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

Governing Body Structure

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


Governing Body Visits into School

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:

Trevor Fidler – Interim Chair of Governors & Vice-Chair of the Trust

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.

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

Tracey Padley-Smith – Vice-Chair – Co-opted Local Governor

I am a mother of 2 children that attend Parklands Primary School.  I feel I have a positive role in the school as a Governor.

My background is working with teenagers in an advisory role and recently I have completed BA (hons) Childhood and Youth Studies. I am now currently in the process of building a small sewing business.  I am also an Assistant Cub Leader with a local group which I find extremely rewarding.

It’s not just the education of the children that is important to me but the child as a whole, and want them to receive the best possible care whilst at the school, to give them the best possible future.

Elizabeth White – Co-opted Local Governor & Vice-Chair of the Trust Performance Committee

I am a mother of two children who attend Parklands Primary School; they are in Y1 and Y4.   I wanted to be a governor at the school as the school plays such an important part of all of our children’s lives.

I have a twenty year career in education; I am a qualified teacher and spent ten years teaching in the primary sector. I was also a staff governor at a school I taught at.  Since then, I have worked in school improvement for the Local Authority, firstly as a Primary Maths Consultant and, for the past 5 years, as a Senior School Improvement Manager.

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.

Helen Smith – Co-opted Local Governor

I joined Parklands as an appointed governor on 1st September 2018.

For the past year I have worked for the Virtual School, part of Northamptonshire County Council.  We are responsible for the education of children in care and work closely with schools, social workers and many other professionals to advocate for this group of children.  We work hard to ensure all children in care receive the same opportunities as their peers and are given the support they need to succeed in all aspects of school life, both academic and with their social and emotional health.

Prior to this role I was a teacher for 16 years, 4 of which as a headteacher in a small village primary school in Northamptonshire.

I am very much looking forward to working with the local governing body and the other governors within the Preston Hedges Academy Trust.  Being a part of this will support the school, its staff and pupils to reach their full potential.

Peter Travers – Co-opted Local Governor & Member of the Trust Performance Committee

First and foremost I am a family man; married to Carol since 1979, I am a father to three and grandfather to two, hopefully the latter count will rise in the future.  It’s what life is all about in my view.

I have enjoyed a very varied working life. It has included: 14 years self-employment, providing services including bid support, business writing and professional development programmes; 13 years working for a large learning and development organisation, providing L&D consultancy, designing and implementing major learning and transformation programmes; and 12 years’ work in the IT industry, helping to lead a startup business from initial VC phase to successful NASDAQ IPO and leading a technical team in the customer education division of a large US IT corporation. In my early career, I worked as a secondary school teacher for 12 years. I retired in August 2018.

In my professional persona I am client-focused and have a proven record of establishing strong relationships of trust with key stakeholders; I am committed to delivering quality results on time with value for money, while providing added value through my extensive commercial and technical experience. In my grandparental persona I try to be playful, daft and encourage boundary stretching!

Carol Travers – Co-opted Local Governor

I am a recently retired primary school teacher with more than 30 years experience, particularly in the early years. I have been in governance before for many years first as a parent then as a teacher representative. My skills and experience lie mostly in the sphere of primary education therefore.

I live in Parklands with my husband Peter and our small dog. We have 3 children, now grown up and independent, and 2 young grandchildren. I enjoy cycling, walking, travelling and sewing and knitting. I make children’s clothes which I sell on a market stall.

I believe that we owe our children the best education possible to enable them to reach their full potential with whatever talents they have. I believe that primary education, particularly the early years, are the most important in this respect. However, we should not overlook the importance of making learning fun!

Paul Dawes – Parent 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

Jo Hatt – Parent Governor

I have over 18 years’ experience as a primary school teacher, having taught in every year group.  I am currently teaching in EYFS and I am also the Assistant Head, SENDCO and Designated Safeguarding Lead at Weedon Bec Primary School.    I will utilise my experience to work with your Principal and Senior Management Team to ensure that Parklands creates the best learning opportunities for our children, and aspires to make every day a memorable experience.  It is my belief that teachers should inspire a passion for learning, enable every child to realise their potential and create children who are inquisitive, resilient and knowledgeable.

Since becoming part of Preston Hedges’ Academy Trust, I have begun to see some positive changes to the teaching and learning within the school and would relish the opportunity to place an active role in the future direction of the school, including building stronger links with the wider community.

Before becoming a mum, I spent 8 years as a teaching representative on Weedon Bec’s governing board and currently present SEN reports to our governors each term.

As a governor, my role would be to provide strategic leadership and accountability within the school by: ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding the Principal to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent; act as a source of support and challenge to the Principal.



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