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Current Governors

Michelle Shenston 


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.

Titi Akerele



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Farisai Dumbura



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Ulrike Kadritzke



I became a governor in April 2014. My two boys have loved attending Hillmead and I wanted to give something back and actively help ensure the school and its pupils continue to thrive. I came to the UK from Germany in 1996 and  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 am now mainly supporting my children as they grow up where needed but I also keep myself busy with occasional German language tuition, some copy writing,  and I enjoy working with horses at the stables where I keep my own horse. I am Chair of the Finance and Premises Committee and I am link governor for modern foreign languages (French at Hillmead).


My other interests include playing 2nd violin with a local amateur symphony orchestra, anything related to history and I love 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



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.

Gareth Lewis

Parent Governor

My son moved to Hillmead in 2018 going into year 2. He moved from a small rural school where I had already developed an interest in how the school was being run and how governance worked around the schooling system. In recent years I have developed an interest in how we educate the younger generations in a quickly changing world. This is especially driven from my work life where I work at the environment agency as a senior specialist in Flood Risk Management.

The changes in our Environment reflect the changes in our lives and how we develop in our own environment, be it physically or mentally, is especially interesting to me.

This drove me to wanting to be more involved in how the school moves forwards in this changing world and thinking about the next steps education must take.

In my personal time I enjoy taking walks with our dog, visiting places of interest and general family time, you’ll also catch me in the kitchen cooking or baking but I’m no Paul Hollywood!

Philip Middleton



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

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 McMillan

Staff Governor


I am one of the Assistant Headteachers at Hillmead. I became a governor in 2016. This is now my tenth year teaching at Hillmead and I have taught Year 4, Year 6 and I am currently teaching in Year 2. I enjoy teaching all different subjects but, in particular, I enjoy English, Science and Geography.

Alison Mully

Parent Governor/Vice-Chair


I have two daughters at Hillmead and I became a parent governor in Spring 2019. When my eldest child started in nursery I began helping in the PTA with the various events and activities they work so hard to put on, something I did on and off for five years. I also volunteer in school reading with children whenever I can and love to see how they're all improving. Hillmead has a great community surrounding it with dedicated pupils, staff and parents and I want to play a small part in this through my work as a governor.


I work part time in communications at a housing association in Essex, having spent over 16 years working for local authorities in Hertfordshire. Outside of school and work I am part of a local book club and I volunteer at Park Run and Junior Park Run when I can.

Jacqui Oliver




I have lived in Bishops Stortford with my husband since 1972. I taught at a number of local primary schools during my 30 years of teaching. I mainly taught in early years – my favourite age! However, as a supply teacher when my own four children were young, I did teach all years in primary schools.


In 2001 I started working as an Early Years Inspector for Ofsted. I enjoy this role as I am passionate about the care and education of young children. I also worked for nine years as an EYFS Adviser in Essex. This was an advisory role, working mainly in reception classes, pre-schools, and nurseries, and with childminders and out-of-school clubs. My role was to support all settings to offer good, or outstanding provision.


I am looking forward to giving any support I can to Hillmead School. My granddaughter attends the school and we have been very happy with the education and care she has received. My main interest is with Early Years and also ensuring that children who have additional needs are supported appropriately. I work closely with the School SENCO to monitor this work in the school. I am also link governor for PSHE. At Hillmead School, PSHE has a high priority and at the heart of the school’s work.


When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my seven grandchildren. I love arranging flowers and help with the flowers at St Michael’s church. My husband and I also enjoy going to the theatre, visiting different restaurants and holidays in Portugal.

Anne Winship

Associate Governor

I have been involved with Hillmead for around 8 years now; I am still here because I see how much the staff believe in the school, its pupils and how hard they work everyday to achieve their vision for the school. I think they deserve to be supported in that and find being involved, even in a very small way, extremely rewarding. I am currently an Associate Governor and chair the Curriculum Committee. I moved to Bishop's Stortford from Edinburgh 20 years ago and, although my background is in HR, I now work at Hockerill Anglo-European College, where my 2 younger children are students, my eldest having left and returned to Scotland for university.  Away from schools, I enjoy being part of a book club and walking the dog.



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