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 general direction of the school. They take decisions concerning staffing, curriculum, premises, student safeguarding, and finance. The Governors meet as a whole group at least once each term to discuss the needs and achievements of the school.

 

Click here to view the Monksmead School Instrument of Government.

 

Term of Office
Parent Governors Mabinty Esho

16/10/20 - 15/10/24

Yi-Weng Liu

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)

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 ( Joint Ch)

20/09/20 - 19/09/24

Alison Geddes (Joint Ch)

25/01/17 - 17/11/24 

Judith Williams 

10/05/20 - 31/07/21

Steve Wyman (VC)

15/01/20 - 14/01/24

 

Associate Members Richard Goldwater 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 of Governors

VC – Vice chair of Governors

 To see Governor Attendance 2020/21 please click here.

Who are the Governors?

Alastair Cox– Co-opted Governor (Joint 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 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 (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. At present I’m involved with the finance committee - overseeing the financial performance of the school short and long term.  

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.

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

As Governors, we will work with parents and staff to help children enjoy learning and reach their full potential in all aspects of school life.

We will do this by:

  • ensuring that a broad and balanced curriculum is taught but with an emphasis on literacy and numeracy as vital parts of primary education;
  • supporting staff and allowing them to teach to the best of their ability by encouraging good discipline in a calm, safe and happy atmosphere;
  • making it clear that parents are key members of the school partnership, who are welcome in school and must be kept fully informed of policies and procedures;
  • providing the best possible surroundings and equipment with available finances so that children learn in a clean, comfortable and attractive environment;
  • encouraging the children to take pride in themselves and the school, which should be seen as a respected part of the local community;
  • being prepared to regularly review our work as Governors, recognise where there are shortcomings and plan positively for the future. 

Roles & Responsibilities:

Governing bodies work in partnership with the Headteacher, local authority and community of the school to provide the best possible education for their pupils. Governors have three key roles:

Working Strategically:

Defining the schools values, vision and aims, to discuss and agree plans and policies. To have an input into the school development plans which must cover the immediate future of the school and show the longer term progress the school will make over a period of 3 to 5 years.

Acting as a Critical Friend:

Supporting the Headteacher and staff, as well as constructively challenging and building on their expectations to ensure that the best possible outcomes for children are achieved.

Ensuring Accountability:

Governors answer for their decisions and the schools performance to key stakeholders – parents, carers, teachers and staff. To do so they must receive information from the Headteacher that helps them decide what is working well and where further improvement is necessary.

 

Communication:

The Governors frequently visit the school for any special events including open days or specified parent / Teacher evenings. The GB welcome questions or comments; parent governors are often in the playground at the school pick up / drop off times.

Any parents who wish to ask a question or are interested in becoming a governor may email the Chair of Governors at admin@monksmead.herts.sch.uk