Meet our Governors
Mrs Diane Osborne (Co-opted)
I am Chair of Governors. I have been associated with St Swithun’s School for 35 years beginning with my two daughters attending the school. I then became a Teaching Assistant at the School – a post I held for nineteen years – and for the last nine years I have served on the Board of Governors. It has been a privilege to be a part of so many children’s education in Sandy. Currently I am the Chair of Governors which is a challenging but extremely rewarding role. Two of my grandsons are now pupils at the school.
Maureen Munro (Foundation Governor)
I am Vice Chair of Governors. In 2013 the Saint Albans Diocesan Board of Education appointed me as a Foundation Governor. In addition I am a Reader in the Church of England. An important part of my role is to encourage the distinctively Christian ethos of the school.
Miss Lorna Maydwell (Staff Governor)
I am currently in my third year of teaching at St. Swithun’s, having moved here from the East Midlands. I have been teaching for over 6 years and have a background in special education; specialising in teaching children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Issues. I am a qualified SENCo and currently lead the Science curriculum in school. As staff governor I am responsible for ensuring that the views of staff are represented during governors meetings. I am passionate about supporting the school to continue to go from strength to strength.
Councillor Frank Firth (Local Authority Governor)
I am the Northill Ward member on Central Bedfordshire Council and I am the Local Authority appointed Governor, and Chair of the Finance Committee. I am also the LA Governor at Northill Lower School. I moved into Northill in 1985 having served in the Royal Navy – Fleet Air Arm for 24 years, to take up employment initially at BAe Hatfield, before returning to the Ministry of Defence (Procurement Executive) in London. I retired from the MoD in 2003. My background is Aeronautical Engineering, and along with my Managerial and Administrative skill from the RN I have experience in Procurement, Project Management and Quality Assurance.
Mrs Julia Battersby (Parent Governor)
I am a qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and have been a practising HR professional for over 20 years, with experience in the public and private sector. This experience in local government has provided me with a good understanding of the school environment, infrastructure and staffing arrangements. I am familiar in working with and interpreting policies, procedures and employment law. I currently work for the family business, undertaking consultancy work on a part-time basis, allowing me time to focus on the governors role. My background in HR helps me to contribute to the committees of the Governing Board and compliment the skills of other governors.
Mrs Zowie Salvatore (Parent Governor)
I am a Parent Governor and now have only one child at St Swithun's. I became a St Swithun's parent in 2012 when my first child joined the Nursery. I am a qualified Primary School teacher, specialising in the Early Years with over 20 years experience in schools and I am currently working as a Supply Teacher. This enables me to remain in teaching and allows me to have a work-life balance with my two children. My experiences as a teacher and personal skills help me contribute to several committees on the Governing Board. I have also been highly involved within the school community by having been the chair of the PTFA for three years. I enjoy being part of the Governing Body by facing the challenges, opportunities and responsibilities in communicating the parental voice to support the learning environment for all children at St Swithun's.
Mrs Wanitah Vivier (Parent Governor)
Mrs Bridgett Fordham (Parent Governor)
Revd Huw Davies (Foundation Governor)
Mrs Clare Little (Foundation Governor)
I have been working at St Swithun’s Primary School for 10 years now. Firstly as a Lunchtime Supervisor and then as a Teaching Assistant in Early Years Foundation Stage. I am a Christian and attend St Swithun’s Church in Sandy regularly. I feel strongly about keeping the Christian values within the school community and to promote them.
Anita Whitehurst (Headteacher)
I am part of the Governing Board in my role of Headteacher. I have been Head at St Swithun's for 8 years and have held numerous roles in school for the past 15 years. I provide the Governing Board with the information they need to complete their roles effectively.