Meet the Governors

Fairfield Park Lower School Full Governing Body (FGB) is currently constituted of 14 members. The FGB operates under the leadership of a chair, vice-chair with the help of a professional clerk. The FGB meets twice a term, and additionally operates with two committees, each of which meets half-termly. These are: Curriculum and Standards and Resources. Fairfield Park Lower School governors come from a range of backgrounds: parents, staff, the local authority and the wider community in Fairfield. We aim to fill our vacancies with people who have a range of relevant skills and most importantly are committed to acting in the best interests of the children and their learning.


Jenny Stone - Headteacher

I have been Head of Fairfield Park since opening the school in 2007. I was involved in the build of the new school, designing and formulating the vision and ethos of the school community with the governors. I am married with 2 grown up children and a grandparent to a school aged child. I have been in education since 1995. Prior to teaching, I worked in the commercial industry and have a background of accountancy, selling, managerial and customer care. I have taught in all year groups from 4-9, but have specialised in the Foundation Stage and Year 2. In 2005, I worked as a part time Early Years consultant for the local authority, visiting and supporting many schools. I have completed the NPQH head teacher certificate and have led awards in Investors in People and Investors in Excellence. I have been a Well Being facilitator and a Healthy Schools facilitator since the pilot projects in Beds and have worked with the Work Life Reform Agency and many Beds agencies. Since we achieved our outstanding status in 2012, I have been designated as a National Leader of Education (NLE), which empowers our school to celebrate and share our skills and expertise with other schools that are under-performing. I have always been passionate about teacher and staff professional development and have worked alongside Initial Teacher Training (ITT) courses and universities for over 15 years. I have also been an external examiner for ITT providers in East Anglia. I have been a strategic partner of the Central Bedfordshire Teaching School Partnership since 2012 and work with Robert Bloomfield Academy and all stakeholders. Since the decommissioning of the Local Authority, I have collaborated with 17 local schools in Central Bedfordshire and set up the 1st Alliance.

Sue Howley MBE –  Co-opted Governor 

I am an experienced governor with 30 years experience.

I chair a Regional Board for the Diocesan MAT. I am Chair of the Local Governing Board at Pix Brook Academy, a Free School in BEST. I am a governor at Fairfield Park Lower School where I was Chair of Governors from 2007 for 10 years. We were awarded the prestigious NGA award for outstanding governance in 2017.

I am a governor at Vandyke Upper School and at Shelton Lower School.

Since May 2012 I have been a designated National Leader of Governance (NLG) and have successfully supported a number of schools in Central Bedfordshire.

I was delighted to be awarded an MBE for voluntary services to education in the 2009 Queens Birthday Honours.

I have a very thorough understanding of education having previously been an Ofsted Inspector for 12 years, an External Advisor for Headteacher Performance Mgt and a governor trainer. I am a member of the Partnership Vision for Education Board and was previously a member of the Central Bedfordshire Children’s Safeguarding Board for over 5 years and until recently the Schools Forum for 10 years.

I have a background in HR with extensive experience of strategic planning, recruitment, organisational management and training at a senior level with a major retailer.

I am committed to high standards in schools through professional development, challenge and support and keep up to date with the changing education landscape.

I am very committed to ensuring that all students have the best possible experience whilst at school and I have a reputation for being demanding and having high expectations. I am retired from paid employment which gives me the capacity for my governance work.

Lynda Caldwell - Chair of Governors (Co-opted Governor)


I am married to Jim and we have two grown up children.  I have been involved with schools since I first became a parent governor while my children were at nursery.  I am currently part of the admin team at a Hertfordshire primary school and enjoy the 'no two days are the same' challenge that schools bring.  We moved to Fairfield in 2012 having watched with interest, the development grown over the years.  As a governor at Fairfield Park Lower School I am keen to offer my time and experiences within schools, to the community we are now part of. As part of succession planning for the board in September 2020 I became Chair of Governors and I am looking forward to continuing my role in this capacity and further building on the many successes of the school.



Jenny MacDonald –Vice Chair of Governors (Co-opted Governor)

I am married with two daughters who both attend Fairfield Park Lower School; and have lived on Fairfield Park since 2010. I returned to work at a large accountancy firm in October 2019 as an experienced Senior Manager after a long career break. I qualified as a chartered accountant in 2000 and have worked in Manchester, London and Sydney. I have considerable business, financial and people management experience. I also run my own small business. I joined the governing board in January 2014 and am delighted to contribute to this outstanding school especially as Chair of Governors from September 2019.  As part of succession planning for the board in September 2020 I became Vice Chair and will continue my role with the resources committee supporting on finance.



