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Governors and Trustees

Dundale Primary School & Nursery is part of the Ridgeway Learning Partnership Multi-Academy Trust which is registered at Companies House with registration number 08056991 and its registered office is at Tring School, Mortimer Hill, Tring, HP23 5JD. Please see link below to the Ridgeway Learning Partnership.

Local Governing Body


The Local Governing Body consists of representatives from parents, staff and members co-opted from the local community.  Governing Board meetings are held each half term.


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.


Headteacher:         Becky Ellis      
Co Opted:               Barbara Hamilton (Chair)

Co Opted:               Gill Budgell

Co Opted:               Emma Leach

Co Opted:               Natalie Cain

Co Opted:               Amanda Greenhill

Co Opted:               Tina Pidgeon

Co Opted:               Sandra Wilcock

Parent:                     Julie Dallas

Parent:                     Seb Brummell

Staff:                         Helen Hodgson


Contact Details for Chair of Governors:  

Mrs Barbara Hamilton

c/o Dundale Primary School and Nursery

Silk Mill Way



HP23 5DJ 




Term of

office start date

Term of office finish date

Appointed by


Register of business interests/Any relationship to staff.

Barbara Hamilton



Co-Opted/Governing Body

Chair of Governors

Pupil Grandparent

Becky Ellis01/09/2021 Governing BodyHeadteacherHeadteacher

Helen Hodgson



Governing Body

Staff Body


Deputy Headteacher

Amanda Greenhill



Co-Opted/ Staff Body


Deputy Headteacher

Gill Budgell



Co-Opted/Governing Body

Vice Chair of Governors

RLP Trustee

Educational consultant, writer and publisher.

Emma Leach03/02/202203/02/2026Co Opted/Governing Body  Headteacher at another school
Natalie Cain22/02/202321/02/2027Co Opted/Governing Body  
Tina Pidgeon19/04/202318/04/2027Co Opted/Governing Body  
Julie Dallas07/11/202306/11/2027Governing Body/Parent Body Pupil at school
Seb Brummell01/12/202330/11/2027Governing Body/Parent Body Pupil at school
Sandra Wilcock14/02/202413/01/2028Co Opted/Governing Body  


Register of Attendance at Governing Body Meetings

Becky Ellis

Barbara HamiltonüüüüCancelled 
Gill Budgellü  üCancelled 
Matthew Tavenderü LeftLeftLeftLeft
Emma LeachüüüüCancelled 
Natalie Cainüüü Cancelled 
Sean Hunter LeftLeftLeftLeftLeft
Tina Pidgeonüüü Cancelled 
Amanda GreenhillüüüüCancelled 
Helen HodgsonüüüüCancelled 
Julie Dallasn/aüüüCancelled 
Seb Brummelln/an/aüüCancelled 
Sandra Wilcockn/an/aüüCancelled 

Becky Ellis

Babara HamiltonüüüüCancelledü
Gill Budgellüü  Cancelled 
Richard Titleyüü LeftLeftLeft
Joanne Blackhamüü  CancelledLeft
Hannah KohlerMaternity LeaveMaternity LeaveMaternity LeaveMaternity LeaveMaternity LeaveMaternity Leave
Matthew Tavenderüüü Cancelledü
Laura Millarüü üCancelled 
Emma LeachüüüüCancelledü
Natalie CainN/AN/AüüCancelledü
Sean HunterN/AN/AN/A Cancelledü
Tina PidgeonN/AN/AN/AüCancelledü


Governors no longer serving


Term of

office start date

Term of office finish date

Appointed by


Katy Crooks



Staff Body


Andrew Openshaw



Governing Body


Chris Nicholls



Governing Body


Hannah Kohler



Staff Body

Brenda Todd  Associate Member     
Simon King01/09/201531/08/2020Headteacher     

Sara Gould



Parent Body




Iain Hamiton01/06/201928/09/2020Governing Body     

Terence Wintle



Governing Body

Emma Taylor01/03/201931/08/2020Staff Body     
Sarah Winter01/09/202031/12/2020Headteacher     
Christine Hillman01/10/201610/09/2021Governing Body     
Christopher Leach28/09/202010/09/2021Governing Body     
Kate Courtney28/09/202008/12/2021Parent Body     

Paul Noel





LEA Governor

Additional Governor



Rachelle Mesley11/02/202114/07/2022Co Opted/Governing Body     
Richard Titley23/01/202023/03/2023Co Opted/Governing Body     
Joanne Blackman



Parent Body

Laura Miller23/09/202127/09/2023Staff Body     
Sean Hunter19/04/202308/11/2023Co Opted/Governing Body     
Matthew Tavender28/09/202021/01/2024Co-Opted/Governing Body     




Some of our Governors

Barbara Hamilton - Chair of Governors

Barbara Hamilton joined the board of Governors in November 2017 and became Chair in 2018. She is grandmother to three  pupils in the school. Now retired, Barbara worked previously for the Ministry of Justice and was a senior manager with a focus on the education and training of offenders in custody covering the South East Region. In this role she was involved with driving up performance, contract management and the offender learning journey for over 30 Prisons. 

Gill Budgell

Gill Budgell joined Dundale Primary School and Nursery Governing Body in July 2019  following 6 years service at Tring School Governing Body as parent governor and then co-opted governor. She is the Vice Chair and has special responsibility for Early Years and KS1 at Dundale which sits well with her interests and expertise. Gill has worked in education for over 40 years in various capacities: teacher, consultant, writer and publisher. She runs her own publishing services company, Frattempo Ltd, a consultancy business which necessitates keeping abreast of key educational matters at local, national and often international levels. 


Gill is also a Trustee of the Ridgeway Learning Partnership.

Call for School Governors

At Dundale Primary School and Nursery, we are currently looking to recruit a number of School Governors from the local community; people who do not have a direct connection to the school but are passionate about children’s education and willing to give their time, energy and skills to help lead Dundale.


Our vision is to be a school where all our children thrive, love learning and develop resilient foundations for success in life as positive members of society. We are a diverse, inclusive community that values the vast unknowable potential and voice of each person, actively works together for the happiness and well-being of the school community as a whole and aims to have an engaging, irresistible curriculum that fosters deep learning of values, skills, concepts and knowledge.


As Governors, we are responsible for ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction, holding the Headteacher to account for performance and overseeing the finances of the school. If you have a willingness to learn and to challenge with tact, an ability to assimilate information and make judgments that inform decisions, are able to work well as part of a team, respect confidentiality and above all, have an enthusiasm for children’s education that gives them the best start in life, we would love to hear from you.


Governors attend a minimum of 6 full governing Board meetings and 3 half day class visits per year, together with a number of school events and training sessions. We are particularly keen to hear from people with an educational, financial, business or leadership background, though welcome applications from all.


If you would like to find out more, please send an expression of interest to our Chair of Governors, Barbara Hamilton at or drop it into the School Office, outlining why you are interested in becoming a School Governor and the contribution that you believe you can make.  


We look forward to hearing from you!


The Governors at Dundale Primary School & Nursery