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Please find below information on all our Governors. Each Governor has a curriculum responsibility, this can be found in the Link Governor document. If you wish to speak with one of our Governors please contact the School Office in the first instance.

Vaughan Carradice - Chair of Governors

I have been a school governor for over 25 years, serving initially at Hayway and now at Denfield. During that time I have fulfilled several roles and have seen many changes in schools and schooling. Although now retired, I spent virtually all my working life as a teacher of Mathematics in Lincolnshire and Bedfordshire. My interests include cycling, swimming, gardening and much of my time is taken up looking after my grandchildren. Being a school Governor enables me to contribute to the local community and help prepare and nurture our future generations.

Category Responsibility Committee membership Pecuniary Interests Term of Office

Chair of Governors

Assessment Governor

Finance &

Standards & Curriculum

Wife works in school

19/11/14 -



Angela Griffiths - Head Teacher

I have been a Head Teacher for the past 15 years. I became Head Teacher of Denfield Park Primary School when we opened as a Primary School in April 2012 following the amalgamation of Denfield Park Junior School and Hayway Nursery and Infant school. I became Head at the Junior School in 2001, and took on the executive headship of the two schools once they federated in 2010. The amalgamation of the two schools and the extensive new build project certainly presented many challenges! During my career I have taught in seven primary schools in Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire and have been a governor in three of them. During my early career I spent two years teaching at an Elementary school in California. I have been a Deputy in two schools and have worked as a Literacy subject leader and as a SENCO. In my leisure time I enjoy spending time outdoors with my family and walking along the Anglesey coastline. Being both the Head Teacher and a Governor at Denfield is a privilege, I am passionate about education and improving the life chances for our children.

Category Responsibilities Committees Pecuniary Interests Term of Office
Headteacher Safeguarding


Standards & Curriculum

None 01/09/2010



Claire Bartlett

Many of my family members have worked within education, either in the capacity of teaching or support roles and much of my day job is spent educating others, in the rail industry, on all aspects of safety and sustainable development including health and wellbeing at work.  I started as a parent governor back in April 2011. Since then, I have had the privilege of working with other governors and members of the Denfield senior management team to challenge ourselves, so that we provide a safe and nurturing environment that enables children to learn.  I am proud that my children attend Denfield Park Primary School and know they are too!

Category Responsibilities Committees Pecuniary Interests Term of Office


Computing, E Safety

Health & Safety


19/11/2014 -




Linda Griffin

I have been a Staff Governor at Denfield since 2001.  Firstly, Denfield Park Junior School, then after our amalgamation in 2011, as a Denfield Park Primary School. I moved to Rushden from my home town of Wigan in August 2001, with my husband and 2 children. I was employed as a Teaching Assistant from then.  With the support of Mrs Griffiths, I continued my professional development and gained HLTA status in 2006. I currently work in Year 6 each morning and teach ICT throughout KS2 in the afternoons. My role as a governor has varied throughout my term of office. Currently, I am a member of the Curriculum Committee, responsible for Mathematics and Chair of the Health and Safety Committee. I take each and every one of my roles and responsibilities very seriously. Unlike my husband, I have no interest in taking up a sport, but I do enjoy watching Rugby, especially Super League. Most of my past time is spent, shopping, cooking and socialising with friends, all of which I could never do without!

Category Responsibility Committees Pecuniary Interest Term of Office
Staff Health & Safety Standards & Curriculum None

19/11/2014 -




Philip Hearson

I have lived in Rushden since 2006 when I moved here to take up the role of Minister at the Wesleyan Church in the High Street. Previously I had lived in Nuneaton, Warwickshire and had served as a Governor for around 10 years, firstly at an Infant School and then a Junior School where my children attended. I have been a Local Authority Governor here since 2011.

I currently serve on the Personnel, Finance and Premises Sub-Committee - I feel that my previous training in accountancy is very useful. My aim is to support the school in any way possible, through the role of Governor but I am also able to give help in other ways including leading assemblies and through the school visits to the church. I believe that the role of a Governor is to ensure that the children's education and welfare are paramount, enabling them to reach their full potential.

I enjoy watching many kinds of sport and participating in some!

Category Responsibilities Committees Pecuniary Interests Term of Office
Local Authority

Wellbeing, CPD &

Pastoral Support

Finance None

13/09/2015 -




Rachael Lambert

I have been a staff governor for over 18 months, my current role is overseeing English.  Being a governor gives a wider picture of the school and the community we serve. I have been in teaching for over twenty years and I have covered KS 1 to 5 in various subject specialisms and roles.  I have a very broad view of education and I use this to benefit children.  I am passionate about the arts in all forms and love seeing children inspired create amazing pieces of work. 


