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


Emma Thomas Parent Governor

I am a parent governor, having joined the governing body in April 2013, with two children currently attending Hazeldene.  As a busy working mum I felt that undertaking the role of school governor would give me more of an insight into some of the current challenges facing the school while at the same time giving me an opportunity to get more involved and help support the staff and governing body to ensure the schools continuous improvement and future success.  I am a professionally qualified IT Project Manager, with a background in Software Development and Systems Analysis within the Outsourcing and Government Sectors.  I have a degree in Economics from Strathclyde Business School and a Masters in Computing from Northumbria University.  As a Senior Project Manager within the UK Government, I am acutely aware of the importance of effective governance and I am committed in utilising my skill set where I can to work effectively alongside the rest of the Governing Body to help determine the right priorities for the school and monitoring progress against these priorities.

Committee Membership: Management Committee
Link Governor: ICT


Gemma Rogers Parent Governor

I joined the Governing Body of Hazeldene in November 2015 and I currently have 2 children at the school. I have over 15 years’ Sales & Marketing experience within a wide range of industry sectors; including 7 years as a Marketing Executive for a large multi-national organisation. My communication and organisational skills developed through my career will hopefully prove useful to the Governing Body as the school enters into the Federation with Castle Lower and Newnham School. I currently run my own business offering Marketing Support & Consultancy services to local small businesses. Being self-employed gives me the flexibility to be able to be an active participant in the Governing Body of Hazeldene School and I am committed to playing my part in making the federation a success.

Committee Membership: Management Committee
Link Governor: EYFS


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


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