Governors

Name

Mrs Catherine Fage

Governor Category

Chair of Governors

Parent Governor

Sub Committee

Health and Wellbeing

I am a parent governor, having joined in 2014. I am also a Director of the Royston Schools Academy Trust.

I live in Royston, with my husband and three children. All our children have come through the Royston schools (Tannery Drift, Greneway, and Meridian); two of whom are currently at Meridian.

I work full-time at the University of Cambridge as a Senior Assistant Registrary (which means I manage six teams who deliver student services from admission through to graduation).

I joined the governing body, as I wanted to contribute to school life and to support the school to make a positive impact in the education of all our children and to our community. It is a privilege to be able to see into the heart of the school and to work with the dedicated staff to determine and deliver its strategy and vision. Serving as a Governor takes time and has its challenges, but has enormous rewards.

Name

Dr Wendy Brewster

Governor Category

Parent Governor

Pupil Premium and Safeguarding

Sub Committee

Curriculum and Achievement Committee


My name is Wendy Brewster and I have lived in Royston for approximately 20 years. I am married to Barry and we have two children. They both attended Meridian school and really enjoyed it. I have a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Bath and a PhD from the University of London. I have worked in the Pharmacovigilance department of a large pharmaceutical company for 20 years and recently changed roles to work in Clinical Governance. I have always enjoyed getting involved in community life and find the role of a governor to be interesting and am surprised at the parallels between school and work. I love bird watching and enjoy cycling; particularly on our tandem as whilst Barry steers, I can admire the view and wave to passers-by!

Name

Mr John Gourd

Governor Category

Community Governor

Sub Committee

Policy and Resources

John Gourd is the Site Planning and Services Director at Johnson Matthey in Royston - the Royston site is the company's largest operation and is also the corporate headquarters. He is also a director of the Royston First Business Improvement District Company and a Board member of the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

He is a former pupil of the school and qualified with an MBA in 2001. He is married with two children.

Name

Mr Richard Leighton

Governor Category

Community Governor

Sub Committee

Curriculum (Chair)

My name is Richard Leighton and I have been a school governor since 2012, spending four years as a parent governor before converting to being a community governor in 2016. I have lived in Royston for many years myself attending Meridian Sixth Form in the 1980’s. I am a fierce supporter of Royston schools and believe passionately in the need to make our schools part of the local community and to deliver the best outcomes for all students. I enjoy working with a great bunch of Staff and Governors all of whom share my enthusiasm. I am an engineer by trade and in my spare time I am most likely to be found doing some form of DIY or out on my mountain bike.

Name

Mrs Lara DePetrillo

Governor Category

Community Governor

Sub Committee

Curriculum

My name is Lara DePetrillo and I am a new community governor, having joined the group in 2016. I have lived in Royston for over ten years, and in that time I have watched my two children move through the school system here. The wonderful experiences that they have had in these schools encouraged me to be more involved. I worked for several years as a teaching assistant in the primary school, but have since left and moved on. I believe that volunteering is a very important part of building your local community, and being a Governor at Meridian allows me to help out, and also continue to be a part of the local education system.

Mrs Paula Davies - Parent - Human Resources - Health and Wellbeing

Miss Kim Horner - Headteacher - Staff - Resources

Mr Stuart Grimes - Community - Human Resources - Health and Wellbeing

Miss Sarah Harvey - Staff - Achievement, Curriculum and Standards

Mrs Ann-Marie Kirkham - Staff - Health and Wellbeing

Any correspondence to the Governing Body should be addressed to the Chair of Governors – via the school or emailed to the Clerk to the Governing Body – at office.meridian@rsat.org.uk

The Meridian School • Garden Walk • Royston • Hertfordshire • SG8 7JH

tel: 01763 242236 email: office.meridian@rsat.org.uk