"We owe a huge debt of thanks to the thousands of people who give so freely of their time and energy to chair the governing bodies of our schools. It’s a vital role that has a significant impact on the overall success of the school, as well as the effectiveness of its governance."
Lord Nash - Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Schools
Chair of Governors
Cllr Chris Lloyd (Mr)
Mr Duncan Roberts
Mr Karan Chopra
Mr Rob Fitzwilliam
Mr Jon Gray
Mr Richard McCarthy
Mr Sam Pullinger
Ms Ammie Purewall
Mr Simon Robson
Mrs Charlotte Eastman
Mr Tony Perez
Mr Paul Rainbow
Mrs Sarah Smith
Mr Nick Flint
Mr David Edney
Mr Russell Hyde
Mr Chris McDermott
Ms Sam Newman
Ms Angie Prior
Mr Alan Restarick
Mrs Kathy Roe
Ms Lori Stanton
Mr Mark Thompson
Cllr Chris Lloyd (Mr)
Meet the Governors
We are developing a recording of governors to bring their important role and impact alive. Following our Governor Link Day on Friday 18th November, here are Alan, Emma and Chris's thoughts:
Alan Restarick - Co-opted Governor
Chris McDermott - Co-opted Governor
Emma Tiernan - Past-Parent Governor
Chair, Vice Chairs and Head
Local Authority Member
Alan has been a governor at Little Green School since 2020. He has lived in Croxley Green for over 30 years and all his four children attended the school, prior to secondary education at the Watford Grammar schools and then University. He is now retired after 40 years as a programme manager in the defence electronics industry, working on national and international programmes for military aircraft. His hobbies include beekeeping, fixing computers, cooking and running when possible.
Duncan has been a local headteacher for ten years with 5 years at Maple Cross JMI and nearing 5 years at Little Green Junior School. He is committed to a research-led, evidence based, transparent and honest dialogue to ensure he and the school are doing the best we can for the children, staff and wider community. As a governor, staff member, parent and Croxley resident, he is very invested in the success of Little Green Junior School and the wider community we serve.
Karan is a solicitor by profession and works in the field of leveraged finance, advising banks and funds in respect of loans they provide to corporate entities. Karan grew up locally to Little Green and so knows the school and the surrounding areas well. He studied at Berkhamsted School and Merchant Taylors School before going on to study law at Bristol University and the National University of Singapore. Outside of work, Karan enjoys spending time with his family and watching football and cricket. He is a long suffering West Ham supporter!
Vice Chair of Resources
Charlotte Eastman has been a Governor since 2014, initially at Malvern Way, where she was chair of resourcing for 4 years and latterly at Little Green. Her background is HR and business development. She has worked at director level since 2010 and has previously run her own consultancy business for 8 years, having now moved back into permanent work. Her 2 most favourite things in the world are her family, she has 2 boys, and her career. Charlotte gets a huge kick from seeing the development of people, so it felt absolutely right to give back to her community and society by becoming a governor. She supports the resourcing working party in any way she can but her key roles are to onboard new governors and manage the training plan and support the head on the annual appraisal cycle.
Nick is a Staff Governor, and an Assistant Headteacher (Year 4 Lead). Nick leads on all things technology focussed within school and is actively researching ways of making teaching and assessment within foundation subjects more concurrent, efficient and engaging. Nick plods around Cassiobury Parkrun whenever he can, and is a season ticket holder at Watford FC.
Tony Perez BSc (Hons) / ACIB is a Director at a large UK bank, where he has worked for 35 years, providing significant credit lines to Corporate clients operating in a variety of sectors, in the UK & across Western Europe. He is a parent of two boys, one who is currently at Little Green and one who passed through the school a few years ago and is now in a local secondary school. In his spare time Tony likes to watch sports, particularly football & golf and is a member of West Herts Golf Club.
Ms Ammie Purewall
Ammie is a new Associate Governor who has lived in Rickmansworth for the last 10 years. She is new to the governor role and brings almost 30 years experience in the IT and Telecoms industry. She has a passion for helping young learners thrive in a world that is rich in technology advancements and that ensures equal opportunities are prevalent in today's society. She is a working mother of a 21 year old daughter and an 18 year old son, both continuing into further education. She grew up in Wiltshire before studying and then moving to London to follow her career goals. Her passions are staying healthy by swimming and cycling, sports and her walking her dog.
