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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section. 


The Governing Body consists of representatives from parents, staff, the Local Education Authority and members co-opted from the local business community. A full Governors meeting is held each half term.

It also meets as two sub-committees:


  • Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee.
  • Teaching and Learning


The Governing Body ensures the effective management of the school and promotes the well being of all in it by working in partnership with the Headteacher.

Co Opted:        Barbara Hamilton (Chair)
Parent:              Joanne Blackham

Parent:              Christine Hillman

Parent:              Sara Gould
Co Opted:        Hannah Kohler
LEA:                   Paul Noel
Staff:                  Katy Crooks
Headteacher:  Simon King

Some of our Governors

Paul Noel has been a School Governor at Dundale for just over one year, having been a Governor at another local school for 16 years. He has been a Firefighter for 32 years and an Ambulance service volunteer for 10 years and is our First Responder. Paul is our Safeguarding and Child Protection Governor and class Governor for Y3. He believes that the education of our young children is so important for the future of the children themselves and for the positive benefit they can go onto have for the community and society at large.

Christine Hillman is Head of Strategy and Planning for the international children's charity World Vision and joined the Governing Body a year ago. She is Mum to Luke in Y3 and passionately believes that every child should have the opportunity to discover and become the best that they can be. Christine is Vice-Chair of Governors, Chair of the Finance Committee, Class Governor for Y2 and will also be our Behaviour Governor.

Joanne Blackham joined as a parent governor a year ago and is Class Governor to year 1 and year 4. She is also PPG Governor and SEND Governor. Joanne is mum to Harry and Isabelle in year 2 and Oliver in reception. She believes passionately that all children deserve the very best opportunities to be happy, healthy and achieve their highest potential.

Andrew Openshaw has been the minister at New Mill Baptist Church in Tring since 2011. Prior to full time ministry he spent 20 years in management roles in the chemical industry, mostly living in France and Germany. Andrew is committed to the idea of unlocking potential in every child and has a heart for flourishing communities and the part that schools can play. He sits on the Finance Committee, is Class Governor for Y5 and leads the school Christmas service and our Harvest and Easter Assemblies.

Barbara Hamilton joined the board of Governors in November 2017 and is grandmother to Charlie in Year 3 and Jacob in year 2. Barbara, now retired, worked previously for the Ministry of Justice and was a senior manager with a focus on the education and training of offenders in custody. In this role she was involved with driving up performance, contract management, the offender learning journey and the OFSTED inspection process for prisons.