Governors - Profiles

Keith Hutt- Chair - Co-opted

I have been involved with education throughout my professional life. Initially a secondary school teacher, I subsequently became an RE adviser. Following a spell as a member of the SLT in a Special School,  I then moved into the education planning department at Herts County Council as a Planning Officer. In that role I has responsibility for adapting schools to better meet the needs of people with disabilities, for overseeing building projects and for property related data.

Prior to Mr Gove ending the programme, I was Deputy Director for Building Schools for the Future in Hertfordshire. I then became the Systems Development Manager in the Corporate Property Department with responsibility for the collection and analysis of data relating to school premises. This was mainly used to determine and prioritise the majority of the County funded maintenance and development projects in schools. I was also an Ofsted inspector for a while.

Emma Claremont - Vice Chair -Parent

I have a child in the lower half of the school and I live in Little Hadham. I worked for 10 years as a lawyer in the City, have spent the last year as a stay at home mum, and I am currently setting up my own business.
I love our school and I am really passionate about supporting both it and the teachers so they can provide our children with the best educational experience possible. I will persuade, support and challenge those involved in our school in trying to achieve it.

Lesley Calder - Co-opted

Background in Management and Training Consultancy, providing Business and Project Management, Training and IT solutions.  Professional ISO 9001 specialist and assessor; working with organisations, to support continual improvement across all aspects of their business.   Ex-parent of Little Hadham, and past Chair of ‘The Friends’ PTA.  Working with children through Scouting since 2002 (Beavers, Cubs and Scouts), currently a Scout leader.  Have specialist interest, personal knowledge and training in Special Educational Needs, Disabilities and Equality.

Darian Compton - Co-opted

Personal Assistant to the founder of a top 50 city law firm specialising in litigation.  I have extensive knowledge and practice of Early Years education as a result of being former Leader of Little Hadham Preschool Playgroup, and through gaining my Certificate (Level 4) in Early Years Practice from the Open University.  I am a Parent at Little Hadham Primary and out-going Co-Chair of “The Friends” PTA.

Dani Leak - Co-opted

I have lived in the village for over 10 years and have 10 year old twin boys who attend the school.  They are my motivation in becoming a parent Governor.  I have a combination of specialist childcare setting management skills and broader business management skills.  I am a qualified Nursery Nurse (NNEB) and in the earlier part of my career, I worked for a large chain of day nurseries in middle management positions for several years.  I now work as a Company Director of a local family business.

Kate Penning - Teacher

I have been a teacher since 1993, with gaps for bringing up my own two children. My career has included teaching in Hertfordshire mainly, with periods in London and Cairo in Egypt. I know a good amount about the school’s strengths and areas for development. As a staff governor, I am committed to building on those strengths and helping staff and governors gain a better mutual understanding. As a teacher I also aim to help governors understand how their decisions will impact on pupils and their learning. I have been teaching Maple Class since 2015. During the years, I have seen many changes in what schools offer and what is expected of teachers and of pupils. I enjoy working with other governors to build on and improve further what Little Hadham Primary School provides for the children.

Rob Brown - Co-opted

I have worked in the IT industry for all my career and for the last 25 years have worked in the IT department of Lloyds Bank. During this time I have been a Test Manager, Project Manager, Resource Manager and Project Office Manager. All of these roles involve the need to set clear objectives and plans to deliver those objectives, keeping a good look out for problems that might get in the way and ensuring that the money does not run out before you get to the end. Along the way I have learned about the importance of good processes, clear, concise communication, and a little bit of spin. I have been exposed to the usage, and abusage, of metrics and been involved in a few disability related issues.

Liz Lloyd-Williams - Parent

I have a background managing teams of health researchers and, liaising across organisations, ensuring that research leads to actual health benefits. I sit on the Little Hadham Parish Council and have been the chair since 2015. 
I am a parent at Little Hadham Primary School, having one son starting reception in September 2016, and another going into year 2. I strongly believe in state education. Our school provides high quality education for our children and my aim as a governor will be to provide challenge and support towards ensuring this continues and develops.

David Ratnage - Parent

I have a child in the lower half of the school and I’ve lived in Little Hadham for five years at the time of writing. The school itself was one of the main reasons for our move to the area as we felt that such a small community based school was not available where we had been living previously. Fortunately, I had experienced a similar school in the latter years of my primary schooling after first attending a large, faceless school where I had less than flourished. As a result, I am very passionate about education and the influence a positive experience has on a child’s future.  I currently work in the risk management technology domain as a Senior Director.

David Willett - Co-opted

I have lived in Little Hadham since moving from London in 2012. I have gradually been getting involved in the local community through involvement in Parish Council meetings. In May 2017, I joined the Neighbourhood Planning Group. Once the plan is published, there will work to do in implementing the vision as well as developing ideas after the by-pass has been built. Future developments will affect the school in a positive way. I was a secondary school teacher for 37 years in London. I retired in 2008 as a secondary Deputy Head, and teacher governor. I then worked part time at a different school in Hertfordshire for another 8 years until March 2016. Here, I taught English at KS3 for two years and then literacy work and paired reading with mainly Year 7 pupils. In my role as Deputy Head, I was involved in strategic planning (School Development Plan), finance, personnel, staff appointments, performance management, developing leadership skills with staff and much more.

Mike Kibby - Full Governors Clerk

Anne Beer - Committees Clerk