Hadddenham Community Infant School Governors
The staff are supported in their work by the School Governors. The governing body prides itself on taking an active part in the running of the school and is made up of people who represent parents, teachers and the local community, as well as people appointed by the local authority. They are responsible for all aspects of school life, including finances, staff appointments, the curriculum and management of the school site.
Correspondence for the governing body should be clearly marked with the governor's name and sent/handed into the school office for forwarding.
Mrs Lucy McNeil
I joined the school in 2013 and have a real passion for the community, the school and every child who attends my school.
Appointed: 7th Nov 2018
Term Ends: 6th November 2026
Hilary - Chair of Governors, Equalities and Diversity, EYFS
I have been a Governor since March 2014, having spent my working life as a teacher and headteacher in primary schools. I am particularly interested in Early Years and believe that a sound beginning has an enormous influence on the rest of a child’s education.
Being retired, I am able to visit school during the working day and, besides being the designated Governor for Early Years and for Equality and Diversity, I help as a volunteer with changing books and accompanying school visits.
Mrs Laura Mitchell
Appointed: 7th November 2018
Term Ends: 9th November 2025
Curriculum Chair, Literacy, Computing
I am delighted to be a Governor at HCIS and that I can use my professional experience to help with supporting the school wherever I can. My children were both recently pupils at HCIS with my younger son having just left the school at the end of July 2022.
I have been a Primary School Teacher for over 10 years, with the majority of my teaching experience in Key Stage One. I am passionate about delivering exciting early learning experiences for children and I believe that HCIS provides this in a very happy, caring and supportive environment.
Mrs Katharine Taylor
Appointed: Sept 2022
Term Ends: Sept 2025
Pupil Premium, Humanities
I am delighted to have recently been appointed as a Parent Governor.
My husband and I moved to the village in 2015 and our son now attends the school.
I currently work in the finance sector for Rothschild & Co and I am an active volunteer in their communities programme mentoring and tutoring a number of pupils from underperforming schools or with a less privileged background. That work has given me a small insight into the tremendous effort it takes to run an educational establishment and develop and nurture the children so that they gain skills for life and a confidence to deploy them. I have seen how important it is to provide the support to those who have that responsibility.
My parents were both teachers and I am a very firm believer in the power of a good education to set the stall for life and the early years are a very important foundation.
I look forward to playing a part in supporting and contributing to the ongoing success of the school.
Mr David Moore
Appointed: July 2022
Term Ends: July 2026
Development Governor, Science
My boy joined HCIS in 2021, at the start of year 2 and it was astonishing to see how he developed educationally and emotionally in just one year, being fully prepared for the next step to Junior school. This encouraged me, when I retired early, amongst other voluntary roles in our community, to become a School-Reader to support the growth of other children too, as well as to apply for a Governor Role to help support education on a wider scale too.
I was delighted to be appointed Governor at HCIS and hope I can utilise my past experience running a medium sized company to contribute to the Governor team, though I know I already have high standards to live up to given the very strong Vision and Values of the school as well as the thorough way these are deployed amongst staff and pupils to set the highest of standards and expectations, whilst still making HCIS a fun place to be.
Mr Gareth Packham
Appointed: 14th July 2021
Term Ends: 13th July 2025
Vice Chair, Maths, GDPR and cyber security,
I am very pleased to have been appointed as a governor at HCIS, I think it's a wonderful school and had two daughters attend the school until they sadly had to leave to move up to Junior School.
I currently work in IT at Oxford Brookes University and have worked in the not-for-profit sector for a number of years so hope my experience will be useful for both general governor's meetings and the Finance, Premises and Health & Safety committee. I look forward to supporting the school however I can and helping it continue to flourish.
Mr Mark Hooper
Appointed: 23rd February 2020
Term Ends: 22nd February 2027
Finance Chair, Music, Health and Safety
Having lived in Haddenham since 2013, and seen both of my children flourish at the school, it’s a privilege to play a part in maintaining and developing the high standards that parents and the community as a whole have come to expect from HCIS. I am chair of the finance committee and endeavour to draw on my business and personal experience to support the school.
Mrs Marjorie Johnston
Appointed: 11th Nov 2020
Term Ends: 10th November 2024
I am delighted to be part of the governing body at HCIS. I have a long association with the school.
My own children attended between 1987 and 1994, followed by my grandchildren 2014 – 2020.
I was privileged to be school secretary for a couple of years before returning to full time teaching in 2000.
I have always been impressed by the ethos of the school, and the way children are nurtured to achieve the best they can, expressing their own skills and talents, wherever possible, within the caring, compassionate environment created by the school, and one it holds dear.
I look forward to supporting the school in whatever way I can.
Mr Jonny Fillis
Local Authority Governor
Term Ends: 2026
RSE, PSHE, SMSC Governor
I am absolutely thrilled to be able to join the team at HCIS as a governor. I have a child at the school and we are thrilled with how he is getting on and we look forward to supporting him and all his classmates throughout their school experience.
We moved to the village in August 2020 when I became the minister at Haddenham Baptist Church. I hope this gives me a unique insight into life across our village, which I hope to bring to the team. I'm excited to learn and grow in the role and do what I can to support the excellent staff in continuing to offer a wonderful learning environment for all our children to develop and flourish.
Ms Laura Street
Appointed: July 2023
Term Ends: July 2027
I am delighted to be a governor at HCIS. As a parent of a student at the school, I have experienced firsthand the welcoming and inclusive community that HCIS fosters. I am committed to being a voice for all the children and supporting their growth and development within the school and the general local community.
I am particularly impressed by HCIS’s continued emphasis on wellbeing and positive mental health, which is essential for students to thrive. I look forward to working with Hilary, Lucy, and the rest of the governors to further this important work.