Potten EndChurch of England Primary School

Rooted in faith, we nurture, grow and flourish

Governor Biographies

Robert Dale


Chair of Governors

Parent Governor


I am excited to be joining the Board of Governors as a Parent Governor. I have two boys currently at the school in Year 3 and Year 1, and a daughter who will join the school in a couple of years’ time when she is old enough. This means that I will be involved in the school as a parent for many years, so I have a strong desire to do my part in making our fabulous school the best it can be.


Outside of being a parent at the school, I grew up in Hemel Hempstead and after a few years away moved back in 2003. I work in London for a global IT outsourcing and consultancy organisation as an Enterprise Architect. This has given me a wide range of skills and experiences across commercial, financial, technical and managerial functions which I hope to be able to use in my role as a governor.

Emma Harris


Vice-Chair of Governors

Foundation Governor


As a Foundation Governor and alongside Rev Joe and Mrs Kennedy, I support and encourage links between our wonderful school and Holy Trinity Church.  As a faith school I am glad to be able to act as a link between the church and school.


I am married to Jay and we have 2 sons, one who has just moved up to JFK Secondary School having been at Potten End since Nursery,  and the other in Year 2.  I run my own Digital Consultancy business.


In addition to the role of Vice Chair, I sit on Resources Committee & support the school as Data Protection Officer and compliance with GDPR as well as with our website which is a critical tool allowing us to share information, updates and resources with existing school community and also with prospective parents considering the school.


I am committed to supporting our fabulous school and community and by in the role of Foundation Governor to supporting both the Head and the staff to continue to embed a love of learning and allow our children to "nurture, flourish and grow" whilst at our school.

Denise Kennedy


Head Teacher Governor


I am delighted to join the governing body as Head Teacher after having previously been the Principal at a local primary school for 5 years. I have worked on numerous governing bodies throughout the last 15 years, in leadership roles as well as a parent governor. I am really looking forward to working with the children, staff and families within the school community. I enjoy and thrive on the challenge that comes with every aspect of school life and am passionate about high quality education and each and every child reaching their full potential. Nothing but the best is good enough.

Marianne Barker


Parent Governor


I have been a Governor in the school for over 9 years. I am a mother of two children and a property lawyer. Within the Board of Governors, I sit on the Curriculum Committee and I am the Link Governor to the early year’s provision. As governors, it is our responsibility to consider the general direction of the school and how it should best develop. We work with the Head Teacher and are encouraged to question and challenge key decisions in order to ensure our standards live up to the expectation of the school’s community. I am proud of the school’s achievements and am committed to ensure the school and its children can reach their full potential

Melanie Hall


Teaching Staff Governor


I have taught Reception at Potten End School since 2013 and currently lead our Early Years Foundation Stage; during my time at Potten End I have been involved in the exciting challenges that have taken us from a First School to a Primary school.


I am passionate about education and giving children the best start possible, ensuring they become happy and well rounded members of our school community.


I am inspired by the educational ethos of Forest school that focuses on developing children’s personal, social and emotional development through regular outdoor experiences.

Chris Eaton


Parent Governor


I joined the governing board in September 2018 and have 3 children in the school who have all attended both the preschool in the village and the nursery school. I grew up in Berkhamsted and have been living in the village since 2006.


I hold one of the Parent governor positions and Chair the Resources Committee.


My background is in I.T. managing large scale change in business computer systems in areas such as logistics and reporting, and for the last 5 years within finance business systems and operational reporting

Revd Joe Roberts


Foundation Ex-Officio Governor


Hi, my name is Joe and I am on the governing board because I am the vicar of Holy Trinity Church right across the road from the school! I am very keen in not just developing links between the school and the church but also in encouraging everyone in their flourishing in life. I also feel called to make faith ‘real’ for people and for the church and school in Potten End to be the beating heart of love and learning in the community. I am a strong advocate of virtue and character development and my MA dissertation was on a Christian virtue approach to video gaming.


I am married to Jaime and I have two children, who are at the school. I’ve had various jobs before ordination, from being a cathedral verger, parish administrator, security guard, cleaner and publican.


The school is in a really exciting place, with much to celebrate, give thanks for and look forward to. It is great to be joining, journeying and encouraging the school at this thrilling juncture.

Mandy King


LEA Governor


I have thirty years’ experience in education as a primary school teacher, senior leader and education consultant.  I currently work as an independent consultant specialising in the learning and teaching of English in primary schools.  I also work as a moderator for Oxfordshire, visiting schools to support and verify assessment judgments at the end of Key Stages 1 and 2.  Having moved to Potten End with my extended family in 2013, I enjoy being part of such a warm and welcoming local community.  I believe passionately in the importance of raising and maintaining high standards in primary education and am delighted to join the Governing Body to support Potten End CE Primary School.

