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Meet the Governors

Purpose of Governance:

School LGB's (Local Governing Bodies) are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the head teacher, who is responsible for the day-to-day management, they set the school's aims and policies.

Key roles of Governors:

  • to ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • to hold the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and it's pupils, and the performance management of the staff.
  • to oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent.

Welcome to the Governors' section.
Chair of Governors is Mr Stan Barton and he can be contacted at or via the school office by leaving correspondence in a sealed envelope for his attention. 
Our Published Admission Number (PAN) is: 240

Thomas Harding School Governing Body 2018-19

Picture 1 Mr. Barton - Chair of Governing Body
Picture 2 Mrs Flack- Vice chair of Governing body
Picture 3 Mrs. Hassan - Parent Governor
Picture 4 Mrs Jabar- Parent Governor
Picture 5 Ms. Byrne - Skills Governor
Picture 6 Ms. Sutherland - Skills Governor
Picture 7 Mrs Christensen- Skills Governor
Picture 8 Mr. Turner- Staff Governor

About our governors, in their own words.


Phyl Flack, Vice chair, Operations committee, Performance and Data committee. SEND and PP.

I am a former teacher at Thomas Harding. I retired after more than fourteen years working part-time in all year groups across the school. I bring my thirty years of experience teaching in both KS1 and KS2, and of working in Inner London and Bucks, to the governing body. What I also bring is a deep affection for the school and community which I continue to support as a governor.

Michele Christensen, Skills Governor, Operations Committee.

With a legal and financial background, I initially worked in financial institutions and the fine art auction business. My two sons attended Thomas Harding Junior School. I became a secondary school teacher- modern language- in 2004.

Nargis Jabar, Parent Governor, Performance and Data committee. Diversity and Educational visits.

Hi, My name is Nargis. I am a full-time mum of three young, boisterous boys. I have lived in Chesham my whole life, my siblings and I all attended Thomas Harding and now my children have also had the pleasure of being students at the school. My two eldest boys have completed their journeys here and have moved on to their next schools, however my youngest son is currently in Year 5. Over the years I have watched Thomas Harding grow and develop from strength to strength and I look forward to continuing to support this development as a governor. I would like to help ensure that all students at Thomas Harding have a successful and happy journey, just as my own family have over the years.

Gill Byrne, Skills Governor, Operations Committee, Development

I became a Parent Governor when my daughter was at Thomas Harding, as I wished to have a more active role representing the voice of the parents in the governance of the school. Although my daughter finished her time at the school in the Summer of 2018, I have remained on the Governing Body as a Skills Governor, and continue to be hugely impressed with the high standards of teaching and leadership the children experience on a daily basis. My background and expertise is in Human Resources management, and although I have taken a step down from this since being a mum, I currently manage the recruitment administration of local trainee teachers for the Astra SCITT, based at Dr Challoner's Grammar School.

Becky Sutherland, Skills Governor, Performance and Data committee, English

I am a parent of two boys, one currently still attending Thomas Harding Junior School. I have been a governor at the school for several years both as a parent and as a community governor. As a parent I have a keen interest in education and also am an assistant head teacher of a large multicultural primary school in North West London. I bring my experience and knowledge of both roles to my position as governor.

Zarah Hassan, Parent Governor, Performance and Data Committee, Maths, PSHE

I have lived in Chesham for over 10 years. My eldest daughter attended Thomas Harding, my middle daughter is in Year 6 and my youngest is due into the school in September 2019. I have been a parent Governor for the last 4 years and have been elected to continue for a further 4. I appreciate the challenges that the school faces and am looking to build upon my experience in helping support and shape a successful school. I am an active parent and have a diverse network of friends from different backgrounds. I firmly believe we are one family at Thomas Harding who all need to work together. I will continue to act as a conduit into the school for anyone who may be looking for representation.

Jon Turner, Staff Governor, Operations committee, Performance and Data committee.

I have been the Deputy Headteacher at Thomas Harding since April 2013 and I have had the pleasure of being part of the school's exciting journey that has seen it grow from strength to strength. I lead the Performance and Standards committee and one of my roles on the Governing Body is to provide a whole-school perspective on teaching and learning, so that Thomas Harding remains an exciting and inviting place to learn and work. My passions in school include maths, learning outside the classroom, the curriculum and mentoring.


Parent Governor Candidates and Voting November 2018