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Chair of Governors email : chair@summerswood.herts.sch.uk 

What is the role of the Governors?


The Governors are a body of people who are responsible for a huge array of duties ranging from managing the school budget, to employing staff, to overseeing the curriculum, and ensuring the upkeep of the building. Our Governors work very hard for the development of successful learning at Summerswood.


Who are our Governors?


Mr James Conradi: Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor (November 2018) Pupil Premium Governor, Current term of office: Mar 2019-2023


I am an HR professional with almost 10 years’ experience working in Financial Services. I currently work as Head of HR for a Global International Finance Company, where I have built up a professional career in HR. I want to be able to bring my skills and experience into a different environment and help out my community in a new capacity.

I have experience in: recruitment, employment law, employee relations (i.e. disciplinaries, grievances and contentious exits), compensation & benefits, payroll, policy development and implementation, compliance & regulation, finance, GDPR, organisational design & development, and L&D.

I am looking forward to the opportunity to be part of Summerswood’s Governing body and to work with other governors to help improve the school for the benefit of all.

Pecuniary Interest - None


Miss Sarah Kneller: Headteacher (September 2014)


I became Headteacher at Summerswood in September 2014 and am enjoying working alongside our governors. They are a supportive group of people who are committed to working alongside me to make Summerswood the very best it can be.

Pecuniary Interest - Headteacher


Mr John McConville: Deputy Headteacher - Staff Governor (2017) Current term of office: Oct 2017- 2021


I joined Summerswood in September 2017 as the Deputy Head. I attend the full Governing Body meetings, resources committee and school improvement committee. My main area of focus during meetings is school data and explaining current attainment and progress to the governors. Currently I am working with the governing body and staff of the school to update the behaviour policy and curriculum.

Pecuniary Interest - Deputy Headteacher


Mrs Pat Strack: LEA Governor (1979) Current term of office: Oct 2017-2021


I have lived in Borehamwood for over 40 years. One of my 4 children and 4 of my 6 grandchildren attended Summerswood. Two of my children still live in Borehamwood with their families. Before I retired, I was a teacher in Haringey and I then became an adviser to teachers, implementing changes to the curriculum, providing training for SATs, supporting schools in administering SATs and moderating their work. Separately, I ran a company training staff in design and technology, science and IT, and selling resources to schools to support those subjects.


I have been a governor at Summerswood since 1979, appointed by the Local authority. My other interests are Woodcock Hill Village Green, EBGBS, and the NSPCC Committee. I support Scouting in the town and am a member of the Studios Rotary Club. I help run three clubs for Seniors, namely the Monday Club, Dementia Club and DR96, and I have been a Town councillor for 12 years.

Pecuniary Interest - None


Ms Paula Gregory: Co-opted Governor (2002) Current term of office: Oct 2018-2022


I have been a governor at Summerswood Primary since 2002 and have seen so many positive changes. I have two grown up children that came to this school and thoroughly enjoyed their time here. I am a Computing teacher at a local secondary school and a swimming teacher at Borehamwood Swimming Club.

I am the Vice Chair of the School Improvement Committee and responsible for safeguarding.

In my spare time I enjoy growing fruit and vegetables and love a good novel!

Pecuniary Interest - I am a local swimming teacher and committee member; Squirrels leader of the First Elstree & Borehamwood Scouts; my son is a Teaching Assistant.


Mr Dean Docherty: Co-Opted Governor(January 2022) - Current term of office: January 2022-2026


I am a Vice President at a large investment bank and have worked within senior fraud roles for 20 years in both the public and private sector. I am a local resident and wish to bring my skills and experience to my local area and Summerswood.

I have experience in policy, strategy, risk and financial services. 

I look forward to contributing to Summerwoods’s governing body and working alongside other governors.

Pecuniary Interest - None


Mrs Diana Culliton: Co-opted Governor (March 2022) Safeguarding Governor - Current term of office: March 2022-2026


I am a retired Children's Service Manager having worked for Hertfordshire County Council for 30 years.

I have extensive experience in Children in Need and Safeguarding. 

My interests include walking, reading and being a grandparent to 5 grandchildren, ranging in age from 5 years to 15 years of age.

I look forward to working alongside the other governors to support his vibrant school.

Pecuniary Interest - Governor at Reach Free Secondary School in Rickmansworth


Ms Zara Vangelova: Parent Governor (November 2022) - Current term of office: November 2022-2026

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