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 am passionate and enthusiastic about education and have substantial experience of working in schools, local authority services and higher education. My interests are particularly centred around the teaching and learning of English/literacy. I am committed to ensuring that all children have the opportunity to achieve to their full potential and to creating positive outcomes for all pupils at Hazeldene school.

Committee Membership: Chair of Development Committee
Link Governor: Literacy

 

Stuart Bolton Parent Governor
  As dad to Charlotte (Yr 2) and Benjamin (Reception) I have been a parent governor since 2016. We have another daughter, Emily, who will follow her brother and sister to Hazeldene in 2021! Having spent 20 years employed in financial services, 2017 was the year I finally went it alone and started SJB Mortgage Solutions. I hope that my work and life experiences can support the brilliant work already being done by the school as well as helping to achieve some of their goals that may sometimes feel financially out of reach

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'


Esther Snelson Co-opted Governor
I became a governor in 2012 and am part of Hazeldene and Castle Newnham Schools governing bodies. I have two children at local school, it is important to me that our local schools continue to provide excellent educational standards and an environment for all our children to thrive.
I run my own company providing advice and guidance predominately for clients working in Education or Digital Media. I previously worked for the BBC and The Open University overseeing change and culture management projects, and production projects, managing people, projects, developing long term strategy and being accountable for budgets in excess of £10m.
As a governor I provide impartial advice while forming partnerships built on trust and open communication, but also a practical set of managerial, financial and educational skills with the commitment, enthusiasm and confidence to be a voice for parents to help all children achieve their full potential.


 
 
 
 
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