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The Governing Body meets at least once a term and members of the Resources, Curriculum and Safeguarding sub-committees also meet to deal with Finance, Health & Safety, Buildings and Maintenance, Safeguarding, Statutory Policies etc.

They are responsible for the School and as the school is Church-Aided, the Governors are responsible for the maintenance of the external fabric of the building.

Pecuniary interest - Governors are required to declare any pecuniary interest. As of the last full Governing Body Meeting no governors had declared any interest.

The Governors are elected to office for a period of four years. Parent Governors are chosen by the parents.

                                                                         Areas of Responsibility


 Areas of Responsibility


Office Expiry Date


Revd. Anne Donaldson




Mrs Penny Fitzpatrick

English  /  Music



Mr Edward Delasalle





Mr Stuart Elsom

 Vice Chairman  /         Health and Safety  /  Appeals  / Safeguarding  /  Chair of Safeguarding Committee




Mr Bernard Murphy

 PE  /  Humanities  /  Chair of Resources Committee



Mr Brian Gale




Mrs Angela Jardine

 Early Years  /  PSHE

 Curriculum  /   Safeguarding


Mr Nick Cummins




Mr Peter Cook

 Maths  /  Target Setting  / Chair of Curriculum Committee




Mr Mark Scott

 Computing / Design and Technology



Mrs Vicki Hudson

 SEN  /  Art and Design




Mrs Ann Elsom

 MFL  /   Monitoring / Website




Mr Mark Nicholson





Miss Lydia Hunt


 All Committees


About our Governors

Peter Cook

I have lived in Great Amwell for around 20 years and I have been a Governor at St Johns for a number of those years, first as a Parent Governor and now as a PCC Governor.  All three of my children attended St Johns and during that period we have seen it grow from a small Village School to the single form entry we see now.  I work in the IT industry with an interest in all sport.  I am keen to ensure that we continue to strive for excellence at St Johns and be the best school we can possibly be.


Nick Cummins

I became a Governor at St John’s in March 2014 and then was made Chair of Governors in September 2015.  I work for a large American engineering company, running the computer systems for all of our International divisions.  I enjoy running, playing squash, golf (badly) and green bowls.


Rev Anne Donaldson

As Vicar of the parish I am ex-officio Foundation Governor and have been since April 2000.  I am passionate about people (of any age) and their health of body, mind and spirit, and their opportunities to develop and discover more.  I think St John the Baptist school is a great school and achieves so much and want to do whatever I can to assist that (though Fatigue Syndrome sadly limits that).  As Vicar I am obviously mostly responsible for the spiritual aspect of the school and I firmly believe that Christian values strongly enhance the ethos of the school and every child’s experience and development.  For myself, I have worked for the church since 1983, having been a Medical Physicist before that.  I was amongst the first women to be ordained Deacon in 1987 (when I was assisting in parishes in Guildford Diocese) and the first woman to be ordained priest in 1994 (when I was in charge of a mining village in North Warwickshire – ask me about mining villages and I’ll happily talk the hind legs off a donkey as they are fascinating!)  My main hobby is bell ringing, but the children will also tell you that I cycle and I have a small dog.  I am also a Governor at St Andrews C of E (VC) Primary School.


Ann Elsom

My two children attended St John the Baptist School a number of years ago!!  I volunteered in the school and helped with reading in various classes and later became a Teaching Assistant, which I did for over 4 years.  During this time I became the non-teaching Staff Governor.  I have been a Governor ever since under a number of different remits.  I later returned to work at St John the Baptist School working in the office and I am currently still in this position.  I was originally a member of the Resources Committee and later moved to the Curriculum Committee.


Stuart Elsom

I have been Governor at St John the Baptist School for 10 years, I was Chair of Governors for 7 of those years and am now in my second year as Vice Chairman.  I have had two children attend the school and enjoyed running the PTA for 4 years when they were first in the school.  I am the Manging Director of a Harlow based business which allows me to attend school when needed at short notice.  As Safeguarding Governor my responsibilities cover many areas from the physical security of the school through to online safety.   The school has been a key part of our family life for many years and is an important part of our local community.


Penny Fitzpatrick

I was appointed Foundation Governor in 2016.  I also sit on the Safeguarding Committee and am the Link Governor for English and Music.  I work as a solicitor in the city, specialising in medical negligence claims.  My two children are both at St John’s.  I enjoy Zumba, dancing and hiking.  I also used to be in the national league for dragon boat racing but nowadays this is limited to charity events.


Brian Gale

I joineed the Governing Body in 2015 representing the Parochial Church Council, and I also sit on the Resources Committee.  I have a keen interest in all things scientific, so when the opportunity came up, I took on the responsibility of being the Link Governor for Science.  Outside of the Governing Body my ‘day job’ is with a local authority where I commission and mange contracts for a range of public health services.  I’m keen on running (particularly local Park Runs, but also longer distances), hiking, wild camping and climbing.  I also enjoy traditional crafts and pastimes such as woodturning, bush craft and Morris dancing.


Vicki Hudson

I was elected as a Parent Governor in June 2014 and within my role I also sit on the Curriculum Committee.  I am Link Governor for Art and Design and SEN.  My connection with St John’s dates back 14 years, my three boys having gone through the school and my two girls currently attending.  My professional background is within university administration and has included roles directly supporting students to assisting the Director of Quality Control and Assurance for courses.  I have a love of the Arts and Interior Design and enjoy gardening and creative pastimes when life allows.  In complete contrast I also enjoy watching my boys and my chosen Premier League team play football!!


Angela Jardine

I have been a member of the Governing Boy since 2012, representing the Parochial Church Council.  I sit on both the Curriculum and Safeguarding committees and I have taken the responsibility of Link Governor for Early Years Foundation Stage and also PSHE.  I work within the NHS as a paramedic and clinical team leader – a career I am passionate about and enjoy.  I have two children at the school as well as a West Highland Terrier to keep me busy.  In my free time I enjoy my family and friends, I like traveling and camping and I am a keen member of the National Trust.


Bernard Murphy

Both my children attended St John’s and absolutely loved their time there, the last one having left in 2004.  I became a Governor in 2000 and served as Chair of Governors from 2001 – 2007.  I am currently Chair of the Resources Committee and the Link Governor for PE and Humanities.

I am passionate about education and lifelong learning (I learnt to play the piano when I was 45) and have always encouraged the school to provide a broad based education for the children.  A good education provides opportunities and choices.

I am a director of an insurance broking business in Hertford and my spare time generally revolves around family and sport particularly rugby, cricket and skiing … and playing the piano badly!


Mark Scott

I was elected a Parent Governor in 2016 as I currently have two children at the school, one in KS2 and the other in KS1.  I have spent over 30 years in finance industry, working for several major European banks, so I also elected to sit on the Resource Committee.  I enjoy cycling, golf, motor sport and have also been known to put my hand to a bit of DIY.



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