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Rosemary Hancock
Chair of Governors
Co-opted Governor

Having spent 15 years as an IT consultant with IBM and then Accenture in the UK I moved to New Zealand in 2002 where I ran my own IT business helping individuals and small businesses until leaving New Zealand in 2014.  Since 2003 however, my interest has more been in helping people flourish. I took a Masters degree in Education with a Certificate in Counselling, followed by a Graduate Certificate in Career Development and became a career counsellor and coach in 2007.  In 2012 I decided to follow an interest in Positive Psychology, the science of human flourishing, to Philadelphia, where I gained a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania under Martin Seligman, one of the founders of the field. My focus since then has been on executive, leadership and career coaching, integrating all my education, skills and experience to help people build flourishing lives and careers.  I moved back to the UK in 2014 and have been living in Harpenden since late 2015.  I see the Governor’s role at Roundwood Primary as an opportunity to use my skills for the benefit of everyone involved with the school. I have been a governor since November 2016, and chair since March 2019. I was reappointed for a second term as governor in November 2020, so my term of office as a governor ends in November 2024.

Catherine Marke
Vice Chair of Governors
Co-opted Governor

I have lived in Harpenden for 10 years and have one child at Roundwood Primary School. My professional background is as a Chartered Accountant with a leading international financial services firm. Whilst in this role, I audited several leading national charities and a private school group which helps me to understand some of the financial pressures the school faces. I made the decision to not to return to work after having my first child, but now my youngest is in full time school I am pleased to be able to use some of my child-free time to support Roundwood Primary as a co-opted governor. I have always enjoyed helping my community when possible and I have previously been a Community Governor at a different school and so have some knowledge of a different setting to share.I also help lead a Brownie Pack in town and help in school when I can with reading and trips.I am the Chair of the Resources Committee and I’m the subject link Governor for English. My term of office as a Governor ends in June 2023.

Damiano Sogaro
Local Education Authority Governor

It is clear to me that my life, and the life of most others at my age, has been uniquely shaped by education.  Careers and families are built with time, but the foundations given by education are already there.  This transformative function of education, in both the narrow, classroom-focused sense, and in the sense of holistic personal growth, has always driven me to be involved in delivering learning. Consequently, one way or another, I have been involved in teaching and education for the past seven years.  I have worked with students in primary and secondary schools and at universities in the UK and Japan, gaining a practical understanding of the world of teaching. By applying the skills and knowledge I have developed to Roundwood Primary school, I hope to be a part of delivering fantastic education to the new generation.  My link subject is French, where I hope to add value as someone who is bilingual but has also learned three additional languages through conventional education. I also sit on the School Improvement Committee.In the past, I have been a charity volunteer and political consultant. Now, I am training as a solicitor in a London-based law firm.

Yan Nicholls
Co-opted Governor

I have been living and working in Harpenden for the last 18 years and have worked in leadership of a large international charity, Youth With A Mission (YWAM) for 25 years now. I am an international keynote speaker and I also mentor CEO’s and MD’s of companies and work with a number of different Boards.  In 2012 I oversaw around 4500 volunteers alongside the London Olympic Games.
Before joining YWAM I was in Electrical/Electronic engineering and worked for the MoD.  I sit on the Resources Committee and I’m the subject link Governor for PHSE and RE. My term of office as a Governor ends in February 2020.

Tracey Pritchard
Co-opted Governor

I have lived in Harpenden with my husband since 2009 and originally moved to Hertfordshire after graduating in 1999. We now have two young sons who keep us on our toes. My background is in finance and I am a qualified actuary by profession. My career has seen me working as investment consultant to pension scheme trustees and their sponsors, advising them on all aspects of their investments. A large part of this role was meeting with trustees and company representatives and explaining complex ideas in ways that could be easily understood.  I have recently decided not to return to work following my current period of maternity leave so I am keen to use my skills to benefit Roundwood Primary as a Governor. I have also been an active volunteer for the Harpenden NCT branch for the last four years and I currently hold the post of Nearly New Sale Treasurer. In my leisure time, I enjoy reading and keeping fit.  I sit on the School Improvement Committee and I’m the subject link Governor for Music, Art, Design Technology and the Eco Council. My term of office as a Governor ends in March 2020.

