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Thomas Harding Junior School

Achievement Through Aspiration

Meet the Governors

Meet the Governors
Our Chair of Governors is Ms Debbie Brown and she can be contacted at or via the school office by leaving correspondence in a sealed envelope for her attention. 
Our Published Admission Number (PAN) is: 240


Debbie Brown,  Chairperson, Operations Committee. Governor training and development. Safeguarding Governor. 


I was appointed to the Governing body in November 2018, and I became Chair in 2021. I have 3 adult children and 5 grand children, 2 of whom attended Thomas Harding Junior School. My career for the past 29 years has been with the MOD and Service Charities. My roles include recruiting, administration, welfare and the well being of service personnel and veterans.

Currently working for a Veterans Charity I deal with issues such as homelessness, addiction, immigration and mental health which will inform my role as governor.

I strongly believe in the culture of Thomas Harding, that no matter where a child is starting from or what their background story is, there is nothing that they will not be able to achieve with the right support. The world is literally their oyster.


Phyl Flack, Vice ChairpersonPerformance and Standards Committee. SEND/ PP and P.E.


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.

Sumbul Zeeshan, (Parent Governor), Performance and Standards committee. Diversity, Educational visits and RE.


I have a particular interest in child development (academically and socially) with a solid understanding of the data used in assessing pupil's achievement; this gives me a good basis for supporting and challenging the school in these core matters.

I care about the progression of the school and the children’s education, not only from a general educational perspective, but also from a holistic point of view. I have a son currently in Year 6. Parent governors have a special role and should ​​​​​​​ try to assess issues and decisions from the point of view of parents/carers. It is about making sure their perspectives (however diverse) are always considered.

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.  


Zahra Hassan, (Parent Governor), Performance and Standards Committee, Maths, PSHE.


I have lived in Chesham for over 10 years. My two older daughters attended Thomas Harding, and my youngest daughter is currently in Year 5.

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.

Lily Jordan, (Skills Governor), Operations  Committee, English, Art.


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



Miss Betts, (Staff Governor)


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.