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.
The Governing Body has responsibility, alongside the staff of our school, for deciding the strategic direction of the school.

Our role is crucial:

  • We fulfil statutory duties to ensure that the school is a safe, healthy and an inclusive environment
  • We provide support and challenge to the leadership team of the school on all issues that affect the learning and welfare of our pupils

The Governing Body is drawn from the staff of the school, representatives of the church, the Local Authority, parents and the wider community that our school serves. Governors meet as a full group once a term and a summary of these meetings are posted on the school website for parents to read.  Each governor is elected or appointed for four years and serves on one or more committees to carry out their various duties.

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.

Parent Governors are often available in the school grounds in the morning and afternoon.


Name Who we are Link Responsibilites


Diane Hagger

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.

Vice Chair

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.


 Alison Simpson

I have been the Headteacher of Tewin Cowper Primary for the past 11 years.
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.

Link Responsibilities:

Spiritual and Social


Mrs Barbara Clarke

I have been a school governor now for five years.  My own children attended Tewin School when we moved to the village 30 years ago and, having recently retired, I am pleased to be involved once again with something that has been so important in my family’s life.  Tewin has a great sense of community and I believe that the school is at the heart of the village.  We are so lucky to have such a welcoming and happy school and I am thoroughly enjoying my role as a governor.

Link Responsibilities:

English & Languages

Year 5


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.

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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.

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Dr David Rawlins

I obtained a degree in pharmacy and subsequently qualified as a pharmacist.  After completing three years of research, my working life was spent in the R&D departments of several major pharmaceutical companies in both scientific and managerial roles. Having recently retired I now volunteer my time in other ways and in addition to being a governor at the school I sit on an NHS research ethics committee and volunteer at the local community shop.  I also served on St Peters PCC for several years. My three children grew up in the village and between them attended the school for 12 years which is a great incentive to now give something back and help the school continue to thrive.

Link Responsibilities:

Health & Safety

Year 4


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.

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Alex Wearne


Lynda Cowler

I am currently the Deputy Head of Tewin Cowper and have been teaching at the school for 9 years.

As well as my role of Deputy, I also teach the mixed Year 5 and 6 class. I am the subject leader for Maths, Science and ICT and Deputy DSP.


Kelly King

If you are interested in the work we do, would like to find out more, have any questions – or are interesting in becoming a governor, please contact Kelly King (Clerk to the Governors) in the first instance on

You can also write to us (please ensure any correspondence if left in the office in an envelope marked for the attention of the Chair of Governors).

Our Location

  Our Address:
Tewin Cowper C of E Primary School
Cannons Meadow,
01438 717378
01438 718586