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Governor Profiles

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

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 (Vice Chair)

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!)

Helen Allen

Helen was appointed as a co-opted Governor in April 2019. She has taught across the state and independent sector for over 20 years both in the United Kingdom and Internationally. Helen graduated from Brunel University in Industrial Design with Education and teaches Design Technology. She was involved, as Deputy Head, in setting up a British Independent Boarding School in the Gulf.  She is currently Housemistress at a top girl’s independent boarding school in the country where her passion for pastoral care, wellbeing, mental health and holistic education continues to be her focus. Helen is fully involved in the life of the boarding school especially in sport and music.

Mark Kendall

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.

Louise Rigby

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.

Sukee Basra

Sukee has been a teacher at the school since 2013 and joined the governing body in January 2020. She currently teaches in year 1 and spent the first part of her career teaching in the early years foundation stage. Sukee has a degree in English Literature from the university of Leicester and enjoys reading.