Mr Simon Munro
Chair of Governors
Currently, my two daughters attend Elveden. I became a Governor in 2017 as I had an interest in the way the school ran, along with its unique partnership with Forest Academy. I also sit as the Safeguarding Governor across both schools.
I would like to think that my day-job [as a Chief Inspector in the Police Service] and my experience can support and assist in developing the schools. I have previously undertaken secondments to the Home Office, the MOD and the National Police Chiefs’ Council. My current role is Head of Frontline Operations, which has a national commitment. Additionally, I sit as the Police Standards of Professional Behaviour Coordinator for the Police Service. It is funny how these roles map across into parts of school delivery and oversight, despite them being so different in function.
Outside of my job, and being a Governor, I am passionate around health, lifestyle and wellbeing. I am a qualified personal trainer and I voluntarily co-manage and instruct at a gym in my spare time. It is great to work with the school in developing opportunities for the children around physical activity and wellbeing.
I find the Governing role very interesting and fulfilling, as well as being an education in itself! It is a privilege to be part of two fantastic schools and I would encourage anyone interested to sit as a Governor.
Mrs Claire Goldstone
Vice-chair of Governors
I am a mum of 3 boys and have been coming to forest with minded children since 2008. I joined the governing body when my eldest was at forest as I wanted to have some input into my sons school and provide some support. I enjoy being involved in the financial side of governance and understanding just how much goes into ensuring our children have a great education and a wonderful environment to learn. I have a scientific background and have been part of several science weeks, providing children with new experiences.
Mr Gordon Hodgkinson
Ms Mary Andrew
I am now retired with time on my hands - I have grandchildren at primary school in St Albans and thought I might be able to bring some of my business background into helping a school!
Miss Helen Morley
Mrs Rebecca Silkstone
I am a Parent Governor with two children currently attending Forest Academy. I have spent most of my life in the education system, as a scientist, with a PhD in Biophysics. I've taught science to children and adults and worked at a Children's Activity Centre as a Field Studies and Outdoor Activities Instructor. Currently I work as a Contracts Specialist, negotiating agreements for a University. With interests in the conservation of nature, socialism, running and local and charitable events. I initially became a Governor in order to be more involved in the decisions made by the school and to ensure the Parents voice was heard. I'm interested in the happiness and wellbeing of every child and seeing the differences in individuals celebrated.