The Governing Body

The Governing Body is made up of representatives from the Local Authority, School, Parents and Local Community.  We meet formally once a term and have two sub groups meeting separately which are detailed below.  We also individually have a specific subject area or two that we focus on to ensure the highest of standards continue to be maintained.

Our Aims
Our primary responsibility is to ensure the school provides the best possible education to our children.  We act as a critical friend to help drive performance standards whilst maintaining effective financial and operational governance.  We are here to provide Swallowfield with clear leadership and direction that ensures the school continues to thrive and remains the most successful in the area.

How to contact us
We can be contacted via the school office on 01908 582101.


Ben Coles – Chair, parent governor and link governor for Safeguarding, Art, D&T and French.
Ben is a Director at Groundwork, a national charity with the aims of creating more sustainable communities. He oversees Groundwork’s programmes of work across London that focus on water and energy efficiency, community development, landscape design services, Geographical Information Systems, fundraising and corporate engagement. He has one son, Noah, at Swallowfield, and a second son, Evan, who is at Fulbrook Middle School. Ben also sits on the Friends of Parklands resident group. He became Chair in May 2016 but has been a governor for 5 years. Ben can be contacted directly on

Olivia Apps – parent governor and link officer for Early Years, Busy Bees and Maths.
Olivia became a parent governor in May 2016. She is a stay-at-home mum to Harry in Year 2 and Maddy and Isla in Busy Bees. Before having children she spent ten years in marketing roles in the finance industry both in London and Sydney. Most recently she managed a team responsible for events, sponsorships and local marketing strategy across Australia. Olivia is committed to contributing towards the ongoing development and success of the school and is happy to have a chat if there is anything you would like to discuss. 

Dr Natalia Kucirkova – co-opted governor and link officer for English.
Natalia Kucirkova is a Senior Research Fellow at the University College London (Institute of Education). Her research concerns innovative ways of supporting children’s book reading, digital literacy and exploring the role of personalisation in early years. She has widely published on early literacy and children’s technology; her publications appeared in leading international journals.  Natalia has been commended for her engagement with teachers and parents at a national and international level.  

Amanda Hurst – parent governor

Amanda is a parent to three children, two of which attend Swallowfield. She is also a consultant in people performance. Her work is all about enabling people to be their best through an appropriate mix of support and challenge. She provides coaching, leadership and team development. With this experience she will add real value to the governing body, teaching team and to the children.

Marc Cornelius – parent governor and link officer for Science.

Ian Henderson – co-opted governor and link officer for Music and P.E.
Ian is the Senior Partner at Henderson Services LLP which provides interim IT management and other IT services to wide range of clients in both the public and private sector. With over 40 years’ experience in IT, he has served as IT Director for a major red-brick university in the midlands and has also designed the IT and Audio Visual networks for a 6th Form College during a new campus build. He is a Trustee for a Medical Charitable Foundation based in Milton Keynes. He has two grown up children and lives in nearby North Bedfordshire.

Greg McGill- school representative and link officer for Governor induction and visits. Greg became a school representative on the governing body in April 2017. He is the Deputy Headteacher at Swallowfield and has been teaching there for five years. He has worked in previous schools in Houghton Regis and has taught all year groups from Foundation up to Year 4. Throughout the course of the academic year he will be helping to manage the school budget.  

Sylvia Carter – local authority representative and link officer for Health & Safety and Computing.
Sylvia has been a governor for many years. She has been Site Manager at Swallowfield for twenty eight years and has had three children and four grandchildren attend the school.  All maintenance, cleaning and security of the school is overseen by her.


Lynn Holmes – co-opted representative and link officer for Inclusion, SEN, Safeguarding and Supporting Governors.

Please contact the school office for details of any current Governor vacancies.

Percuinary Interests-2018

The 2 governor sub-committees are:

– Finance, Staffing and Buildings (chaired by Ben Coles)

– Curriculum (chaired by Olivia Apps)

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