Home Page


Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

The role of Governors is detailed in the following document

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

Our chair is: Mr Patrick Delaney
We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests.

NamePosition CommitteeRolesAppointed /Term of OfficeBusiness InterestFinancial Interest
Anne ClarkHeadteacherAll CommitteesAll Committees  HeadNone
Alison BillingStaff GovernorAll CommitteesAll Committees13/02/19 /13/02/19>12/02/23Deputy HeadNone
Patrick DelaneyChair of Governors pdelaney@colneyheath.herts.sch.ukAll CommitteesSIC Chair, All Committeees10/02/17 /10/02/21>09/02/25NoneNone
Victoria YatesVice Chair of GovernorsResources CommitteeResources Chair, Equality, HR.20/07/18 /20/07/22>19/07/26NoneNone
Corinne DoustCo-opted GovernorSchool Improvement Committee (SIC)Pupil Premium, Link Core Subjects, Data21/07/18 /22/07/22>21/07/26NoneNone
Gavin BullCo-opted GovernorResources CommitteeHealth & Safety, Estates, Website21/07/18 /22/07/22>21/07/26NoneNone
Dan SternParent GovernorResources CommitteeBudget, Sports Premium, SFVS08/12/21 /08/12/21>07/12/25NoneNone
Samina HaffajeeParent GovernorResources CommitteeGDPR, Link Foundation Subjects24/02/22 /24/02/22>23/02/26NoneNone
Katie DeanLA GovernorSchool Improvement Committee (SIC)SEND, EYFS, Link Foundation Subjects04/10/22 /04/10/22>03/10/26NoneNone
Rory SandsCo-opted GovernorSchool Improvement Committee (SIC)Safeguarding, Link Core Subjects, Mental Health19/08/22 /19/08/22>18/08/26NoneNone


Major Targets for 202 –2024


  1. To embed key actions from the 2022-23 SDP, particularly those improving the outcomes of learning for all children, particularly those who are vulnerable.



    2. To continue to improve outcomes in learning through the development of Subject Leadership and the accuracy of                  assessment


    3. To develop the curriculum to ensure it reflects equality and diversity; to review the Equality Scheme


      4. To improve the experience of playtime, using the OPAL Playtime scheme


      5.  To develop the outdoor environment and curriculum of the Early Years Foundation Stage


      6. To select , and join, a multi-academy trust that would support the further development of the school





Financial Information

The school has no employees who earn in excess of £100,000.


Patrick Delaney 

I have been part of the governing body since 2017 and in that time have primarily been responsible for budget oversight. I have chaired both the resources and school improvement committees and am currently chair of governors.  My family moved to Colney Heath village in 2014 and have become entwined with the school ever since.  As a small business owner, I understand completely the pressures of being responsible for key decisions and dealing with a multitude of differing issues.  My origins are very working class and it is with thanks to the teachers and staff at the JMI school I attended that I have been fortunate to have had a varied and interesting life. My eldest child has passed through the ranks and my youngest is currently at the start of her journey at Colney Heath.  I am grateful to have the opportunity to give something back to the school and our village community. 


Corinne Nash

I have been a governor at Colney Heath School since 2018. As the link governor for pupil premium, English and phonics, I sit on the School Improvement Committee. I volunteer my time to ensure that the children in our community receive a great education and I do this by supporting and challenging school leaders. 

Professionally, I work at Dame Alice Owen's School and have been teaching the sciences to A-Level since 2004. I am a member of the Teaching and Learning Team, responsible for developing and sharing good practice. I am a strong believer in continuing professional development, for myself and for others, and I have a Masters Degree in Education.   

My child is thriving at Colney Heath School (just as I did, many years ago!) and I am delighted to be able to "give something back" to our community. 


Victoria Yates

My name is Victoria Yates and I joined the Governing Body in 2018.  I am currently the Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of the Resources Committee and focus on HR and Equality.

I have 20 years’ experience in Human Resources within retail, public sector and charitable trusts and my two daughters attend Colney Heath. 

I am passionate about primary school education, as the first years of a child’s education are crucial to their future pathways and achievements.   I enjoy being a Governor and being part of ensuring the school sets and achieves its aims and objectives and monitoring its progress and the learning and development of the children and staff are key elements of this.

The staff do an amazing job at Colney Heath and I love its community ethos and feel.


Samina Haffajee

I’m currently the link Governor for SEND. I'm a full-time carer of a young adult with a learning disability and autism. I'm familiar with EHCPs, the 0-25 team, and the challenges carers/parents face with SEN. Professionally, I have MSc in Business Systems and over ten years of digital marketing and digital fundraising experience. I've worked for and with several children's charities and currently work in ECommerce for an online children's store. As a parent governor, I hope to lend a helping hand wherever needed and wherever my skills are best suited.


Rory Sands

I started as a governor at Colney Heath School in September 2022. As the link governor for Maths, Mental health and Safeguarding, I am a member of the School Improvement Committee. I am community minded and passionate about education.

I have worked in education for over ten years, teaching at a range of schools across London. I currently teach at Highgate School.

I hope that my son will attend Colney Heath School when he is old enough and I am proud to be in a position to help my local school and give something back to the local community.


Dan Stern

My name is Dan Stern, I have two children that attend Colney Heath School so I already have a great relationship with most of the teachers. I bring a calm and level headed approach to everything I do.

I have actively supported the PTA with events and commit to continue that support as my time as Governor. Being a Manager in retail gives me flexibility for meetings, school visits and offering any support that the school may need. I have been working in food retail for nearly 24 years where I specialise in compliance, Food safety and managing a large workforce. I also have experience in setting and managing annual budgets. I’m honest and hardworking and I fully commit to this important role as Governor.


Katie Dean

My name is Katie Dean and I joined the governing body in September 2022. I have two children at Colney Heath and they both love attending school and are learning and developing every day.

Professionally I work for Herts County Council as Lead Teacher for Early Years SEND in the East. Prior to that I worked in a small village school where I was Deputy Head, SENCO and Early Years Lead along with many other roles. I was also a governor there for 12 years so I have prior Governor experience.

At Colney Heath I am Governor for Early Years and Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) and I am passionate about supporting the school in any way I can in order for the children, staff and families to thrive.