Governing Body Structure

The Preston Hedge’s Local Governing Body works within the Preston Hedge’s Academy Trust structure.

The structure is as follows:


Governing Body Pen Portraits Ocotber 2016

Our new Governors who joined the Preston Hedge’s Local Governing Body for teh new academic year 2016-17.


Carl Dillow – Carl will join the Finance, Resources and HR Committee

I have two sons, 1 in year 1 and one in his last year if preschool.  I have lived in the area since I was very young, and Wootton specifically since 2006.  I became a member of the governing body in 2016 as I wanted to contribute to the school and do my bit for its success.

I work as Head of Consulting for a global IT company where, on top of the IT, I manage forecasts, budgets, management board reports, recruitment, and performance management.  I have also spent a great deal of time developing my team and helping them achieve their career goals.  This experience has aligned well with the finance and HR committee where I am now a member.

Outside of work I also coach at a Junior Badminton club, so I have experience of working with young people and safeguarding.


Helen Kendall

I have just joined the Governing Body as a Community Governor. I have a daughter at the school in year 3 and have been part of the friends committee since she started in reception.

I have been working at a secondary school for 15 years now and have been involved in many areas of the school including Reception, PA to the Business Manager when the school was going through a complete rebuild and working on the website. In my role now I work in Student Services where I am involved with the children and their safeguarding. I also assist the attendance team and work with parents on a day to day basis. I really enjoy my job and find working in a school very rewarding.

I am passionate about school life, children and parents and would like to dedicate my time to helping at Preston Hedge’s wherever it is necessary. I am so impressed with the work that takes place at the school I am keen the help and assist as much as I can.

I am looking forward to my journey as a Governor and I hope I will be able to support the school in continuing to make it outstanding.


Mark Watling

This is my first year as a Community Governor at Preston Hedges and I’m sitting on the Standards Committee. I have 2 children at the school, and seeing the fantastic start they have made at the school to their education and learning, I’m keen to contribute to the continued success of the school for all children and ensure that we provide opportunities and maximise potential for all, including the teaching team.


As a Technology and Change Director at a Global Bank, I lead and manage teams through significant change whilst implementing strategies to improve and maintain quality whilst balancing costs and risk. I believe these skills will help me contribute to the governing board, school and children.


I have lived in Wootton fields for 15 years, and socially I can be found on the golf course or running around Wootton Fields


Letter to parents from Chair of Governors – March 2016

Governors Update Easter 2016



Governing Body Pen Portraits March 2016

Neal Prescott

I have been a Governor for 7 years, and whilst my two boys have long since left, I still feel I have a strong link to the school. Having been a member then Chair of the Friends of Preston Hedges, I move across to the Governing body and have been chair since 2013.

My time as a governor has seen much change at the school, we became an Academy, and are now looking at other ways to make our school stronger and more successful. These are really exciting times, and I love the challenge of dealing with a changing educational environment, whilst helping to maintain a great learning environment for our fabulous pupils.

My background is in Construction/Civil Engineering, and I have specialised in building efficiency, and quality management.  This has been of use at school, particularly as much of my experience has been related to school design and construction.


Whilst there have been many high points, and we are very proud of our record with Ofsted, the things which really give me a ‘buzz’ are more subtle.  Seeing our children performing Shakespeare at the Royal and Derngate, watching parents’ joy at their first Nativity, or seeing the fantastic work displayed around the school all keep me motivated and happy to give time working with the Head and other staff.


Becky Hickford

I have been a Governor at Preston Hedges since February 2013.  I have two children currently at the school, one in year 6 and one in year 3.

I am currently Vice Chair of the Governing body and also sit on the Safeguarding, Behaviour and Wellbeing committee and the Finance and HR committee.  Part of my responsibility is to support with Human Resources, which aligns well to my experience as a Senior HR Manager at Avon Cosmetics Ltd.

I regularly attend the school to ensure I have a good understanding of what is going on and so I can effectively contribute as a Governor.  It is important to me that we provide the best opportunity for all children to learn and achieve.

In my spare time I am an avid sports fan, enjoying most sports, but particularly cricket and football.


Andy Buswell

I was elected to the position of parent governor in November 2014.

As a parent of a son in year 3 at Preston Hedges, I wanted to be involved in supporting the school and its leadership team to strive to build a sustainable outstanding school. Also provide an essential parent voice within the governing body of the school.

Currently  I sit on both the CFC and Resources committees.

I regularly attend the school to ensure I have a good understanding of what is going on and can therefore effectively contribute as a Governor.  It is important to me that we provide the best opportunity for all children to learn and achieve.

I really enjoy my time working with the school to make it the best it can possibly be, so that all students leave the school fully equipped for the modern world.

In my spare time I am a Local Community football coach with Wootton St George under 8’s.

Having spent the last 14 years living in Wootton Fields.  I am passionate about giving the children a safe environment/platform to enable them to succeed and grow as individuals with a balance of work and play.


