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What is a Governor?

If you would like to speak with a Governor, please leave your details at the school office. 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

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
  • Pay – dealing with staff pay
  • Resources – dealing with school premises and resources.

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 Development Plan (SDP) for their subject
  • Be involved in the review of the SDP 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 21/22 Committee attendance Sept 21/22
Local Authority Appointee:        
Mrs Libby Montgomery (Joint Chair) SIC, Pay 4 years 01/02/2022 100% 100%
Parent Governors        
Ms Catherine Large (Vice Chair) SIC 4 years 28/02/2019  100% 1 of 2
Mr Chris Wardle SIC 4 years 02/11/20 100% 100%
Dr Ajeet Bagga SIC 4 years 25/05/2022  100% 100%
Mr Joseph Guy (retired 21/11/2021) Resources N/A N/A N/A
Mrs Katharine Robertson (retired 21/11/2021) SIC N/A N/A N/A
Co-opted Governors        
Mr Jeff Phillips (Joint Chair) SIC, Pay, Resources 4 yrs 06/03/19 6 of 7 1 of 3
Vacancy 1 TBC N/A  N/A  N/A 
Vacancy 2 TBC N/A  N/A  N/A 
Graham Moles (retired 6/3/2022) SIC, Resources N/A  0 of 3 N/A 
Mrs Louise Best (retired 6/3/2022) SIC N/A   2 of 3 N/A
Mr Jeffrey Hollis (retired 6/3/2022) SIC, Resources N/A   1 of 3 N/A
Elected staff governor        
Jane Noonan SIC 4 years 23/11/21   100% 100%
Mrs Claire Wicks SIC, Pay, Resources 18/04/17  100% 100%
Associate Member *        
Mrs Eleanor Waller SIC 4 years 20/05/21  100%  100%
Mr Mike Comer SIC 3 years 20/05/21 100% 100%

SIC – School Improvement Committee

Pay – Pay Committee

Res – Resources Committee

  • Associate members cannot vote at meetings of the full governing body. Associate members can vote at committee meetings. However, no vote may be taken at any committee meeting where associate members outnumber governors. 
Member Register of Interests (including business/financial interests) Responsibility
Dr Ajeet Bagga Parent of pupil SEND
Mr Mike Comer Deputy Headteacher  
Miss Catherine Large (Vice Chair) Parent of pupil and works at OFQUAL.  
Mrs Libby Montgomery (Joint Chair) Governor at Sir John Lawes and magistrate  
Mr Jeff Phillips (Joint Chair) None H & S
Mr Chris Wardle Parent of pupil Safeguarding Governor
Mrs Eleanor Waller Deputy Headteacher Deputy DPO
Mrs Claire Wicks Headteacher  

Clerk – Miss Cally Arbury

Governor Profiles

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.

Jeff Phillips – Joint 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.

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.

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.

Catherine Large – Vice Chair

I am a parent governor with a son at Manland. 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.

Jane Noonan

Having spent my teaching career working in inner-London MATs, I am delighted to have joined the team at Manland.  I am hugely passionate about the rights of children to the very best education we can offer.  Having completed an undergraduate degree in Speech and Language Therapy, and an MEd in Literacy difficulties, for me, English is the king amongst equals (although Maths is beautiful too!)  I am wholly committed to our values so that children who attend Manland leave as the very best version of the themselves.

Chris Wardle

I am a parent governor with a daughter at Manland. I have worked in the classical music industry for 15 years, both as a performer and an educator, and am now in charge of development for a small music charity. I’m very happy to be able to offer my time and skills to contribute to Manland’s success.

Mike Comer

I joined Manland in 2019 as Deputy Headteacher, responsible for children entitled to Pupil Premium .  I am an Associate Member of Manland’s full Governing Body. 

Dr Ajeet Bagga

Further information coming soon.

Giles Geeson

My background is in HR and Learning & Development, focusing on developing leaders and talent within organisations. I understand how important it is for children to receive tailored support and encouragement to build the foundations for a happy and successful future, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to support Manland School through my role as Parent Governor.
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