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The Governing body at Leavesden Green supports the dedicated staff and leadership team to ensure that all our children are equipped with the skills to learn effectively.

We are immensely proud to be part of the Leavesden school community.  A community that is growing, reflective and welcoming environment dedicated to learning.  Our priority is to ensure that this environment not only flourishes, but is a safe place where all can achieve their full potential.

We are immensely proud of our learning curriculum, in which each and every child develops and practices the skills they need to become an effective learner.

The school emphasis on developing resilience in our children means they can keep going with their learning even when things get tough.  Equipping our children with the skills to have the courage to be brave, to try new things and every opportunity to use their creativity is key to development.  Their resilience is further developed with a focus on empathy to understand and develop their emotional intelligence whilst having a positive mindset towards learning and life.  These core values are at the centre of our school, we believe in them and they underpin every single school day in Leavesden.

Role of Governors

We Learn, We Grow, We Fly.

As a governing body we aim to support the leadership team and staff through both an active involvement in the daily school life and by working closely with the school’s Senior Leadership Team to:

  • Set the strategy (School plan) for the school which include challenging objectives and priorities for the school.
  • Agree policies and priorities for accomplishing these objectives.
  • Support our Leadership and staff in working towards this school plan
  • To challenge and look for evidence to ensure that these objectives are having the impact and desired outcome; and
  • To ensure our resources and time are spent in the most impactful way to support the continuous improvements the school is aiming to make.

Our actions will always be rooted in the best interests of the school both from a learning perspective but equally to safeguard our children in a changing and challenging world.  Where appropriate we will always be prepared to explain our decisions openly and honestly to staff, parents, carers, pupils, government, and anyone in the wider community with an interest in the conduct and standards of the school.

We are also here to support our school’s parents & carers, our community, and all connections to Leavesden Green. At the heart of a great school is the underlying ethos that all support together, we are here to live, breathe and support in this development.

Meet the Governors

Name Governor Type Term of Office Link Roles About Me

Karen Falconer

Chair Co-Opted Governor Until March 2027



I was drawn to Leavesden Green when accompanying my daughter in law on a school open morning (our grandson starts Primary School this year)!  

I could see how much Leavesden has to offer the community it serves, so I volunteered as a Governor to support the vision for the school.  

I have previously been a Governor at my own son’s Primary and Secondary schools because I enjoy supporting education for young people.  

In my work life, after 20 years as a financial accounts trainer for SMEs, I now run the Professional body for NLP, so I bring a fair amount of experience in strategic Leadership, finance, education and well-being. 

Kash Falconer

Vice Chair

Co-opted Governor

Until March 2027

Data Protection


Training and Development

I have become a Governor at Leavesden School to contribute to the school, community and to the students as best I can.  I have previously been a Governor at a Secondary School and wanted to continue to give some time in Education where I can add some value.  

I find the involvement with the staff, parents and students at Leavesden Green very rewarding and inspiring.  It’s a great school!  

I have worked in large corporate companies and am running my own successful businesses too.  I am really enjoying assisting, where I can, to bring my life and business experience to support the school, students, faculty and fellow Governors in their fantastic work.

Anish Patel Co-opted Governor Until February 2025

Labosshy Mayooran

Parent Governor Until September 2025

As a devoted mother of three, with two of my children currently enrolled in the school, I am deeply invested in the positive development and success of our school community.

With a professional background as a research analyst and publisher, I bring a wealth of skills that I believe can significantly contribute to the enhancement of our school's governance.  My experience in data analysis, strategic planning and effective communication has equipped me with the tools necessary to support informed decision-making and help the school thrive in its mission.

As a parent, I understand the importance of a well-rounded education and a supportive environment for our children's growth.  My first-hand experience as a mother in the school community allows me to empathize with the concerns and aspirations of fellow parents.  I am committed to fostering open communication and collaboration between parents, teachers, and the governing body.

