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What is a Governor?

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Governors are unpaid volunteers nominated and appointed for four-year terms by the school staff, parents, local authority or fellow governors.

The governing body’s main role is to establish a strategic framework for the school and to regularly review the progress made. Governors act as a ‘Critical Friend’ to the school, working in partnership with the head, senior leadership team and other school stakeholders to help provide the best possible education for all our pupils, including those with special educational needs. This is achieved by:

  • Determining the school’s values, ethos and strategic aims
  • Agreeing plans and policies
  • Holding senior leaders to account by monitoring relevant data and feedback on the school’s performance, acting as a critical friend to support and challenge.
  • Reviewing and monitoring the curriculum
  • Approving and monitoring the school’s budget, including the expenditure of the pupil premium funding, ensuring that resources are used effectively and provide impact
  • Maintaining the fabric of the school
  • Appointing staff and agreeing pay recommendations
  • You can find out more about the role of a Governor by reading the Governors’ letter to parents.

Categories of Governor

  • Local Authority (LA) Governor – nominated by the LA and appointed by the Governing Body.
  • Parent Governors – elected by and from the parents.
  • Staff Governor – elected by staff.
  • Co-opted Governors – appointed by the governing body. These are people from the school community who, in the opinion of the governing body, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.


The responsibilities of the Governing body are shared between three committees, each with a specific responsibility:

  • School Improvement – dealing with curriculum and standards
  • Resources – dealing with finance, personnel and premises
  • Pay – dealing with staff pay

In addition, sub committees meet as and when the need arises:

  • Head’s Performance Review
  • Discipline
  • Exclusions and Complaints.

All committees report back to the main Governing body, which usually meets twice a term, preceded by meetings of each of the committees.

Link Governors

Each Governor is assigned a link role which focusses on a specific areas of the curriculum or school life. The role of the Link Governor is to:

  • Take an interest in and gain a more detailed knowledge of their appointed area
  • Know what is contained in the School Improvement Plan (SIP) for their subject
  • Be involved in the review of the SIP for their area and to be part of the planning process
  • Aid the governing body in its critical friend role by asking questions about progress and challenging appropriately about attainment in their area
  • Report back at agreed intervals, either to the appropriate committee or the full governing body
  • Work in full partnership with the headteacher and senior leadership team to achieve results.

List of Governors

Member Committee Term of office starts FGB meetings attendance
Sept 19/20
Committee attendance
Sept 19/20
Local Authority Appointee:
Clare Turner (Chair) SIC
4 years
 100% SIC: 2 of 3
Resources: 100%
Pay: 100%
Elected Parents
Catherine Large Resources 4 years
 100% Resources: 0 of 3
Mr Andy Crump Resources 4 years
Ended 29th May 2020
100% Resources: 100%
Mr Joseph Guy Resources 4 yrs
2 of 3 Resources: 1 of 3


Mrs Katharine Robertson SIC 4 yrs
 100% SIC: 2 of 3
Co-opted Governors
Graham Moles Resources 4 yrs
100% Resources:2 of 3
Mrs Louise Best SIC 4 yrs
100% SIC: 2 of 3
Mr Jeff Hollis Resources 4 yrs
 100% Resources: 100%
 Mrs Libby Montgomery (Chair) SIC
 100% SIC: 100%
Pay: 100%
Mr Jeff Phillips (Vice Chair) Resources
4 yrs
100% Resources: 2 of 3
Pay: 100%
Elected staff governor
Mr Nick Yeldham SIC 4 yrs
100% SIC: 2 of 3
Mrs Claire Wicks SIC
18/04/17  100% SIC: 100%
Resources: 100%
Pay: 100%
Associate Member
Mrs Eleanor Waller SIC 3 years
 100%  N/A
Mr Mike Comer SIC 1 year
0 of 1 N/A

SIC – School Improvement Committee

Res – Resources Committee

Pay – Pay Committee

Member Register of Interests (including business/financial interests) Responsibility
Mrs Louise Best Member of staff and daughters babysit pupils.
Mr Mike Comer Assistant Headteacher
Mr Joe Guy Parent of pupils and married to chair of Time Out. DPO
Mr Jeff Hollis None H & S
Miss Catherine Large Parent of pupil and works at OFQUAL.
Mr Graham Moles None
Mrs Libby Montgomery (Chair) Governor at Sir John Lawes and magistrate Safeguarding Governor
Mr Jeff Phillips (Vice Chair) None
Mrs Katharine Robertson Parent of pupils Inclusion & Pupil Premium
Mrs Clare Turner (Chair) Son babysits pupils Safeguarding Governor and Sports Premium
Mrs Eleanor Waller Deputy Headteacher Deputy DPO
Mrs Claire Wicks Headteacher
Mr Nick Yeldham Staff Governor

