Governor Profiles September 2020

Philip Addison

Philip has been a Parent Governor since 2017. He chairs the Pastoral Committee, and is also a member of the Audit & Risk and Resources committees. Philip is the designated governor for Mental Health and the Link Governor for Careers Education and Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE). Philip also acts as the governor link for support staff in the school, and with the School Business Manager’s team for Human Resource matters. Philip studied Management at Loughborough University before embarking on a career in Human Resources. Philip is a long-term member of Blueharts Hockey Club and continues to play and enjoy supporting the development of younger players. Philip attended the school in the 1970s and was Head Boy. Philip has two sons who are pupils at Hitchin Boys’ School, and one who has recently left to go to university.

Neil Broughton

Neil has been a Parent Governor since 2019, and sits on the Teaching & Learning and Pastoral committees. Neil is the Link Governor for Art and Design, Technology and the Library. Prior to becoming a governor at Hitchin Boys’ School, Neil was vice-chair of governors at a lower school in Leighton Buzzard. Neil holds a degree from the University of Leeds and works as Quality Director for a local aerospace company. He has been involved with Scouts for many years, taking on various roles from Scout Leader to Assistant County Commissioner, and is currently supporting the Hertfordshire County Air Activities Team. Neil has a son at Hitchin Boys’ School and a daughter at Hitchin Girls’ School.

Dr Helen Corkill

Helen is a Co-opted Governor and was appointed Chair of Governors in Autumn 2018. She is a member of the Teaching & Learning Committee, and the Link Governor for the Sixth Form and for English. Helen works as a management consultant in higher and professional education, both within the UK and internationally. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

Bryan Gillingham

Bryan was appointed as a Community Governor in September 2020. He is a member of the Audit & Risk, Resources and Teaching & Learning committees. Bryan is the Link Governor for History and for 2020/21 will lead on oversight for Covid-19 catch-up funding. Bryan has public sector finance experience as both an external auditor and a finance professional in the civil service. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.

Cheryl Grainger

Cheryl was appointed a Parent Governor in 2010 and then a Community Governor in 2016. She is joint Vice-Chair of Governors, Chair of the Teaching & Learning Committee and a member of the Audit & Risk and Resources committees. Cheryl is the Link Governor for Science and Maths. Cheryl is originally from Manchester but lives in Knebworth and both her children attended schools in Hitchin. She runs her own training consultancy serving the pharmaceutical industry, originally being moved here by Roche in Welwyn Garden City. Cheryl is also chair of PolyPeople, a patient support group for people with Polyposis syndromes and an active member of Hitchin Tilehouse Rotary. Cheryl is chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee, as well as a member of the Resources and Audit & Risk committees. Cheryl is also Link Governor with the Science and Maths departments.

David Hutchinson

David became a Community Governor in February 2020. He is a member of the Audit & Risk, Resources and Pastoral committees and is the Link Governor for Business and Psychology. David also has responsibility for compliance matters, and is assisting with Children Looked After (CLA). David worked in the IT solutions industry for over 30 years. He has experience in many industry sectors and for the last eight years was working within the NHS. David’s son is currently in the Sixth Form at the school.

Philip Laws

Philip was elected as a Parent Governor in 2016, and became a Community Governor in 2020. He is Vice-Chair of the Health, Safety & Premises Committee and a member of the Pastoral Committee. Philip is the Link Governor for Physical Education and for the High Performance Group. He also links with the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and is currently the acting designated link governor for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). Prior to being elected a governor at Hitchin Boys’ School, he served three terms as a governor at Ickleford Primary School. Philip has had a lifelong career in telecommunications, most recently running major broadband programmes. In his spare time, he is interested in a number of sports, music and is a classic car enthusiast. Philp has three children including one son who is a pupil at the school.

Steven Marlow

Steven became a Community Governor in February 2020. He is a member of the Health, Safety & Premises and Teaching & Learning committees. Steven is the Link Governor for Geography and RE, a designated Governor for Data Protection, and also has responsibility for cyber security. Steven is a graduate in Business and Maths and has worked most of his career in IT, Information Security and Cyber Security across many industries. He now advises government bodies on Cyber Security strategy and best practices. Steven has two sons currently at Hitchin Boys’ School and is a former HBS student himself.