Category Responsibilities Committees Pecuniary Interests Term of Office
Staff Early Years   None

19/09/2013 -




Dannie Laws

I became a Parent Governor in June 2015 and am on the Curriculum and Standards Committee and oversee Pupil Premium and Special Needs. Both my daughters attend Denfield Park Primary School and are very happy here. I want to support the school in ensuring all of our children receive the best education and opportunities possible.



Category Responsibilities Committees Pecuniary Interest Term of Office

Special Needs

Pupil Premium


Standards & Curriculum None

16/06/2015 -




Ian Phillips

I started as a Parent Governor in 2012 when my eldest son started at Denfield.Since then I have served as a Governor and have responsibility for the Physical Education at the school.My youngest child also now attends Denfield as he started in Reception in 2014.I work in the waste and recycling industry managing a collection operation for one of the country’s largest providers of waste and recycling services.I have an active young family and enjoy motorcycling, clay pigeon shooting and cycling when I get the time.I am also the Associates officer for the local branch of the Institute of Advanced Motorists.

Category Responsibilities Committees Pecuniary Interests Term of Office
Parent   Chair of Standards & Curriculum None

13/07/2016 -



Adrian Reast

I joined Denfield in 2003 as Deputy Head Teacher after moving from a Primary School in Wellingborough. I have been very fortunate in my career to have worked in two fantastic schools. I have been well supported and happy throughout my time at Denfield.  I became a Governor in 2004. This has helped me more effectively serve the school, and help make it a better place for everyone to work and learn. When we federated in 2010 with Hayway I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of being involved in a major building project. All those involved did a brilliant job!  I have recently retired from playing football. I played for Wellingborough Old Grammarians for 19 years having joined them in 1994. I recently worked out that I have played nearly 750 games for Wellingborough Old Grammarians scoring over 100 goals (some them were own goals though!)  I now enjoy running very much, and I have Mr Willsher to thank for this along with his advice, encouragement and support. I have run two marathons and I hope to significantly increase this number in the future. Also in my spare time I enjoy making and fixing all kinds of things along with walking my two lovely dogs Ted and Ella.

Category Responsibilities Committees Pecuniary Interests Term of Office
Staff   Finance None

19/11/2014 -




Robert Remedios

I was voted in as Parent Governor in May 2015 and I have since attended some comprehensive governor training to assist me in my role. I moved to Rushden in 2014 and chose Denfield as the nursery for the eldest of my two daughters. I was hugely impressed by the school, easily struck by the fabulous new facilities but also of the genuine interest and enthusiasm of the staff which was also clearly evident in the pupils attending. I am keen to put something back into the local community but more personally to ensure that Denfield continues to promote an inclusive, safe and fun environment for learning, looking for every opportunity to maintain and, where possible, to push up the standards. I was recently voted by the board of governors onto the Personnel, Finance and Premises Sub-Committee as I believe that my skills and experience from over 25 years in Financial Services would best suit this forum. I currently work for a large bank as a change practitioner. Outside of work I undertake a fair bit of voluntary community work including working with the Princes Trust in Rushden, which really equips and empowers young people to maximise their potential. Socially I love sport and play hockey regularly as well as competing in the county squash leagues. I try to support Northampton Saints rugby team as often as I can but my main priority are my girls, my wife and two daughters –of which time spent with them is the best of all.

Category Responsibility Committees Pecuniary Interests Term of Office




Finance None

16/06/2015 -




Neil Willsher

I joined Denfield Park Primary School, in September 2000, as a newly qualified teacher and have felt very happy and fulfilled at school ever since. In my role as a teacher, I am currently Key Stage 2 Leader, Off Sites Visits Co-ordinator, Creative Curriculum Leader and History and Geography Subject Leader. I have been a governor at Denfield Park for approximately twelve years. I am currently Link Governor and I Chair of the Curriculum and Standards Committee.

In my spare time, I enjoy all sports but I especially enjoy watching football, cricket and rugby. Since stopping playing football, l have become a keen runner and I love completing cross countries and longer distance running, including marathons. I also have a fascination for Astronomy and in addition to leading a club at school, I am a member of my local astronomy club.

Category Responsibilities Committees Pecuniary Interests Term of Office
Staff   Standards & Curriculum None

19/11/2014 -




Lisa Fleckney

I took over as Clerk to Governors in September 2015, after completing the National Clerks Development Programme.  I have worked at Denfield and previously at Hayway Infant School since 2002, as the School Business Manager, this covers finance, personnel and premises.

I have three children, the youngest has only just left Denfield. 

Good family values and education are very important to me and I feel extremely lucky to be able to assist in any way to Denfield’s vision and values.