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Andrew Day
Name Andrew Day
Category Chair of Governors
Term 05/11/2019

 

Current membership and responsibilities:

Andrew is a Parent Governor, responsible for Safeguarding and also serves on the Resource Committee

 

 

Governance Experience:

Andrew was appointed to the Governing Body in November 2015. As a Governor who is responsible for Safer Recruitment, he was part of the committee that appointed the current Head Teacher.

 

Professional Experience:

Working as a senior Manager within a multi-national telecoms copy specialising in Cyber Security, Andrew is used to managing teams, budgets and targets at a global level. Taking these skills into the Governor role, he believe he can help Gaddesden row by bringing groups together to achieve successful outcomes, within challenging timescales.

 

Personal interests:

A resident of nearby Piccotts End, Andrew enjoys spending time with his family. His love of all sports isn’t diminished by his lack of personal ability. Meaning his poor children are left with the pushy dad shouting them on from the side-lines at various weekly events including football, Gymnastics, and cycling. When it all gets too much, Andrew can be found

walking the dog around the beautiful countryside we are lucky to have on our doorstep

 

Business Interests:

Andrew works for BT Group within the network Security Practice. 

 

Financial Interests:

None

 

Kathryn Saggers
Name Kathryn Saggers
Category  
Term  

 

Current membership and responsibilities:

Kathryn is Vice Chair of Governors and a parent governor. She sits on both the resources committee and the standards and development committee with specific responsibilities for Finance and Curriculum.

Governance Experience:

Kathryn has been a governor since November 2016, becoming Vice Chair in March 2018.

 

Professional Experience:

Kathryn has owned and run her own businesses since 2005 in the industries of Interior Design, Business Networking and Coaching and Training. Her corporate background is in Project Management, where she worked as a Facilities & Operations Manager before taking the leap in to entrepreneurship. During her working life, she has been responsible for managing large teams of people, as well as coordinating multiple commercial projects of significant value across varying business sectors. Kathryn is honoured to be part of the journey of this amazing school and currently has one child attending Gaddesden Row.

 

Personal interests:

Two things have been a major influence in Kathryn’s life passions. One is her love of the natural world (mostly coming from being glued to everything David Attenborough has ever filmed) and the other is her appreciation for the planet, which has come from her love of travel. Having been fortunate enough to see many countries around the world (as she travelled with her grandparents at a young age) Kathryn hopes that her children get even half the opportunity she had to experience our wonderful planet and the beauty within it. Most recently Kathryn realised she is also about 20 years too late to be a pro-snowboarder, having only taken up the sport in 2007, however, she likes to dream about what would have been if she could wind back the clock!

 

Business Interests:

N/A

 

Financial Interests:

N/A

 

Claire Wood
Name Clare Talbot
Category  
Term  

 

Current membership and responsibilities:

As Headteacher, Clare has responsibility within all areas of governance.

Governance Experience:

Clare has worked with many governing boards in a variety of types and sizes of schools across the country, as a senior leader as well as staff governor, before taking up her post as Headteacher at Gaddesden Row JMI School in September 2017.

 

Professional Experience:

As a teacher with 23 years experience, Clare has taught in Scotland and England, across 6 counties, in a wide range of Primary schools and has taught all age groups across the range. She has been involved in the senior leadership of schools for 11 years.

 

Personal interests:

Clare enjoys travelling, theatre, reading, cooking, walking her dog in the countryside in addition to spending time with her husband and two teenage sons.

 

Business Interests:

N/A

 

Financial Interests:

N/A

 

Toni Pattenden
Name Toni Pattenden
Category  
Term  

 

Current membership and responsibilities:

Toni joined the Governing Body in January 2017, as a staff member, following her appointment to the role of Assistant Head at Gaddesden Row. She serves on both the Standards and Development, and Resources Committees. 

Governance Experience:

As a Mother of three daughters, Toni has been involved in school life for many years, in a personal as well as professional capacity. She was a Governor at her daughter’s nursery school in St. Albans, for a short while, and became Chair of the PTA at her children’s Infant school. She appreciates the positive impact strong parental support has on the school community and a child’s experience and outcomes whilst at school.

 

Professional Experience:

Toni started her career as a Scientist in a Pharmaceutical company in Sussex. However, she soon took the opportunity to retrain and has been a teacher for over twenty years. She has worked across the primary age ranges in both Sussex and Hertfordshire and has sought opportunities to keep her skills up to date. She recently completed the Maths Specialist Teacher programme at Hertfordshire University and has used the knowledge and pedagogic strategies learnt to lead the improvement in Maths at Gaddesden Row.

 

Personal interests:

Teaching and a busy family life doesn’t leave a lot of spare time but when she gets the chance Toni enjoys gardening, walking her dog, exercise and socialising with family and friends.

 

Business Interests:

N/A

 

Financial Interests:

N/A

Dr. Stephen Adams
Name Dr. Stephen Adams
Category Co-Opted
Term 28/09/2019

 

Current membership and responsibilities:

Steven is a member of the School Governors' Committee for Standards and Development and is the Governor with  responsibility for Special Educational Needs.  

 

Governance Experience:

Steven is a Co-opted Governor with responsibility for pupils with Special Educational Needs. He has been a governor at Gaddesden Row JMI since 2015 and has a son at the School. He is Associate Dean for Research and Head of The University of Hertfordshire's, Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities Research Institute. 

 

Professional Experience:

Steven teaches art history at the School of Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire  and writes about French art and philosophy of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He has worked in Higher Education for over twenty years. 

 

Personal interests:

Steven is passionate about the transformative power of learning and ensuring that an excellent education is available for all to make sure we our very best train the next generation of Nobel Prize winners, doctors, politicians, architects , dancers, authors, gardeners, bankers, musicians and artists. 

 

Business Interests:

Hertfordshire University

 

Financial Interests:

None

 

Jasper Gilder
Name Jasper Gilder
Category LEA
Term  

 

Current membership and responsibilities:

 

Governance Experience:

 

 

Professional Experience:

In about 1996 under another regime Herts LEA attempted to close Gaddesden Row School and were rather surprised by the huge turn out at the public meeting. It seemed that Jasper’s contribution to this was valued and he subsequently worked with the group which successfully fought the closure. After several years of approaches he ran out of reasons not to join the governing body and joined in 2006. He takes a special interest in resources; money, physical resources and people resources. He states his greatest satisfaction with the role is aiding the continuous development of a small village school to the achievement of very high standards.

 

Personal interests:

Jasper Gilder has lived in Gaddesden Row since 1991 and runs a Training and Management Development Business. In 2004 he set up a second operation which runs tours of Spain and Portugal for owners of high performance sports cars.

 

Business Interests:

Company Director

 

Financial Interests:

None