Rachel Denton

I was elected to the Governing Body as a Parent Governor, in November 2014. I have two children attending the school, and have always been impressed with how the school is run. I volunteered to help ensure that it continues to offer our children such a good quality education. As a governor, I sit on the Curriculum Committee and am the Vice Chair of the Safeguarding, Welfare and Behaviour Committee.

After graduation, I worked for the Royal National Institute of Blind People for fourteen years as a Braillist and Volunteer Co-ordinator. I edited print books for brailling and co-ordinated the volunteer workforce to braille them. I was responsible for final checking their work, giving constructive and tactful feedback. I recruited and trained volunteers, arranging regional meetings around the country and facilitating training sessions. When my son started school I could no longer balance my commute to work with the school run, so I became a freelance copy-editor and proofreader working more with print books. As such, I have a very good eye for detail, and am organised and disciplined in managing my time and meeting deadlines.

I also work part-time as an infant aquatics instructor, teaching water confidence and swimming skills to children and their parents.  My negotiating skills are now honed against toddlers, who really don’t want to follow my lesson plan or give back the watering can.


Trevor Fidler

I have been a parent governor for 4 years.  I am married to Donna and have 2 children, Harry who is now in Year 4 and Katie who is in Year 2.  I was born in Northampton and studied locally at Northampton University where I graduated with a Business degree.  I now work for the iPSL as a Programme Manager delivering business change and IT solutions.


On a more social side I enjoy a round of golf and have played hockey since an early age.  I have played for Northampton Hockey club for many years and have represented the county.


Since Harry and Katie joined the school and becoming a school governor I have been really impressed by the school, the passion of the teaching staff and how this how this helps create a great environment for the children to learn and develop.  I believe that the continued success of the school is dependent on the close partnership the leadership team, staff, children and governors.

I believe passionately about making Wootton a great place to live and bring up our children and continue to work to ensure Preston Hedge’s creates an environment for children to develop, learn and have the opportunities to achieve their full potential.


Lee Gentry

I have had two children previously go through the school but both have now moved onto CCS.  My wife and I moved to Northampton from North London in 2002 and have lived in Wootton ever since.  I am a Chartered Civil and Structural Engineer running my own Structural Engineering business based in Northampton.

I have been a Governor at the school since October 2008.  I am currently Vice Chair of the Resources Committee, taking particular responsibility for Health & Safety and Building Maintenance issues within the school environment.  I work closely with the Head teacher and Site Supervisor to make sure we comply with current legislation and maintain a good working practice.

Using my experience as a company director where I am responsible for staff appointments, I am actively involved in the recruitment of new teachers and support staff.  I previously completed a course on safeguarding and ensure that all potential new staff are thoroughly checked before being appointed to work at our school.  I also use my commercial business skills to review the school finances in my role as a member of the school finance committee.

I attend as many school events as possible to see first-hand how the school is perceived by the staff, parents, pupils and local community so that I can help to improve the whole school environment for all.  Using my business skills I am always looking to make suitable recommendations to the governing body for improvement and/or innovation, in particular where this will have a direct benefit to either the school environment, or our pupils directly.


David Hughes

I have lived in Wootton for over ten years and volunteered as a Governor three years ago in order to take a more active role, giving something back to support the ongoing success of the school. I have two daughters at the school who both experienced a very positive start to their school-lives and I wanted to help ensure that others enjoy a similar experience.

I qualified as a chartered accountant early in my career, however have had a variety of roles and experiences since, including defining and implementing business strategy, and providing financial and operational consultancy for smaller business partners.

In my role as Governor I aim to share these skills with the Governing Body and School Leadership Team for the benefit of the school, the pupils, parents and staff.  I currently chair the Finance & Resources committee, and am a member of the Curriculum committee.


Sarah Saunders

I sit on the Curriculum and Finance committees; this reflects my interest in the range of subjects that the children learn and aligns well with my professional background which is in purchasing.  I worked for many years in the automotive industry and am now self employed and working in the construction industry.  My experience includes managing suppliers, contracts, budgets and costs and I also have experience in project management and accounts.

In my spare time, I enjoy watching my two boys play football and also enjoy music, keeping fit and spending time with family and friends.

I enjoy being a governor and try and get into school as much as I can.  I try to support staff and parents in providing the best opportunities for all children at the school and their making school life enjoyable and challenging.


Esther Stephenson

I joined Preston Hedges as a Parent Governor in February 2011. I am a parent of two boys, Blake in Year 2 and Travis in Year 5.  I enjoy life drawing, textiles, visiting historic buildings and spending time outdoors with my family, especially supporting the boys with their local football teams.

My background is in education and I have been a Leading Teacher of Art, Design and Technology at a school in Milton Keynes for the last fifteen years. I am very passionate about education and how the creative arts and problem solving is a vital part of the development of a child.

I have been the Chair of the Safeguarding, Behaviour and Wellbeing Committee for the last three years. As part of my role I have the privilege to spend time in school talking to the children and staff to improve my knowledge as a governor. I thoroughly enjoyed working with all of Year 1 last year on their Diwali day and holding the community photography competition in the summer, which was fantastic!

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