Graeme Dykes, Chair of Governors
Graeme is a Financial Controller at Thirsk Winton LLP, a modern innovative law firm offering a range of commercial, real estate and private client services with offices in Woodford Green and Mayfair.
He is a Fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountant in England and Wales with over 25 years’ experience within medium sized professional service firms focusing on the running of internal accounts teams and delivering timely, accurate and relevant management accounting information; enabling directors and owners to make informed decisions about their businesses.
Graeme has been a school governor for almost 20 years serving as a chair of a primary school in Harlow; a governor at the John Warner School since 2008 and is currently the SEND Link Governor; and a trustee of The Hoddesdon School Trust since its incorporation and is currently chair of the Finance Committee.
At the beginning of 2022 he was excited about being appointed chair of the Roselands Primary School local governing body. Graeme has lived in North Hoddesdon since 2005 and views the appointment as a great opportunity to continue to help the local community and return to being a chair of a primary school.
Over the past 20 years Graeme has seen great pressures on teachers to simply fill the buckets, however, with strong and supportive governance he believes that teachers can be lighting fires!
Rob McCarthy, Vice Chair of Governors
Rob retired in 2017 after nearly 40 years of service with the UK Government’s Environment Agency as a civil engineering major projects programme manager. Projects included Channel Tunnel Rail Link, Heathrow Airport Terminal 5, Crossrail, 2012 Olympics, Thames Tideway Tunnel, along with many flood risk projects in Herts, Essex and North London, advising nationally on the management of major infrastructure projects (HS2, Nuclear Power, Northern Powerhouse). He was Area Duty Manager responsible for incident management in the region, dealing with flooding, waste fires, and radioactive incidents.
Rob was the London Regional lead for diversity and inclusion, formulating the strategy and policies, now implemented nationally. A qualified health and safety auditor, incident investigator, and investigating officer relating to disciplinary matters. A member of the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management and the Chartered Management Institute.
Voluntary roles include being a governor at Cranbourne Primary School since 2001 (currently Chair of Local Governing Body) and became a Trustee of The Hoddesdon School Trust on its incorporation in September 2016. A scout leader in Hoddesdon, Independent Custody Visitor at Hertfordshire Police Authority, Ambassador for several children’s charities.
Rob was awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Years Honours list 2018 for services to the Environment and the local community.
Jane Carson, Head Teacher
Jane joined Roselands as a teacher when the school was very new and had just two classes and a total of 44 children. Previously she had worked in solicitors’ accounting, but was determined to re-train and follow her interest in education. Jane taught all subjects across the whole primary age range and is fully committed to providing the richest learning experiences for children. She believes in preserving traditions and yet being open to innovation and change. She aims to provide a stable, secure and exciting environment for children to maximise their potential and ensures all staff are valued within the team.
(See above photograph of Primary Head of the Year Awards – Norwich) She feels privileged to have been part of the growth and development of Roselands, having learned many new skills herself as the need arose and her role changed from teacher to deputy head and then headteacher. She was fortunate to have been at the forefront of the development of computers in education as Roselands was one of the first four schools in the county to be connected to the internet and many projects followed. Jane trained as a cycling instructor and a swimming coach, teaching regularly in the school’s then new pool. She became a netball and rounders umpire, whilst organising sports, and is still secretary to the local schools sports group. Training to teach music and learn piano she resumed her own playing of cello and now belongs to a local orchestra, string group and quartet. She represents the primary heads on the Hertfordshire Music Service Hub.
Jane chairs the local consortium of Headteachers, where the 19 settings span the pre-school, primary and secondary and special school range. She represents the area on the County Primary Heads Forum and sits on the executive. She received a distinction in the Primary Head of the Year awards in 2008, representing Hertfordshire in the East of England finals.
Jane enjoys family time with her two daughters, who were both pupils at Roselands. Spending time with her grandsons she also likes to sail, cycle, garden and sew or knit during the holidays.
Sara Hill, Acting Deputy Head
Lead of Lower Key Stage Two, Maths & Assessment, Staff governor
Sara has been a staff governor of Roselands School for six years. She has served on the Curriculum Committee.
