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List of Governors

Welcome to the Governors’ section of the Sandringham School website which I hope you will find interesting and informative.  This section gives a broad outline of the role of the Governors, how we go about fulfilling our responsibilities and who we are.

Chair of Governors

Anna Cox

Community Governor Term:  09.10.2016 – 08.10.2020

I have been a community governor at Sandringham since October 2012 and serve on the Curriculum, Achievement and Wellbeing Committee and the Human Resources Committee.  I am the governor faculty link to Computing Science.

I am Professor of Human-Computer Interaction at University College London. My research examines the use of technology in work and leisure contexts and the impacts on productivity, work-life balance and wellbeing.

Community Governors

Duncan Gibbons

Community Governor Term:   13.10.2015 – 12.10.2019

– Current governor of Sandringham School, Chair of Resources, former Chair of CAW

– Former governor of Maple Primary School, Chair of Finance Committee, Chair of governors in final year

– Qualified solicitor working as senior in house lawyer in Canadian bank – global management responsibilities

– Previously worked as solicitor in private practice at a large global law firm, specialising in finance law

– Former Army officer specialising in logistics

Isobel Griffiths

Community Governor Term: 02.09.2019 – 01.09.2023

I am a community governor living in Sandridge with two children who are currently at Wheatfields Infants and Junior Schools. 

 My governor responsibilities include being a member of the ‘Curriculum, Achievement and Wellbeing’ committee and a link governor for Modern Foreign Languages.  

 I grew up in the East Midlands but have I have lived in St Albans for the last ten years. I am a solicitor and have a MA in History and an LLM in Intellectual Property Law. I have worked as an in-house Editorial Lawyer at Guardian News and Media Limited for nine years. 

Stuart Miller

Community Governor Term:  02.09.2019 – 01.09.2023

I became a community governor at Sandringham in September 2019 and serve on the HR Committee.

My professional background has mostly been in the field of law.  My day job now is as Managing Director of a network of law firms located around the world.  I studied for a degree in European Law in the early 1980s.  As a solicitor in private practice from 1989-2016, I worked in Bristol, Frankfurt & London, ultimately specialising in commercial and technology law. I worked for 10 years in a large law firm in both England & Germany; but from 2003-2016, I was the co-founder and latterly Managing Partner of a niche solicitors’ firm based in London, focused on international trade, inward investment, employment and intellectual property law.

I volunteer at the St Albans & District Foodbank, which helps local families in crisis.

Christabel Tan

Community Governor Term: 02.09.2019 – 01.09.2023

I joined the governing body at Sandringham as a community governor in Sep 2019. I am the Health and Safety governor and the link governor for Math. I am also part of the resources committee.

Professionally, I am a Chartered Engineer and a senior academic in engineering, having worked in higher education for over 12 years. I am also the Health and Safety Lead for Engineering. Originally from Singapore, I came over to complete my degree at Manchester University and enjoyed the weather so much that I stayed on ever since.

Ann Irwin

Parent Governor Term:  11.11.2016 – 10.11.2020

I am a parent governor with a son who has just left the Sixth Form and two daughters currently in Year 9.  Being at home with my children at school gave me the time to become a Governor, previously at two Primary Schools and now at Sandringham School.  Currently my governor responsibilities include being a member of the ‘Curriculum, Achievement and Wellbeing’ committee, a link governor for Modern Foreign Languages and Chair of the Audit committee.  My previous work experience includes being a French and German teacher in a Secondary School near Bath, Secretarial work and Computer Programming, Business Analysis and Project Management for various companies in the City.

Anne Garland

Parent Governor Term:  27.09.2013 – 26.09.2017

I have lived in St Albans for just over 20 years and have two daughters who are both at Sandringham school, currently in Years 9 and 12.  I went to a comprehensive school in North Yorkshire and then to Loughborough University where I studied Ergonomics. After this, I joined London Underground as an HR trainee and stayed there for the next 30 years working as an HR manager in different parts of the organisation and also had a short spell as a station manager. I am an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Since leaving work I have been a parent governor at a local junior school and became a parent governor at Sandringham in 2013. My governor roles include being on the HR and CAW committees and I am also the governor responsible for Child Protection.  Other involvement with the school includes being a volunteer in the school library, active involvement with FO$S and I am also an exam invigilator.

I enjoy outdoor activities including cycling, skiing and canoeing and also love gardening.

Parent Governors

Clotilde Chohan

Parent Governor Term:  06.11.2015 – 05.11.2019

I was born, raised and educated in France before coming to the UK to complete my university course (applied English and Spanish to Economics and Law) and my MBA. I met my husband at Aston University and started my career in Birmingham in a financial organisation. I joined a large global consulting organisation in 2000, focusing on Customer Relationship Management. I have remained in this field  ever since, although working through my own business for 7 years after my son was born to reduce travelling requirements, and more recently with an IT organisation for which I continue to work full-time.

Having advised public and private sector clients for over 20 years on improving their customer experience and on managing Change, I have gathered business experiences and expertise which I enjoy sharing by working pro-bono with charities.

This year, as my son joined Sandringham School as a Year 7 student, I was delighted to be given the opportunity to take a role as a Parent Governor. I will initially serve on the Resources Committee. I am also the Governor Link for the Business and Economics Faculty and I take an active role in FoSS.

I have lived in St Albans where my husband owns a business since 2002. Outside of work, I like to keep fit with regular exercise, travel to discover new countries when time allows, and enjoy time with my family.

Mike Anfield

Parent Governor Term:  24.10.2018 – 23.10.2022.

