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Caroline Fleming PCC Foundation Governor, Chair of Governors


I was elected as  Chair of Governors in October 2018 having been a PCC Foundation Governor since December 2015. It is a genuine privilege to serve as Chair of Governors at St Nicholas and I hope to lead our Governing Body with enthusiasm as we work to support the school in achieving its vision and values. I have served as a member of the Finance and Premises Committee and am the Treasurer to the Governors.


I work part time at PwC in London where I have worked for over 20 years. Having initially trained as a Chartered Accountant, I now work in our Talent & Development function leading talent and performance management for the UK firm. I have lived in Harpenden since 2004 and have two children; both of whom are pupils at the school. I am married to Tim, who is fortunate to also work part-time, as Head of Finance at St Albans Cathedral. My other local interest is playing badminton, where I regularly play for a local club, the Harpenden Racqueteers.


Delia Bonner  PCC Foundation Governor, Vice Chair of Governors


I feel very privileged to have been Chair of Governors at this school for five-years and to continue my service to the school as Vice Chair. As Governors, we form an experienced team who work hard to share our expertise to guide the school forward to becoming outstanding. I was appointed as a foundation governor in March 2010.


I have lived in Harpenden since 1977 and with my family have attended St Nicholas Church since then. I have two children who both attended schools in Harpenden. They are both now married and with their respective families live in Harpenden. I have four grandchildren who go to different schools in the town, so I am regularly involved in the school or nursery run!


I retired from my job as headteacher in 2009 having worked in education for over 30 years. I was very pleased to be asked to become a governor of St Nicholas School as I felt I could use my skills in a different setting. I work closely with the Headteacher and attend all committees, including chairing the Personnel and Pay & Performance Management committees. One of the greatest responsibilities of a Governing Body is the appointment of the Headteacher and it was our pleasure to be able to appoint Mrs Crouch in 2015. In education one never knows which challenge we will be faced with next but with a Governing Body with such a strong variety of skills, we feel we are able to strategically direct the school ensuring the best educational experience for our pupils.


I come into school very often and it is always a delight to see and hear about everything the children are doing and achieving. It is a very industrious, calm and happy place which builds on the foundation of our Christian values.   



Rizelle Crouch  Headteacher Governor


I have recently been appointed as the Headteacher of St. Nicholas Primary School, having previously been the deputy Headteacher for 5 years. During my teaching career of over seventeen years in primary education, I have gained a very broad range of primary teaching experience ranging from Nursery to Year 6. 


The work of the governing body is crucial to the management and organisation of the school. I am fortunate to have a team of committed governors, who represent the church, diocese, local authority, parents and staff. I believe that Governors play a vital role in supporting and challenging the school in order to achieve the best outcomes for all members of the school community.



Stuart Burnett  Diocesan Foundation Governor


I was appointed a Foundation Governor in August 2012 and I chair the Finance and Premises Committee.


I am absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to help in supporting this wonderful school. I hope to use my personal and professional skills and experience to give something to the school and the wider community.


I have lived in Harpenden since 2005 and my wife and I have a daughter who started in Reception at St Nicholas in 2011. I am a member of St John's Church.


I have worked for London Underground since 1995. I spent 10 years in operational roles, latterly managing the train service on the Metropolitan line and the introduction of the new air-conditioned 'S stock' trains to the line. Since May 2012 I have been planning the London Underground track replacement programme.



Jane Croot  PCC Foundation Governor


I was elected as one of the parent governors in autumn 2013 and was delighted to have the opportunity for further involvement in the school and to help and support in its development.


I have lived in Harpenden since 1997 and have three children; all of whom have attended the school. My youngest is still enjoying life at St Nicholas.


Professionally I am an economist and intermittently undertake consultancy work for the family run company of which I am a director.



Bernadette Davis  Parent Governor


I moved to Harpenden on graduation in 2004, taking a position as a Geotechnical Engineer in a local firm.  Two of our four children attend St. Nicholas, leaving their younger sister and brother at home. 


Since our eldest started at St. Nicholas in 2013, I have felt the school has created a friendly atmosphere whilst providing a sound platform for the educational and developmental needs of the children. The strong Christian ethos is prominent throughout the school, something which I fully support.  As a governor I chair the Pupil, Pastoral and Curriculum Committee and am attached to Class 2, where I have enjoyed spending time discussing geological topics. The children like to keep me on my toes with challenging questions!



Hilary Doherty  PCC Foundation Governor


As a member of the congregation of St Nicholas Church and having experience of teaching in the primary sector, I was very pleased to be appointed a Foundation Governor of St Nicholas School, where my children were once pupils.  


My life and career began in London, where I taught in the boroughs of Bromley and Islington, before moving to Harpenden in 1975 and spending several years bringing up my daughters.  During this period I undertook some work for a local music school, prior to accepting a post in a St Albans primary school where I taught for a number of years.  I have a particular interest in the teaching of Modern Foreign Languages at Key Stage 1&2.  


My personal interests include voluntary work for two charities, travel and choral singing. 



Sarah John  PCC Foundation Governor


I was delighted to be asked to join the Governing Body as a PCC Foundation Governor in 2012. I have lived in Harpenden for over ten years, have three boys who attend Roundwood Primary school, and help with the Sunday Club at St Nicholas' Morning Praise service. My working background has been in human resources within the financial services industry. I work part time as an HR consultant, and volunteer as a children's bereavement worker with Bereavement Matters in St Albans.


I have been re-elected as Vice Chair of Governors for a second year, and chair the Discipline Committee as well as being a member of the Personnel Committee, Pay Committee, Pupils, Pastoral & Curriculum Committee and the Performance Management Panel. I find being a Governor both interesting and rewarding, and am enjoying fulfilling the responsibilities which come with being a PCC Foundation Governor to the best of my ability!



Laura Johnson  Staff Governor


As a new governor at St. Nicholas, joining in October 2016, I hope to tell you a little bit about myself here.


After completing a Business Studies Degree in London in my twenties, I worked in Product Development in companies such as The Body Shop and with Marks and Spencers. I then became a Product Designer working in Paris, Honk Kong and North America. In my thirties I started my family and set up a children’s book company and self-published three children’s books. My interest in writing for children led me to complete a PGCE (Primary) at Hertfordshire University – and my career in teaching began.


Unable to shake off my interest in children’s writing, I studied at Oxford Brookes University for a year in 2013/14 completing a PGCAEP in Literacy Difficulties. It appears that I might have caught the literacy bug for good.


I hope that my background, my role as a teacher and being a parent myself will enable me to bring different perspectives to my role as a governor and I look forward to working with a very dedicated team.



Henry Loweth  Diocesan Foundation Governor


I was appointed a governor in April 2015.


My wife and I have lived in Harpenden since 1986 and have attended St Nicholas Church during that time. We have two adult children, who both went to schools in Harpenden and St Albans.


I am a member of the Governing Body and the Personnel Committee.




Revd. Dr. Dennis Stamps, Rector of St. Nicholas Parish, Harpenden  Ex Officio Governor


I became ex-officio governor on 20th November 2012 after having been instituted as Rector of the parish of St Nicholas Harpenden. Prior to coming to Harpenden, I was Director of Ministry for the diocese of St Albans and a residentiary Canon at the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban. I have been in ordained ministry for just over 20 years. I did serve as a governor for a CofE primary school in Birmingham in the 1990s. I have three children, two in university, one married. My wife is a lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire.


As Rector I have the privilege several times a month of leading the worship assembly for the school at St Nicholas church. I also will be serving on the Critical Incidents committee.