Meet our Governors

Louise Bennett

I became a Parent Governor in October 2014. My oldest daughter is now in Year 9 and my youngest has just left Heatherside Juniors. I have lived in Fleet for around 16 years and I work 4 days a week for BAE Systems in Farnborough in the Group Insurable Risk department.

This is my final term of being chair of governors and I have loved being part of this fantastic school and I am going to miss it being part of my life.

Anna Hoskyns

I have lived in Fleet for six years, and have been a Governor since 2015. I was keen to be more involved with the local community and this was the perfect opportunity! Working for a national charity, I am aware of the positive impact that Volunteers can have, and hope that my industry background in Property Services will make a valuable contribution to the school. I looking forward to continuing to support what I have already seen as an excellent environment for children to thrive in.

Michael Thomas

Hi, I’m Michael Thomas and I joined the HJS Governing Body as a Parent Governor in September 2016. I have one son here at Heatherside Juniors.

I have worked within the educational sector as a senior manager delivering PFI Contracts for many years, I felt that becoming a member of the governing body gave me the perfect opportunity to support our already excelling students and teaching teams by sharing my experience and knowledge of delivering and managing successful school estates to HJS.

Nicola McEvoy

Joining the teaching staff at Heatherside in 2012 and working here for the past seven years has been a wonderful experience for me. Children and adults alike are friendly and positive and I feel very lucky to be working with such an enthusiastic group of people.  Having been welcomed so warmly and made to feel a valued part of this successful team has encouraged me to become more involved and to try to improve the pupils’ learning opportunities even further.  I am a great believer in happy children being the best learners but also that life skills and independence for our youngsters are invaluable.  I currently work in year six, but have experience of all year groups, including infants and nursery.  Therefore, I hope to use my hands on experience of our education system to highlight and promote the children’s needs.

Michelle Hewitt-Dutton

I joined the governing body as a Parent Governor in September 2017. I have a daughter in Year 6 and a son in Year 4, and have found being part of the governing body to date, both a rewarding and challenging experience.

I am a qualified accountant and currently work at an Accountancy Practice in Henley, this experience enables me to play a constructive part in governing Heatherside Junior School.

Bethan Matthews

I’ve lived in Fleet for a year having relocated from London in December 2017. In London I worked as a secondary school teacher for 10 years but I’m currently taking a career break to look after my two young daughters. I am keen to remain involved in education and contribute to the local community and becoming a governor seemed like a great way of doing both. My experience of Heatherside so far has been fantastic and I am looking forward to my role within this thriving school.

Jordan Ware-Lane

Having relocated to Fleet in August 2017, I joined Heatherside Junior School as a Governor in September 2018.

I am a Chartered Accountant and have worked in London for over twelve years, I am also a keen cyclist in my spare time. I strongly believe in the benefits of a positive education and working as a Governor for Heatherside Junior School has given me the opportunity to contribute to the school and support the children in obtaining a positive and enjoyable education.  I am looking forward to understanding how the school operates and how decisions made are instrumental in providing an environment that encourages constructive learning.

I hope that my skill set and experience will aid me in my role as a member of both the Resources and Personnel Committees and contribute to the goals and ambitions of the school.

Paula Coffey

I became a Parent Governor at Heatherside Junior School in November 2018.  I have lived in Fleet for over twelve years. I have a daughter in year 6 and a son in year 3 at Heatherside Junior school. I have over twenty years of operational experience gained across Healthcare and Financial Sectors. I have a proven track record of managing large teams and leading change initiatives within regulated environments.  I believe that clear direction and leadership are key to an effective school governing body.

Stephen Jasper

I became a Parent Governor in November 2018.  I have three children all who  have attended Heatherside Junior School, my youngest still  in Year 5.  I am an Accountant by training but work in the communications industry on finance and IT operations and projects.  I felt I should help out at the school that all my children attended and bring some of my time and skills to help HJS improving pupils outcomes and deliver a fantastic environment for students, teachers, staff and parents

Jan Dunmore

I have lived in Fleet for 20 years where my children attended Courtmoor School  and where I served as a governor. My background is in accounting and I was a school bursar for 5 years. Although I am now retired I would like to contribute to the local community.   I am still very interested in education  and look forward to supporting the children at Heatherside Juniors  helping them to achieve their goals and enhance their learning experience.

David Barnes

My wife and I moved to Fleet in 2010 to start our family.  Our eldest daughter is currently in Heatherside Junior School and our youngest daughter yet to join Heatherside Infant School.  I joined HJS as a Governor in 2019 to support the leadership team in ensuring that the children continue to prosper to their individual full potential in a supportive, safe and well-resourced environment.

I work in a leadership role within sales and marketing in the technology sector and also involved in the Executive Committee of one of Fleets Scout Groups.

Sarah Laws-Bates

Entering into my 11th year as a Learning Support Assistant at Heatherside, I enjoy working in the school and being a valued member of a wonderful and supportive team. In my time at Heatherside I have worked in Years 3 and 5 and I am currently working in year 6. I also work with children across all year groups, who need extra support with their speech, language and communication skills. Having just finished a course in Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health, I hope to use my knowledge and interest in this area to increase children’s self-esteem, raising the well-being and mental health of pupils and staff within the school. I am keen to learn and always up for a challenge. I hope to bring to the governing body, my enthusiasm for a school that wants to give every child the best education it can.