Hazeldene Lower School

Meet the Governors

Victoria Cromwell Parent Governor and Chair of the Governing Body
I have been a parent governor since 2012, and Chair of the Governing Body since 2013. I have two children currently attending Hazeldene. I am passionate about helping the school improve outcomes and provide an excellent education for all pupils. I have a law degree from Nottingham University and practiced as a City lawyer for 12 years before making the decision to spend some more time with my young family. I now work freelance as a lecturer teaching law to  trainee accountants. I believe that my career to date has given me a wide range of transferable skills that I am able to bring to the role of governor and in particular Chair.
Committee Membership: Management Committee & Personnel Committee
Link Governor: Numeracy & Assessment


Nikki Godden Parent Governor and Vice-Chair of the Governing Body
  I am a parent of 2 boys,Jasper and Theo, and also an active member of the Friends of Hazeldene. Prior to becoming a parent I spent the majority of my working life at BT as a sales executive and sales manager. I then undertook a training and development role within sales which involved coaching and mentoring new sales execs. 7 years ago I started my own silver fingerprint franchise which I still successfully run. I also work part time during the week as a PA to the Executive Principal of a middle school. I passionately believe in all aspects of education and learning
Committee Membership: Development Committee
Link Governor: Safeguarding


Margaret Lambert Partnership Governor
I first became a school Governor in 1992, when we lived on the Isle of Wight. The following year we moved to Bedford for my husbandís work. I have been a Governor at Hazeldene since 1993. I have two grown up daughters, one of whom attended Hazeldene. My youngest daughter has dyslexia which was only picked up later on in her schooling, so I am passionate about getting the correct help for those who struggle with learning.
Committee Membership: Development Committee and Chair of Personnel Committee
Link Governor: Special Educational Needs


Cheryl Robinson Partnership Governor & Chair of the Development Committee
I have a wide knowledge of education and have worked in this field for many years. I have an Masters in Education, National Professional Qualification in Headship and have worked for Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education). In addition, I have experience as an Advisory Teacher and have a thorough knowledge of primary education. I currently work as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire where I teach on the Primary PGCE, Primary BEd. and B.A. Programmes. My research interests are centered around the teaching and learning of English. I have recently completed my PgCap with an action research project centered around early reading.

Committee Membership: Chair of Development Committee
Link Governor: Literacy


Stuart Bolton Parent Governor
  I joined the Governing Body in November 2015 when my daughter joined Hazeldene. Charlotte has just turned 5 and will be joined by Benjamin in two years time. I currently work for the UK's largest property services group as a Regional Sales Manager in Financial Services. With a total of 20 years experience within the industry I hope that I might be able to offer the school a different perspective on matters not directly related to education. I am committed to help the school achieve those goals that financially may feel out of reach at times.

Committee Membership: Chair of Management Committee
Link Governor: PE


Jean-Francois Jacques Parent Governor
I joined the Governing Body in January 2018 as I found it important as a parent to be involved in the school where my son is receiving his education. I am currently working in an adult community mental health service in the NHS as a dramatherapist. I also direct a local community theatre in Bedford. I feel passionate about the emotional well-being and the artistic development of children alongside their academic achievements. I am committed to bring my skills in the health and arts sectors to benefit the school and the development of the children'

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