Therfield First School

“Bringing Learning to Life”


Welcome to our Governors’ section.

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.


We have put together a few details to help you better understand the School Governor role and the valuable work we do to help make Therfield the best! If once you’ve read this information you feel Governing is for you, then please contact us. We’re always looking for committed people to bring fresh skills and expertise to our team.


What is the Governing Board?


We are a group of volunteers from the School Community who work with Mrs McGovern to set the future strategic direction of our school. We act as a critical friend to the school by making collective decisions on a wide variety of issues. We monitor the impact of policies initiated by the Local Authority and oversee the management of the school budget to ensure your child gets a thorough education appropriate to their individual needs. We believe education isn’t just about passing exams it’s about becoming a confident and emotionally rounded young person.


What does the Governing Board do?


The Curriculum and Standards Committee (the full governing board) meets at least termly. Our Finance & Personnel Committee and Premises Committee also meet each term. We respond to recommendations given by outside agencies such as Ofsted We also consider complaints should they arise. We set the targets for pupil achievements and monitor them closely with Mrs McGovern. These targets form the basis of the Headteacher Performance which we also manage. We all attend the Governor Induction training and on-going training appropriate to our committee and Link Governor roles as provided by the Local Authority.


Who are the Governing Board?


Our Governing Board consists of a mixture of eleven Parent, Teacher and Community Governors including a Governor who represents the Local Authority.


The Governing Board can be contacted at


All Governors have voting rights at both full Governing Board and Committee level.


How our Governors are elected


Parent Governors are elected by ‘parents’ defined as “any individual who has or has had parental responsibility for, or cares or has cared for, a child or young person under the age of 18”


Staff Governors are elected by ‘staff’ defined as “Anyone paid to work at the school”.


The Headteacher has a reserved place as a staff governor on the governing body.


Co-opted Governors – are appointed by the Governing Body.


LEA Governor is appointed by the Governing Body.


Meet our Governors


Beth Williamson

Works at Roysia School as a PE teacher. Her son and daughter attend the school and, having grown up around the village, is very passionate about helping to make the best of the facilities we have.

Local Authority Governor

Governor responsible for Safeguarding

Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee

Term of office ends 27 September 2022


Charles Archer

Charles moved to the village in 2017 and is a former parent with 2 children previously at the school. Charles transitioned from a Parent Governor to a Co-opted Governor in 2021 and continues to chair the Finance, Personnel & Premises Committee. Charles is a Chartered Surveyor, working in Real Estate finance. Charles enjoys spending time with family & friends in and around the village, taking part in social & sporting events and organising fundraising events for the school.  

Chair of Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee

Term of office ends 14 December 2025


Dan Jones

Hails from a hill sheep farm in Mid-Wales, moved East after University to work as a Rural surveyor at Bidwells in Cambridge, 30 years ago. Now does bespoke, small residential development schemes with specialist team within the East of England. Other interests include as much family time as possible with two young daughters, who both loved their full journey through “our wonderful First School in Therfield”, his wife Sadie and their wider families, music, cars, projects at Therfield First School and a bit of gardening.

Joint Chair of Governors

Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee

Term of office ends 6 February 2023


Tim Atkins

Became a parent governor in 2015. He works in Melbourn designing technology products for scientists and is enthusiastic about helping children figure out how the world works. When not busy playing with his two sons and daughter, Tim likes to play piano or go for a bike ride. He aims to help Therfield continue to be a great school that brings the best out of each child.

Joint Chair of Governors

Parent Governor

Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee

Term of office ends 6 February 2023


Lauren Lewis

Lauren has worked as a Primary School teacher in North Hertfordshire for 17 years. She has two children at the school. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys keeping fit through running and attending Bootcamp sessions.

Parent Governor

Term of office ends 17 December 2022


Sean Hamilton

Sean is dad to two boys who both attend the school after moving to Therfield in 2015. He is a journalist who works for a national newspaper. Outside work he plays squash for a local team and enjoys running and playing the piano.

Parent Governor

Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee

Term of office ends 17 December 2022


Andy Little

Andy is a vet who moved to the village in 2017 and has two boys, one still at Therfield First School. Andy loves the community spirit of Therfield, and getting out into the countryside with his family - walking, fishing and camping.

Co-opted Governor

Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee

Term of office ends 31 October 2023


Jane Bradley-Kidd

Jane is a teacher with over 25 years experience, latterly specialising in teaching children with additional needs. Jane moved into the village 3 years ago and started volunteering at the school after receiving a wonderful Harvest gift. She now works at the school, part time as a Teaching Assistant. Her hobbies include walking and recently, running.

Co-opted Governor

Term of office ends 5 January 2024


Therfield Governor roles, interests and attendance