Clophill St Marys CofE lower school

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.

Mr Ben Jones - Vice Chair of Governors, DBE Governor

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Mrs Amanda Arnold - Staff Governor

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Mr Tom Caplan - Local Authority Governor

I first joined the School Governors as an Associate Governor in 2017 (as part of my role as a local Parish Councillor), but subsequently reverted to being a full Local Authority Governor in early 2019. I moved to Clophill in 2014, and wanted to integrate myself and my family into the community as well as offering assistance where I could. In 2019 my two daughters started at the school, and it is great to be part of this school as a governor and a parent to see the school flourish further and be engaged in helping to govern and guide the school that is so central to the village.  


Outside of my role as a governor, I spent nearly 10 years in London as a solicitor before moving out of the profession to build a legal headhunting and recruitment agency. My past experience as an employment lawyer has provided experience of drafting and implementing policy, and my new position in building a business and assisting on people's careers offers an additional valuable perspective to the governing body.

Mrs Clare Deverill - Parent 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.

Mrs Karen Maxfield - Parent Governor

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Mr Stuart Milne - PCC Governor

I have been a governor since 2017 when my son first joined the school.  I was introduced to the role of the governing body at the welcome meeting for new parents and was keen to get involved.   Now I have two children at St. Mary’s it feels even more important to me to be able to contribute towards the ongoing development of the school.

I’ve worked in accountancy for many years which feels far removed from the world of education however I try to share some of my work-based skills at the Governors’ meetings.  It’s a refreshing change to my daily work to spend time at St Mary’s during the school day observing some of the many creative, fun and varied educational activities in which the children can participate.

It has been a real eye-opener to see just how much work goes on behind the scenes to make St Mary’s a friendly, welcoming and positive learning environment for the pupils.  What was immediately apparent when I first joined St Mary’s was the dedication of both the teaching and non-teaching staff, local volunteers and the fundraising efforts of Friends of St Mary’s.    The combined support of all of these people helps make St Mary’s a great place to learn and I’m very proud to be able to be a small part of the team that helps to ensure the school continues to thrive.

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.