Janet Radley

Janet was appointed as a Co-opted Governor in March 2018. She is Vice-Chair of the Audit & Risk and Resources committees, and also sits on the Pastoral Committee. Janet is the designated Link Governor for Safeguarding and for Equality, and the Link Governor for languages. Janet has a background in finance, and has worked for the civil service as well as the banking, hospitality and further education sectors. Aside from working in finance, Janet has also trained staff in Safeguarding, Child Protection, Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP), and was a trainer for the Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Partnership. Janet has one son at the school.

Kathryn Rainbow

Kathryn was appointed as a Staff Governor in 2017 and is a member of both the Pastoral Committee and the Teaching & Learning Committee. Kathryn is the Lead Teacher for Art and Design, Photography, Design and Technology. Kathryn attended HBS as a pupil, through the sixth-form consortium arrangement. She holds a degree in Graphic Design and a PGCE in Art and Design. In September 2013 Kathryn joined the school as a teacher of Art and Design and took on the role of Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator. Having reintroduced the award scheme to the school, the award grew from 10 students to 75 over the years. In more recent years she has moved on to take her current role of Lead teacher of Art and Design, Photography, Design and Technology. Her experience as an assistant head of year places her well on both the Pastoral Committee and the Teaching and Learning Committee.

Bhagwant Singh

Bhagwant was appointed a Co-opted Governor in March 2019. He is Chair of the Audit & Risk and Resources committees and a member of the Teaching & Learning Committee. He is the Link Governor for Economics and for the Department of Business, Economics, Computing and IT (BECI). Bhagwant also works closely with the School Business Manager in matters of finance. Bhagwant is an Economics graduate, with over 30 years’ experience working within the financial services sector. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

Liz Taplin

Liz was appointed as a Staff Governor in 2019, representing the support staff. She is a member of the Pastoral and Health, Safety & Premises Committees. Liz works as the Departmental Secretary in Reception at the school, and administers the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. Liz previously worked for Herts Police, and is actively involved in Scouting in Letchworth. Both her sons went to Hitchin Boys’ School.

Michael Taylor

Michael became a Community Governor in 2009. He is Vice-Chair of the Pastoral Committee, and a member of the Teaching & Learning Committee. Michael is Link Governor for the Creative Arts Faculty and for Music, and is also the designated link for Children Looked After (CLA). Michael is Chair of the Hertfordshire Association of School Governors, Chair of the Hertfordshire Music Service, and a Trustee of Benslow Music Trust and Phase Hitchin Churches Schools Worker Trust. He has also been a Governor of Samuel Lucas JMI School since it opened. Michael is now retired, but worked in Human Resources, including a role as Recruitment and Training Manager for a major shipping company which included organising an Apprentice Training Scheme for seagoing officers and engineers.

Cllr. Richard Thake

Richard is a long-standing governor, initially appointed as a local authority nominee and later becoming a Community Governor. He is Vice-Chair of the Teaching & Learning Committee and a member of the Resources and Audit & Risk committees. Richard is the designated governor for disadvantaged children. Richard is a Trustee/Governor of the North Herts Education Support Centre, a Trustee of Hitchin United Charities and the Hertfordshire Building Preservation Trust. Richard was born in Hitchin and has lived in the area all of his life. He became a District Councillor in 1990 and a County Councillor in 2006, where his roles included holding the Education and Skills and the Community Safety portfolios. Richard is the immediate past Chairman of Hertfordshire County Council, and is a director of his family property company.

John Turney

John became a Parent Governor in 2012, just prior to HBS becoming an Academy Trust in 2013. John is a Vice-Chair of Governors, and chairs the Health, Safety & Premises Committee. He also sits on the Audit & Risk and Resources committees. John is the Link Governor for the Social Science Faculty and the Sports Centre. John has worked in the construction industry for over 30 years as a Quantity Surveyor and has helped build a variety of projects throughout London and the Home Counties. A former pupil of HBS himself, John's two sons also have also passed through Hitchin Boys’ School and he also has a daughter currently at Hitchin Girls' School.

Kris Whitmore

Kris has been a community governor since February 2020. He sits on the Audit & Risk, Resources and Pastoral committees. Kris is the Link Governor for Computing and ICT and the staff link for the ICT and technical support staff. He is also the link governor for off-site education. A graduate in Computer Sciences, he has worked as an IT professional for over twenty years, twelve of which running his own consultancy company providing governance and management of many high-profile IT projects in the NHS. Kris is active in the local community with the Scouts and local sporting clubs as both a participant and qualified running coach. He currently has two children at Hitchin Boys’ School.