Governors

GOVERNORS MEET THE SCHOOL COUNCIL 

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Mr Ashok Patil                     (Chair)      LEA Governor

Mrs Poula Budge                 (Vice)       Community Governor

Miss Tracey Ali                     (Head teacher)                  

Dr Amarpal Maan                                  Parent Governor 

Mrs Alexis Noble                                    Parent Governor

Mr Jules Kite                                           Parent Governor

Mrs Jennifer Hurrell                           Parent Governor

Mrs Sudarsharna Sharma                 Parent Governor

Ms Lel Seymour                                     Staff Governor

Mrs Marie Donegan                             Co-opted Governor

Mrs Karen O’Neill                                 Co-opted Governor

Mr Moiz Ebrahim                                 Associate member

Mr Steve Smith                                      Associate Governor  

Mrs Katherine Coteman                     Associate Governor

Mrs Debbie Butler                               Clerk to the Governor

Who are we?

Ash Patil – Chair of Governors. “As a governor I bring simplicity and a renewed enthusiasm and optimism to the board of governors with my boundless energy.” Ash and his family have been residents of Rickmansworth for over 30 years. He has an engineering background and postgraduate degree in Operations Research.  Ash is a cricket and a music lover and in his spare time is always keen to help promote these amongst young people.

Poula Budge is Vice Chair of the Governing Body and brings with her a wealth of longstanding experience from her time as a teacher and headteacher of a local primary school.

Jennifer Hurrell – was co-opted as Associate Governor in Spring 2012, and appointed as a Parent Governor in September 2012. She has two children at the school, and also helps as a parent helper in the school library. She works as a solicitor, and is a partner of a Watford law firm.

Kate Coteman –  was initially appointed as a Parent Governor in September 2012. She has one child currently at the school, with another two to come. She has a degree in Politics and a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing. She has worked in the advertising industry for 16 years, currently as Director of Brand Partnerships and Advertising at Discovery Channel.

Steve Smith – was appointed initially as a Parent Governor in September 2012 and has a daughter who attends the school. He works for a large financial services company. He is chair of the Finance Committee.
 
Dr Amarpal Maan –  I am a parent of 2 children at Arnett Hills School for the last 4 years. I have worked as a General Practitioner in Ealing since 2002. I joined the Governing Body at Arnett Hills School in September 2013 for a term of 4 years till September 2017 as a Parent Governor. I was nominated by a fellow parent and elected unopposed.
 
Lel Seymour – I am a staff governor and have been for two years. I have two secondary-age school children who had an excellent start to their education here. I sit on the Curriculum and Standards Committee and I am a teaching assistant and librarian in school. I have a particular interest in Special Educational Needs and the promotion of reading for pleasure across the school. I run a library reading club one lunchtime a week.
 
Marie Donegan
I retired  in July 2016 from Chalfonts Community College where I taught English for the past twelve years. I am married with three adult daughters who were educated locally. I am originally from Cork in Ireland but moved to Rickmansworth in 1979. I now live in Chorleywood. Keen to stay involved in education I volunteer with Year 1 every Thursday morning.
 
Alexis Noble
I am mother of two girls at Arnett Hill’s school and an active member of the local community too. My background and experience ranges from a broad business horizon of Office Operations, including HR, Project Management, Finance, Facilities, Events and more.  I enjoy the school as much as my children do and have spent 4 years on the PTA prior to becoming a Governor. I want to see the school thrive in every area, not just the academics and the teaching.
 
Jules Kite CEng – I am a parent governor elected in September 2016. I have one daughter at the school with another to follow in September 2017. I am a chartered engineer and partner in a business development engineering consultancy within the automotive industry. I have a passion for simplicity and positivity as a practitioner and instructor of internal martial arts and meditation.
 
Mrs Sudarsharna Sharma – I was elected unopposed as a parent governor in September 2013 and serve on the curriculum committee. I am a Maths graduate and the instructor for the Chorleywood Kumon Centre, delivering a Maths and English education programme. I also maintain an interest in children and young peoples’ well-being, having previously worked in a role supporting schools where pupils have experienced grief and loss. 
 
 
Lel Seymour – I am a LSA in school and the school Librarian. I began working at Arnett Hills when both of my children attended the school. I am passionate about books and reading and currently lead a group of Reading Gladiators from year 4.
 
Tracey Ali – Headteacher at Arnett Hills. Took up post January 2002. 
 
Karen O’Neill – Deputy Head teacher and SENDCo. Took up post in September 2009.
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