Meet our Governors;

Martin Cox (Chair of Governors)

I am currently Chair of Governors at Hartwell Primary School.

I moved to Hartwell from Northampton in 2009. I work in the public sector and run HR and OD services for a number of County/Borough Councils and schools in this county and Cambridgeshire.  My career experience therefore includes managing people, money and operating in the public environment.  I therefore offered to work with fellow Governors on the Teaching & Learning and Finance & Personnel teams.

Wherever I have lived I have looked to contribute to the local community, and have in the past and currently support a sports and social club and am a director of a homeless charity.  On moving to Hartwell and with a new young family I applied to help with the school and was pleased that in the spring of 2013 I was appointed a Community Governor.

I have two sons, the eldest who is 6 and the youngest who is 3.

In my first year as a Governor I have been impressed about how well our school is run and am very passionate about how I can make some contribution to help continue this for our children.


Richard Alcock (Vice Chair of Governors)

I am the Vice Chair of Governors and Chair of the Finance and Personnel Team and I also sit on the Safety and Well-being team.

I became a Parent Governor 10 years ago when my daughter and son were both attending the school. Although they are now both at University, I have continued since they left as a Community Governor. I myself grew up in the village having attended Hartwell Primary nearly 40 years ago, and now manage a sizeable engineering business in the village.

I thoroughly enjoy my role as a Governor of the school, and feel it is a privilege to contribute something back to the local community that has served my family so well.


Jamie Pardon

I joined the team at Hartwell in September 2017 as Headteacher.  It is great that our school has such a strong and supportive governing body who are committed to continually improving the quality of education and care for the benefit of all children at our school.

Before I joined Hartwell I was Headteacher of a school in the north of Luton which gave me great experience of working with a diverse and vibrant community. Prior to that I worked in another school in South Northants and for much of that time was the staff governor; it was during that time I learnt what a vital role a school’s governing body play in effectively leading a school.


Sarah Bullock

I have been part of the Governing body for about 18 months as a member of the Personnel and Finance team, and Chair since September last year.

We have lived in Ashton for almost 10 years, with our two daughters, both of whom have attended Hartwell: my youngest child is now in Year 2. I run a small (i.e. me!) HR consultancy, and in the space between that and spending time with the family, enjoy cooking and generally having a good time!

I feel being a Governor is a great opportunity to help in the community, and become involved in my children’s education and the education of children in our neighbourhood.


Peter Bullock

I became a Parent Governor in 2015. My youngest daughter is in Year 2 and is really enjoying her schooling. I believe in the schools’ strong values, high standards and passion for ensuring that every child can maximise their potential and succeed.

I have skills in coaching, planning and team-building from my experience in HR.  I aim to ensure the perspective of parents and carers is considered in decisions about the day to day running and long-term development of the school.

I am a member of the Teaching and Learning team.


Janet Northing

I retired as headteacher of a church school in 2013 and now work part time as a diocesan school support consultant and SIAMS inspector. I was appointed by the diocese as a foundation governor at Hartwell in 2015. This role involves me in supporting the development of the school’s distinctive Christian character through the Ethos Leadership Team.


IMG_1834 cropped

Rob Tyman

I am a Teacher Governor and was elected onto the Governing Body in 2015 by the teaching team.  I currently teach in Year 6 and I am responsible for Key Stage 2 and for PE/Sport.

I have been teaching at Hartwell since 2008 and enjoy being part of an outstanding school.  I play an essential role in the close relationship between the governing body and the school staff.


Tony BarkerIMG_1835 cropped

I am a Community Governor, co-opted in September 2014.

I have lived in the village since 2006 and I’ve been retired since July 2011 having spent my working life in the student administration arm of higher education.  My interests include music, art, history, travel and gardening.

I chair the Safety and Well-being team and am a member of the Finance and Personnel team.


Susan Turner

I am a Community Governor, co-opted in September 2014.IMG_1832 cropped

I was born in Glasgow and moved to England in the early seventies. Following a degree in Hotel and Catering Management I worked in various industrial catering outlets before starting a family. In 1994 I took a PGCE through the Open University and since then I have taught part time in a special school and three village schools in Buckinghamshire.

We moved to Hartwell in 2011 and I retired from teaching in July. My hobbies are dog walking and enjoying good food and wine. I am at my happiest when I am with my family, husband, three daughters and two adorable grandsons.

I am a member of the Teaching and Learning Leadership team and the Ethos team.


Lara Bruce

I was appointed as a non-teaching staff governor at Hartwell Primary School in September 2016.  Previous to this, I was a staff governor in two rural infant schools for 5 years.

I enjoy the role of staff governor as it can be both challenging and rewarding, and gives me an opportunity to contribute to the decisions made by the governing body.  I am a member of the Finance & Personnel Leadership team.  A key purpose of this team is to ensure the school’s financial stability, a role which allows me to use my skills as an accountant and fits well with my role in school as School Business Manager.

I am also the Training Link Governor, a role that requires me to “link” the governing body to appropriate training and support.


Margaret Ball

I am a Community Governor co-opted in September 2017 and also serve on the Safety and Well-being team. 

I was born in London where I lived until I got married.  Since then I have lived in many locations – Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Yorkshire, Kent, Milton Keynes and also Australia – moving around due to my husband’s career as an engineer. We moved to Northamptonshire in 2001 and lived in Grange Park until April this year when we moved into the village.

My career has taken me from school secretary to business support management for the Education Department in Milton Keynes from where I retired in 2010.  I have also held positions in the Probation Service, NHS, Child Protection, Educational Psychology and School Improvement.

In my spare time I enjoy travelling, music, gardening, going to the theatre, socialising with friends and I love spending time with my grandchildren.  Having a husband and two sons who are sports-mad, I also enjoy attending various sports events especially cricket and football.

I am delighted and feel privileged to be a Governor of this wonderful school.  I welcome the opportunity to give something back to my community and feel that my experience of many aspects of education will provide me with the knowledge to be an effective member of the governing body.