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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section. 


The Governing Body of Aldbury School consists of representatives from parents, staff, the Local Education Authority, the Church and members co-opted from the local community. A full Governors meeting is held six times a year.  In addition, the governors each sit on either the resources or a pupil and standards subcommittee.


The Governing Body ensures the effective management of the school and promotes the well-being of all in it by working in partnership with the head teacher.  It strives to ensure that all children at Aldbury School obtain the best possible skills for future learning by offering a caring environment and positive learning experiences.


The governing body consists of the following;

 

Ben Verinder

Chair of FGB, term of office 4 years from 1/2/17

 

Ben was a parent governor and is now a co-opted member. He has one child at the school. He is managing director of research and public relations consultancy Chalkstream Communications, which specialises in the education sector. Past and current clients include: 40+ further education colleges; Cranfield, Sussex and Derby Universities, and the University of the Arts, London; The Learning Alliance Academy Trust, which manages Lynch Hill Enterprise Academy and Lynch Hill Primary School, Slough.

He is not a governor of any other educational establishments. Ben is the chair of the Pupils & Standards committee.

Business & Pecuniary interests - Chalksteam Ltd

 

 

 

 

Leigh Bradbury

Parent Governor, Vice-chair of FGB term of office 4 years from 05/10/2018

Leigh is a parent governor and has two children at the school. She is a managing director of a Talent Management consultancy that specialises in improving Diversity across senior management. Her client group is predominantly in the Financial and Oil and Gas sectors.

She is not a governor of any other educational establishments. Leigh sits on the Resources committee

Business & Pecuniary interests - 

LE Bradbury Consulting

 

 

Natasha Chiswell

Head Teacher, September 2015

Natasha has been teaching for nineteen years, seven of these years were as a Deputy Head Teacher. Natasha has taught across the different Key Stages and has worked with other schools in the county as a Leading Teacher. She was part of the Governing Body at her previous school for eight years where she sat on all committees.

Natasha currently sits on the Pupils and Standards and Resources committees. She has attended every meeting for the last academic year.

Business & Pecuniary interests - none

 

Emma Vardy, Staff representative, term of office 4 years from September 2019

 

Emma has been teaching at Aldbury School since 2013. She is Senior Teacher, EYFS leader, English coordinator and Deputy DSL. Emma has taught Early Years, Year 1 and Year 2.

 

Emma sits on the Pupils and Standards Committee.

Business & Pecuniary interests - none

 

Rev. Michelle Grace

Foundation Governor

September 2017

 

Michelle is Vicar of St John’s Church, Aldbury and as such is an ex-officio Foundation Governor.
She is also a chaplain at Tring School, and as a Team Vicar has responsibilities across the wider
Tring Team Parish.
Michelle sits on the Pupils & Standards committee.

Business & Pecuniary interests - none

 

 

Dr Corinna Haenschel

Foundation Governor

September 2019

 

Corinna is a parent foundation governor and has one child at the school. She is a Reader in the Department of Psychology, City, University of London. In Germany she also trained as a Clinical Psychologist. She is currently the Programme Director for a MSc. in Clinical, Social and Cognitive Neuroscience, but teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is not a governor of any other educational establishments.

Corinna sits on the Pupils and Standards Committee.

Business & Pecuniary interests - none

 

 

Steve Ranson

LA Governor from

September 2019

 

Steve is the local authority governor.  He has lived in Aldbury since 1999 and his two daughters Holly and Charlotte both attended the school before moving on to Tring school.  Steve works as a Financial Planner for Tilney Wealth Management based in London.  He provides advice primarily around retirement planning and estate planning to private clients.  He is also a director of Quirky Do’s an events business specialising in hosting weddings and private events.  He is not a governor of any other establishments.  Steve sits on the resources committee for the school.  Business & Pecuniary Interests – Quirky Do’s Ltd

 

Georgina Ledward

Parent Governor

October 2020

 

Georgina  is a parent governor and has two children at the school.  She works as a Senior Solutions Engineer for an Experience Management organisation, this entails working with organisations across Europe both uncovering business requirements and advising how they can improve and gain great value from the technology.  She is not a governor of any other school.  

Georgina sits on the Pupils and Standards committee.

Business & Pecuniary interests - none

 

 

 

 

 

Erica Van der Westhuizen

Parent Governor

September 2021

Erica is a parent governor and has two boys at the school.  She is a Systematic Kinesiologist, and is the owner of Aurora Health and Wellness.  Erica has dedicated her life to help people achieving optimal health and wellness by doing natural treatments.  She is not a governor of any other school.

Erica sits on the Resources committee.

Business and Pecuniary interests - Aurora Health and Wellness.

 

It is a requirement for the school to publish details of the meetings attended by the governors for the last academic year. 

 

These details are as follows for 2020/2021

Governor

Governor Type

15th Sep

2020

20th Oct.

2020

3rd 

Dec

2020

26th 

Jan

2021

16th Mar

2021

20th

May 

2021

6th

July 2021

 

Mrs Leigh Bradbury

Parent governor

yyyyyyy 

Mrs Natasha Chiswell

Headteacher

yyyyyyy 

Revd Michelle Grace

Foundation governor

yyyyyyy 

Dr Corinna Haenschel

Foundation governor

yyynyyy 

Mr Angus MacRae

Co-opted governor

yyynyny 

Mr Mark Paul

Parent governor

yyyyyyy 

Mr Stephen Ranson

Local Authority Governor

nyynyyy 

Miss Emma Vardy

Staff governor

yyyyyyy 

Ben Verinder

Parent governor

yyyyyyy 

Mrs Georgina Ledward

Parent Governor

 

 

y

y

y

y

y

 

 

 

The details are as follows for 2021 / 2022 

  21st Oct9th Dec2nd Feb23rd March24th May14th July 
GovernorsGovernor Type       
Leigh BradburyParentyyyyy  
Natasha ChiswellHeadteacheryyyny  
Rev.Michelle GraceFoundationynyyy  
Dr Corinna HaenschelFoundationynyyy  
Stephen RansonLocal Authorityyyyyn  
Emma VardyStaffyyyyy  
Ben Verinder - ChairParentynyyy  
Georgina LedwardParentyyyyy  
Erica Van der WesthuizenParentyyyyy  
James WilkinsonParentnyyny  

 

 

 

 

 

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