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Primary school

Kathy Dunnett

Kathy Dunnett is a Senior Adviser for School Governance and works at Herts for Learning. She has been in post since 2015. She is also at trustee for the Generations Multi Academy Trust. She has been involved in governance for many years, in many roles, in schools and charities. Her role currently consists of advising and training governors across Hertfordshire and she currently leads on the Chairs Service.

Prior to her role in school governance, she has worked with schools, health and education for many years. She is a nurse by background and has worked as a health professional in Hertfordshire for around 20 years specialising with vulnerable children’s groups, especially looked after children. Kathy has been involved with many national organisations, such as the SAPHNA, CPHVA, Young Minds and the Professional Association of Teachers.

She has worked with the Department of Health on developing the Children’s National Service Frameworks, and the DCSF in the early stages of Integrated Practice and Every Child Matters. She has authored and edited books/papers on children’s health, partnership working, and the common assessment framework. More recently she has begun a qualification in Coaching, offering support to leaders in a variety of organisations.

Russell Knell

We arrived in the promised land of Stevenage in 2013 when I became pastor of Longmeadow Church next door. Children numbers two and three both came to Longmeadow before secondary school came calling. Its great to be able to put something back into the school and the community now as a governor.

When there's spare time I enjoy reading, watching sport (and thinking I should be getting more exercise myself!), playing games with the family, and continuing my search for the successor to TV's great series: The West Wing.

Ross Gray

I am the co-opted staff governor of the school whose role is to attend all governing body meetings to monitor and evaluate progress and ratify future priorities. Additionally, I monitor the school website to ensure that all of the required documentation is accessible and up to date.

My impact as a governor is informed by my role as a teaching member of staff at Longmeadow Primary. My background is in education studies where I have acted as a mentor as well as a panel member for the periodic review of educational programs. I am currently undertaking my MA in Education at the University of Hertfordshire.

Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, football and golf as well as playing and listening to music.

Gemma Bell

I qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2013 and am an affiliated member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales. Prior to my current role, I worked for Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP providing audit and advisory services to public sector clients including Local Authorities and Schools in London.

In January 2018 I joined Hertfordshire County Council as the Deputy Head of Finance for Adult Care Services. In my spare time I enjoy running, cycling and volunteer with the Stevenage Haven. I am also a dedicated Arsenal fan.

Darren Lovelock

Darren works for a large Retail Bank as a Technology Transformation Manager. His role looks at what Technology can be deployed or improved to help customers and colleagues. He will own the end to end process from idea to delivery. He has scale leadership experience from his time as a Branch Manager.

He has been a Governor since 2010 and is the current lead on Health and Safety as well as the lead for GDPR.

His outside interests include Running, Football and Music.

Sally-Anne Pearcey

Sally-Anne Pearcey is a qualified accountant who has spent the last twenty years working in Internal Audit for local government. Currently working for St Albans City and District Council but previously lead on the Internal Audit of schools for Hertfordshire County Council. She is a Finance Governor for Longmeadow School and has been in post since 2016. Prior to working in local government she worked in the National Audit Office and was responsible for overseeing the audit of government departments. She has previously had such voluntary roles as running a brownie pack and being Chair of the PTA as well as assisting with the audit of charity accounts.

Irfan Javed

Irfan is a specialist immigration solicitor with over 16 years’ professional experience. He is currently non practising as taking care of a disabled family member. He holds master degrees in Political Science, French Literature and International Law. Irfan has taught constitutional law and international law to undergraduate students in the past. In his spare time, Irfan enjoys reading, watching European movies, and pursuing massively open online courses (MOOCs) on the platforms of Edx and Coursera. He has volunteered as an advisor with the Stevenage Citizens Advice and is a community trading standards volunteer with the Trading Standards Hertfordshire.

Jo King

I have been a Co-opted Governor here at Longmeadow for the past two years. My working back ground has been in Early Years Education for over 30 years. I hold a BAhons in Education in addition to ITT (Initial Teacher Training). I have been associated with Longmeadow for the past 20 years. As well as my own children attending Longmeadow in the past. I have volunteered as part of numerous accredited courses as well as being employed in roles including TA and Cleaner. Since 2008 I have owned the Pre-school based on site at Longmeadow. The Pre-school benefits from a valued working relationship with Longmeadow. Being a working Owner/Manager has allowed me the opportunity to be a part of working groups and committees such as SET (Stevenage Educational Trust) EY working Party and being the EY representative for Stevenage DSPL ENF (Exceptional Needs Funding) team. As the designated Person for Safeguarding at the Pre-school I also have a strong understanding of current Safeguarding requirements and Legislation as well as the impact this has on schools and children.

Gill Pick

Gill has been a governor at Longmeadow primary School since 2016 is currently Chairperson of Governors. Gill has had many years’ experience as a governor. Gill has a keen interest in safeguarding, SEN and early years.

Gill has worked as an early years professional in a number of different settings, including children centre and pre-schools. Currently she teaches swimming and coaches at a local swimming club.

In her spare time Gill is a scout leader and loves the great outdoors and also enjoys open water swimming!