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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.  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.

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

Parent:                     Christine Hillman

Parent:                     Sara Gould

Co Opted:               Gill Budgell
LEA:                          Paul Noel

Staff:                         Emma Taylor
Headteacher:         Simon King


Associate Member: Brenda Todd

Associate Member: Iain Hamilton

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.  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 joined as a Parent Governor in July 2016 and has been Vice-Chair of Governors since September 2017. She is Head of Strategy and Planning for the international children's charity World Vision and Mum to Luke in Y5. She passionately believes that every child should have the opportunity to realise their potential, not just in what they achieve but also in who they become. She has a particularly responsibility for overseeing the school’s financial management and is Class Governor to Y4.

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 has three children attending Dundale School. She believes passionately that all children deserve the very best opportunities to be happy, healthy and achieve their highest potential.

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. 

Sara Gould joined as a Parent Governor in September 2018 and is responsible for Health and Safety and is Governor for Year 6. She has a son, Jacob, in year 2. Sara is a Partner in a Costs Law firm and has worked in the legal costs industry for over 10 years.
Iain Hamilton joined as an Associate School Governor in April 2019 with the role of Data Protection Officer. He has the task of looking after the school’s Data Protection (GDPR). He has two children at Dundale; Hollie in Nursery and Jacob in Year 4. Iain has been in the logistics industry for the past 16 years and runs a successful local logistics company.
Emma Taylor joined as a Staff Governor in January 2019. She has been teaching at Dundale for 4 years and has worked in both KS1 and KS2. She is particularly passionate about Art and Design within the school and getting involved in community projects such as the Tring Apple Fayre and Tring Carnival. 
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 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 which necessitates keeping abreast of key educational matters at local, national and often international levels. 

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 Head Teacher 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 4 full governing Board meetings, 3 committee 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