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 Head Teacher 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.

Di Hoeksma
I have over 30 years’ experience as a Teacher and School Governor, the latter including Primary and Special schools in Bushey. With over 12 years of experience as a local Borough Councillor I have excellent knowledge of the local area as well as many contacts locally. Chairing the Scrutiny Committee and Leisure Committee, as well as being a Financial Monitor responsible for overseeing the Council’s budget and expenditure, I have real strengths in the area of financial accountability and securing best value. I am an instrumental in helping to set up a Women’s Refuge in Watford and for several years was the Treasurer of this organisation.More recently I have been a key member of a group who have established a Senior Citizens’ Day Centre in Borehamwood and I have been approached to be a Trustee for Community Action Hertsmere.
At Ashfield I Chair the Pupil Welfare Committee.

Chris Holt
My 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.

Councillor Linda Silver
I have lived in Bushey for 46 years and am a widow with 4 children and 8 grandchildren. First became an elected councillor in Bushey in 1974 until 1986 then worked for Brent Council for 20 years. On retiring stood for election for Hertsmere Borough Council again. I have been Deputy Mayor and Mayor and I am currently chair of the Planning Committee. I have been a Governor at Ashfield School for 7 years which I enjoy very much.

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 Information to follow








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.


Chair of Governors

  • Mrs Fiona Waloff

Foundation Governors

  • Cllr Linda Silver

Local Authority Governors

  • Cllr Anne Swerling

Parent Governors

  • Mrs Jo Barnett
  • Mrs Lesley White
  • Mrs Rachel Stanley
  • Mrs Sarah Vincett

School Governors

  • Miss Charmaine Davison – Teacher Governor

Clerk to the Governors

  • Mrs Christine Marshall

Co-opted & Community Governors

  • Mrs Di Hoeksma
  • Mr Chris Holt (Vice Chair)
  • Mrs Sandra Podro

Associate Governors

  • Miss Helen Flint