Martin Adams

Local Authority Governor Until September 2026

Child Protection LAC



I have been a resident of Watford all my adult life.  Consequently, I know the area very well, including all the local schools.  I am a retired teacher having spent 45+ years teaching in Secondary schools in the local area teaching Science.  I have a passion for education.

Since retiring I am now in a position to serve as a Governor and use my experience in that capacity.

Chris Wickerson

Parent Governor Until October 2027

As a parent Governor my Wife and I have children at the school, we choose Leavesden because of its great facilities and fantastic teaching staff. 

I wanted to be able to give something back to school and the students, so I volunteered as a Governor.  I have worked in Tesco Management for 30 years, this has given me a wide range of skills such as Human Resources, Food Safety, Health & Safety and Legal Compliance.  I am also highly experienced in future planning and strategic development.  

I am committed to supporting the school and governing board with our long term vision and community engagement plan.

Claire Wickerson

Parent Governor Until October 2027

I am a parent Governor; with children in reception and Year 1. I wanted to become a Governor to make a positive contribution and support the school in its continued efforts in providing a safe warm fun and nurturing environment.

I have 18 years experience of working our communities in law and safeguarding. 

My current professional role lies in setting out strategies on how to deal with and protect those most vulnerable; specifically children.

I also have experience of being in difficult and challenging situations, whereby I’ve had to make dynamic decisions to manage risk and I want to bring this knowledge and passion to the pupils parents and staff at Leavesden. 

My own educational experience, of having a strong community-feel where lots of events and activities go on, makes the children and parents want to part of the school and proud to attend and I hope I can also bring enthusiasm and drive to this aspect of school life.

Dean Wigzell

Parent Governor Until October 2027

Community Engagement, P.E & Reading

I have two daughters currently at Leavesden Green, one in Year 6 and one in Year 2 and I have always been impressed by the environment which the staff here create for their students. 

With almost a decade of experience in the charity sector, especially in the area of Community Engagement, I hope that I will be able to help the local community to begin to see Leavesden Green for the diamond it is. 

When I am not working or attending governor meetings, you will usually find me at Kings Langley FC, where I also lead on Community Engagement as well as coaching one of their girls football teams.

Keely Malone Staff Governor Until September 2025
Victoria Lyon Head Teacher

How we work as Governors

We have a wide range of skills across our governing body, ranging from HR, Financial, strategic and safeguarding.  We also have a mix of governors including parent and co-opted governors, with a varied length of experience as a governing body. It is important to us that we regularly review our governing board and recruit new governors based on the growth in school numbers and any skill gaps we may have.

As a governing board we meet up to three times a half term across a number of different meetings:

  • Business – held on annual basis to agree governor roles and responsibilities to best support the schools growth and improvement plans.
  • Achievement – review school plan, justification for priorities, and a focus around progress o and outcomes of our children. Where are we and what are we doing.
  • Finance & Policy – Regular review on budget, policy and Health and Safety updates. We hold the school to account on budgeting and spend and review the impact of how we are spending on children’s learning performance.
  • Curriculum – Sharing of the school deep dive into our priorities. Reviewing actions, improvements and impacts on the children’s learning and outcomes.

Each governor is also aligned to key strategic areas. To meet with the leader in these areas and review in more detail the plans and impacts that are happening.  This could be fore example subject of learning i.e. Mathematics or a particular important strategic area like Safeguarding.  The governor will then report back in more detail to the governing body so that we all have a good understanding on how we are improving across the school.

The below table lists our governing body members and their attendance at meeting over the past couple of years. Please click on the link below to find out more information about their experience and thoughts.

 The term of office is 4 years.  Governors term can be longer, which will need to be agreed by the governing body.

How To Become A Governor

At Leavesden Green we welcome the opportunity to have new Governors joining our Governing Board.  We are actively recruiting!

If you are interested in becoming a Governor, please read through our governor pages and email our school office at admin@leavesden.education who will pass your enquiry onto our governing body to make contact with you.

For more information on the Herts for Learning please see the link below:

Becoming a School Governor