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Niki rowland: Chair Co-opted Governor

Why did you become a Governor at How Wood School?

As a mum of three children at How Wood School, I am passionate about supporting the school and its community in any way I can. I have a legal background and now run my own small business organising events. Being part of the Governing Board has allowed me to see how How Wood school provides the children with the best opportunities for success and to reach their potential through education.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

 In my spare time I enjoy reading and paper-crafting.

Who is your favourite super-hero or character?

Mulan, because she is a fantastic role-model due to her dedicated and determined attitude. She knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go for it!

 

Nicola Winch: Vice-Chair Co-opted Governor

Why did you become a Governor at How Wood School?

I grew up in St Albans and have lived in Park Street for the last 15 years; I have been a Governor at How Wood School for just over 3 years. It allows me to combine my love of the local community, education (tutor at Oxford University during my Biochemistry PhD; volunteer with vulnerable children for >30 years) and my background in Strategy and Governance. However, our three children who have Special Educational Needs (SEN) and are not enthusiastic learners have really strengthened that commitment. Our three children moved to the school in 2021.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to walk, play games, do puzzles (jigsaws, Sudoku, logic problems), build LEGO kits, read or watch films.

Who is your favourite superhero OR CHARACTER?

I love lots of superheroes and reformed villains however Wonder Woman is my absolute favourite; she is an emissary of the Amazons, a founder member of the Justice League and has a magical lasso and an invisible jet – what’s not to like?

 

CLaire Garman: Co-Opted Governor

Why did you become a Governor at How Wood School?

I was a parent at How Wood School and during that time I was actively involved in school life for the 10 years my two children attended.  I was involved with the PTA and chaired the committee for many years and enjoyed the fact that we could raise money for all the little (and sometimes large) extras that were beneficial to the children and their school experience.  I was a little sad at the idea that our time at the school as a family had come to an end, so I thought what better way to give back, in some small way, to the school and the community that served my children, and us as a family, so well than to become a governor.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time (what there is of it with two children at secondary school!) I enjoy being out in the fresh air, walking my two energetic spaniels!  I also enjoy horse riding and squeeze in a lesson most weeks if I get the chance.

Who is your favourite superhero OR CHARACTER?

My favourite character is Winnie the Pooh because he always looks out for his friends, makes them feel special and helps them feel better even on a really bad day. I think we could all learn a thing or two from him!

 

 

Dawn Helfgott: Co-Opted Governor

Why did you become a Governor at How Wood School?

I’ve been a governor in Hertfordshire for some years. My background is in Financial Services, and I first became a governor to give something back and support the school that my children went to.  They are grown up now but my reasons for being a governor haven’t changed and when I came to How Wood, I was really impressed with the warm, caring, friendly atmosphere and was happy to join the Governing Body to help where I can.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time, I like to read a lot, walk my dogs, and go to the gym. I’m also studying to be an aromatherapist which is completely different to my day job.

Who is your favourite superhero OR CHARACTER?

My favourite superhero character is Belle from Beauty and the Beast – she’s strong, intelligent, she looks below the surface for the good in people and she reads a lot!

 

Naomi Parkins: Staff Governor

Why did you become a Governor at How Wood School?

I have worked at How Wood Primary School for over 17 years as a class teacher and now Deputy Head.  I am passionate about providing our children with the best possible education so that each individual reaches their true potential.  I have previously worked in Key Stage 1 and am now based in EYFS where I have been teaching Reception for the last 9 years.  I am excited by my role as staff governor as I feel it provides me with further opportunity to work alongside staff and families whilst ensuring the children receive an enriching, inspiring and varied curriculum in a warm and inviting environment.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I enjoy spending time with my friends and family.  I also like to be active by walking my golden retriever and horse riding.

Who is your favourite super-hero or character?

I love all superhero films, but Supergirl has always been a favourite of mine from a very young age, she empowers girls and women to be strong, confident and fearless.

 

Alison Shah: Local Authority Governor

Why did you become a Governor at How Wood School?

I have lived in How Wood for the last nineteen years and wanted to be a school governor for a long time in order to play what I hope will be a meaningful role in the local community in combination with my passion for education and learning.

I have three children, they are all of primary and secondary school age; they are not at How Wood School.  My daughter has SEN and I have an increasing interest in this area.

I have held senior sales and marketing positions in the hospitality and events industry and hope that I can transfer skills in organisation, negotiation and marketing.  I have always been and am a keen volunteer at my children’s schools, supporting reading, French lessons and being involved in the parents’ associations.  I understand and appreciate the value of parental involvement in school life. I believe that parents can enrich school life in so many ways and have much to contribute.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time I like to run, am a really keen skier and enjoy spending time with friends and family.

Who is your favourite superhero or character?

My super heroine is definitely Wonder Woman; I try, unsuccessfully, to emulate her every day and am sure she is a good multi-tasker.  Superheroes aside I truly, often, imagine and wish I could get hold of Nanny Plum’s magic wand to use on most of my household tasks!

 

JEN LAW: Parent Governor

Why did you become a Governor at How Wood School?

I became a school Governor to hopefully, in a small way, make a difference and to support and help to develop children at How Wood School.  I have a background in Digital, as well as a real passion for sparking interest in children for STEM subjects. My favourite subjects at school were Geography, History, Biology and Art.  I loved learning about ecology and evolution so these were the perfect subjects for me.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

When I have spare time, I like to read, take a long bath and watch something that isn’t child related 🙂

Who is your favourite superhero or character?

My all-time superhero is David Attenborough.  From a child, I wanted to be just like him.  He is an amazing personality that has influenced the world over to preserve and restore biodiversity.

 

Michele Stokes: Parent Governor

Why did you become a Governor at How Wood School?

I have three children and wanted to support the school in any way I can as it helps our children be their best selves. 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love getting out and about, outside work I’m a diving instructor. Although I’ve dived in some nice warm places around the World, diving around the UK is my favourite.

Who is your favourite superhero or character?

I’d be Storm so I could make it snow on Christmas Day and be nice and warm the rest of the time!

 

 

Andy Monk: Associate Governor

Why did you become a Governor at How Wood School?

I have lived in the St Albans area all of my life and I became a Governor at How Wood in 2020 because I felt that my background in the Building Services industry would offer a complimentary skill to the existing Governing Board in relation to the premises management.

I started and ran a fire protection business for 20 years and exited in 2019 to pursue other interests.

I have two grown up children who are now at work but attended local St Albans primary schools when they were younger.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I enjoy travelling and spending time with my family and friends.  I also have in interest in most sports with a particular passion for rugby, golf and skiing.

Who is your favourite superhero or character?

I am a fan of Iron Man as his ability to improve his inventions should mean he will always be able to reinvent himself.  Interestingly it is said that his character is based on Elon Musk so perhaps we will all be flying in the future!