Andrew Watkin (Chair of Governors)
Andrew has been a governor at St Mary’s Infants since 1999 and was appointed Chair in December 2014. He is also Chair of the Resources Committee and the Safeguarding Governor.
In 2013 he retired from running one of the larger Chartered Accountancy practices in North Hertfordshire and now works on his own helping business people sell their businesses, buy others and raise funds for their businesses.
He has been an assessor of Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Expeditions since 1973 and has assessed mostly in Scotland, The North Pennines and the Yorkshire Dales.
In 2009 he completed the Munros. The Munros are some 282 of Scotland’s mountains over 3000 feet in height. He is currently climbing the Wainwrights in the Lake District.
Janet Hammond (Vice Chair)
Janet has lived in Baldock since 1978 and her own children attended the school. She became a Governor in 2004, having taken early retirement after teaching at the school since 1987. Janet began as a Community Governor, then became an Associate Governor. Recently taking on the role of the Local Authority Governor. During her time as a Governor she has continued to support the School on a voluntary basis working with children each week.
Rev Andrew Holford
Andrew is rector of St Mary’s Baldock and a Foundation Governor because of this. He is delighted to be involved with St Mary’s Infant and Junior School which takes so seriously the education of the whole child and has such a rounded view of how to prepare children for adult life. Andrew is a regular visitor to the school, taking assemblies, leading whole school worship and supporting children, adults and families when requested. His children attended the school and he enjoys being able to give something back as a governor. (He also enjoys cycling and bell ringing!)
Teresa is a teacher with 35 years teaching experience. She worked at St Mary’s Infants for 17 years as a year two class teacher and Deputy Head teacher, before retiring from teaching in 2013.
Teresa continues to support the school in her role as an Associate Governor. She is on the Pay and Personnel and Resources committees and also supports the Head Teacher as Pupil Premium Governor, discussing the school initiatives and their impact on the progress of disadvantaged children in school.
Stella has been a teacher at the school since 2006 and a Governor since 2013. She is a member of the Senior Leadership Team in the school where she leads the KS1 team. She is also the school’s subject leader for Maths and Assessment. Stella is married with one child who attended the school
Daniel was appointed Parent Governor in February 2016. He lives with his family in Baldock and his daughter attends the Infant School. Daniel os a member of the Resources Committee and is currently the e-Safety Governor. Daniel Works as a Safety, Health, Environment and Quality Director for a large facilities management company. He also holds the position of Vice Chairman of Knebworth Football Club and manages the under 5 and Under 6 teams.
Mark was appointed Parent Governor in February 2016. He has lived with his family in Baldock for 6 years. His eldest son attends the Junior school and his youngest is at the Infant School. Mark is on the Resources Committee and is currently Health & Safety Governor.
Andrew has been a Foundation Governor since November 2018. Andrew lives in Baldock with his wife and baby son, where he is a member of the St Mary’s church choir. Andrew has a Computer Science degree from Cambridge University and the Graduate Diploma in Theology & Religious Studies from King’s College London. He works as a software engineering manager in Cambridge.
Louise has been a Parent Governor since April 2019. Louise lives in Baldock with her husband and daughter, who attends St Mary’s Infants School. Louise has an English Language and Communications degree from Cardiff University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Careers Guidance from the University of East London. Louise has worked for number of different Local Government children’s services for the past fourteen years. She currently works for Hertfordshire County Council supporting schools to achieve a Quality Standard in their careers education, information, and advice and guidance provision. In her spare time Louise enjoys keeping fit.