Governors' Responsibility Matrices

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I have worked for Monarch Airlines for over thirty years covering Flight Planning, Navigation Database management and ATC liaison and represent the airline industry in Airspace and Air Traffic Management matters both in the UK and overseas. I have a BA Hons degree in Geography & History. I was a PCC Governor for eight years whilst my two sons were at Cockernhoe and, following an eighteen month break, returned to the Governing Body as Chairman (bringing my wife, Hilary, as Clerk!). I also serve on the Finance and Personnel Committees. I have also been a member of Harpenden Lions for over twenty years and am Chairman of the Luton Airport Air Cadets Squadron.


I have been a school Governor at Cockernhoe School for approx 27 years.  Currently I am Chair of the Personnel Committee. Previously I spent 12 years at the Citizens Advice Bureau in Hitchin. One of the projects I was part of was the introduction of the Luton Citizens Advice Bureau. Prior to that I ran a finance department for a national and international electrical company. I have spent many years training and volunteering to help and support my learning to enable others in their learning needs.


I have been married for over 18 years and have a son in the school.  I grew up in Nottingham and have an honours degree in Sociology from Reading.

I am a registered childminder, a job which I have enjoyed for over 5 years and which has given me great experience of working with children of all ages.  I have a good working knowledge of Key Stage 1, risk assessment and safeguarding.  I have been a regular volunteer within the school for over 5 years, assisting children to achieve their full potential with reading.  I am a proud member of the very hard working PTA and have helped raise money to purchase the school mini bus and new laptops.

I am an active member of the local church where I have been a PCC (Parochial Church Council) member for over 6 years and a Sunday club leader for more than 4 years.


Liz Cooper was born in India to missionary parents and lived there until she was 13.  She trained as a nurse and midwife at St Thomas’ Hospital, London, worked in Canada and returned to England spending time as a Ward Sister and Health Visitor.  Liz began work as a health visitor in 1976 where she met and married Ray whose two sons have now given them three grand-daughters. Liz worships at St Francis Church and was nominated by the Governing Body to represent the church at Cockernhoe School (she has been a Cockernhoe Governor before).  Liz enjoys any craft work, gardening and home-making and loves reading and history.


I am a retired primary school teacher and live in Hitchin. My other teaching experiences include Adult Learning and English as a Second Language. I joined Cockernhoe School in 1990 mainly teaching KS2 until I retired from full time teaching in 2007. I was a member of the school leadership team and have been a governor for over 12 years. I am currently on the Premises, Curriculum and Admissions Committees, link governor for literacy and MFL, and Health and Safety Governor. I have a BSc degree in biology and a Diploma in Education.


I have historical links with Cockernhoe School.   Five generations of my family have been educated at the school, including myself and my three children.  I am currently a teaching assistant in Sapphire Class and have been working in education for twenty years.  I have been a Governor at Cockernhoe School for ten years and am passionate about the development and learning of all the children. My role allows me to contribute and support in this development. I am also a member of the admissions and the premises committees.

Vicar of St Francis Church

I became a Foundation Governor in January 2016 having moved to Luton on November 2015 when I became Vicar of St Francis Church.  I have been a Primary School Governor before when I was Vicar in Knaphill, Surrey.  I am married to Christine and we have two grown-up children and five grandchildren.  Before I re-trained in 1995 I was an engineer working at Cowley in Oxford for Rover Cars on crashworthiness design.  I retain an interest in cars and also in reading, DIY, poetry, gardening, music...  You may well see me about on my bike.


Lisa Goodridge

I joined the governing body late in 2015 as safeguarding governor. I have been a qualified paediatric nurse for 16 years and four years ago I  qualified as a Health Visitor. Promoting the safeguarding of children is at the heart of my role and it is this experience that I bring with me.
My husband and I have been married for 16 years, we have 4 children, our eldest daughter started at Cockernhoe School in 2004 and our son is due to start in the Nursery in September, we live locally and regularly worship at St Francis church.  I am pleased to have the opportunity to be able to give something back to the school community that has given us so much.


I have lived in the village for 13 years and all 3 of my children attended the school. This spanned over a 17 year period . In 2015 my youngest daughter left for high school and I felt I wanted to give something back to  Cockernhoe School, as it had given so much to my children. As a qualified Swimming Instructor, I was lucky enough to volunteer within the school over a 3 year period, helping to facilitate lessons at Hitchin Pool .I work in accounts so joined as Finance Governor and I am also part of the admissions committee.