Cunningham Hill Infant School Governors
Chair of Governors, Mrs Charmian Ellis (Re-Appointed 1/9/15)
After completing an honours degree in History, I joined the NHS as a Graduate Management Trainee. I worked in general management at Watford General Hospital and St Albans City Hospital before leaving to start a family in 1980. I then had an 8 year career break to look after my two children both of whom attended CHIS and Junior School. They both did very well at CHIS and have very fond memories of their time. I went back to work in the NHS but moved into the Training Department where I stayed until I retired in 2010. My last post was Trust Learning & amp; Development Manager for the Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (Mental Health and Learning Disability). I undertook additional qualifications which included City and Guilds Further Education Teaching Certificate and the NVQ Assessors Awards D32,D33 and D34.
Vice Chair of Governors, Mrs Deborah Cameron (Elected 11/2/13)
I have two sons at Cunningham Hill and have been a Governor since Spring 2012. I have Drama Degrees from Exeter University and worked in University Management until I had children. This gave me a working knowledge of educational language, issues and policy as well as performance data analysis which I find very useful in my Governing role. I became partially sighted in 2007 and was unable to continue my career. This experience has made me particularly interested in how minority groups access education. I am now happy to work in the performing arts as a musician and playwright. I work for Tick Tock Music St. Albans and founded and run the Cunningham Hill Infants Ukulele Club. I am also privileged to be in my third year of helping both Reception Classes with weekly Music and Movement sessions. I love being a part of our wonderful school.
Co-Opted Governor, Mrs Alison Cook (Re-Appointed 5/2/13)
Alison has been a Governor since 2004, initially as a parent Governor and now as a LEA Governor. She works in Education and is a member of the PPC Committee.
Co-Opted Governor, Mr Bob Parathian
As a father of two young children, and a proud resident of St Albans, I’m pleased to help the local community as best as I can. I hold a Senior Leadership Role with a large company and love to use my range of skills to help support the school. Passionate about giving children the best chance of success. Over the last 4 years I’ve helped raise money to build a school in Cambodia, through a number of epic charity bike rides across Asia. I’ve also recently become an FA qualified football coach and manage a local boys football team.
Parent Governor, Mr Alex Sage
I have 2 daughters; Madeleine and Eleanor. I have a background in finance with related experience in strategy, governance and staff development. I’m treasurer for a local church bell ringing group and teach people to ring. I have a passion for running and history; and recognise the huge importance of a positive early educational experience. As such, I welcome the opportunity to be more closely involved with the school.
As a mother of three, aged 9,5 and 1, I welcome the opportunity to take an active role in the school’s progress. With 14 years’ Marketing & Communications experience within Financial Services I aim to bring my business knowledge and skills, and a parent’s view, to ensure pupils receive the very best in teaching. It will be a privilege to serve as Parent Governor to create an engaging learning environment and contribute to the continued success of our school.
With a background predominately in Law, I have worked in both the public and private sector as a high level EA. I have worked on strategy, scrutiny and audit committees. During my time working within further education , I coordinated the Children’s University project – A nationally recognised organisation that provides exciting and innovative learning experiences outside the classroom to primary school children. My involvement with local community groups has seen successful grant applications acquired to help provide improve family facilities at a local football club and highlighted the need for upgrades at key playground areas. I am a Girl Guide leader, I work with the younger Rainbows age group and also the Guides. I believe very strongly in the importance of education from a very early age and with my daughter at the school, am looking forward to the opportunity of working closely with the school and the governors.
Staff Governor, Miss Natasha Lewis
Clerk to Governors, Mrs Darshna Patel-Davies