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Governor Biographies

Holly Green (Chair)

Co-Opted Governor – October 2020 – 2024

I have been a governor at Westfield since October 2016, both as a parent and co-opted governor and I am now the Chair of Governors. I have lived in Berkhamsted for 20 years and my 3 children attended Westfield. I worked in the Procurement and Business Process Outsourcing industry for over 15 years which has given me a wide range of skills and experiences to help in my governing role.

I am delighted to be a part of the Westfield team and I’m passionate about ensuring that all its pupils have the opportunity to reach their full potential. I am the link governor for SEN, Pupil Premium and Sports Premium.

Andrew Doran (Vice Chair)

Co-opted governor – July 2017 – 2021

I have been a governor at Westfield since 2013, and it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Both of my boys attended the school and are now at Ashlyns. My wife was a parent volunteer, coming in to school to listen to the children read, and I was looking for a way that I could also contribute that would fit around having a full-time job in London. I have worked in Financial Services for over 20 years and am currently managing the IT changes for the American, European, Middle Eastern and Asian offices of Africa’s largest bank. I am currently the Chair of the Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee and the Computing Link Governor.

Andrew Walker

Parent Governor – October 2019 – 2023

Andrew WalkerI joined the Westfield Governing Body as a parent governor in October 2019. I moved to Berkhamsted in 2004 and have two children at Westfield. My interest in becoming Governor was driven by my desire to make a contribution to the school and local community, whilst gaining a greater understanding of the education system.

Professionally, I have worked in energy within the built environment for 18 years and currently manage a team that deploys and operates metering infrastructure for energy networks. As a governor I sit on the Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee and am the Health and Safety Governor.

Dan Boot

Co-opted Governor – February 2021 – 2025

Dan BootI joined the Governing Board in February 2021, I have two children who attend the school and another who will hopefully join in a few years’ time. I am the Link Governor for Maths as well as a member of the Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee.

My background is in Computer Science and I work in the Research & Development division for a multinational Consumer Healthcare company.

I’ve lived in and around Northchurch for the last 15 years. I bring significant experience in strategic planning, budget management and a whole lot of passion and positivity to the team! 

Debbie Hawkins

Parent Governor – September 2017 – 2021

I have been a parent governor at Westfield since September 2017. As part of my role I am the governor for safeguarding and work with the Head Teacher and Governing Board to ensure the school effectively fulfils all of its safeguarding responsibilities to keep children safe. I am also the link governor for mental health and wellbeing, for both children and staff.  In terms of my career, I have always worked in the public sector in change management and improvement, initially in local government and now in the NHS based at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. I very much enjoy being a governor at Westfield, and hopefully make some contribution, along with so many others, to the ongoing success of the school.

Mary Gaughan

Co-Opted Governor – March 2019 – 2023

I joined the governing body in 2017, first as an Associate and then as a Co-opted Governor.

My background is in Human Resource Management, Leadership and teaching. Working with leading business schools/universities such as the Bath School of Management, Imperial College, and Ashridge, I deliver customised executive Leadership Development in sectors ranging from education, the NHS and global organisations.

I live in Berkhamsted and am passionate about education and how it influences an individual’s personal path to success in life. Westfield stands out for me in its values and the culture it creates to enable every child to achieve their potential and I am delighted to be able to contribute to its efforts and achievements.

I am link governor for English and clerk for the Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee

James Percival

Co-Opted Governor – October 2020 – 2024

I have recently re-joined the Governing Board of Westfield on my second term as a Governor here. I have lived in Berkhamsted for the last 10 years and am married with four children. My day job is as a senior Finance executive for Hilton Hotels, and I hope that my Finance experience allows me to bring some real value to the governing body. I am also a member of the Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee. 

Charley Eriksen

Parent Governor – December 2020 – 2024

We joined the Westfield community in March 2019 and I joined the governing board in December 2020.  I have two children in Westfield School and we are very thankful to have found such a welcoming and wonderful school.  I am a chartered accountant and have years of experience of finance in schools and nurseries in both the UK and abroad.   I hope my skills will help the board with their decision making and look forward to working with the entire team to ensure Westfield School continues to provide an excellent education for our children.


Kate Moody

Staff Governor – February 2021 – 2025