Meet the Governors

Mrs Vanessa Allen

Chair of Governors (Parent Governor)

I've been part of the board since 2016. I live in Hemingford Grey and work part-time for a housing association managing older peoples housing. Two of my three children are still at HGPS with the third now at secondary school.

Mrs Kirsten Marriott


I have worked as headteacher at HGPS since January 2019 and am so proud of the motto of Together Everyone Achieves More, which is a living reality of the many teams in school: staff, governors, pupils, parent/carers and the wider community. Working with the governing body is a key part of my strategic role as headteacher, particularly working on the strategic development priorities.

Mrs Danielle Jermy

Staff Governor

I was delighted to join the Hemingford Grey Team as deputy headteacher in 2019. Prior to this I have been teaching and leading in schools in Milton Keynes and Hertfordshire. My roles in school also include, Pupil Premium Lead, Domestic Abuse Lead, Mental Health First Aider and Behaviour Lead. My passion and motivator is to develop an inclusive school where everyone feels valued and successful.​

Mrs Helen Peat

Co-opted Governor

I've been on the Governing Board since 2002 when my (now grown-up) children were at the school taking on a variety of roles and chairing for 10 years. Professionally, I work at the British Antarctic Survey, and I also volunteer with the RSPB and on School Admission Appeals Panels.​

Ms Kristi Johnson

Parent Governor

I joined the governing body as a Parent Governor in 2021. I have two children at the school so keen to ensure the school can be the best it can be. My background is finance and knowing how important school budgeting is, I wanted to be able to use my professional experience to give back to the local community.​

Mrs Danielle Saunders

Parent Governor

I am a Mum of three, two who attend Hemingford Grey School and Pre-School. I have been a secondary school teacher for 10 years, and a Safeguarding lead too. I joined the governing board around a year ago as a parent governor and hope my safeguarding and education knowledge supports me in my governor role. ​

Mrs Amelia Beeley

Co-opted Governor

I am a mum of two, who moved to Hemingford Grey in 2022 and joined the governing body to give something back to the village. I work implementing development and humanitarian programmes globally, and hope to bring the variety of my professional experience to support me in the governor role.​

Mr James Reid

Parent Governor

I have 4 children who all attend Hemingford Grey School, and have been a Governor since March 2023. I am the Operations Director for a specialist passive fire protection company, overseeing delivery of multiple projects over the country. I am keen to assist with implementation and change management in the main, but hope to offer further value to the Governing Board through my experience of 12 years in the Royal Air Force too. ​

Mrs Jasmin Ash

Co-opted Governor

I am a mum of two young boys and live in Hemingford Grey. I am a primary school teacher and have worked in various education roles since I moved here from Scotland 10 years ago.

Miss Danni Lewell

Co-opted Governor

I am delighted to join the Hemingford Grey Governing Body. I work within the Education Sector and hope my knowledge of the industry will support in my Governing role.

Mrs Carlie Huddleston

Clerk to the Governors

I started Clerking for the Governors in May 2022. I am a Mum of Four, with three children currently attending Hemingford Grey School. My job is to carry out the administration duties for the Governors along with attending meetings and taking the minutes.