Who are the Governors?
Maureen Martin – Chair of Governing Board
I have lived in Hungerford for 37 years and both my daughters attended the Nursery where they developed the skills to be confident learners throughout their lives. The Nursery helped me to understand how I could support my daughters’ learning which in turn gave me the confidence to go back to college. I qualified as a teacher and have worked in adult and higher education for over 20 years. I am delighted to be a governor and to be involved in the outstanding work of the Nursery staff in supporting children, parents and families.
Daphne Angell – Vice Chair of Governors
I have served as a Governor for Hungerford Nursery School Centre for Children and Families since 2012. I have lived in Hungerford since 1988 and my two children were educated within the town. In addition to my Governor duties I am a volunteer driver for CHAIN and, with my husband, organise parcels for the Over 80s in Hungerford. I have extensive Early Years knowledge and experience. I have worked as an Early Years practitioner, a Day Care Adviser for West Berkshire Council and subsequently as an Ofsted Early Years Inspector. Prior to my retirement in 2012 my final role within Ofsted was as an Early Years Quality Assurance Team Manager. I also have a First Class BA (Honours) degree in Childhood and Youth Studies.
Rebecca Hopkins - Co Opted Governor
I have lived in Hungerford since 2011, and started as a Governor in March 2016. I have two boys, the eldest attended the pre-nursery and nursery and starts school in September 2017. He has (and we have!) loved everything about the Nursery and the people who work there. The youngest will start at the pre-nursery in 2018. I have used the Family Centre with both my boys and think it’s invaluable to families, in particular new mums. I am the Health and Safety Governor, and Chair of the HR and Sites Committee. I have worked in HR at West Berkshire Council since 2008, and have an MA in Human Resource Management.
Sushmitha Bleasdale - Co Opted Governor
I am a co-opted governor for communications and marketing. I have worked with a number of charities in communication, marketing and administration. I believe that effective communication that supports the core work of an organisation can release potential in an organisation and with its beneficiaries. I have a special interest in mental health and addictions related work. Since becoming a mother in 2014 I have also become very interested in early years and the family environment and see the work of the Nursery and Family Centre as crucial in supporting families (like mine) to be the best they can be.
Emma Parfitt - Co Opted Governor
I became a governor in 2018. My daughter attends the nursery. Having seen first-hand the passion, support and quality of teaching from the staff in a happy environment, I knew I had to be part of the Centre!
Family is my biggest priority and I feel that this ethic can be clearly seen throughout the nursery.
My previous work role, before becoming a mum, involved administration responsibilities so I bring that along to my role as a governor together with organisation and creativity skills. I am also a member of the Shoal of Friends (Nursery School PTA), which involves organising fund-raising events for the Nursery School.
Mike Haynes - Parent Governor
I became a Parent Governor in 2018 after having seen the huge benefits my own children have experienced at Hungerford Nursery School and how well supported all the children are in their development and wellbeing. I am currently a full time dad with my previous experience being in digital design, development and advertising and have a BSc Honours in Product Design. In my spare time I enjoy our family days out and heading out on my bike.
Megan Westall - Parent Governor
I have lived in Hungerford and the surrounding areas for nearly 27 years. I attended the nursery myself when I was a child and I have many fond memories of my time there. I became a Parent Governor in the Spring of 2020 after my eldest son joined the nursery. It was a quick decision to move him here but the best decision we made for him. He truly has had the best start to his education by attending the nursery. Now my youngest son attends the Pre Nursery and my eldest is at a local Primary school, thriving, which I have no doubt is because of the support that he got from all the staff at the nursery.
I work part time in the town in an independent store which I absolutely love. My job fits around my children which is fantastic. Before I had my children I worked as an LSA in a Primary school in Newbury for 7 years, working within Early years, KS1 & KS2. So when the opportunity of becoming a Governor came up I grabbed it with both hands and I love it.
Nick Pritchett - Co-opted Governor
I became a co-opted governor in 2020 but also retain a close involvement with the nursery as a parent of children who attend it. I am a practicing solicitor who, having worked in-house for various businesses, am now self employed in order to have flexibility for my family. This flexibility allows me to participate in our wonderful local area and as well as my involvement with the nursery, I am a member of HRFC.
The nursery is, quite rightly, regarded as one of Hungerford’s ‘crown jewels’ and this is solely due to the efforts of the staff and leadership. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to such an organisation using the skills I have acquired in my business and personal life.
Suzanne Taylor - Headteacher
Ex Officio Governor
Katie Maidment - Teacher
Marie Beasley - Senior Family Support Worker
Shelly Hambrecht - Family Centre Co-ordinator
Clerk to Governors