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Trotts Hill Primary School and Nursery

Meet our Governors

Chair: Helen Altringham

I first started as a parent governor when my son attended Trotts Hill and currently am the Chair of Governors. I am the link Governor for safeguarding, special educational needs and disadvantaged children.  I work part time as a midwife at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage, a job I really enjoy.
I am very proud to be part of a team of Governors who together, with Mrs Evans and all the staff, help to make Trotts Hill a happy, safe and well performing school.

Vice Chair: Stewart Swain

I have been a Parent Governor since 2012 and Vice Chair since 2013. I currently have one son attending Trotts Hill who finds it a very happy and rewarding environment. Within the governing body I sit on the Finance committee and I also help out with sports when work commitments allow. I really enjoy playing a part in ensuring Trotts Hill continues to be a happy, welcoming and good performing school.

Parent Governor: Emma Richardson

I have been a parent governor since January 2017. I currently have one daughter at Trotts Hill in Year 3 and another in Year 1. I have worked as a scientist at GlaxoSmithKline for 12 years now and I am a STEM ambassador where I run science workshops at the school. I also chair the school fundraising group FROTH (Friends & Relatives Of Trotts Hill). I thoroughly enjoy my involvement with the school and working with the staff and pupils.

Staff Governor: Jo Williams

I have worked at Trotts Hill as a class teacher since 2012 and received my BEd and QTS qualifications from Hertfordshire University. I have been the Computing subject leader since 2013 and am now a member of the Well-Tech Faculty. Teaching is in my family, with my mother, father and Uncle having teaching qualifications.

Co-opted Governor: Ruth Cousins

I joined the governing body at Trotts Hill in Autumn 2018. I have taught and been in leadership at a local primary School for the past 12 years . Previously, I trained and moved in to leadership at a very large primary school in Luton.

I am looking forward to working with the school to ensure excellence for every child.

Co-opted Governor: Rob Driver

I have worked at Trotts Hill as Site Manager for 5 years and I became a governor in Autumn 2018.  My background is in Interior Design and this been useful in developing the school environment. My main focus is to ensure that our school site is clean and safe every day for our pupils. I also run the lunchtime drama club for year 5 pupils, which I really enjoy as I am a member of Letchworth Arcadians and enjoy performing in musicals. As a governor I am responsible for reporting on the Arts Faculty and am proud of the high level of Performing Arts at Trotts Hill.

Local Authority Governor: Jackie Keegan

I have over 19 years’ experience working in education business management and have worked with both the secondary and primary sector, maintained, single academy and multi academy trust (MAT). Currently, I work for HfL as a Business Management Consultant and has been with HfL for 3 years. Prior to joining HfL, I was the Director of Finance and Business for a MAT of 2 secondary schools and 4 primary schools. I played a key part in the conversion from maintained to single academy status and worked with the CEO and RSC to support local schools by forming a MAT and working with them to convert to academy status as part of the MAT. As part of my role as Director of Finance & Business, I was a member of two local governing bodies, the chair of one, supporting Headteachers’ and staff with the challenges and rewards of student behaviour, learning and achievement.

Parent Governor: Ross Freeman

I was elected as a Parent Governor in August 2019. Originally from a media background, I have been a police officer for nearly 13 years, the majority of which has been within Local Community Policing. I have two children at Trotts Hill and have seen first-hand what a progressive, inclusive and well-run school this is. I look forward to supporting Trotts Hill to further it's high standards into the future.

Parent Governor: Stephanie Williams

I was appointed as a Parent Governor in August 2019. I work as a child protection solicitor for a London Local Authority. My eldest child left Trotts Hill in 2019 to move on to Secondary school, having been at the school since Reception. My younger child is still at the school. I was actively involved with the school before my governance appointment, helping with fundraising and school trips when possible. I am looking forward to a more formal role in ensuring the school continues to be a safe and happy environment, as well as providing high standards of education for all children.