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.



Parent Governor: Clare Miller

I have been a Governor at Trotts Hill for four years and involved in School Governance for eight years.  I have four children who have all either attended, or are still happily attending, Trotts Hill. Over the years I have also been involved as a parent helper and a member of staff.
I have worked with children for around 15 years in schools and pre-schools and also as a foster carer, childminder and of course Mum!  Recently I have begun a new career path working with children with Autism and additional needs which I am really enjoying.
Trotts Hill is a lovely school where everybody matters and I am proud to be a part of the school community.




Parent Governor: Annette Clynes

I have been a parent at Trotts Hill for 17 years and I have four children all of whom have attended the school. My working experience has been with people with special needs, with a change in 2006 when I moved to work for Hitchin market. I have just started my new role in Dunstable as town centre service manager. I work well with people and have a can do attitude to life.



Staff Governor: Jo Williams

I have worked at Trotts Hill as the Year 2 teacher since 2012 and received my BEd and QTS qualifications from Hertfordshire University. I have been the Computing subject leader for 4 years and am now a member of the PE-PSHE-BV-Computing and Assessment Faculty. Teaching is in my family, with my mother, father and Uncle having teaching qualifications, as well as a number of cousins!




Governor: Nicky Day

Due to my varied experience of financial management in schools, I was invited to become a governor in September 2017.
I have been married for more than 28 years and have two children. We have lived in several locations within Hertfordshire and Essex due to my husband’s employment as a Dairy Herd Manager. Although our children have experienced a number of different schools, this has not deterred them from achieving their goals. My daughter is a qualified Teacher and my son, a qualified Agricultural Engineer for JCB.
I qualified as an Accounting Technician in 2008 (FMAAT) and have been employed in various financial roles since 2003, progressing from a Finance Officer in an Essex secondary school to my current role as Senior Financial Adviser for Herts for Learning for more than 6 years. In between, I was also employed by Central Bedfordshire Council as a Schools Financial Adviser. My role included monitoring and challenging schools’ financial returns and year end accounts and supporting schools making difficult budgeting decisions.
In my spare time, as I am a National Trust member, I enjoy visiting places of interest with my family. I also swim, walk my dog and love reading.



National Database for Governors 2017-2018

Name Term of Office Category Committee Business/Financial Interests Attendance
Liz Evans Not Applicable Headteacher Safeguarding Not Applicable N/A
Colette Pidgeon 01.09.17 – 31.08.21 Deputy Headteacher Teaching and Learning
None 3/3
Helen Altringham 04.09.15 – 03.09.19 Chair/Co-opted Finance
Teaching and Learning
None 8/8
Stewart Swain 12.07.12 – 11.07.20 Vice Chair/Parent Finance None 14/15
Clare Miller 14.03.14 – 13.03.18 Parent Teaching and Learning None 10/10
Jo Williams 16.12.16 – 15.12.20 Teacher Teaching and Learning None 5/5
Emma Richardson 31.01.17 – 30.01.22 Parent Teaching and Learning PTA 4/5
Annette Clynes 24.09.17 – 23.09.21 Parent Teaching and Learning None 3/3
Nicola Day 01.09.17 – 31.08.21 Co-opted Finance None 3/3

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

Posts ending last academic year

Jennifer Da Silva 29.11.16 – 28.11.17 Resigned Nov 2017
Richard Webb 08.05.06 – 15.05.17 Resigned May 2017
Tanya Dance 14.03.14 – 13.03.17 Resigned May 2017
Beverley Wood 04.09.15 – 03.09.17 Resigned September 2017

Full Governing Body Register 2016/2017