Ian Dalgarno – Chair of Resources Committee (Local Authority Governor)

Ian is married and lives in Arlesey. He is employed as a manager for an international retailer and has had over 25 years experience of business management. He is currently Vice-chair of Arlesey Town Council with reponsibilities for general purpose, finance, planning, public relations and environmental issues. He is also chairman of 1st Arlesey Scouts Group and supports the leaders to ensure they have the required resources to do their roles. 

Craig Mitcherson – Chair of Standards Committee (Co-opted Governor)

I am married with two children one of which still attends Fairfield Park, we have lived on the park since 2008. My professional career has been in education, I have been a teacher for twenty years, teaching in schools across Hertfordshire and Central Bedfordshire. My current role is in senior management at a large Luton secondary school with responsibly for student behaviour and wellbeing as well as a designated safeguarding officer. I have been involved in school governance for the last thirteen years and I have been part of the governing body at Fairfield since 2013. I am currently the chair of the standards committee. My interests outside of education include rugby, sadly watching no longer playing, cricket, golf, skiing and kayaking.

Carolyn Choudhry - Clerk to the Governing Body

 Having originally trained as a bilingual secretary I have been clerking for school governing boards for the past ten years and prior to that a parent governor for four years the last of which as vice chair.  The clerking highlight for me was being nominated by two schools in 2013 and subsequently winning the National Governors Association biennial award for Outstanding Clerk of the Year England and Wales.

Sabbir Hussain – Co-opted Governor

I am married with a young son and have lived on the Park since 2014. I qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2007. Since I qualified, I have been working as a Treasury Accountant for a FTSE listed Upstream Energy Services Company based in London. I am the Treasurer for the Sunday league football team based in Fairfield Park. In my spare time I enjoy playing football for the Sunday league team (if selected!). I cherish spending time with my family, travelling and exploring the outdoors. I am a keen investor and part of a small investment club trading equities and futures as a hobby.

Steve Booth – Co-opted Governor

I have lived on Fairfield Park for 8 years and have two daughters, one currently attends the school and the other attends Poppyfields. I’ve worked in education for 10 years and I currently hold the position of Assistant Head Teacher at a Secondary School in Stevenage. I passionately believe that all students should be provided with the access to an outstanding education and I’m delighted to be part of the governing body at Fairfield Park Lower School.


Jayne Bradley - Co-opted Governor

I have been the Deputy Headteacher for six years and prior to that I was the Assistant Headteacher.  I was proud to be the reception class teacher when Fairfield Park Lower School opened in September 2007 and my career has developed as the school has grown.  When I left University in the early 80s I worked for Marconi as a software engineer and have lots of stories to tell about computing in that era, quite different to nowadays!  I was fortunate to be a 'stay at home Mum' when my son and daughter were born and started my new career as a nursery nurse when they were settled at school.  I soon decided that I enjoyed the teaching profession and I haven't looked back since.

Alister Scott - Parent Governor

I have lived on Fairfield Park with my wife Ruth since 2011 and we have two sons at the school.  Professionally, I have worked in retail as a manager and for the past fifteen years I have worked in Human Resources in a range of companies both in the UK and globally.  In my spare time I enjoy camping, walking and cycling.


Clare Thanki - Staff Governor

   I have been a teacher at Fairfield Park for six years and I have been KS2 and English Leader .  Prior to becoming a teacher, I worked in retail management and have found that many of the skills learnt in this industry have been incredibly useful in education.  I find teaching incredibly rewarding and love the challenges that each new day brings!  I am looking forward to contributing to the school’s governing body and I feel incredibly proud to be part of our Outstanding school.  In my spare time, I enjoy running and exercise.

Keri Knights - Co-opted Governor

  I joined Fairfield Park in summer 2018 as Deputy Headteacher to support the school’s growth strategy as we expanded across two sites.  Prior to this, I was Assistant Headteacher at a large primary school in Hertfordshire and taught across all age ranges, particularly in Year 2 and Key Stage 2 and also led English at the school and chaired the English subject cluster across Stevenage.  I am familiar with school governance and am a Parent Governor at my daughter’s school.  I love working with children and sharing their light bulb moments – it is one of the best feelings! I am passionate about enabling children to experience a broad and diverse curriculum while also developing skills that will serve them well in all aspects of life. My family keeps me very busy, but when I am not with my two young children, I enjoy creative pastimes and Pilates.

Mark Coates – Parent Governor

I am married and have lived on Fairfield Park since 2012. My two children attend the school. I work as a university lecturer and the programme leader for a civil engineering degree.  I am passionate about developing education at all levels. I currently sit on the standards committee and look forward to contributing to the governance of the school.