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.
I have had the privilege of leading Hartwell Primary school since September 2004. As HeadteacherI sit on all of the leadership teams and am responsible for enabling and supporting Governors in fulfilling their statutory duties.
I enjoy working as part of the Governing body team. The expertise, both educational and non-educational, which Governors bring to their roles enriches the strategic leadership of our school.
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.
I joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in 2015 and I am a member of the Teaching and Learning and Safety and Well-being teams.
I am a qualified Probation Officer who for 5yrs has been working in Youth Offending Teams. I have experience working with young people that have Statements of Educational Need and other learning needs. As a result I have experience working with schools to help and support those pupils.
My role requires me to engage with young people and families to assist with a range of issues including bereavement and separation, allowing me to contribute to pastoral care within the school as a Parent Governor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I am a Community Governor, co-opted in September 2014.
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.
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.