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Who We Are

J Schwarz 

Responsibilities/Committees: Chair of the Governing Body, Chair of Resources Board, also sits on the MAT Board

I joined the  Lonsdale Governing Body in September 2017. I am a practising accountant working for Tesco and a qualified teacher from a past life.
 
I have first hand experience of Lonsdale from seeing the amazing things that the school did for my brother-in-law and I hope to be able to bring some of my skills and experience to the school.
 
In my spare time, I enjoy reading and running - just not at the same time!

C Green 

 

Responsibilities/Committees: Vice Chairperson. Chair of REP Panel/Joint Chair of  the Safeguarding and Pupil Welfare Board.

I am a mother of 2 daughters. I became an Associate Governor at Lonsdale in Sept 2016, then a full Governor in September 2017. I have previously been a Parent Governor at Marriotts School from 2012/2014. I am registered disabled and have found that with my free time this has given me the opportunity to give back to my local community. I believe that every child deserves a good education no matter their background and I hope to help support the school in achieving this.

 S Jarvis




 

Responsibilities/Committees: School Development Board

Dr Jarvis is currently Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education and Student Experience) at the University of Hertfordshire. Prior to joining the university in 2006 she was SENCo and Inclusion co-ordinator at Ashwell Primary School. She is passionate about ensuring that all learners achieve challenges and enjoy success and that all children are empowered to find their own voice. Dr Jarvis has lived in Graveley, just outside Stevenage, for the last 32 years.

 S North 

Responsibilities /Committees   Staff Governor and SEN Governor for the school, sits on the School Development Board

I became the Staff Governor in September 2017 for the first time. I have been teaching for 11 years specialising in Drama. I am in my 6th year at Lonsdale where I am Head of P16/Upper School, a form tutor and Drama Specialist. I have a passion for parent and carer liaison and have been heavily involved in creating new initiatives to develop parent-carer liaison at Lonsdale.

K Thompson 

Responsibilities/Committees: Resources Board

After visiting the school in 2012, it was an easy decision to accept the position of Governor. My involvement during our transition period to the new site gave me a better appreciation of the challenges of the role and just how rewarding it is to be part of Lonsdale. I have no regrets about accepting the position and I am committed to assisting with moving the school forwards. I enjoyed almost 25 years of working as a Market-Maker in UK Smaller Company shares on the London Stock Exchange before embracing an early retirement. Married for 30 years, I have two children.

K Byrne 

Katie Byrne

Responsibilities/Committees: Safeguarding and Pupil Welfare Board

My name is Katie Byrne I have been Governor for the last 13 years at Lonsdale school I was a pupil previously at the school too. I currently live in Letchworth in my bungalow and to live independently with help from my personal assistants and my care agency. I have a disability, but I get around in my electric wheelchair and live life to the full.  I am currently at Hertfordshire University studying to be a Special Needs teacher and am in my second year and this is bought a lot of challenges because I am now realised that I really want to help students with disabilities to reach their full potential regardless of their disabilities.

I feel that as a Governor I do understand how to make sure students to be independent without their disability becoming the focus and the fact that I can show the students that you can live independently in your own home with support and this perhaps gives them a goal to achieve themselves in the future. I really do enjoy my volunteering as a governor because I like to know that I have helped the school become a great school that it is and I feel very welcome and part of the team at Lonsdale and are valued member of the school. 

I think it is good that I can show parents and students that disability does not mean you can’t do anything it means you can because I have done it myself.  Also, students and parents are more than welcome to send me emails with any questions they might have regarding disabilities, leaving school, going to college, leaving home and living independently/with support.  I am more than happy to try and help them in the best way I can by giving them my perspective.

 

 

A Drury 

Anna Drury

Responsibilities/Committees:  Joint Chair of the  Safeguarding and Pupil Welfare Board, Safeguarding Governor

I have been a Governor at Lonsdale since 2014.  I am a frequent visitor to school through my work as a Youth Connexions Personal Adviser.  I have worked with young people and children in a range of settings for as long as she I remember!  I have both, personal and professional experience of supporting people with disabilities and learning difficulties. When not discussing issues around transition with Lonsdale pupils, I am usually discussing music, film and Lego as an alternative!
 

 T Barker

Responsibilities/Committees: Safeguarding and Pupil Welfare Board and REP Panel

Having initially been an Associate Member of the Governing Body 2016/17 I was delighted to have accepted the position of Governor in 2017.

The staff and pupils at Lonsdale form an amazing community that I feel privileged to belong to, and I look forward to working closely with the other Governors, Staff and Headteacher to ensure that the strategic direction of the school will continue to enable all pupils to excel in developing their education and independence.

I currently work in the public sector as a qualified Project Manager and I have both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Leadership and Management, with previous experience in Governorship at a University and Students Union
 

B Ives
 

My name is Brian , I am 54 years old and I live and work in Hertford. I have two grown up children,  I have owned and operated my own Estate/Letting Agency business for 26 years, helping people move home, arranging mortgages, life assurance and pensions. In addition to this and some might say rather randomly, I also run my own Hardware shop! Directly opposite the Estate Agency office, the shop sells tools, paint, nuts & bolts, screws and much more besides. I prefer a balanced ‘live and let live’ approach to life, and I put great value and much emphasis on honesty, truth and loyalty. Responsibilty should be taken seriously and commitment followed through. I read a lot, like walking, swimming, cycling and getting out on my motorbike whenever time allows. I love to rummage round junk shops and find things to refurbish or re-invent, (up-cycling is king). I like to spend time in the garden, my expertise only runs to the colour of each plant, although my garden is an equal opportunity employer. Weeds and plants share equal space and attention. Without noticing it I find I have turned into dinosaur when it comes to technology. I endeavour to avoid social media and am happy in my ignorance of trending and hashtag. A more traditional approach is my forte’, with pen/paper, books and face to face conversations much more my style. 

 S Oliver

 

Responsibilities/Committees: Safeguarding and Pupil Welfare board and Wellbeing Award for Schools (WAS)

I am a new Parent Governor to Lonsdale School (joining for the 2017/18 academic year), although my son has been a pupil at the school for a few years now. 

I joined as Governor because I wanted to be involved in the decision making at the school and to be a part of making it an exceptional learning place for all the children who attend. Being part of the school community is really important to me and I am thoroughly enjoying my new role!

As well as enjoying quality time with my young(ish!) family, I also enjoy playing Hockey and generally keeping fit and healthy in my spare time and my passion for sport and physical activity spills over into my day job! I work part-time at the University of Hertfordshire’s Sports Village as a Sports Development Officer. I love my job – creating and coordinating opportunities for children and young adults to keep fit and healthy through a variety of sports and physical activities  during school and university term-time as well as school holiday periods. 

 

 P Kerr

I am a Senior Associate Solicitor at Tees Law, specialising in Education Law.  I have extensive experience representing parents of children with special educational needs, including but not limited to cases appealing provision and setting in the SEND tribunal. I am a member of the Education Law Association and I am a regular contributor of articles to an education and family centric publication in Essex. I have delivered training to schools, local authorities and parents in relation to Special Educational Needs and the law in practice. When I do get some ‘down time’ it largely centers around the differing needs of my toddler and teenager. I enjoy playing the piano and am currently learning to play the alto-saxophone (albeit rather slowly!) I am also an avid baker and have recently been learning about using unlikely replacement ingredients in baked goods to address my youngest son's various allergies.