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Who we are and what we do

The role of the Governing Body is to assist the Headteacher with the strategic leadership of the school by:

  • Setting the vision, aims and objectives for the school
  • Adopting policies and setting targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • Monitoring finances, policies, achievements, standards and special educational needs
  • Hearing complaints


See below for a list of our Governors:

Governor Term of Office Committee Structure 2017-2018
Gov Register of Interest 2017-2018
Governor Attendance 2017-2018

NB:  Governors are not involved with the day to day running of the school which is the responsibility of the Head Teacher and the Senior Leadership Team.

Contacting Governors

Please write C/o Hartsbourne Primary School and your correspondence will be passed onto the appropriate Governor. Thank you.

Governor Profiles

Mr Darren Freed, Parent Governor

I have been elected as a Parent Governor effective from the 2017 / 18 academic school year. I have one child in the reception year group, with another child due to join the school in two years’ time. As a Chartered Surveyor, I specialise in Retail Asset Management and Commercial Real Estate Development of UK shopping centres and retail parks. I hope this background will bring a fresh outlook and different skill set to the governing body, which will ensure the school continues to strive for higher educational standards over both the short and long term.

Mrs Alison Hanbury, Parent Governor

I am excited to be part of the team at the start of their journey as an academy and I will sit on the Teaching and Learning Committee where my experience as a secondary school teacher will help me understand the excellent practice that takes place at Hartsbourne. As a design and technology teacher at Bushey Meads School I am eager to facilitate links, especially in my subject area.

Mr Greg Harper, Staff Governor

I joined Hartsbourne as a newly qualified teacher in 2007 and I have taught in Year Three, Five and Six. I was appointed Assistant Head in 2010 and Deputy Head in 2013. I am the Literacy and Music subject Leader and I manage the school football team! It has been very exciting to be part of the decision to academise and join the Bushey St James Trust and we have already started a number of projects with subject leads from Bushey Meads and Little Reddings to raise standards and provide children with the best school experience possible.

Mrs Valerie Hudson, Staff Governor

Before becoming a teacher, I was a Parent Governor at my children’s school which fostered my interest in education. My early career was spent teaching in a London borough and I joined Hartsbourne as Head teacher in 2005. I have led the school through a number of statutory and internal changes and we became an academy in 2017 and joined the Bushey St James Trust. Our Governors are extremely pro-active and firmly focused on improving the education and opportunities for all the children in our care.

Ms Naomi Rich, Co-Opted Governor (Vice Chair of Governors)

I became a parent governor in October 2014 and Vice-Chair of Governors in 2016. I also became the Chair of the joint Teaching and Learning Committee in 2017 and I switched designation to Co-opted Governor in 2017. I started my career as a primary school teacher and then moved into developing digital learning resources for schools before becoming Head of Operations at a tech company. I have been a governor throughout the process of Hartsbourne becoming an academy and joining the Bushey St James Trust and look forward to working with the other schools in the trust for the benefit of Hartsbourne children.

Mrs Karen Stockman, Co-Opted Governor

I became a parent governor in October 2014 and Chair of Governors in 2016. I have a background in speech and language therapy and I have been part of the journey towards academisation and joining the Bushey St James Trust. I switched designation in 2017 and I am looking forward to working closely with the Head of Hartsbourne and all governors to ensure our children receive the very best education possible.

Mrs Jo Wilkinson, Co-Opted Governor

I joined the governing body in November 2017 and have taken the role of link governor for SEND. I am a former professional social worker. However, I have spent the last 5 years working with armed forces families, local authorities, Department for Education, schools and other organisations to develop policy and good practice for service children to address the impact on them of mobility and deployment associated with service life. I also have first-hand experience of service life as part of an armed forces family with two children who between them have attended 7 primary schools, one of which is Hartsbourne Primary School.

Mr Jeremy Turner, Associate Governor

I became an Associate Governor in June 2016 and as the Executive PrincipaI of Bushey St James’ Trust I attend all local and Board meetings. I am also the Head of Bushey Meads Secondary School and I meet regularly with the Heads of the other two schools in the Trust. I have many years of educational experience in a number of different schools and have been thrilled to be part of the journey to expand the Trust and welcome Hartsbourne into our family of schools.