Monksmead School

Respect, Reflect, Believe, Succeed

Governors

The Monksmead Primary School Governing Body is made up of representatives of the Local Authority, Parents, Staff and members of the Local Business Community. The Governors are responsible for the strategic direction of the school,  taking decisions concerning staffing, curriculum, premises, student safeguarding, and finance. The Governors meet three times a term to discuss the needs and achievements of the school and follow the areas of focus model to address their responsibilities.

 

Click here to view the Monksmead School Instrument of Government.

Click here to view the Monksmead School Areas of focus model.

 

Term of Office
Parent Governors Mabinty Esho

16/10/20 - 15/10/24

Yi-Weng Liu (FC)

16/10/20 - 15/10/24

Charlotte Griffiths

09/06/21 - 08/06/25

Pamela Young

20/10/21 - 19/10/25

 

Staff Governors Lisa Bub (Head) (FC)

01/09/18 - 

Rebecca Rocha

22/09/21 - 21/09/25

 

LA Governor Rev. Tim Warr

15/03/21 - 14/03/25

 

Co-opted Governors

Alastair Cox (CH) (FC)

20/09/20 - 19/09/24

Alison Geddes (VC)

25/01/17 - 17/11/24 

Judith Williams 

10/05/20 - 31/07/22

Steve Wyman (VC)

15/01/20 - 14/01/24

 

Associate Members Richard Goldwater (FC) 01/05/20 - 01/05/24
Gill Mercer 13/01/21 - 12/01/25
Matt Jacobs 22/09/21 - 21/09/25

                                                   

Clerk: Roz Girling

CH – Chair/Co-chair of Governors

VC – Vice chair of Governors

FC - Finance Committee (appointed by FGB)

 To see Governor Attendance 2021/22 please click here.

Who are the Governors?

Alastair Cox– Co-opted Governor (Chair of Governors)

In October 2016, I was elected to the Board of Governors as a parent governor and since that time, have thoroughly enjoyed being involved with Monksmead school; a nurturing, local school of which I am very proud. I stepped up to Chair of Governors in October 2018 and in March 2019, joined the finance committee. 

​Professionally, I have over 20 years experience in the private sector, currently managing a team of security consultants. When not at work or dealing with school matters, I can be found either spending time with my wife and daughter or working on my latest building project.  

No pecuniary interests have been declared.

 

Alison Geddes – Co-opted Governor (Joint Vice Chair of Governors)

I have been a co-opted governor at Monksmead for 5 years. My eldest son left the school in July 21 and I have a son in Year 2. I feel privileged to be working in this role and am keen to make a positive contribution to the school and our children’s experience here. 

No pecuniary interests have been declared.

 

 

Steve Wyman – Co-opted Governor (Joint Vice Chair of Governors)

I was appointed as a Co-Opted Governor in November 2019 and feel privileged and proud to be part of a great school and helping to contribute to make a positive impact on the effectiveness of the school and the children's education.

 

I have worked in HR for 17 years, 5 of which have been in Higher Education while the remaining 12 years have been in the private sector with a key focus on KPI's and Business Intelligence.

No pecuniary interests have been declared.

 

Lisa Bub – Headteacher

I have been Head of the school since September 2018.  Until joining Monksmead I worked in Barnet, spending the past 11 years at a school in Mill Hill.    I am very proud to be Head at this wonderful school.  I have an amazing staff team to work with who are dedicated to ensuring the best possible outcomes for all of our children.

No pecuniary interests have been declared.

 

Rebecca Rocha – Staff Governor

I have been Deputy Headteacher and SENCO at Monksmead since June 2021. Before joining Monksmead, I have had over 15 years of experience in many different London boroughs. 

 

Working in partnership with our staff, families, governors and the wider community, it is a great privilege to be able to support and empower our pupils to flourish in every respect so that they are fully confident and ready to move on to the next stage in their education and their future. Monksmead is such a nurturing and welcoming school and I am looking forward to being part of the school’s journey as it continues to move from strength to strength. 

