Karen Gordon

Parent Governor

Co-Chair of Governors


Kirstie Buckridge

Co-Opted Governor

Co-Chair of Governors


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Kirstie became a Co-opted Governor in December 2019 and has two children at the school. She has worked at University College London in various professional roles since 2011 and prior to that worked for two educational charities, managing national programmes of CPD for primary and secondary science teachers. She is motivated by a desire to support her local community and contribute to creating an inspirational, creative, and caring environment for children at Mary Exton. After a challenging time for everyone during lockdown, she has really enjoyed being able to make visits to the school in person again and talk to the children and staff.



Jenny Morgan

Co-Opted Governor

Special Educational Needs Link Governor

Philippa Cahill

Parent Governor

Chair of Resources Committee

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Julia Reffell

Co-Opted Governor

Health and Safety Link Governor


Jenny worked for 39 years in primary education as well as being a governor of a large secondary school for seven years.  In May 2012, a few months after retiring, I began volunteering at Mary Exton.

During the Spring Term of 2014, I was invited to join the governing board as a co-opted governor.  With Jenny's previous experience in education, she has a lot of experience to offer.  Jenny is interested in all aspects of the work of the governing board and especially enjoys being part of the Mary Exton School community.


Philippa became a Parent Governor in 2022. She has lived in Hitchin for over a decade and has been a parent at the school since 2017. She has worked in healthcare communications for over twenty-five years, working variously in industry, for professional associations and in the charity sector, on health promotion, public health and disease awareness campaigning. Her healthcare experience incorporates work on children’s health and nutrition, paediatric illness and conditions including ADHD. Philippa is Chair of the Resources Committee, and is motivated by a desire to help the school run smoothly, augment its reputation in the community, and maintain a supportive environment, not just for children but also for parents and family networks.

Julia became a Co-opted Governor in October 2021. Julia has lived in Hitchin all her life and her nephew attends Mary Exton school. Julia passionately believes a child’s experience in primary school can determine their whole future and she is therefore keen to support primary education that promotes positive, caring, kind and inclusive values whilst delivering good academic results.

Julia works for a global professional services firm, her role is leading a team providing risk management and insurance advice to UK public sector entities.



Diane Graham

Local Authority Governor

Finance Link Governor

Anne-Marie Day

Staff Governor

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Danika Williams

Parent Governor

Chair of Curriculum and Standards Committee


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Mrs. Paterson


Mrs. Clements


Mr. Balchin

Interim Deputy Headteacher