Sara has been a teacher for over twenty years and taught at a local primary school before coming to Roselands originally as an Assistant Head Teacher.
Sara is married with two children. One attends a local secondary school and the other is following in her footsteps and is studying Primary Education at university..
She has a love for learning and believes that the journey of learning never ends. She recognises that all children have the right to feel safe and learn within school and works tirelessly alongside the teachers and teaching assistants to ensure that the children have great learning opportunities. Sara also supports the head teacher with the daily running of the school to ensure that we continue to improve in all areas.
She is very proud of Roselands and the journey the school is on and appreciates the hard work that the children and staff continue to demonstrate and the position that the school has in the local community.
Alisdair Skinner, Co-opted Governor
Curriculum, Pupil Progress, Pupil Premium
Alisdair retired as a Hertfordshire primary school teacher in 2017. Born and brought up in the county he has worked in education for over 40 years, including 25 years as a Head teacher. During his service, he led two successful primary schools, was active in the Hertfordshire Primary Head’s forum and in supporting school improvement across the county. He was involved in the establishment of Herts for Learning and in representing Hertfordshire Schools on the statutory funding body, Schools forum. He continued with some part-time work as a consultant and is interested in how Academy structures will enable and support effective primary education.
Alisdair lives locally, is married with two step-daughters, one of whom is a former Roselands teacher. He is enjoying watching his eight grandchildren develop. He is a long serving committee member and current president of The Hertfordshire Schools’ Sailing and Canoeing Association. He enjoys singing with Welwyn Garden City Male Voice Choir.
Darren Livermore, Parent Governor
Darren has lived in Hoddesdon for much of his life, attending Broxbourne School and continuing his education by studying for a degree in Aeronautical Engineering at Loughborough University. He spent several years working as a professional engineer, but always wanted to fly since he was young. He worked for 13 years at Aer Lingus in Dublin, starting off as a First Officer through to being a Training Captain, teaching new recruits on the Airbus A320. He is now a Captain with EasyJet based at Luton airport, flying passengers all over Europe.
He became interested in serving on the governing body as he has always shown an interest in the success of the school and has two sons at various stages of their education at Roselands. He brings valuable leadership and team working skills to the governing body. He enjoys spending time with his two sons, walking, cycling and photography.
Hannah Ellis - Staff Governor
Hannah has been a teacher for over ten years, teaching at two independent schools previous to joining the team at Roselands Primary School. She has been Head of Literacy in both independent schools, teaching in Early Years, Key Stage One and Lower Key Stage Two.
Hannah is married with two young children and is currently studying for a Masters in Primary Education at the Institute of Education at University of College London. She feels strongly about children’s mental wellbeing and building children’s self-belief to achieve. Hannah recently joined the staff governors of Roselands as she would like to be apart of helping the school to reach its full potential with the pupils at the heart of everything they do.
In her spare time, Hannah enjoys singing, theatre and running around after her two little ones
Natalie Flynn is an HR Manager at Law Debenture, a FTSE 250 Investment Trust and Professional Services company. Law Debenture offers transaction and governance services to a range of clients and is based in the City of London.
She is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and has over 15 years experience within HR and Recruitment. Natalie has worked both in a Standalone HR role and had also managed a small team. She has covered a wide range of HR responsibilities and projects including employee engagement, Diversity and Inclusion, policies and procedures, performance management, recruitment, employee relations and benefits.
Having come from a teaching family, Natalie is passionate about primary education and offering teachers the best possible support and working conditions to enable their students to have an enjoyable and fulfilling start to their education.
Angela is a Crisis Support Worker at Hertfordshire Mind Network, an organisation dedicated to mental health and wellbeing.
She is a graduate member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and has several years of experience working in the field of Behaviour Analysis as an ABA (applied behaviour analysis) tutor in schools, home and community settings. The work involved aiding in the design and delivery of comprehensive, integrated, individualised education programmes. Using behaviour analytic teaching strategies enabled maximum provision of learning opportunities, behaviour support and promotion of independent living skills.
Angela is passionate about education and believes it is important that every child is given equal opportunity to achieve meaningful outcomes. She is dedicated to the school governing body with the goal of continuing to help Roselands promote education and opportunity for young people.