No pecuniary interests have been declared.

 

 Judith Williams – Co-opted Governor 

I have been a school governor since 2013, both my sons having attended Monksmead.   I have over 20 years' experience working in local government regulation.

Being a governor is a privileged position, and I remain committed to making a difference for our children - providing the best opportunities, and enabling the best outcomes.

No pecuniary interests have been declared.

 

  Yi-Weng Liu – Parent Governor 

I started my own business in 2007, which provides educational and entertaining science programmes to primary school-aged children. I am passionate about the education of the next generation.

I was elected as parent governor in October 2020 and feel honoured to be given the opportunity to contribute myself to this wonderful school. Both my daughter (Year 6) and my son (Year 4) thoroughly enjoy their school life at Monksmead. I am very keen to help other children to have a similar experience and looking forward to becoming more involved and giving support wherever the head teacher and other governors feel is most appropriate.

No pecuniary interests have been declared.

 

Reverend Tim Warr – LA Governor 

My name is Tim, and I am the LA governor for Monksmead School, which means I have a watching brief to keep up to speed with the wider trends, priorities and developments of local and national government. I have been involved in community engagement for over 30 years in different parts of the country, and locally here for 20 years, when I came to serve as the Church of England Rector of Elstree & Borehamwood.

   

My job is about trying to do, think & talk about good things, so it is a delight to be part of the Monksmead School community and its vision. Some of my favourite words are 'listening', 'partnership', 'impartial', 'fun', 'opportunity' and 'respect' as well as 'non political', 'independent thinking', 'connecting' and 'learning'. To recharge, I like to walk, swim and keep up with news as well visual and performing arts.

No pecuniary interests have been declared.

  

Gill Mercer - Associate Governor

I was appointed Associate Governor in January 2021. I have had a long career in primary education and have recently retired from the role of KS1 and Early Years leader in a primary school in Barnet. I am passionate about the education and well-being of children and feel privileged to have joined the governors of Monksmead School.

No pecuniary interests have been declared.

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Pamela Young – Parent Governor 

I was elected as parent governor in October 2021 and have children in Year 4 and Nursery. I feel privileged to be joining a diverse team of people with a strong skillset who support this nurturing and inclusive school as it continues to thrive and provide the best for the children in its care.Professionally, I have been a Primary school teacher for 13 years working in Barnet and Borehamwood. I have seen many changes to Education in this time and would be happy to utilise this experience where it may be needed to further support the Headteacher and Governing Body.

No pecuniary interests have been declared.

 

Matt Jacobs – Associate Governor

I joined the Governing Board as an Associate Member in September 2021. I am delighted to have joined a dedicated and supportive board who have the best interests for all pupils and staff. Having formerly attended Monksmead as a pupil, and still living locally, I look forward to using my experiences to make a positive impact. I have worked in local government for four years and wish to use this public sector experience to contribute to the overall direction of the school. 
No pecuniary interests have been declared.

 Please click on the link below to view the Governors' statement of general principles with regard to behaviour.

 

Governors' Vision Statement

Monksmead’s Board of Governors firmly believes in the school vision which is focused on both education and nurture of our children to enable them to succeed to become happy and respectful members of the community. The governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools by:
 
Ensuring financial stability
Financial performance is critical in ensuring that the school, staff and children have financial support, and money is well spent.
 
Working strategically
School governance is not a full-time role. As a result, Monksmead governors understand the importance of using their skills to support the school by focusing on strategic targets rather than operational concerns that are the domain of the headteacher and the school. 
 
Challenge
Key to the strategic role of a school governor is having the confidence and ability to challenge school leaders and ensure accountability across the entire spectrum from Safeguarding and curriculum through to budget and Pupil Premium.
 
Any parent who wishes to ask a question of the board of governors may email the Chair of Governors at admin@monksmead.herts.sch.uk