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
Charlotte McIntyre: Chair of Governors; Headteacher Performance, Teacher Pay and Performance; Healthy Living & Health & Safety Governor link
Originally from California, I moved to the UK 15 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 manage European digital campaigns for a global consultancy. 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.
James Greenbury: Vice Chair of Governors; Chair of Safety and Resources Committee
After studying Economics at Cambridge and Business at Stanford University, California, I worked for Bain & Company, the American strategy consultants, where I became partner. For the last 25 years I have run a series of entrepreneurial companies and am currently CEO of Parcel2Go.com, a comparison site for sending parcels, as well as Chairman of Intelligent Office, a legal support service business. Having benefited from a great education myself, and seeing in my work how critical it is to compete in the global job market, I became a Governor to offer support to the Head and the whole team at Meadlands as they strive for ever higher standards.
Penny Frost: Chair of the Teaching and Achievement Committee, Early Years & Literacy 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.
Karen Harrison: Headteacher Performance & Science Governor Link
I started as a parent governor in 1998 when my eldest child was in Nursery and am currently a co-opted governor ( appointed by the governing body). My three children all attended Meadlands and Grey Court. I have a professional background in school governance, and am currently Head of Governing Bodies Support in a neighbouring borough. I have used my experience to support and challenge the school. I am very proud of being part of such a committed group of staff, governors and parents and proud of the way the school has developed and continually strives to improve the experience offered to our children families and the wider community, which is why I remain a committed governor.
Carolyn Dodds: Pupil Premium & Computing 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.
Fiona Stewart: Safeguarding, Children Looked After & 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.
Alka Mathur: Teacher Pay and Performance Governor Link
Alka Mathur is a Co-opted governor at Meadlands. She is a Performance and Reward professional with 15+ years experience in consulting and in-house corporate functions. Alka has a keen interest in education as has two boys in primary education and has been class representative at her boy's school. Alka looks forward to contributing and furthering the vision and development of Meadlands. She has been taken in by the enthusiasm and warmth of the staff at Meadlands and is excited about contributing to the future success of Meadlands.
Richard Smith: Safeguarding & eSafety 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.
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.