2018 - 2019
Meadlands Primary School Governing Body
At Meadlands, the Full Governing Body comprises of 13 governors, including parents, teachers, volunteers from the local authority and the community. We are an energetic and ambitious group that work together to provide independent oversight of the management and operation of the school, with the aim of improving the quality of education provided and raising standards.
Our three main focus areas are:
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Meet the Full Governing Body
Mrs Charlotte McIntyre, Chair of Governors: Headteacher Performance Management, Teacher Pay and Performance, Curriculum & SMSC, PSHE & Equalities Governor Link.
Originally from California, I moved to the UK 20 years ago. My professional experience spans almost 20 years in PR and marketing; managing the development of large-scale PR strategies, advertising, internal communications and online initiatives. Currently I am a global digital marketing manager for Accenture. I became a governor in December 2013 and subsequently became the Chair of Governors in September 2014, primarily because I wanted to use my professional experience to help the school on its journey to good and beyond. Importantly, one of my children attends Meadlands and I am constantly impressed with this school – especially the dedication, enthusiasm and awesomeness of the staff and the students. I am thrilled with the progress the school is making and look forward to the adventures ahead.
Mrs Carolyn Dodds, Chair of Teaching & Achievement, Headteacher's Performance Management, SEND and Pupil Premium Governor Link
Hello my name is Carolyn Dodds and I am a Governor here at Meadlands. I have two children – my son goes to Grey Court and my daughter is at Meadlands. I have volunteered at the school over the past five years – listening to readers, helping in the library and helping at Friends events – I felt that becoming a Governor would be a really valuable, interesting and new way to be involved with the school. Before having children I was an Information Architect working on websites, I then became a stay-at-home mum and I am now a freelance proofreader.
Mrs Penny Frost, Headteacher's Performance Management, Learning Support Assistant & Support Staff Governor Link
I am Penny Frost, Councillor for Ham and Petersham and a member of the Meadlands Governors since 2013. I chair the Teaching and Achievement Committee. My first involvement with Meadlands started over 20 years ago, when I taught on the Meadlands School swimming programme! I have a great interest in education, and have worked in Special Needs for many years as a Special Needs teacher and SENCO in secondary schools, with a recent move into the primary sector as a SENCO. I really enjoy helping children to learn, particularly if they are finding reading a struggle. I have retired from teaching now, but I freelance as a trainer and consultant in education.
Mrs Fiona Stewart, Safeguarding, Looked After Children & Behaviour Governor Link
For more than 20 years I have worked as a lawyer specialising in commercial and banking disputes. I have degrees in Law and Economics and have always been passionate about education. I was delighted to join Meadlands as a community governor in September 2014 to play a part in supporting such an inspiring school. Having spent my childhood in Australia playing outside and enjoying Richmond Park these days with my children, I am particularly excited by the extensive opportunities for outdoor learning at Meadlands.
Mr Richard Smith, Healthy Living & PE Governor Link
Having worked as a fish salesman serving restaurants in London and travelling in Asia when in my 20s, I realized I wanted to study more and took a degree in Tropical Geography with International Development at London and did doctoral research on Land Degradation in Africa at Sheffield. After much effort I was able to get a foothold in the competitive field of my choice - international environment and development – working first for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and then for CABI, a not-for-profit supporting agriculture and conservation in the tropics. More recently, I combine my passion for supporting learning in organisations through evaluation with a role helping to run a charity, Proforest, that helps people produce and source food and forest products sustainably. I am a parent of two children at Meadlands and have been bowled over by the energy, warmth and dedication of pupils and staff alike since first setting foot in the school. Recognizing the value of a great education and loving Meadland’s philosophy of helping all children to flourish in a multitude of ways, it is a pleasure to offer my support to the Head and whole team as they continue to take an already very strong school to greater heights.
Mrs Annabelle Hughes, Safeguarding, Looked After Children & Behaviour Governor Link
I have a daughter at Meadlands and a younger son. I've volunteered in Year 6 maths classes over the past two years and I currently work part time in the Civil Service, where I have spent most of my career. I've covered a wide range of roles, including estimating the cost of changes to the tax system, forecasting and monitoring departmental performance and distributing education funding in England and Wales. I hope that my experience will be useful as a governor and in helping Meadlands continue to be the brilliant school it is.
Mr Nigel Seymour, SMSC, PSHE, Equalities & Fundraising Governor Link
Following my study of radio, TV and film production at university, where my passion lay, and still does, in documentaries, I have used my skills in the not for profit sector for national and international charities. For the past 10 years I have provided strategic leadership of fundraising, marketing and communications for Princess Alice Hospice; Meadlands local Hospice. The Hospice has given me the opportunity to learn more about supporting adults and children through bereavement, safeguarding, talent management and above all the importance of a local organisation’s connection to its community.
Outside of work I enjoy politics and learning more about social issues affecting communities and society in general, especially around health, education work and skills.
Since joining the Meadlands family in 2013 my boys have loved every moment and have really developed thanks to the care, love and support the school gives them. By becoming a governor I hope to use my skills to give someone back to a school that gives so much.
Mr Ulrich Tiedau, Curriculum Governor Link
Ulrich Tiedau is a historian and digital humanist. He has worked on and across the boundaries of humanities and communication technologies for most of his professional life and published widely on Belgian, Dutch and German history as well as on distance education and digital scholarship.
He is an Associate Director of the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities and held a series of research grants within the UKOER programme of JISC and the HE Academy, as well as a major collaborative European grant that develops text and sentiment mining techniques for longitudinal cultural analysis of vast digitized newspaper collections in the British Library and various other European national libraries. He also serves as editor-in-chief of Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies which in December 2009 has been awarded an honourable mention in the Phoenix Prize for Significant Editorial Achievement by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals, review editor of Frontiers in Digital Humanities, and is a co-convenor of the Low Countries history research seminars at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR).
Ms Andree Frieze, Early Years Governor Link
I work from home as a freelance interiors editor having spent nearly 20 years working in the magazine industry. In addition, I am the Community Relations Office for Jeevika Trust, a charity based in Hampton Wick that works in rural India improving women’s livelihoods.
I was a parent governor at Latchmere School from 2012-2016, heading up the Community and Staffing Committee for three years, while being deputy Chair of the full GB for two years. I look forward to bringing this experience to my role as Governor of Meadlands.
Locally, I sit on the committee of the Ham & Petersham Neighbourhood Forum, and I edit their contribution to the Ham & Petersham Community magazine as well as their Facebook page.
Mrs Wendy Norman: Clerk to Meadlands Governing Body
I have been the clerk to the governing body since February 2012. I am responsible for providing advice on governance, constitutional and procedural matters as well as administrative support to the Governing Body in accordance with legal requirements. I liaise with the Chair and Head Teacher with regard to agendas for meetings and prepare the Minutes. My children attended primary and secondary schools in the borough and I enjoy being part of Meadlands Primary School and the education of its pupils in addition to my career in surveying and town planning. My current role benefits from my experience of working in a Children’s Centre and Sixth Form College. Outside work my interests include dance, long walks and gardening.