Governors

Donna Brown

Donna Brown

I am the newly appointed Chair of Governors and I will work closely with the Head and the other Governors to ensure York Road continues to maintain its excellent standard.[dt_tooltip title=”MORE”]A scientist by training, much of my early career focused on managing graduate and post-graduate training in Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects. I am now a director at a national research institute and my role is broad, covering leadership in strategy, operations, skills development and training and engagement. I have been a community governor and chair of the resources committee for another Hitchin School, taking the difficult decision to resign when my little boy was born. Now that he’s older and the work-life juggle is a little easier I wanted to do something for the community again and I am delighted to be joining York Road.[/dt_tooltip]

Diane Szanto

Diane Szanto

After my sisters attending the nursery back in the 60’s, myself doing a year of my N.N.E.B. training here and both my own children attending the nursery in the 90’s.

[dt_tooltip title=”MORE”]I was very pleased to join the nursery as a Nursery Nurse in 2000 and join the Governing body a few years later. It is interesting and rewarding being involved with the Governing body, both as an associate governor and a member of staff, and to be part of decision-making which continues to keep York Road Nursery School the progressive community nursery that it is.[/dt_tooltip]

Diane Frainer

Diane Frainer

I have been the Headteacher at York Road Nursery School since April 2015. I have been working in education since 1999  and have 3 children of my own.

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We are the Lead School for DSPL1; leading schools and settings in Hitchin, Royston, Baldock and Letchworth to provide high quality provision for children with SEND. I am passionate about early years and am working in support with the school Governors to take the school forward and continue to raise standards, with a particular emphasis on inclusion.

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Shirley Parker

Shirley Parker

I worked as a Secretary and then a Childminder. My three children all came to York Road Nursery and have very fond memories of it.[dt_tooltip title=”MORE”] I joined the team in 1999 and retired as a Key Teacher in the summer of this year but continue with my role as Transitions Co-ordinator on a part time basis, a role which I am passionate about. I am also the Tapestry Co-ordinator, responsible for the personal online Learning Journeys of the children. I hope my experience of working at nursery will be beneficial to the governing body and I look forward to being a part of the decision making and to give something back to the community.[/dt_tooltip]

Lisa Morris

Lisa Morris

I have been working in PR now for over 15 years, 11 of these running my own PR agency, BumpPR.
[dt_tooltip title=”MORE”]The agency specialises in family brands and in this role, I manage a small team and a portfolio of 30 clients. We work with small start-ups and global giants, working with varying consumer and business media and social media platforms.When my son went to York Road, I knew instantly there was something special about the nursery school.I wanted to give a little something back to the community so when the opportunity came up to become a governor, I was delighted to take the role.[/dt_tooltip]
 

Aanchal Kumar

Aanchal Kumar

Haider Mawji

Haider Mawji

I have been a governor here at York Road for over 8 years, sitting on the Finance Committee. [dt_tooltip title=”MORE”]In my professional life I have experienced a high-energy career to date, managing at all levels and in the last 20 years have worked with various clients as a Finance Director operating at Board level. My strong ability to innovate and question has been fundamental to successfully developing, re-engineering and managing financial operations and divisions in the UK and Internationally. I have demonstrated the ability to manage costs and cash flow tightly, at the same time, establishing and building partnerships externally internally and with stakeholders. I have enjoyed applying my financial expertise and knowledge to critique and help develop financial plans and strategies for York Road Nursery. I have found the opportunity to contribute to my local community through my role as school governor here at York Road to be very rewarding. I feel honoured and proud to be, a very small, part of a school that Ofsted has consistently awarded “outstanding”, but more importantly creates an environment that nurtures, excites and enthuses children on their educational pathway.[/dt_tooltip]

Emily Cunningham

Emily Cunningham

My role includes supporting the Headteacher with interviews to ensure the most suitable people are employed to work at York Road Nursery.[dt_tooltip title=”MORE”] I have helped out with staff wellness events that help to boost staff morale and I have supported the school curriculum through learning walks, visits to the school and helped by raising money through the Waitrose supporting local businesses scheme. I also really enjoy attending the Governor meetings and attending school events. II have been a Primary and Early Years teacher for many years in London before having two children and now I work locally as a Supply Teacher. I wanted to be a Governor of York Road because firstly I chose this school for my son and he had a really excellent time here and I wanted to play a part in the school community.[/dt_tooltip]

Full Governing Body Meetings

Constitution TofO Starts TofO 06/10/20 30/11/20   10/3/21
Ends
Diane Frainer (DF) Head        N/A         N/A           /          x          /
Kim Cooper (KC) Parent 01/10/18 31/09/22 /    Resigned       N/A
Haider Mawji (HM) Parent 01/12/13 08/10/21           /          /          /
Diane Szanto (DS) Staff 05/10/19 04/10/23           /          x         /
Nicolette Uys (NU) Co-opted 05/06/15 04/06/23           /           /   Resigned
Emily Cunningham (EC) Parent 09/05/19 08/05/23           /          /         /
Aanchal Kumae (AK) Parent 01/10/19 31/09/23           /          /         /
Lisa Morris (LM) Co-opted 01/05/20 30/04/24           /          /        /
Donna Brown Chair 30/11/20 31/10/24         N/A          /        /
Shirley Parker Co-opted 01/01/21 31/12/25         N/A          x        /
Elaine Phillips (EP) Clerk           /          /         /

Governors who have also served in the last 12 months

Kim Cooper   Chair Stepped down October 2020
Emma Banders Stepped down April 2020
Patricia Green Stepped down May 2019
Sarah Phillipson   Clerk Stepped down October 2019
Gabriella McGhee Stepped down July 2020

 

None of the governors have any relevant business or pecuniary interests.