Governing Body

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Governing Body

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

Governing Body Structure

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


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 & 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!


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