Meet the Governors
Meet the Governors
Our Chair of Governors is Ms Debbie Brown and she can be contacted at Dbrown@thomasharding.bucks.sch.uk or via the school office by leaving correspondence in a sealed envelope for her attention.
Our Published Admission Number (PAN) is: 240
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.
Mel Nugent, Headteacher
I have been headteacher of Thomas Harding since September 2019 and I am tremendously proud to be leading such a wonderful school, with such a committed and skilled Governing Body. I am passionate about working in partnership with the children, staff, governors and the parent community to continue to develop Thomas Harding as a thriving, happy and successful school.
For me the needs of the children are always paramount in the life and decision making within a school. I strongly believe in providing the children with stimulating, creative and enriched learning experiences, which develop their passion for lifelong learning. I also believe strongly in ensuring that all children understand that they are capable of achieving whatever they set their hearts and minds to. Therefore, I firmly believe that a growth mindset, a willingness to be brave and persevere at tasks and to make mistakes, are essential learning skills that need to be modelled by adults and developed in children.
I believe that we have a positive and successful future working, growing and developing together as a whole school community so that Thomas Harding continues to be a school that children love coming to and one which provides an educational experience which ensures that all children aspire, work hard and ultimately achieve success whilst at our school and in their future lives.
Chesham has been my home for 14 years and I love its genuine sense of community. I am a mum to three children, the eldest currently attending Thomas Harding and her younger siblings soon to follow. My strengths lie very much in art and design but I also have a practical streak that loves maths and science; these varied interests led me to choose architecture as my profession 25 years ago. I’m currently head of department at a London practice, having previously held positions in various parts of the world-- most recently as Design Director in a fast-growing restaurant company in New York City. When I'm not working or running after the children, I'm likely to be making something. I am a serial maker.
Growing up in Canada, I was very fortunate to be pupil in a state-funded education program that fostered academic excellence. This background cultivated a love of learning and exploration, and fuelled my aspirations into adult life. My hope now is to play an active part of the community that provides access to excellence for the next generation.
Paul Harding - Skills Governor, Operations Committee, Finance and Website/communications
I graduated from Reading University with a joint honours BAEd degree in Education Studies (Primary) and Music in 2013. I am in my 9th year of teaching and currently the Deputy Head at Thomas Harding Junior School. I have been a staff governor previously and am excited to step into that role again this year. I am passionate about the need to expose children to a wealth of knowledge and experiences through a thoughtful and well designed curriculum, believing that every child should have an equal opportunity to a great education and support network. It is my responsibility, as a member of the governing body, to ensure that the school are offering those opportunities to our children.