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Governor Profiles

Ben Hodson (Chair of Governors)

Having lived all his life in the region, he worked as a teacher in schools in Welwyn Garden City and then Stevenage, where later he became a Deputy Head of a primary school. Having had a successful career up to this point, he took a Headship in a school which OFSTED had put into Special Measures. After 2 years the school moved straight to GOOD in all areas and less than 18 months later the school achieved EXCELLENT in its church school inspection (SIAMS). He is highly passionate about ensuring that all children achieve well at school to enable them to thrive and experience life in all its fullness. For him, the primary phase of a child’s education is most important in laying down secure foundation stones for a successful and fulfilling future. With his extensive experience, he wishes to support the strategic direction of St. Mary’s Infants; leading the Governing Body and providing support and challenge to both senior and middle leaders in school.

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.

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.

Marian Cowdrey

Originally trained as a Middle School teacher with a qualification in teaching children with SEN in mainstream schools, Marian has taught modern foreign languages for over 25 years. She has also taught French to children at Key Stages 1 and 2 as a link teacher to local feeder schools. Marian is an active member of the congregation of St Mary’s Parish Church, Baldock and her grandchildren have gained a great deal from their attendance at St Mary’s Infants School. As a governor she hopes to help other families enjoy the same positive experience.


Laura Higgins

Laura lives in Baldock and works as a part-time school teacher with a specialism in Spanish and French in a nearby secondary school. Before training as a teacher, Laura worked in the management and administration of education and health projects in Africa and Asia, but wanted to have a family and therefore came back to the UK. Laura is now on the resources committee at St Mary’s Infant School, but being a languages teacher, she also takes an interest in the school’s phonics program! She is also a member of St Mary’s Baldock congregation and helps with the fun stuff: Junior & Messy Church and the church’s bee garden!