Chair of Premises
Vice Chair of Premises
Paul Rainbow became a Governor in 2023. Paul has a son at Little Green and has a BSc (Hons) Degree in Quantity Surveying as well as over 25 years’ experience in the Construction industry, including time working for an East London Housing Association. Paul was elected as a Croxley Green District Councilor in 2021. Having run an amateur Football club, played Cricket and Bass Guitar in bands, Paul now spends many a Saturday with his son watching Watford Football Club.
Robert has been a governor at Little Green School since 2015. He supports the Premises committee and leads on the Health & Safety reporting. He has lived in Croxley Green for over 30 years and both children attended the school, prior to secondary education and then University. He works for Openreach managing the delivery of the fibre network. His hobbies including walking and woodwork.
Sam has been a Governor for Little Green school since September 2020 where he joined the Resources Committee and now is part of the Premises Committee. Sam and his two brothers were pupils Little Green School. Sam grew up in Croxley Green near the school and now lives in Rickmansworth. He works as a Health, Safety & Wellbeing Manager for a multi-national construction company, is married and has recently become a father of his son, Alfie. In his spare time he enjoys playing badminton, football and cooking.
Richard supports the Premises committee and provides his advice. He has lived in Croxley Green and his children attended the school, prior to secondary education. He works for Abbey Mead Building. His hobbies including walking the dog and running.
Simon has lived in Croxley Green for nearly 30 years. He started his relationship with Little Green School as a parent governor when his two daughters attended the school and he has now been a governor in various capacities for 20 plus years. In this time Simon was chair of the premises committee for many years and stepped down to become an associate governor in 2021. Simon works as a Proposals Director for a large building services engineering company and his hobbies outside of work include musical theatre, salmon / fly fishing, eating out and spending time with friends and family.
Jon has been a governor at Little Green School since 2020. He lives and works at York House School in Croxley Green and has a son who previously attended the school. Jon is the Headmaster of York House and enjoys getting the two schools to work closely together for mutual benefit, including Little Green School pupils making use of the swimming pool at York House and participating in musical, environmental, sporting and outdoor education activities together. Jon qualified as a teacher in 1996 and has been working in schools, both day and boarding, since that time. He is married to Emma, a fellow head teacher and they have four children, who attend York House, St. Margaret’s and Watford Boys’ Grammar.
Russell is a governor and assistant headteacher (with a focus on teaching and learning) at Little Green. In addition to leading the Year 6 team, he leads English across the school. Russell is passionate about getting children reading and loves to keep on top of the latest book releases. Outside of school, Russell follows Watford FC home and away and he enjoys hitting the golf course when he can too!
Chris has worked as a primary and secondary school teacher, having been headteacher of five schools in Harrow and Dubai, including founding a primary school. His last school in England moved from Acceptable to Outstanding in two consecutive inspections. His second love is an actor and writer. He have won prizes for Best Performance and for Best Script in play festivals. He is currently working as a part-time lecturer, focussing on Education Cultures. He is married, a father and a grandfather.
Sam has been a Governor since 2016. She grew up in Croxley and was a pupil at Little Green herself. Her two daughters are currently at Malvern Way. Sam has a background in Mathematics and has worked in analytical roles in both the public and commercial sectors. Alongside her husband, she runs a consultancy working with charities and the public sector to evaluate the impact of their work, and to support charities to improve collect and make better use of their data.
Chair of Curriculum
Kathy has been a governor at Little Green since 2019. She has had 2 children go through the school and she has loved seeing how much the school has grown and improved in that time. She loves to visit the school and talk to children whenever she can and she also enjoys supporting the teachers with strategic development of Reading and Writing Curricula at times, which is my passion. She chairs the School Development Plan Working Party.
Sarah became a Governor in February 2023. She has a daughter in the school and a son joining from Malvern Way in September. She is a Chartered Town Planner, working for a Local Authority in Hertfordshire. In her spare time she enjoys open water swimming and spending time with family and friends.
Semi-retired MFL Specialist Teacher
Lori has been an Associate Member since January 2023. They have more than 20 years of school teaching experience at all levels, including 14 years in primary. Lori was a Head of Department for most of their career and still teaches as a private tutor in Rickmansworth. When not working, they can be found penning a novel; river kayaking; trying to slice the shuttle on a badminton court; learning to strum guitar or playing jazz on clarinet!
The governing body make appointments in line with our approved Schedule of Delegation. This outlines the number and type of governors a governing body will hold. We then ensure that we follow appropriate guidance for either electing or appointing new governors.
Structure and Responsibilities of the Governing Body and its Committees .
Declarations of Interest
Attendance Register 2022-2023
Attendance Register 2021-2022