Meet our Trustees
I am a person who is now, and has always been, fascinated by technology and passionate about trying to ensure that it is used in the best possible way to help and improve all aspects of both business life and personal enjoyment. I have extensive experience in the implementation, roll out and maintenance of conventional IT systems as used in SME’s and have a unique ability to understand virtually all forms of technology and to work with customers in order to make best use of that technology. I have been responsible for designing and implementing pieces of technology as widely diverse as a contactless trap release mechanism for Harlow Greyhound Stadium to the innovative implementation of Cinema rooms for domestic applications with minimum visual (technical) profile as well as designing and maintaining conventional IT systems for small and medium size business. My basic philosophy is “Yes is the Answer, what was the Question”!
I graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Sports Science and Mathematics in 2005 and have been working as a secondary school PE teacher in the local area for the past 18 years. In my current school I am also the Head of Sixth Form and have thus supported numerous cohorts of students thought their sixth form years and into their future lives. I am passionate about the value of education and the role that a school plays in its local community, and am thus very excited about the opportunity of being involved in the governing body of Presdales School.
I am a new governor at Presdales, joining as a parent governor in 2022. My daughter is currently in Year 8 and I have enjoyed learning more about the school and the excellent support and guidance she, and all of the girls, received both in and outside of the classroom.
I grew up in Cheshunt and have always lived and worked in the local area, so have a strong understanding of the local context. I am a keen sports performer and play rugby and cricket for local clubs and I am also a coach of the Under 10s at Hertford Rugby Club. I enjoy skiing and regularly lead the school ski trip at my current school.
After graduating from St Catharine’s College Cambridge with a degree in Modern and Medieval Languages, Nigel spent thirty five years working in the City. He spent 15 years at Barclays De Zoete Wedd (BZW) specialising in money markets, foreign exchange and fixed income derivatives before moving to the German bank West Deutschland Landesbank where he was Head of European sales for the Global Financial Markets Division. In his last role he was a founder Director of Bank of London and the Middle East, the largest Islamic Bank in Europe, where he was responsible for Markets and Wealth Management.
Nigel is fluent in German and French, and combines an interest in languages with a love of travel. He is also an enthusiastic if incompetent golfer and is a season ticket holder at Saracens Rugby Club.
Helen has extensive skills and experience in HR and is currently responsible for managing organisational change programmes at Tesco. Helen is married and has two daughters, one at Morgan’s Primary school and one in Presdales.
Helen feels privileged in her role as a Parent Governor to be able to work collaboratively and constructively with the school and shares the school’s ethos in striving to provide the very highest standards of educational achievement and the best experience for all students at Presdales. Additionally, Helen is the Chair of a committee for a charity that provides wrap around care at her daughter’s primary school, a role which she has held for a number of years.
I taught in London Secondary schools for 37 years, 22 of which as a Headteacher of two schools. I retired from Headship in 2013 and have continued to work in education as a coach/mentor to Headteachers and as a leadership development trainer. During my Headships I was a National Leader for Education, working with schools across England to support school improvement in general and leadership improvement in particular. I have also led the National Qualification for Headship (NPQH) and was involved from the outset in the school improvement work of London Challenge and London Leadership Strategy.
I am married to Karen, a retired Secondary School teacher who worked at Presdales for over 20 years. We have lived in Ware for over 30 years. We have three children (Elli, Maddy and Abbi) all of whom attended Presdales. Our children are now teachers, one in Primary and two in Secondary.
I have been a governor at Presdales since 2013. I was Chair of Governors 2018 – 2020 and have been Vice Chair since 2020. I am also a governor at a Secondary School in Harrow, London.
Following a successful nursing career in the NHS, I took an extended career break to raise my 3 daughters. All three daughters attended Presdales School and my eldest 2 daughters achieved the grades for their STEM careers after Presdales. My youngest daughter will sit her GCSE exams later this year.
I have been a Governor in Hertfordshire for nearly 20 years. First in a Primary school and now at Presdales where I am currently Chair of Trustees. I sit on the Students Committees and I’m the link trustee for Safeguarding.
