The Ashfield Governing Body is a group of stakeholders selected (or elected in the case of Parent Governors) from the school and wider community. Governors are responsible for making strategic decisions for the school including the school vision and ethos. Governors are not responsible for the day to day operation of the school but are responsible for monitoring its operation to ensure the school fulfils its statutory responsibilities, ensuring the school provides value for money and the best possible education for its pupils. More details of our roles and responsibilities may be found in our Governor’s Handbook.

Anyone interested in becoming a governor should contact the Headteacher or the Chair of Governors via the School Office.


Councillor Anne Swerling I have lived in Bushey for more than 30 years and am now a grandmother to four lovely girls, who happily live nearby. I enjoy being one of your School Governors and am also involved with Bushey & Oxhey Care who help with transportation for those who need. I have been a Hertsmere Councillor now for five years, a role I enjoy and I am also a churchwarden at St Peter’s Church in Bushey Heath. One of my main hobbies is horseracing and there is nothing I enjoy more than an afternoon spent watching these delightful animals!

Sandra Podro
My name is Sandra Podro and I have enjoyed working at Ashfield for 19 years as a Teaching Assistant, Midday Supervisor and more recently a Higher Level Teaching Assistant. Both my children did their primary education at Ashfield.

Chris HoltMy name is Chris Holt and have been married for 32 years. Laura Holt, my daughter is a teacher at Ashfield Junior School. I am an experienced premises / facilities manager who has worked in the Education Sector for the past 8 years. I am currently working at Tring School in Hertfordshire, a large secondary Academy. I am a keen sports fan and am a season ticket holder with Saracens Rugby Club and also attend matches at Watford Football Club and cricket matches at Lords. My wife and I enjoy travelling far and wide and recently climbed Mt Kilimanjaro and visited Botswana and the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and Zambia. We also enjoy walking and have spent many holidays in and around the Alps and the Pyrenees. Whilst I wouldn’t say that I was well read I do enjoy reading with a particular interest in History.

Jo Barnett

My name is Jo Barnett and I am a Parent Governor at Ashfield. I live with my husband and 3 gorgeous children. I work in an infant school as a teacher which I love! My favourite colour is emerald green and I enjoy making birthday cakes and spending time with my family.







Charmaine Davison 

I have enjoyed nearly 19 years as a teacher at Ashfield. I moved from South Africa with the intention of only staying for a couple of years and then moving on, but found myself loving the Ashfield school and community. I currently teach in Year 4, but also taugth for  many years in Year 6. Reading and art are my two favourite pastimes and I love to share that enthusiasm with the children at Ashfield. I have served on our Governing Board since September 2008 and take great pride in the work we do.




Fiona Waloff

My name is Fiona Waloff and my current role on the Governing Board is that of a Foundation Governor and was re-elected in March 2018 for a 4 year term. I have been a Governor since my daughter was at Ashfield some 15 years ago, when I was elected as a Parent Governor, sitting on various committees as well as chairing the committee and being involved in the restructuring of the Board. I currently sit on both the Curriculum, Attainment & Progress and Finance, Resources & Personnel Committees.
I am a local childminder having done fostering for the past 9 years. I enjoy my position on the Governing Board and am interested in watching the children grow through education, whilst at the school.


Sarah Vincett

I have had the pleasure of being apart of the Ashfield Community since my second eldest son joined in 2012. As well as being the Vice-Chair of Governors, I am a trustee of a charity and I enjoy each role immensely. I recently completed an Early Years Education degree, which led to a School’s Direct placement at the school where I have worked as a teaching assistant for the past six years. I am looking forward to the next chapter of my career as a Primary school Teacher. In my spare time I enjoy watching films and playing board games with friends and family.


David Carter

I am an Elected Councillor and a Justice of the Peace for Hertfordshire. I am a Chartered Engineer and currently work as an Associate Accountant for a local company.  I have lived in Bushey for over 25 years and I am married and have 3 lovely grandchildren. I like cars and I enjoy racing cars and like going to watch them when I can.




Chair of Governors

  • Mr Chris Holt

Foundation Governors

  • Mr David Carter
  • Mrs Fiona Waloff

Local Authority Governors

  • Cllr Anne Swerling

Parent Governors

  • Mrs Sarah Vincett (Vice Chair)
  • Mrs Jo Barnett
  • Mrs Usma Collins
  • Mr Donald Barrell

School Governors

  • Mr Andre Dourado – Headteacher
  • Miss Charmaine Davison – Teacher Governor

Clerk to the Governors

  • Mrs Julie Raybould

Co-opted & Community Governors

  • Mrs Sandra Podro
  • Ms Sharon Elian
  • Ms Emma Desmond

Associate Members

  • Miss Helen Flint