Governing Body

Tewin Cowper Primary School’s Governing Body plays a very active role in the life of the school.  A strong, well-led governing body, supportive of the school, its teachers and its mission makes an important contribution to the school's wellbeing and effectiveness.
As parents, the role of the Governors and more importantly, who they are can sometimes be a mystery as the work goes on behind the scenes every day of the year.
We hope the following information not only allows you to put a face to a name but understand more fully, what role each member plays and gives you contact points if there are matters you wish to discuss.


Gill Forrest

Mrs Gill Forrest

I have the co-ordinating responsibility for Tewin Governors – chairing the meetings, have overall view of the committees and act as critical friend to the Headteacher.

I come from an education background and run my own training company.

Link Responsibilities:  Inclusion & Assessment, Child Protection & Safeguarding.

Rev Susannah Underwood

Rev Susannah Underwood


I am vicar of St. Peter's Church Tewin which has always had a special link and care for the school. Prior to ordination I worked with children, including a role as a teaching assistant at St. Mary’s school in Welwyn. I have been a governor of four schools (including currently All Saints Datchworth), and am grateful for the insight it gives into the skill and dedication of staff teams. I have always lived locally and have fond childhood memories of Tewin - having a grandmother who lived in the Wood and a mother who was once a teacher at this school!

Link Responsibilities:  Spiritual and Social


 Gail Elliott

Mrs Gail Elliot

I retired 2 years ago, after 35 years working for Lloyds Bank covering both personal and business banking.  Prior to joining Lloyds Bank, I trained for 3 years at The London College of Dance and Drama, and hold teaching qualifications in many forms of dance as well as being a member of The Royal Academy of Dancing, The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, and The International Dance Teachers Association. 

As I approached retirement, I became aware that Tewin School was looking for a new governor, and I offered myself in the hope that my financial background might be of use. I was keen, now that I have more time, to be involved in something worthwhile within Tewin, having lived in the village for 30 years, and in particular as I consider a good education to be of prime importance.

Link Responsibilities:  Sport, Year 2



Barbara Clarke
Mrs Barbara Clarke

I am a Parochial Church Council Governor and as a Year Governor to the children now in Year 1, I look forward to following them through school.  My own children attended Tewin School when we moved to the village 28 years ago; during this time, I was involved with many village activities including the play group, the School PA Committee and was also secretary of the Tewin Tennis Club for many years. Having recently retired, I am now able to devote some time once again to village life and have been enjoying my new role as a governor.

Link Responsibilities:  English Communication & Languages, Year 1



Mrs Alice Newbon

My motivation for becoming a governor is because I believe that a well-rounded, happy education is the right of every child.

I have a daughter at Tewin Cowper School, and as a parent I really value the spirit and the ethos of the school. I also value the academic education she is getting and the opportunities that the school offers to inspire her learning.  

My professional background is in communications, 12 years working in Local Government. This has given me a great insight into the challenges that face primary schools, in particular small village schools.

Prior to joining the governing body, I was the Chair of the school’s PTA and really enjoyed working with other parents and the staff to raise funds for additional school equipment.
I am keen to continue to support the school wherever I can.

Link Responsibilities:  EYFS, Year 1

katieMrs Katie Wright

I worked at Tewin Cowper for 10 years as a teacher and later as a Deputy but decided to stay as a Governor because the school and community mean so much to me. I am currently the Head of the Early Years and Junior School at St Christophers School in Letchworth.

I have a daughter who has just started at Tewin Cowper and a son who will start in a couple of years so my commitment to the school is very strong. I look forward to helping the school grow and flourish in my role as a governor.

Link Responsibilities:  Maths, Year 6



nick hart
Mr Nick Hart

I trained as a Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA) at Deloitte where I worked as a Management Consultant. I now work in finance for Premier Foods (the owner of famous brands such as Mr Kipling and Bisto). I am local to the village having moved here in 2013 - I was married in Tewin Church and my daughter was christened there.

 I became a Governor when I noticed an appeal for new governors in the church notices - it seemed a good way to use my financial and strategic skills to support the community.

Link Responsibilities:  Science, Year 5



Debbie Kirby

Mrs Debbie Kirby

I am currently a parent of daughters in Years 1, 4 and 6. While my children attended Tewin Under Fives, I was on the Committee for 3 years, two of which as the Chair. 

Professionally, I have spent over 15 years in the Pharmaceutical Industry within the Regulatory Affairs sector primary focused on systems, project management and compliance.

I am keen to assist with the continued improvement drive we have seen over the last few years. I feel we are blessed with an environment where teachers are allowed to teach, children can be children and learning is so much fun.

As well as my role as Vice Chair of the Governing Body, I am also the Chair of the School Improvement Committee.

Link Responsibilities:  SEN & Inclusion, Year 3



Mr Nigel Marsden

I became a Parent Governor in December 2015 (?). My eldest daughter Georgie joined Tewin in 2013 and is in Rowan class. My youngest, Billy will start school in 2019.

 Since joining the school, I have been impressed with the quality and dedication of the staff and everyone connected to the children's learning experience.  I volunteered to become a Governor as I considered that I could contribute and add a different perspective.

I am a qualified Chartered Surveyor with 18 years experience of private sector commercial property experience.  My experience will allow me to contribute to the existing mix of Governor skills to build on and to continue the schools success. 

As well as being a Parent Governor, I am a member of the schools Resources Committee

Link Responsibilities:  Computing / ICT,  Reception



Mrs Marie Shortland



Mrs Sue Corlass

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Cannons Meadow,
01438 717378
01438 718586