Meet the Governors
Mrs Emma Thoulass - Chair of Governors, PCC Governor
I joined the governing body as a PCC foundation governor in 2017, was elected Vice Chair in 2018 and then Chair in 2019. I have lived in Clophill since 2004 and both my children have attended St Mary’s, my youngest is currently in Oak class. I enjoy being involved in the school and I am committed to its continued success.
I have worked in finance since leaving school, qualifying as a chartered accountant and then a chartered tax adviser. I now run my own accountancy business from home which gives me the flexibility to spend time supporting the school.
Mrs Amanda Arnold - Staff Governor
Hi I am Amanda Arnold. I have been teaching for around 18 years and love my role in the classroom. I started as an NQT at St Mary’s’ in 2002 working for 5 years before moving to a middle for a few years to lead upper Key Stage 2 and explore elements of Key Stage 3. I returned St Mary’s following my work there and have remained part of the fantastic team ever since.
As well as my role as class teacher I am subject lead for RE and History. RE has always been one of my favourite subjects to teach as it gives you a real opportunity to explore deep thinking and hear so many different opinions. I enjoy getting creative with the subject and exploring how to teach the curriculum through different media and approaches.
History coordinator is a new role for me and I am enjoying exploring the subject further, considering ways we might improve our teaching and delivery of this.
I took on the role as staff governor when I returned to St Mary’s in 2009 and regularly give updates on the work we do in RE and Values Education. I help provide a link between staff and governors but in reality we all work nicely together as a team.
I am currently part time in school as I have two young children to keep me busy the rest of the time but any spare time I do have is normally spent planning some sort of project, be it home/garden improvement or a crazy celebration for my family.
Mrs Rozlyn Combe - Parent Governor
Mrs Clare Deverill - DBE Governor
I have lived in Clophill for almost 10 years. My husband and I have two children, one who left St Marys last year and the other in Yr 2. Both also joined St Mary’s at a very young age, enjoying the Acorn Nursery from 2 years 7 months.
Having joined the Governing Body in 2017, I am able to bring my past experiences as a senior leader in Financial Services and a lead in Health and Safety in previous roles, to bear on what is already an experienced, competent and passionate team.
I think it is essential that we have parents engaged in the process, helping to govern and guide the leadership of the school. In this regard, I aim to give assistance in areas where I can, to give the perspective of parents and engage with the other Governors to produce an Outstanding School for our children.
Outside my roles as governor, I live life to the max, always on the go, always with friends and family and any spare time after that, chilling with the kids at home.
Reverned Lynda Klimas - PCC Governor
Mrs Sarah Matlock - PCC Governor
Mrs Anna Neuff - Local Authority Governor
I joined the governing body in March 2021. I have two young children at the school and was very keen to be able to offer support to the school and to help with its ongoing development. In my short time on the board I have already been impressed by how much is involved in running a school and how much the school needs to think about in order to provide the best care and education for our children.
I have worked in Change Management for over 20 years for large financial institutions guiding people through new processes, systems and structures. I hope that I can use some of these skills to aid the school in a time where education is constantly changing. St Mary's is a lovely school and I am excited to become more involved with a great team
Mrs Joanne Webb - PCC Governor
Hello, my name is Joanne and I am a PCC Governor here at St Mary’s C of E School. I live in the village and have done so for the last 21 years. I have two grown up sons, the youngest of whom attended St Marys many years ago.
I have enjoyed a long career in education working as a teacher, deputy headteacher and headteacher in primary schools in Hertfordshire: a career which I loved and enjoyed very much. I now work from home and am involved in running our family business in a field outside that of education.
I feel passionate about giving young children the greatest start in life, and as a governor, I hope to share my skills with the school and work with them to bring about the best care and education for the children within our community.