Governor

 

I am proud father to daughter Bobbie (Hillmead, year 4) and son Brandon (year 5) and as such, I feel very connected with Hillmead and relish the opportunity to support and assist where possible.

 

I am a Chartered Health & Safety Practitioner, with proven business delivery results and I have comprehensive experience, related knowledge and skills both within the Learning and Development field as well as Health & Safety.

I currently manage the Health, Safety, Environment and Fire Safety for Virgin Atlantic Airways and Virgin Holidays.  My main objective is to enhance upon my professional achievements, skills and knowledge and assist the governing body in leading Health & Safety forward for Hillmead Primary School. 

 

Outside of work I enjoy membership of the Resuscitation Council (UK) & IOH (Formerly HCIMA) and travel as often as I am able to as I feel it is important for my children to recognise and understand the huge diversity of people, places and cultures other countries have to offer. Something I learnt from my parents who lived in Africa and the Middle East during my formative years.

 

Lastly, any time that's left, you can usually find me either out running or kicking a football about in the park with either one or both of my children as they prove to me, once again, that when it comes to football - they can both run rings around me!

 

Philip Middleton

Parent Governor

 

I became a Governor at Hillmead in September 2016; the same month my eldest child started in Reception. I have lived in Bishops Stortford since 1993 (aside from a stint at University in Durham and a year in Chelmsford), studying for my GCSEs and A-Levels in the town. I am married and as well as the afore-mentioned son I have a daughter.

 

I am a senior leader at a large national housing association and my remit includes Customer Service & Customer Experience. I joined as a Governor as I want to help the school go from strength to strength and to support the staff in what they do. I am Chair of the People Committee.

 

Outside of work I am Secretary of the Hertfordshire Branch of the Fly Dressers Guild and can also be found on the side-lines at Bishops Stortford Rugby Club. 

 

Dan Morgan
Chair

I was born in London and educated at Bedford Park prep school, Chiswick Comprehensive, Watford College, then Hatfield Polytechnic (HND in Electrical and Electronic Engineering).  I am married to Sue and have two children, Hannah and Jessica, who have both attended Hillmead and are now at Herts and Essex.  I moved to Bishop's Stortford in 1988.  Most recently I was a project manager in the air traffic control business group at Raytheon in Harlow, until I resigned in October 2007 to become a househusband and spend more time with my family.  My interests include music, skiing, gardening and motorsports.

 

I have previously been Vice Chair and was Chair for a year until the end of my first four year term in March 2013.  I was re-elected for a second term of four years as a Parent Governor in May 2013.  I have sat on all committees and held the role of Chair of Personnel and Premises before my year as Chair of Governors. I have held or do hold various linked governor roles, including Health and Safety and Safeguarding and Computing (previously ICT).  I became a governor, after being approached by a previous governor, because I wished to give something back to my local community and believed I could help the school to strengthen its position as a primary school in Bishop's Stortford.  So far I have found the roles I have taken challenging but equally rewarding and I am proud to have played a part in the journey the school is on.

 

Laura Sell

Staff Governor

 

Profile coming soon.

Emma Walsh

Associate Governor

 

I currently work as an LSA in year one. My background is in Financial advice and planning and I have worked as both a trainer in this area as well as a financial adviser. I moved my career into education after the birth of my son Freddie and was fortunate to get a training place at Hillmead. From there I went onto a private nursery only to return to Hillmead in 2013. I love all sports and have a passion for netball, I have coached the school team since 2010, enjoying much success. I'm an associate Governor for Sport and feel strongly that all children should have the opportunity to learn, take part, improve and excel.

 

Anne Winship

Associate Governor

I am a Community Governor and chair the Curriculum Committee. I have lived in Bishop's Stortford for 13 years and am a full-time mum of three. Before that I worked in HR for an accountancy firm in London and a large manufacturing company in Scotland. My children have too many hobbies for me to have any, but I enjoy being part of a book club and walking the dog.
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