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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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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. 


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

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.


Gareth Lewis

Parent Governor

Profile coming soon. 

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



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


Profile coming soon.

Alison Mully

Parent Governor


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




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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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