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Meadlands Primary School Governing Board


At Meadlands, the Full Governing Board comprises of 13 governors, including:

  • 2 parent governors
  • 1 local authority governor
  • 1 staff governor
  • 1 Headteacher
  • 8 co-opted governors  

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:

  • Setting the school's vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


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Meet the Full Governing Board

Mr Nigel Seymour: Chair of Full Governing Board, member of Finance Steering Group and Head Teacher Performance Management panel, Teacher Pay and Performance Panel, Governor Link for Equality and Diversity, SMSC and Governing and Oversight 

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 something back to a school that gives so much.

Mrs Annabelle Hughes: Deputy Chair of Governors, Governor Link for Behaviour, Progress and Attainment Data, Safeguarding, Looked After Children.

I have a daughter and son at Meadlands. 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.

Mrs Penny Frost: Governor Link for Staff Development and  wellbeing
I am Penny Frost, Councillor for Ham and Petersham and a member of the Meadlands Governors since 2013. 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. 

Mr Ulrich Tiedau: Governor Link for Curriculum (Reading).

Originally from Germany, I have been living in the UK, with one short interruption, since 2001. My daughter loves Meadlands and so do my wife and I. It is such a fantastic school. Professionally I teach history and languages at one of the London universities. On the governors board I act as lead governor for reading and writing.



Mrs Chloe Walkom:  Governor Link for SMSC and Fundamental British Values

My Name is Chloe and I have been a Governor at Meadlands since April 2019. I am also a parent of 2 young children at Meadlands and, along with my Australian husband, we have lived in Ham since 2017. Largely my work background has been as a Social Worker working with adults with mental health difficulties. I have worked as a part of the NHS and social services systems as well as in community organizations both in London and Melbourne, Australia. I have taken a break from this work for now and have trained as a Doula which is a role that supports women before, during and after childbirth.

I feel very lucky to live within and be part of a community that benefits from such a brilliant Primary School as Meadlands and therefore I decided to dedicate some of my time and commitment to the school in a Governor role.       

Mrs Lisa Fairmaner: Governor Link for Nursery Build

I have two boys at Meadlands. The school has given so much to our family  that I volunteered as a governor to give something back. Professionally I am a town planner. I have spent my career in public sector organisations across London and in my native New Zealand developing policy and considering planning applications. Locally I also sit on the Ham and Petersham Neighbourhood Forum Committee. Ham is such a special place and Meadlands has such a strong community spirit, it is a real privilege to become a school governor.

Kasia A Oberc

Currently undertaking an MSc Psychology of Education at UCL's Institute of Education, Kasia was most recently EMEIA Brand, Marketing and Communications Lead at EY, having started off in law. She has worked with Richard Branson's The B Team and Unilever in spearheading a More Human workplace. Competent in six languages, three of which she speaks fluently, she is a keen sportsperson and a former director of the London Rollergirls. Kasia is also a Trustee of the Twickenham Riverside Trust, which encourages the enjoyment and use of Twickenham riverside.

Mr John Cannon

Retired and living just round the corner from Meadlands School, I was previously a civil servant advising ministers, freelance civil service trainer trainer and a school governor in Kingston for 15 years. On the staff of the London Wetland Centre I delivered informal education and I am now an active oral storyteller in schools, for adults with a learning difficulty and for community groups. Through the Kingston Rotary Club I run a children’s club called the King Athelstan RotaKids helping children to organise themselves and take responsibility for the delivery of projects making a positive difference in the community. For the River Thames Boat Project I volunteer as teacher and I am local board member for Young Enterprise.


Christina Powell

After studying German and Italian at university, I became a teacher because I wanted to make a difference to children's lives. I have an MA in Education and over a decade of experience as a teacher and leader with responsibility for teaching and learning and staff development. I had always wanted to teach and I enjoyed getting involved in all aspects of school life, seeing children thrive both inside the classroom and out. I have managed summer schools and summer camps for young people from diverse social and economic backgrounds and I have been a member of school review teams. With a son in Reception, I hope my experience and skills set will equip me to make a positive contribution as a Governor in supporting Meadlands to drive standards and achieve the best possible outcomes for all pupils.

Alida Hawthorne

My own education was abroad in a local school in Tonga, at an international school in Ethiopia and lastly a grammar school in Kent. This diverse education gave me a lifelong interest in what makes ‘good’ education. I still adhere to a feeling that it must be the right school for that particular child.  I have a daughter at Meadlands Primary School which suits her perfectly and my son, who is at Tiffin, is in his element there.  Having done my first degree at Kent, I then went on to Cambridge University to do my teaching degree.  I have now been in education for 27 years. I also have a wellness business which I love to pay attention to when I'm not teaching and have a love of complementary therapies.  Having begun with senior pupils, I now predominantly teach upper primary KS2 and have lead Year 6 for many years. I specialised in preparing children for a variety of senior schools and have worked independently as a schools advisor in London.  I spent two years in North Carolina as a ‘cultural ambassador’ in a state school for two years- arriving a month before 9/11.  I hope to be more involved in Meadlands to help the school adapt to the ever changing demands of the Government and to assist the hard working staff and pupils in achieving their potential.

Mrs Sophie McGeoch: Headteacher Governor

I am very proud to be the Headteacher at Meadlands School and over the past 5 years in post have enjoyed working with the Governing Board. The Governing meetings provide a good balance of support for the staff and challenge which in turn has helped the strategic thinking and vision for the school ensuring every child gets the absolute best opportunities we have to offer. Governors frequently visit the school to work alongside middle leaders either through 1:1 meetings or joining a learning walk, the pupils always look forward to these visits as they are keen to be involved in the grown up meetings and show off their learning.

Miss Sarah Taunton: Staff Governor

‚Äč Alongside my  Deputy Head role I am also the Year 5 class teacher with Miss Bunker. As part of my Deputy role I lead on Curriculum and Teaching and Learning and am subject leader for Mathematics, Computing and RE.  I am now going into my sixth year at Meadlands and have been a staff Governor since 2016. Being a staff Governor is a wonderful opportunity to work a range of individuals who are as enthusiastic about Meadlands as I am. It also provides me with a unique insight into another layer of  strategic leadership at the school.  

Miss Jessica Bunker: Associate Member

I joined the Governing Board in advance of taking on the role of SENDCo and Deputy Headteacher at Meadlands in September 2019. Having previously worked as the school's Key Stage One Leader and PE Coordinator, it has been an absolute privilege working with such a committed and passionate staff team, and with a Governing Body who constantly challenge and support us to improve.


Mrs Wendy Norman: Clerk to Meadlands Governing Board

I have been the clerk to the governing board since February 2012. I am responsible for providing advice on governance, constitutional and procedural matters as well as administrative support to the Governing Board 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' wider family  and the education of its children. I have previously worked intown planning consultancy and also work in other educational settings.  My interests outside work include dance and theatre, walking and gardening.

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