David Pendlebury
Co-opted Governor

Our family moved to Harpenden in 2014 and our son started at Roundwood Primary in 2018. I firmly believe that a high quality and well-rounded education offers a springboard to opportunities in later life and I hope that I can use my professional and life experience to benefit the school. I hold an MA in Computer Science and after working in for several years in technology research and then finance, I co-founded and oversaw the growth of a successful investment management firm in the City of London. More recently I have taken a career break to spend time with family and pursue other interests. My term of office as a governor ends in February 2024.

Amy Morley
Co-opted Governor

As a mum of two young children, the role education plays in enabling children to reach their full potential is something I feel passionately about.

Following a 15-year career in technology public relations, I made the move into human resources and studied for my CIPD Diploma in Human Resources Practice. This led to my appointment as Head of HR and Recruitment for a London-based communications consultancy. As part of this role, I became mental health ambassador for the company. I completed the MHFA Mental Health First Aid Training course and developed a company-wide strategy on mental health, working closely with the mental health charity Time to Change to ensure the business adopted best practice.  I have a BA Honours degree in Social and Political Studies and a Post Graduate Diploma in International Public Relations. 

I believe the skills I have in areas such as PR, HR, recruitment, performance management and mental health help me make a positive contribution to the school.

My primary role on the governing board is as safeguarding governor and my term of office ends in November 2022.

Paul Cocker
Co-opted Governor

I moved to Harpenden in 2012, which is where my wife, Vicki, grew up. We have 3 daughters, the eldest two attend Roundwood.  I joined the governing board in November 2018 and I am excited to have the opportunity to contribute to the school and the wider community.  I have a busy professional life as the co-founder of True (www.true.global), which is a retail and consumer sector specialist investment firm. We own a number of businesses across the UK (brands such as Zwift, Hush, Ribble, The Cotswold Company and Frugi) as well as operating our own innovation business in London, where we have invested in over 40 start-ups.  I sit on the board of 6 different companies where my primary role is to help management develop and execute on their growth strategies. Our innovation business also has strategic partnerships with major UK and international retailers (including John Lewis, M&S, Morrisons, Primark) where we advise them on the impact that change and innovation is going to have on their own businesses.  Before launching True I was an investment banker and before that I trained as an accountant with Deloitte.  In my spare time I try to keep as fit as I can playing football, running and cycling.  As a governor I am responsible for school funding, governor training and I am one of the link governors for PE.  My term of office ends in November 2022. 

Kamru Miah
Parent Governor

My family and I have lived in Harpenden for 8 years having previously been in London for most of my life. We currently have three children at Roundwood Primary who have, and continue to, enjoy and flourish at the school. Having seen our eldest child progress from Nursery to UKS2 has been wonderful, the care, passion and dedication of the teachers and support staff is amazing, and is the reason the primary school is at the heart of the surrounding community. 

I am a Portfolio Manager by profession but spent most of my career in Quantitative Analytics – building mathematical and statistical models for Financial Markets. I have an undergraduate degree in Mathematics, a postgraduate degree in Econometrics, and I am a CFA charter holder. I became a Parent-Governor to help the teaching and support staff at the school to continue to strive for excellence for our children, and to think strategically about the impact that changes in technology and society will have on the school and continue to make Roundwood a school where children and parents will make wonderful life-long memories. 

My term of office ends in October 2024. 

Lanna Shaw
Parent Governor
Graham Kirk
Parent Governor

My family and I moved to Harpenden in 2013 and my son and daughter are pupils at Roundwood Primary. As a parent, I have always been extremely impressed by the school and the teachers. I passionately believe that whilst academic success is important, the wellbeing and happiness of the pupils is of the utmost importance. In my role as governor, I will strive to support the staff and help maintain and develop the positive nurturing environment already in place at our school.

My professional background is in finance. I worked at one of the largest UK pension funds for almost 30 years, primarily as a fund manager, heading up the North American equity team. 

Over the past few years I have relished the opportunity to embrace new challenges and become more involved with my local community. I am currently Membership Secretary at Harpenden Lawn Tennis Club. Last year I enjoyed helping to organise a charity concert with a local children’s theatre group. I am a keen tennis player and with more time on my hands I have rediscovered the joy and challenges of competing, encouraging my family to travel with me to tennis tournaments both in the UK and abroad.

I am the subject lead governor for Maths and Physical Education, School Sports and Physical Activity. I also support the safeguarding and funding governors. My term of office ends in February 2024.

Heather Brennan
Staff Governor

I am the Assistant Head for the school and teacher for Class 2. I sit on the School Improvement Committee and my term of office as a Governor ends in October 2022.