Governing Body

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Governing Body

Becoming a Governor/Trustee at Preston Hedge’s Academy Trust

If you would like to register an interest in working with us as a Governor and support our vision and ethos please fill in the form below and return to

PHAT Becoming a Trustee or Governor and Application Form

The document below explains the role, responsibilities and job description of a member of the Local Governing Body.

The document also explains how we work alongside the Preston Hedge’s Academy Trust Board:

Governance Overview Document 2018

Please click on the link below for Governors’ information:

Governors Information Audit

PKL LGB Pecuniary Interest

Governing Body Structure

The chart below explains how Governance works within the Preston Hedge’s Academy Trust.


Governing Body Visits into School

October 2019 Visit

The learning walk focused on KS2 and  our Maths Leader, Miss Summers, looked at the intent of the Maths curriculum, shared how it is implemented in classrooms during the walk, and looked at the impact in terms of pupil outcomes in KS2.

July 2019 Visit

Governors conducted a Wellbeing learning walk to see our new Wellbeing curriculum launch. The children were all mixed within their phases, and were taking part in a range of activities linked to the ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’. It was clear that the children were taking part in meaningful wellbeing sessions and were enjoying the variety of opportunities on offer – from yoga, to mindfulness, to focusing on ‘being present’ and taking notice in the nature area.

March 2019 Visit

Governors conducted a Science learning walk to see our curriculum in action during Science week. During the walk, they observed the children taking part in Science experiments in each class, looking at the skills learned and how well our children were engaging in the sessions.

November 2018 Visit

Our Governors conducted a learning walk across school to see how the school was moving forward. There was a particular focus on how well the school had embedded a consistent approach to the new teaching and learning systems, and how marking for pupils was being used consistently to ensure pupils made progress. They also discussed the school’s priorities for 2018-19.


As a new academy, all of our co-opted governors were appointed to post in October 2018.

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability, ensuring every child at Parklands Primary School gets the very best education and learning experiences.

They monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its ethos, aims and objectives and are a source of challenge and support to the principal (a critical friend). When there is a principal vacancy, governors work with CEO to appoint a replacement.

Our Local Governing Body  members are:

Liz White- Chair of Governors , Vice-Chair of the Trust Performance Committee & Reading Governor

I wanted to be a governor at the school as the school plays such an important part in all of our children’s lives and have two children who attend the school.

Having a 20+ year career in education, I want to ensure that all children who attend Parklands receive a good education through a broad and balanced, fun and creative curriculum.  I am a qualified teacher and spent ten years teaching in the primary sector before working as part of the school improvement team at the local authority for 11 years.  I am now self-employed and continue to work alongside school leaders to ensure school improvement.

I believe these skills are beneficial to the governing board of the school and am committed to supporting and challenging the school on its new chapter as a member of Preston Hedges Academy Trust.

Paul Dawes – Vice-Chair & Maths Governor

I was elected as Governor in December 2018 and have two children at Parklands Primary School who are in year 1 and 3.

I believe that the primary years of education play a crucial part in our children’s development. With this in mind, my main objective as a Governor is to play an active part in the running and future growth of the school and to ensure that our children are given the best opportunities to learn and develop.

I am a Senior Chartered Financial Planner with almost 20 years’ experience, this involves providing advice to directors and senior management within a number of companies. This background will enable me to provide guidance and opinion to ensure we make the best use of the resources available

Helen Furniss

I am a mother of two children that will both see the first part of their schooling journey at Parklands Primary school. As a teacher myself, I wanted to support the important job that the school have in nurturing and encouraging each child to meet their full potential.

I have been a teacher for 12 years in the secondary sector. I have spent my latter years training new teachers in a school environment. I organise and deliver training in behaviour management, creative curriculums and differentiation  in the classroom. 

I am excited to be part of the Parkland Primary school governing body and look forward to seeing the school develop and grow. 

Chris Gallagher

I am a father of two children, one of whom attends Parklands Primary and the other who is currently at Parklands Nursery. As a parent I want nothing more for our children than for them to be happy, confident and given the best learning environment to recognize their potential.

I believe I will provide a different perspective based on my work background with several international companies over the past 15 years. I currently work as a Sales Director for a global manufacturing company which brings me into contact with a huge variety of different people and organisations in the UK and abroad. I will use this experience to challenge how our school is run and help contribute to making it even better going forward.

Emma Bell

I am a new member of the Governing Body, having joined in March 2020, and have a child who is in KS2 at Parklands Primary School.

I am passionate about ensuring all children get the best quality education and believe that this needs to be achieved holistically, with the happiness and wellbeing of the child being just as important as their day to day learning experiences.

I am a fully qualified HR Professional, with over 14 years HR experience.  I am currently Head of HR Operations at the Open University and as such have gained valuable experience in the education sector. I am confident that my skills in this area can be utilised effectively to support the strategic aims of the school, as well as ensuring that money is spent effectively. I look forward to playing an active role in supporting the successful development of the school over the coming years.  

If you wish to get in touch with any of the governors, please contact the school office, who will pass on your details.