I started as Parent Governor in November 2018. I am the Governor Faculty link for PE and for the Student Voice group.

I live locally and I have 2 daughters currently attending Sandringham, and a son currently at Wheatfields Juniors.

 

My career has largely been led by a passion for people development and leading large sales and training teams across well known businesses. After 12 years at Coca Cola, I moved to Microsoft UK & Ireland 5 years ago where I am the Field Labour lead, working closely with the main retailers to drive improvements to the in-store customer experience and helping bring technology into peoples’ lives.

Judith Head

Parent Governor Term:  06.11.2015 – 05.11.2019

I am a parent governor with one child in Sandringham and another still at primary school.  I trained as a secondary science teacher many years ago.  I then moved into educational publishing and now work as a freelance publisher and editor on text books and resources for schools.  I am currently link governor for PE.

Debbie Carlin

Parent Governor Term:  24.10.2018 – 23.10.2022.

I am a parent governor with my eldest son in year 8. My younger 2 boys are in Juniors.

I have a psychology degree background which then led to a buying career at House of Fraser. I then transferred across into wholesale and became European brand management for a US accessories and lifestyle brand.

Since having my children I work in Early years at Wheatfields Infants, currently working in reception.

My governor role so far includes being the training governor along with being the faculty links for dance and music.

Luke Zeiger

Parent Governor Term:  02.09.19 – 01.09.23

I have one son in year 8 and another hopefully coming to Sandringham next year. Since my first parents’ open day I have been excited by what Sandringham can give them and all its students.

By day, I am a tax adviser in a large public company, the result of a career I came to pretty much by accident but one enjoy not least because of the range of disciplines I get to apply. This is the culmination of a meandering process which includes a degree in psychology, a brief time with the military and teaching English in China, among others. I have always been passionate about learning and the personal and professional fulfillment it brings. As a governor I hope to support the school to continue to provide the outstanding opportunities it offers both curricular and extra curricular.

Rebecca Veitch

Parent Governor Term:  02.09.19 – 01.09.23

I became a parent governor in 2019 and have a daughter in year 8. I also have a son in year 6 at Garden Fields JMI school where I am also a parent governor.

I am American and moved to St Albans six years ago from Paris. I have also lived in Benin – a small wonderful country in West Africa. I currently work as an Operations Manager, however my experience is in policy, having spent a number of years in education policy and before that in social policy. I have an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Master of Public Policy, both from the US.

Apart from the normal parent taxi service, any spare time I have is spent walking my spaniel, having belatedly discovered that his breed never tires.

Staff Governors

Liz Kelly

Staff Governor Term:  28.06.18 – 27.06.2022

After graduating in Combined Arts from Plymouth University I undertook my PGCE Art and Design Training and progressed to complete a Masters in Teaching at Middlesex University. In my role as Director of Learning for Visual Arts at Sandringham, I aim to ensure that our students have opportunity to enjoy the creative process whilst learning key skills to ensure that all of our students leave us with a love of Visual Arts as they progress to higher level study or other chosen pathways. In my role in the professional learning team, I support outstanding teaching and learning across the school by creating learning resources such as Sandagogy and supporting colleagues in the classroom. I also work to complete creative projects with local schools and promote art across the community by ensuring the Visual Arts faculty participates and supports local events such as St Albans Camera Club Competition, St Albans Legacy project, The National Schools Photography Award and ARTiculation prize. In my spare time, I help to lead a local Brownie unit and enjoy visiting museums and galleries.

Eileen Kincaid

Staff Governor Term:  28.09.18 – 27.09.22

After graduating from Leeds University in 1992 with a degree in German and Italian language and literature, I had a brief spell in retail before becoming an MFL teacher in 1995.  I have taught in three schools in the UK and have been fortunate enough to spend four years working in an International School in Wiesbaden teaching German. I have been at Sandringham School since 2004. I am very committed to our European Exchange Programmes and find it very rewarding to take students abroad in order to enhance their language skills.

I am a local resident. I have three children in local schools. My eldest daughter attends Sandringham Sixth Form.  In my spare time, I play piano and am a member of the Abbey Flyers Netball squad.

Emma Walker

Staff Governor Term: 28.09.18 – 27.09.22

After graduating with a degree in Textiles and Surface Pattern from the University of Plymouth in 1994, I worked as a Designer then subsequently a Project manager in various Design and Branding Agencies in London until I had my eldest son in 2004, Prior to starting at Sandringham in 2016 I was a Freelance Client Director working for consultancies across London and the Home Counties. At Sandringham my role is Resources Manager : Digital and Print, where I look after much of the design, print, web and social media output of the school.  I am support staff governor.

Ex-Officio Governor

Alan Gray

Headteacher:  Ex-officio Governor

Types of Governors

Community Governors   are appointed by the Governing Body.  They are recruited from within the community served by the school for the skills and knowledge that they can bring.

Parent Governors are elected by all parents at the school. They are representative of the parent body but the views they express at meetings are their own – they need not canvass parental opinion on every issue, or report back to parents on decisions taken: that is the responsibility of the whole of the Governing Body.

Staff Governors are elected by all other staff.  Anyone who is paid to work at the school is eligible for election.  Like parent Governors they are representative of staff but the views they express at meetings are their own – they need not canvas staff opinion on every issue.

The Headteacher is also a Governor.

Contact

Queries about the management of Sandringham School and the progress of any individual child should be directed in the first instance to the school through the prescribed channels as set out in the student planner.  However, if you have any queries for the governors or wish to let us know your views on the school, please e-mail: governors@sandringham.herts.sch.uk