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Kathryn Saggers
NameKathryn Saggers
CategoryParent
Term14 Nov 2016 to 12 Nov 2024

 

Current membership and responsibilities:

Kathryn is 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. In January 2021 Kathryn took on the role of Chair of Governors.

 

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 two 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

 

Dr. Stephen Adams
NameProfessor Stephen Adams
CategoryCo-Opted
Term 6 Jul 2019 to 5 Jul 2023

 

Current membership and responsibilities:

Steven is currently Vice Chair of the School Governors', and is the Governor with responsibility for Special Educational Needs and Behaviour.

 

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 his son was at the School before moving onto secondary. 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 Local Authority
Term 1 Sep 2018 to 31 Aug 2022

 

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

 

 

 

 

Governance Experience:

David is a co-opted governor who was appointed to the Governing Body in July 2019. He sits on the Resources committee and has specific responsibility for Health and Safety.

Safeguarding and CLA. David also serves on the Resource Committee

Professional Experience:

David has his own business specialising in statutory compliance, regulatory frameworks and contractual dispute resolution across a range of business sectors, but with particular focus on PFI Hospital Trusts.  He has extensive senior management and board level experience with global businesses, managing large international teams, budgets and complex operational issues.

Personal Interests:

David enjoys walking, travel, photography and has a passion for cooking which fills much of his spare time. He has long held an interest in genealogy and local history, which includes writing a book to commemorate the lives of the men remembered on the Hemel Hempstead War Memorial. He has two claims to fame: he was once signed as a professional footballer by Sir Alex Ferguson and Sean Connery once bought him a curry!

Business Interests:

Construction and PFI compliance frameworks.

Financial Interests:

None  

 

 

Current membership: Health and safety

Peter is new to the team of governors and sits on the health and safety committee.

 

Professional experience:

With over 25 years experience in the temporary power sector, Peter has worked for companies who supply power to the construction industry, health care, and major events and festivals. Peter now works as an Operations manager for a company who supply to the film industry.

 

Personal interests:

Peter loves sport and still gets the odd round of golf in when possible!

Peter loves animals and enjoys regular visits to zoos and wildlife parks with the family.

 

Financial Interests: None