Headteacher: Jeanette Lovejoy
Clerk: Alison Garrett
Staff Governor: Danielle Lindon
SBM: Lydia Mortimer (Co-opted Governor)
Nick Morrott – Chair of Governors
Nick has been a co-opted governor at Abbots Farm Infant School since September 2019. In September 2020 Nick became Chair of Governors, and is a member of the Head Teacher Appraisal and Pay Committee.
He has a strong STEM background and has worked for global and UK-based companies in Technology Assurance and Business Technology Consultancy. In addition to being a STEM Ambassador in the West Midlands, Nick runs weekly Code Club sessions at Rugby Library as part of the national Code Club initiative. These sessions provide an introduction to computer programming for children aged 9-13 from across Rugby, using Scratch, Python, the Raspberry Pi, and HTML/CSS. As a volunteer at The National Museum of Computing (TNMoC) at Bletchley Park, Nick has worked to restore exhibits to working order.
Nick promotes the adoption of Open Standards, Open Source Software, and Open Data, and sees great potential for their use in education. In addition to contributing to various software projects, he is a Debian Developer and since 2009 has organised a monthly technology user group in Rugby which meets to discuss all aspects of Linux and FOSS.
As a result of his employment and volunteering experiences, Nick continues to develop skills which include software development, technology integration, project/event management, and financial/data analysis.
Nick is married with two children, and lives locally.
Lewis Vaughan – Vice Chair
Lewis has been a governor since September 2018 and has so far been involved in communication and finance work streams. Lewis has 2 children, one of which is leaving the Infants this year and another that will start reception in September 2019.
Lewis is a business manager at McKesson UK, based in Coventry. He has worked in the healthcare industry since leaving university in 2004, initially working for a large pharmaceutical company in a number of roles including patient access to medicines. His current company cover a range of areas including distribution of medicines, Lloyds Pharmacy network and Clinical Homecare.
Lewis hopes to use the skills he has acquired from business to help support the school in budgeting, commercial awareness and project management.
Laura Meldrum-Carter - Co-opted Governor
Laura joined the AFI Governing Board in 2019 as she wished to volunteer some of her time locally and has taken on the role of SEN Governor due to her career experience. In her professional life she is a freelance Educational Psychologist working to help children, schools and families across the Midlands. Before her doctoral training she was a primary teacher in London, Cornwall and Ecuador, with a special interest in Early Years. She is used to analysing information, data and problem-solving a wide range of situations relating to education. As well as interests in coaching and emotional wellbeing, she has significant experience supporting staff and school systems and fully appreciates the importance of a positive school culture in offering high quality learning for all our children.
Laura lives in Hillmorton and is married with two sons, one at AFJS and a toddler, both of whom keep her very busy!
Amber Merrick-Potter – Co-opted Governor
Amber joined as a co-opted governor at Abbots Farm Infant in 2018 . Amber has two children, one of which is in year 1 and the other who has just started the Caterpillars pre-school.
Amber is currently the Events Manager at St Andrew’s Church, Rugby, where she leads on community engagement, town centre redevelopment and championing sustainability. Subsequent to this Amber the Vice-Chair of a local charity the Cotesbach Educational Trust. Amber has over 15 years’ experience working with educational and cultural charities, as a change facilitator, project manager and as a successful fund raiser.
Amber is a passionate about the outdoors and the environment, and with her family runs regular forest school, foraging and nature engagement sessions.
Faye Padfield – Co-opted Governor
Faye has been a governor at Abbots Farm Infant and Preschool since September 2012, and is currently Safeguarding Governor, having previously held the role of Chair of Governors from 2017-2020. Faye has two children, one attending the neighbouring junior school and one now attending secondary school.
Faye is Head of Administration and Finance for Read Easy UK, a national charity which aims to advance the education of the adult public in literacy. Her responsibilities include the management of all finance, payroll, HR, legal, health and safety, IT and administrative systems..
Faye is also co-chair of the local community group, Hillmorton and East Rugby Together Community Group (HEaRT). The group aims to support the local community, develop a community network and to protect and enhance the use and appearance of public spaces for the benefit of all residents in Hillmorton and East Rugby.
Faye has a keen interest in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and is an active member of the SEND National Crisis Warwickshire support and advocacy group.
Serginho Samuel – Co-opted Governor
Hemma Sandhu-Gajjar – Co-opted Governor
Hemma joined the Abbots Farm Infant School Governing Body in January 2021 as a co- opted Governor. She lives in Hillmorton with her husband and son who is currently at nursery and will be startinq full-time school in September 2021; the family are expecting a new arrival in September 2021 too which they are all very excited about!
Hemma currently works at EY as a Diversity & Inclusiveness Consultant where she strives on her passions for equality and wellbeing - she has been with the firm for nearly 10 years and during this time has had a varied and rewarding career starting off in the UK in Student Recruitment, then moving to the Middle East region where she spent 4 years working on Talent Change Management before moving back to the UK in 2018.
In her spare time, Hemma enjoys spending time with her family, reading, cooking and gardening. She is also very passionate about the environment and ensuring future generations grow up learning about the importance of sustainability and preservation.
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