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Governing Body

Chair of Governors: Scott Richards

The school Governing Body consists of Local Authority, Community, staff and Parent Governors. 
Our Parent Governors are elected by parents and serve a term of four years.  Any vacancies that arise are filled by election as rapidly as possible to ensure that parents always have full representation on the Governing Body.


In compliance with EFA guidelines regarding the disclosure of Business interests, below is a table outlining Governors Pecuniary Interests:


Governor Profiles

Tom Rees – Headteacher

As Headteacher at Simon de Senlis, it is part of my job to be a Governor at the school.  The Governing body are here to support and challenge the school and make sure that we are doing all the things required by law, as well as everything we can to improve learning and experiences for children.  We are fortunate to have a strong and supportive Governing Body who have a range of skills and experience which bring value to our school.  They are very good at asking the right questions and are always challenging us to do better for our children.  I love being Headteacher at Simon de Senlis and am excited to lead a school with so many talented and hardworking staff and children.

When I'm not being a Headteacher, I am Dad to three children.  In the occasional moments outside these two important jobs, I enjoy music, golf and cricket (and anything related to Star Wars, Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings!).


Scott Richards – Community Governor & Chair of Governors

I have been a Community Governor at Simon De Senlis for about eight years and have undertook numerous different roles in that time.  I am currently the chair of governors, a role which I have had for the last year.  I originally joined the board of governors to aid and fulfil the role of the health and safety governor, a role which I still hold, and I have developed from there.  Being a governor is one of the community roles I undertake outside of my day job and is one that I have found significant personal benefit and reward from.  Being a parent I have no spare time but if such an opportunity should arise I would have no doubt that it would be filled with DIY.


Colleen Mooney – Community Governor

I am a newly appointed community governor for Simon de Senlis. I have lived in the local community for sixteen years, having moved from London and heading towards Coventry, my home city. However, having found a school I enjoyed teaching at and a locality with green fields and access to lots of villages and canal side retreats, we decided to stay. I have recently retired from teaching and now that I have the time and my energy is restored, I feel the time is right to begin to give something back to the local community. My career in education has over the last 40 years covered pre-school, primary and for the last sixteen years, focused on teaching and management at sixth form level. My teaching focus was Psychology and I thoroughly enjoyed working with young people and helping them make decisions about their future. However, despite of my years in sixth form, I firmly believe that the seeds of my sixth formers’ success were sown in their primary years. They often referred back to their days in primary school, things they did, friendships formed and teachers who had taught them. I was a vital part of their education both academically and socially. It is for this reason that I wanted to be part of Simon de Senlis Governing Body. I see the school as an exciting community, forming the young adults of the future, through engaging their enquiring minds, facilitating social interaction, and modelling success.


Victoria Shaw – Parent Governor
I was elected as a parent governor in November 2013 and am Chair of the Safeguarding and Health and Safety Committee. I have 11 years of business experience mainly in supply chains, predominantly in the automotive industry. I then qualified as an osteopath 6 years ago. My son joined the school in Reception in 2012 and since then I have been active in supporting the school for example via the Friends of SdS and am passionate about helping the children at Simon de Senlis receive the very best educational experiences. I also serve on the Management Committee of Senlis Scallywags Out of School Club which is a charity that runs the wraparound care for the school. In my spare time I enjoy the further study of osteopathy and health, playing the piano, singing and getting out into the countryside with my family.


Jane Civil – Parent Governor
I am a parent governor at the school. I have two children in the school. I am in my third year as a governor and I am the chair of Teaching and Learning on the governing body. I thoroughly enjoy having an input into the school and seeing it move forwards in many exciting ways. I am enjoying learning the role and understanding the way a school runs and I like the fact that I am constantly learning. I am looking forward to how the school will develop in the future and the experiences the children will have.


Mark Matthews – Parent Governor
I have lived in East Hunsbury for 12 years (originally from East Northants) and have two young daughters who both attend Simon de Senlis Primary. I feel that Governorship is a great way to help the local community and become involved in my children’s education and the education of young people in the area. I work as a Project Director for a global Professional Services firm and have experience leading large teams and managing budgets for my function. I have been a Parent Governor since November 2011 and my particular areas of interest are in the Finance Committee, which I chair, as well as Leadership and Management.


Graham Smith – Parent Governor

Father, husband, coffee drinker and keen dinghy sailor. 

I’m now in my second term as a Parent Governor at SDS, chairing the leadership and performance committee.  During the working week I’m a Multi Channel business change consultant, specialising in the retail sector, and at weekends I can normally be found on the water either sailing, racing or teaching 8 to 14 year olds how to sail.

If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it.

If you don't ask, the answer is always no.

If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place.


Andre Gonzalez de Savage – Local Authority Governor
I am a local father to three young children, Northamptonshire County Councillor for Strategic Infrastructure, Public Protection and Economic Growth.
Genuinely interested in securing the best educational opportunities for our young people and in particular pupils at Simon de Senlis. I support a strong, local, responsible approach to education; working together as a robust and welcoming community is a key value. I am supporting many initiatives and assisting Simon de Senlis to achieve highly recognisable educational achievement. I firmly believe in positive and encouraging education and support the school community to achieve this. I am an active member of our local community and have been a member of the Parish Council and The Residents Association Chair since 1999.


Shaun Hope – Local Authority Governor
I have been a Governor at the school since 2005, and before that was a Governor at a middle school which closed in the re-organisation. I have served on various Committees and am currently a member of the Curriculum & Standards Committee with a keen interest in maths. I was born in Lancashire, attended school in central London and have a BSc Hons Chemistry from London University (Royal Holloway). I’ve worked almost all of my life in the chemical industry up to deputy MD, and finally retired after 10 years at Cranfield University in the VC’s department. I’m married to Jill who is a County Councillor for Sixfields Division. We’ve lived in Milton Malsor since 1976 and have 4 children (3g, 1b) all in work except one, now in her final (5th) year at Keele Medical School (her second degree). Our only son lives in Montreal, Canada. I have been a member of our parish council for too many years, treasurer of Northampton Rail Users’ Group(!) as I used to commute to London (not recommended), a Spurs supporter and relax watching currently the last bit of Downton Abbey and Poldark.


Lynne Whitehouse – Staff Governor
I represent the non-teaching staff on the board of Governors and am also a member of the Safe Guarding Committee. I have worked at Simon de Senlis for 18 years now and as a parent helper for some years before that. During that time I gained HLTA status which forms part of my role in school now. Previously I worked as a Nurse for 10 years before having my children who both attended Simon de Senlis. More recently, 3 years ago (in my 50th year so it’s never too late!) I graduated from Northampton University with a BA Hons degree in Learning and Teaching. My spare time is used walking my dogs, gardening, reading and my current addiction, researching my family tree.


Laura Holland – Teacher Governor
I have been teaching since 2008 and in my previous teaching post at Little Harrowden Primary School I was also on the governing body as the Teacher Governor for 3 years. I moved to Simon de Senlis in April 2013 when I was first employed as a Reception teacher covering maternity leave. Since then I have worked in Year 1 for two years and have now moved up into Key Stage 2 and teach in Year 3. At school, I run Code Club and have a keen interest in getting children excited by computing and coding. Outside of work, I have a four year-old daughter who keeps me very busy with play dates, painting and anything related to Disney Princesses! Aside from that I like to read and socialise with friends, enjoying the odd theatre and cinema trip when time allows.