Geraldine Salt


Co-Opted Governor


I watched my children spend six happy years in the school , and I was proud to also spend those six years helping in various voluntary roles within the school on a regular basis. I spent time helping in the classroom across all years, heard readers, was involved with Friends of the School and also took part in school trips. I was struck by the sense of community within the school and by the links forged between the school and the village community and came to appreciate the positive impact that local volunteers can have on a school. As a resident of the village I feel strongly about making a contribution to our community and apart from time spent at the school I have also volunteered at various village events, Messy Church, Little Lambs and Trinity Kids. I have a proven longstanding interest in education having volunteered in various schools at different points in my life starting at the age of 16, as well as having worked as a Teaching Assistant in London.

Pam Kirk


Co-Opted Governor


After a lifetime of working in both Human Resources and latterly as Cabin Crew for British Airways , I now have time to contribute to the community. The role of school governor will hopefully allow me to have a positive influence, at both a strategic and ground level, on the performance of the school, for the benefit of the children. I am keen to enter a new phase in my personal development, and I am looking for opportunities to learn and immerse myself in this new, and post Covid, very challenging area. I am a sociable person and give my best when working with others in a team. Being on the Board of Governors will offer a chance to meet experts from a new discipline, working and learning from them. I would like to make a difference today to children at primary school stage, using my own life experience.

Beverley Hamilton


Foundation Governor


My name is Beverley Hamilton and I live in Fields End. My own children attended Potten End First School many years ago (they are now grown up).

I have 36 years’ experience of SEN education, including previously being Deputy Head at a special school in Hemel Hempstead for 18 years, and therefore have a particular interest in SEND, with qualifications in SEN and Behaviour. I am currently a Specialist Advisory Teacher for Herts County Council.

Having a long association with Holy Trinity Church, I was happy to be asked to join the Governing body recently as a Foundation Governor and I have sat on the Governing body at this school before. I hope that I can bring my previous experience to help and support the staff and pupils at Potten End Primary School.

Pat Gale


Co-opted Governor

My husband and I have recently moved back to Herts to be near our children and grandchildren and enjoy being able to visit them in 15mins rather than three hours !

I have worked as an early years practitioner for forty years in various nursery schools and pre-prep departments in both state and private schools. In Cheshire, my home county, I worked in schools for children with special needs, and later at a residential school for children with epilepsy. Whilst living and working In Buckinghamshire, I ran training courses for playgroup and nursery staff. I also owned and ran a private nursery school in Cheltenham for several years. I have directed more Nativity plays and concerts than I care to mention!

As part of my on-going interest in theatre, I opened and ran Youth Theatres in Scotland and Buckinghamshire and wrote plays and musicals to fill a gap in child friendly material.

Whilst living in Worcestershire and, later, Bedfordshire, I became a magistrate, and served on the family panel and was a mentor for new Magistrates.

My interests are choral singing, acting, directing and working backstage in various drama groups; this has included writing and directing several Murder Mysteries!

I am honoured to be asked to be a community governor at Potten End Primary School.

Valerie Gunn


Co-Opted Governor


I have lived in the village for over 40 years and my daughters were both at the school.  I was chairman of the Friends of the School for a number of years, and more recently I have helped with reading and maths on a voluntary basis.


My early career was as a secondary Maths teacher, but in later years my husband and I ran a financial advice company in Berkhamsted.   At various stages in my life I have served as a volunteer on the management committees of the original Potten End Playgroup, the Iain Rennie Hospice at Home, the Abbeyfield House in Potten End, the Village Hall and the Parish Council.  I have obviously seen huge changes in our school over the years, and I hope that I can bring experience and enthusiasm to support it in the future.

Steve Cutler


Parent Governor


I’m a parent governor and a member of the resource committee. I have been able to volunteer in class (pre-Covid 19), listen to children read and help on school trips. 


I’m married to Louise and my youngest daughter is currently in year 3. My eldest moved up to secondary school in 2020 after starting in Nursery. 


I have worked in IT support and installation for 17 years, this included fortune 500 company’s government and the NHS. I’m currently caring for my family. 


Jack Perkins


Parent Governor


I am pleased to be joining the governing body as a parent governor. I have two children at Potten End- a son in year 3 and a daughter in Nursery. 

My background is in IT, I have worked for Hertfordshire Constabulary for the last 14 years currently as a Senior IT Analyst supporting the policing IT estates of Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire. We support operational and non-operational policing with hundreds of computing tools/applications to help with prevention and safeguarding within the three counties. Recently I was involved in the development of a Hertfordshire led notification process between the Police safeguarding teams and Schools which is now being implemented around the country.

I am keen to support the ongoing development of our wonderful school and use my experiences to play an active role within the governing board.