Clerk – Miss Cally Arbury

Governor Profiles

Clare Turner – Joint Chair

I was appointed as a parent governor in 2011 and became an LA governor in 2018 having had two sons previously attend the school.  I have enjoyed helping the school in various ways since my older son joined the school in 2006: on the HSA (including HSA Chair 2008 – 2010), as a parent volunteer in school, as Treasurer for the first Festival on the Field in 2012, and as a governor since 2011.  I have an engineering degree and an MBA, and have spent most of my career in strategy consulting, in the USA and later in London.  I now work part-time in management consulting.

Libby Montgomery – Joint Chair

I am a Parent Governor, however both of my children have now left Manland. I have volunteered in the school for a while and am looking forward to being involved as a Governor. I previously worked for a real estate investment manager in London. My previous experience as Chair of Governors at Batford Early Years Centre in Harpenden has equipped me with skills and experience which will be valuable as I take on the role of Chair at Manland.

Lou Best

I am a Teaching Assistant at Manland, have worked at the school since 2011 and have recently joined the Governing Body in 2015 as a co-opted governor. I have lived in Harpenden for 14 years, I have three daughters two at University and one at St George’s. I have been on various Parent Staff Associations over the years and look forward to supporting the school and the children in the future.

Jeff Hollis

I have lived and worked in Harpenden for over 25 years for a local building group.  I have been involved in the local community for many years and when approached to join the governors as a co-opted governor I was pleased to have the opportunity to contribute to such a well-run and successful school. I am married with a teenage son.

Claire Wicks

I have been a teacher since 2005, working in Harrow and Hillingdon in various different roles. I became the headteacher at Manland in April 2017; I am excited to be leading the way on the next step of the schools journey to success.  I consider myself very fortunate to have a highly experienced and dedicated team of staff who care deeply about nurturing and encouraging Manland children to achieve their very best.

Jeff Phillips – Vice Chair

I have lived in Harpenden for over 30 years and am a co-opted governor at Manland. I take a particular interest in humanities subjects and am chair of the Resources Committee. In addition I am a member of Herts County Council Education Department’s Schools Appeals Panel.

Nick Yeldham

After a first career in media rights management and litigation I followed my wife into the teaching profession. I have subsequently worked with the Teaching Development Agency and a number of educational research centres, as well as teaching at a number of schools in the St Albans area. I currently teach in Year 6, having taught classes across Key Stages 1 and 2.

Eleanor Waller

I have worked at Manland since 2013 across the Early Years and Key Stage 1.  I am part of the School Leadership Team, in the role of Deputy Head and have since become an Associate Member. Over my teaching career, I have worked across all of the Primary Key Stages and enjoy supporting and celebrating each child as an individual learner.

Katharine Robertson

I am a parent governor, with one child in year 2 and another in year1. I have a background in education; I started my career teaching in secondary schools, and taught in primary as I moved into museum and archive education. I really enjoy drawing on this experience in my work as a governor, and as a member of the school improvement committee.

Joe Guy

I am a parent governor with two children at Manland.  I have a background in HR and enjoy using my experience in my work as a governor and as a member of the Resources committee.

Catherine Large

I am a parent governor with a son in reception. My background is in education policy, specifically vocational and technical education. I am currently a civil servant working for Ofqual, the qualifications regulator. Prior to this I worked for a Sector Skills Council promoting Apprenticeships.  I am also a governor at a Further Education College in Essex. I am looking forward to bringing my experiences in this wider context to Manland.

Graham Moles

I have recently moved to Harpenden and have two young children. I was delighted to be accepted as a co-opted Governor as I hope that I can bring some of the experience and strategic thinking that I have gained from work in a leadership position in the asset management industry for more than ten years. I am looking forward, in my own small way, to helping Manland continue to flourish.

Mike Comer

Further information coming soon.