Welcome to Bowmansgreen’s Governing Body

As a school governor we are part of a corporate body known as the ‘Governing Body’, our role is to effectively run the school in partnership with the headteacher.

Our Governing Body has a vital role to play in ensuring every child receives the best possible education by driving up school and children’s performance .  Our Governing Body is the key strategic decision-making body of school and we set the school’s strategic framework. As the Governing Body we agree the strategic priorities, aims and objectives for the school and sign off the policies, plans and targets in order to achieve them.  We check on progress and  regularly review the strategic framework for the school in the light of that progress.

The Governing Body leaves the running of the school to the headteacher, which is the only appointment we make. It is our role to support and strengthen the headteacher’s leadership and to hold them accountable for the performance of children and staff. This is particularly important in relation to the educational performance of the school.

As Governors we need to know our school.  We do this through visits to see the school in action, we check that the school is implementing the policies and improvement plans we sign off, and see for ourselves how the vision and plans for the school are working in practice.  While it is helpful to see classes at work, Governors are not inspectors and it is not our role to assess the quality or method of teaching.

All our Governors bring with them a range of different skills and experiences. Decisions are taken by the whole Governing Body, but to make the best use of everyone’s time and expertise, all Governors also join one of two committees. Committees work on particular aspects of school life and present their recommendations to the Governing Body for approval or discussion. These committees also meet in each half term, and are:


  • Behaviour and attendance
  • Curriculum and school improvement
  • Standards and achievement


  • Finance
  • Site
  • Personnel
  • Communication

Our Body consists of:

  • Parent Governors – elected from and by parents and carers of children in the school
  • Local Authority Governor – nominated by Hertfordshire County Council
  • Staff Governor – representative of teaching and support staff, who is elected by their colleagues.
  • Co-opted Governors – are appointed by the GB on the basis that they have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.
  • Associate Members – Associate members are not governors, and do not have a vote at full governing body meetings. However, they are entitled to attend those meetings and to be sent the papers for them. They have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. 

Members of our Governing Body

NameType of GovernorRolesCommitteeTerm StartsTerm Ends
LizAnn PetchCo-opted governorVice ChairEffectiveness
06 Feb 201805 Feb 2026
James BroadwellParent governorCurriculumResources15 Mar 202114 Mar 2025
Anna LippaHeadteacherHeadteacherEffectiveness
James AldersonCo-opted governor FinanceResources13 July 202212 July 2026
Dan KlingerCo-opted governorGovernor Recruitment, Education & TrainingEffectiveness13 July 202212 July 2026
Janet MatthewsCo-opted governorChair,
Health and Safety
Resources12 Dec 202211 Dec 2026
Debbie PittCo-opted governorSafeguardingEffectiveness11 Dec 201910 Dec 2023
Rebecca RobertsonOtherBusiness ManagerResources  
Mark RushforthStaff governor Resources01 Oct 201930 Sep 2023
Claire GoldingAssociate Member Effectiveness13 Sep 202112 Sep 2025
Karen BoakesClerk Full Governing Board  
Trish HamillClerk Effectiveness

Associate members have voting rights in the committee to which that person is appointed (as  determined by the governing body).

Within the previous 12 months the following individuals have served on the Governing Body:

Tony MajorParent governor Resources15 Mar 202114 Mar 2025
Karen PennCo-opted governorChairEffectiveness
01 Sep 201931 Aug 2023
Rev Patricia JonesCo-opted governor Effectiveness15 May 201914 May 2023
James BraddyCo-opted governor Effectiveness16 May 201815 May 2022

Relevant Business Interests

As a Governing Body we are required to declare any relevant business interests including any other governor roles at other educational settings and any relationships between governors and members of the school staff.


Governor Attendance 2021 – 2022


Governor Meeting Dates 2022 – 2023