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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
  • 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 two committees, each with a specific responsibility:

  • School Improvement – dealing with curriculum and standards
  • 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 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 20/21
Committee attendance
Sept 20/21
Local Authority Appointee:
Clare Turner (Chair) Pay 4 years
Ended 10/11/2020
100% 100%
Elected Parents
Catherine Large – (Vice Chair) SIC 4 years
 100% 100%
Mr Chris Wardle SIC 4 years
100% 100%
Mr Joseph Guy SIC 4 years
50% 100%
Mrs Katharine Robertson SIC 4 yrs
 100% 50%
Co-opted Governors
Graham Moles SIC 4 yrs
50% 100%
Mrs Louise Best SIC 4 yrs
50% 75%
Mr Jeff Hollis SIC 4 yrs
 100% 100%
Mrs Libby Montgomery (Joint Chair) SIC
 100% 100%
Mr Jeff Phillips (Joint Chair) SIC
4 yrs
100% 100%
Elected staff governor
Jane Noonan 4 years 01/10/21


Mr Nick Yeldham SIC 4 yrs
21/07/19               Ended 31/08/21
100% 50%
Mrs Claire Wicks SIC
18/04/17  100% 100%
Associate Member
Mrs Eleanor Waller SIC 3 years
 75%  100%
Mr Mike Comer SIC 3 years
100% 100%

SIC – School Improvement Committee

Pay – Pay Committee

Member Register of Interests (including business/financial interests) Responsibility
Mrs Louise Best Daughters babysit pupils.
Mr Mike Comer Deputy Headteacher
Mr Jeff Hollis None H & S
Miss Catherine Large (Vice Chair) Parent of pupil and works at OFQUAL.
Mr Graham Moles None
Mrs Libby Montgomery (Joint Chair) Governor at Sir John Lawes and magistrate
Mr Jeff Phillips (Joint Chair) None
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.

Lou Best

I was a Teaching Assistant at Manland, I worked at the school from 2011 to 2021 and 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.

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.

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.

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

Further information coming soon.



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