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Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor. We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.




Hertford St Andrew C of E Primary School has an active and committed team of Governors who play an important role in school life.


The Purpose of the Governing Body is to:


  • ensure a clear vision and ethos of the school.
  • provide a strategic direction for the work of the school.
  • support, monitor and evaluate the educational performance of the school and its pupils.
  • monitor the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


The Governing Body does this by:


  • ensuring we select people with the skills that are needed on the governing body and through training for governors.
  • using three committees to look into the detail of the different aspects of work. The three committees are the ‘Curriculum and Standards Committee’, the ‘Values and Well-Being Committee’ and the ‘Resources Committee’.
  • giving governors specific links to aspects of the school and meeting with the Headteacher and specific members of staff to focus on particular areas, such as teaching and learning in different subjects, spending of pupil premium funding, the school’s pay policy, safeguarding, buildings and health and safety.
  • sending summaries of reports and discussions out to all governors prior to the full governing body meeting.

Governor Information 2019 - 2020

Meet the Governors:


Chris Seward

I have lived in Hertford since December 1994 and, throughout this time, have attended St Andrew’s Church with my family. I retired after twenty one years as a Headteacher in the summer of 2016 having held this role in two secondary schools, most recently at an Ofsted “outstanding” comprehensive school within the county of Essex. I was a National Leader of Education. I am now pleased to contribute to the development of our church Primary School and appreciate the opportunity to work with such a committed team.


Chantal Geall

I have been a foundation governor at Hertford St Andrew since 2013.  I currently chair the Finance and Resources Committee and act as the Vice Chair of Governors.  I was asked to consider becoming a governor initially because of my skills in the finance arena, but have since really enjoyed getting to know how the school is run and most importantly interacting with the wonderful pupils at our school.  I think it’s really important for us to help every child to achieve the best that they can whilst at the school, recognising that the standards may vary considerably from pupil to pupil.  


I am a life long Hertford resident and have been a town councillor for Castle Ward since 2003. In 2014/2015 I was honoured to serve as Mayor of Hertford.  My local interests include the wonderful Hertford Museum where I am a trustee.  I am also involved in town twinning and have made many visits to Hertford’s French twin town Evron and German twin town Wildeshausen.  In my spare time I like to travel and scuba dive in warm waters


Peter Murphy

I became a Parent Governor in early 2016. I am married to Katie and we have two sons, both at St Andrews. I sit on the Pupils and Standards committee and am keen to help all children get the opportunity to do well. Also, living so close to the school, I feel it important that it fulfills its role at the heart of our community. By day I work in IT. Outside of work I am a keen amateur musician; I sing with a chamber choir in London and conduct a choir in Hertford.


Sophie Perry

I became an associate governor in September 2018, having recently joined Hertford St Andrew as Deputy Headteacher.  Prior to my move to Hertford St Andrew, I taught for over 6 years at a 2-form entry primary school in Ware where I also gained  experience of governance through my role as a parent governor and Chair of the Standards Committee.

I have three children, two of whom are away studying at university, whilst one is a student at Chauncy.   


Neil Puncher

I have been a governor since May 2013. I  am a parent governor and member of the resources committee with a link to ICT in the school. I have lived in Hertford for just over five years and have two children at Hertford St. Andrew. I became a governor after initially becoming involved with a parent group when the school was given Requires Improvement status from Ofsted. With my daughter at the school and my son soon to start I wanted to be part of the body to help get the school to "Good" and hopefully in the future "Outstanding" status.  Good was achieved last year so now work will be ongoing to target Outstanding. 


Laura Ramsay

My name is Laura Ramsay and I am in my third year as a Foundation Governor at Hertford St Andrew’s C of E Primary School. I became the Chair of Governors in September 2015 and I am a member of the Pupils and Standards Committee.


I started my career as secondary school teacher working for Kirklees LEA in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. My specialist subject area was Design and Technology. I later became an Advisory Teacher and Ofsted Inspector and finished my career as deputy to the Head of the Early Years Service in Kirklees. I retired in 2005 and moved to Hertford after the death of my husband in 2010 to be near my two sons, James and Mark..


I was delighted to be asked, as a member of Herford St Andrew’s Church to be a Foundation Governor for the school. I have always had a passion to do what is best for children to enable them to develop and reach their true potential. So by being a governor I feel that not only can I keep in touch with children and teachers but also make a contribution to the school. What particularly attracts me to Hertford St Andrew’s is the strong ethos of a caring and inclusive school. I am also interested in ensuring that a strong Christian ethos exists within the school.


Reverend Alan Stewart

I'm married to Rachel with two children Rosie and Elijah. I originally studied at art college so have a particular interest in arts and music. I really enjoy walking the dog, practising Mindfulness and painting. 

I lead two weekly assemblies at the school. I sit on the Pupils and Standards committee with a special interest in Special Educational Needs.


Rod Willis

I am a member of St Andrews Church for past 27 years and a Chartered Surveyor, working for Network Rail.  I have been a Governor for 8 years, initially as a Foundation Governor and more recently as a Community Governor.  I am on the Resources Committee with responsibility for Health and Safety.  I am married with three grown up children, one of whom is now a teacher, and I enjoy sports, particularly football and cricket.  Having been parent governor at my children's primary school, I thought I could offer my skills and experience to benefit the wider community of St Andrews.


Stef Todd

I have been a staff governor at Hertford St Andrew since 2015. I am also a member of the Pupil and Wellbeing Committee with links to the Christian Ethos. My teaching career began in Enfield; I worked in a large multi-faith school where I was fortunate to work with a range of children with many differing needs. I began teaching at Hertford St Andrew in 2014 and have since become the school SENCo. It is important to me that all children have a broad and balanced education and are given the opportunities to achieve the best that they can.


Trish Burton

I moved to Hertford in 2017 and my son currently attends Hertford St Andrew School. I am originally from Dublin, coming to London in 1995 to undertake my nurse training and have stayed ever since.  My family are still in Ireland and we regularly return there.

I am looking forward to being part of the HSA Governor team; to understand better how our children can be supported in becoming curious, caring and compassionate citizens.

In love living in Hertford, especially exploring Panshanger Park and Waterford Nature Reserve.