Education has played a bit part of my life. I returned to university and achieved another degree as a mature student. I am currently employed in a local school.
I sincerely believe that everyone has a vested interest in the education of our young people. We need to equip them with the skills and tools to have choices when they leave Presdales School. Volunteering as a Trustee is rewarding, it gives insight in the direction the of not just Presdales, but also the National strategic direction.
My leisure interests are baking, singing and supporting my daughters in their hobbies of swimming, dance and music. I am a British Swimming Referee and serve on the PCC of my church.
After graduating with an economics degree I joined Tesco, initially working in finance qualifying as a management accountant before moving to marketing. I have been privileged to have delivered some game changing Clubcard initiatives to customers. I am fortunate to be able to work flexibly which allows me to balance my professional and home life.
I have 2 daughters, the youngest is in year 13 and the eldest now in her second year at the University of Birmingham. I feel very fortunate that the girls have been able to attend such an excellent school that excels both academically and in extra curriculum activities. I am proud to be able to support the school in my role as Trustee. I am on the Resources Committee and I am also the link trustee for Careers.
In my spare time I enjoy cooking, gardening, travel and supporting the girls in their various sports – hockey, cricket, athletics – both as a parent, coaching and in an organisation and fundraising capacity.
After reading Greats (Ancient History and Philosophy) at Oxford, I qualified as a Chartered Public Finance Accountant (CPFA) and went on to gain extensive local government finance experience at London Borough, District and County Council level. I took a leading role in the introduction of Local Management of Schools (LMS) in Hertfordshire, heading up the School Funding Unit and working closely with governors and head-teachers to assist them in gaining maximum benefit from their new responsibilities. I established the Financial Services for Schools team, which grew from 1 member of staff to 60, fully funded by trading with Hertfordshire schools. My work with Hertfordshire Business Services and other trading organisations culminated in becoming the first Chief Finance Officer of Hertfordshire Catering Limited, a successful and fully commercial company with a turnover in excess of £30m.
I am also Treasurer of Courtyard Arts and Community Centre in Hertford and have in recent years enthusiastically renewed an old interest in Russian language (and culture, history etc.).
Jay is a retired HR Director with over 35 Years International experience. She has worked for Hertfordshire County Council; GSK, General Accident; Norwich Union and Aviva. Latterly she was for 11 Years the Global HR Director for Thomas Miller (One of the worlds largest providers of Shipping Industry Insurance Services).
She has a degree in Politics, is a Fellow of the Institute of Personnel & Development as well as a member of the Institute of Leadership & Management and has an advanced qualification in Executive Coaching.
Jay has lived in Ware over 50 years. She is married to Mike, an actor and former Ware Town Councillor, and has an adult son. Over the years she has been involved in the local community including Chair of Governors at Kingshill Infant School; a Trustee of Ware Arts Centre and The Southern Maltings. Jay was the Ware Poppy Appeal Organisor for 6 years and a member of the Remuneration Committee for East Herts District Council.
Currently Jay is doing some HR Consultancy, although to be honest is enjoying retirement too much to work too hard! She is the Secretary for the Friends of Ware Priory Charity. Continues to be involved with the Royal British Legion and Poppy Appeal. Is a member of Ware U3A and enjoys History, reading, Theatre and Sport (particularly watching it live).
Maddie spent over 25 years working for a global pharmaceutical company as a Meeting Account Manager leading project teams to deliver international congresses, doctor symposia, national conferences and advisory boards on time and within budget. Maddie began her career as a professionally trained personal assistant developing strong organisational and planning skills. She has two children. Her daughter attended Presdales through to sixth form and is now at University.
Maddie has also been a governor at Abel Smith primary school in Hertford for 12 years, serving as Chair during this time. As a very experienced governor, she understands the need to be supportive whilst providing challenge to ensure the best possible education for all young people. She believes that every child should have access to the highest quality teaching, combined with a clear commitment to wellbeing, so that our students leave school as confident learners ready to face the wider world.