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(Who are we?) Pen Portraits of the Governing Board

Here, in our own words, are some brief descriptions of the Governors of Stonehill School.

Jenna Birkbeck

Elaine Close 
Mark Green 
Revd. Claire HaraldI joined Stonehill Schools governing body just before the pandemic began in 2020 and so as yet, have only met everyone online rather than in person… I have great hope that this will change in 2021!   As a mum of three young adult and teenage girls, I fully appreciate the importance of education and the school environment in the lives of our children.  I worked as a Childminder for 7 years and then as a Children and Families worker for a further 7 years.  I am now ordained priest (curate, still in training) in the Church of England, ministering within St Georges and St Nicholas Church in Letchworth.  Stonehill is a school I hold close to my heart and I look forward to working as part of the governing body to support Stonehill School in being the very best it can be… for all pupils and their families and the wonderful staff team who work here.   
John Millar

I have been a Governor at the School since 1999, initially as a Parent Governor, and now as a Co-opted Governor. In July 2011 I was appointed as Chair of Governors following a number of years as Vice-Chair.

My wife is from Letchworth, we have lived on the Grange Estate since 1988 and we have one daughter who attended the School and is now a Phase Leader in a leading Cambridgeshire Primary School.

In business I am the Managing Director for a manufacturing company whose head office is based in Cambridgeshire with plants in the UK, Asia and the Middle East.

At Stonehill I am fortunate to work with supportive and passionate governors who give up their time to help make a difference. The right blend of skills and experience is important in ensuring that the strategic direction set can bring about the best possible outcomes for pupils.

Nick Phillips 
Chris SeviourI joined the Governors at Stonehill  when I retired in 2013.  Previously I had worked as a school teacher, then advising teachers about ICT and computing and finally introducing the Internet into Hertfordshire schools.  So schools are in my blood.  In my time as a Governor I have been very impressed by how hard the staff and pupils at Stonehill have worked to make it such a rewarding place to teach and to learn.  My personal target is to meet more parents and to listen to their views about the school.
Lisa Levy
I am a communications  and marketing professional with over 14 years experience of supporting primary  and secondary schools in the areas of PR, marketing and communications. I have helped many schools to raise their profile by promoting schools' activities and events in the local media and have provided support to defend a school's reputation when dealing with safeguarding issues. I have been very impressed with the teaching and learning at Stonehill and the support the school provides to both pupils and parents. I have been a governor since April 2016 and  I aim to use my expertise to support Stonehill to continue to improve and to help promote a positive image of the school.
Grace Read
I am glad to be a part of Stonehill School's dedicated governing body. I care about education and about creating environments in which children can flourish. I studied English and Psychology at university, specialising in educational psychology and behaviour management. I have worked with children and young people in a variety education, pastoral and therapeutic settings for 20 years. I currently work as an LSA at Stonehill School and am studying for a Diploma in Psychotherapy.
Jeni McCarthyMy son has been made to feel so special and welcome since starting in Reception in September 2021.  He loves coming to school and the staff are always so friendly and supportive.  We chose Stonehill because of its values and community feel.  As a teacher myself for the last 15 years, I want to support the school to achieve its aims in delivering the curriculum effectively, creatively and enjoyably so that all of our children are inspired to be independent and curious lifelong learners. 
Claire Sheff

I was elected as a parent Governor in 2019 and have two children who both attend Stonehill School. Stonehill is very close to my heart; I grew up in Letchworth and attended Stonehill! I want to see Stonehill school and all it’s pupils thrive and achieve the very best they can. I felt that I could support this by becoming a Governor and that my previous experience working in health and social care with adults with learning disabilities, and my current job running a fish and chip shop, give me different perspectives and skills that would be beneficial to a governing board. Equality, inclusion and seeing children as individuals, is always high on my agenda.  

I have been so impressed by the hard work, dedication and passion of the staff team at Stonehill and I look forward to supporting Stonehill in my role as parent Governor.