National Database for Governors 2018-2019


Name Term of Office Category Committee Business/Financial Interests Attendance
Liz Evans Not Applicable Headteacher Safeguarding Not Applicable 4/4
Helen Altringham 04.09.15 – 03.09.19 Chair/Co-opted Finance
Teaching and Learning
None 4/4
Stewart Swain 12.07.12 – 11.07.20 Vice Chair/Parent Finance None 4/4
Jo Williams 16.12.16 – 15.12.20 Teacher Teaching and Learning None 4/4
Emma Richardson 31.01.17 – 29.01.21 Parent Teaching and Learning PTA 4/4
Robert Driver 9.11.18-8.11.22 Co-opted Health and Safety None 3/4
Ruth Cousins 23.10.18-22.10.22 Co-opted  Teaching and Learning None 3/4
Jackie Keegan 5.2.19-4.2.23 LA  Teaching and Learning None 2/2

The Appointing Body for Trotts Hill Primary School & Nursery School is Hertfordshire County Council.

Posts ending last academic year

Annette Clynes 23.09.17-May 2019 Resigned May 2019
Clare Miller 14.03.14 – September 2018 Resigned September 2018
Nicola Day 01.09.17 – September 2018 Resigned September 2018
Colette Pidgeon 01.09.17 – September 2018 Resigned September 2018

Meet the Governors

The Governing Board meets once a term for a Full Governing Board meeting. Governors are also members of either the Teaching and Learning or the Finance committees.

Chair: Helen Altringham

I first started as a parent governor when my son attended Trotts Hill and currently am the Chair of Governors. I am the link Governor for safeguarding, special educational needs and disadvantaged children.  I work part time as a midwife at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage, a job I really enjoy.
I am very proud to be part of a team of Governors who together, with Mrs Evans and all the staff, help to make Trotts Hill a happy, safe and well performing school.



Vice Chair: Stewart Swain

I have been a Parent Governor since 2012 and Vice Chair since 2013. I currently have three sons attending Trotts Hill, all of whom find it a very happy and rewarding environment. Within the governing body I sit on the Finance committee and I also help out with sports when work commitments allow. I really enjoy playing a part in ensuring Trotts Hill continues to be a happy, welcoming and good performing school.



Parent Governor: Emma Richardson

I have been a parent governor since January 2017. I currently have one daughter at Trotts Hill in Year 1. I have worked as a scientist at GlaxoSmithKline for 12 years now and I am a STEM ambassador where I run science workshops at the school. I also chair the school fundraising group FROTH (Friends & Relatives Of Trotts Hill). I thoroughly enjoy my involvement with the school and working with the staff and pupils.


Staff Governor: Jo Williams

I have worked at Trotts Hill as a class teacher since 2012 and received my BEd and QTS qualifications from Hertfordshire University. I have been the Computing subject leader since 2013 and am now a member of the Well-Tech Faculty. Teaching is in my family, with my mother, father and Uncle having teaching qualifications.



Governor: Ruth Cousins

I joined the governing body at Trotts Hill in Autumn 2018. I have taught and been in leadership at a local primary School for the past 12 years . Previously, I trained and moved in to leadership at a very large primary school in Luton.
I am looking forward to working with the school to ensure excellence for every child.



Governor: Rob Driver

I have worked at Trotts Hill as Site Manager for 4 years and I became a governor in Autumn 2018.  My background is in Interior Design and this been useful in developing the school environment. My main focus is to ensure that our school site is clean and safe every day for our pupils. I also run the lunchtime drama club for year 5 pupils, which I really enjoy as I am a member of Letchworth Arcadians and enjoy performing in musicals. As a governor I am responsible for reporting on the Arts Faculty and am proud of the high level of Performing Arts at Trotts Hill.




Governor: Jackie Keegan

I have over 19 years’ experience working in education business management and have worked with both the secondary and primary sector, maintained, single academy and multi academy trust (MAT). Currently, I work for HfL as a Business Management Consultant and has been with HfL for 3 years. Prior to joining HfL, I was the Director of Finance and Business for a MAT of 2 secondary schools and 4 primary schools. I played a key part in the conversion from maintained to single academy status and worked with the CEO and RSC to support local schools by forming a MAT and working with them to convert to academy status as part of the MAT. As part of my role as Director of Finance & Business, I was a member of two local governing bodies, the chair of one, supporting Headteachers’ and staff with the challenges and rewards of student behaviour, learning and achievement.