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Governing Body 2022/2023

NameResponsibilityCategoryTerm of OfficeAppointed By
Jo HardingCo-Headteacher   
Eleanor WilliamsCo-Headteacher   
Marj Shanahan Co-opted30/01/2019-29/01/2023Governing Board
Michaela Benson Co-opted23/05/2022-22/05/2026Governing Board
Janis Thorpe Staff01/04/2020-31/03/2024Governing Board
Ian Panton Parent08/07/2020-07/07/2024Governing Board
Anthony Lanni Parent08/07/2020-07/07/2024Governing Board
Lisa Nevill 

Associate (staff)

Limited voting rights

30/01/2019-29/01/2023Governing Board

Sally Davis


ChairParent12/05/2021-11/05/2025Governing Board

Joga Shoker


Vice-ChairParent16/09/2021-15/09/2025Governing Board
Joseph Maggs Co-opted23/03/2022-22/03/2026Governing Board
Robert Trevett Parent29/03/2023Governing Board
Emma Loftus Local Authority07/10/2020-25/01/2023Governing Board
Marie Hodgson Co-opted23/03/2022-27/01/2023Governing Board
Jasmina Harris-Cherguit Parent05/02/2020-22/10/2022Governing Board
Pradnya Gupte Co-opted08/07/2020-13/06/2022Governing Board
Hiranjit Rana Co-opted23/03/2022-03/10/2022Governing Board
Sally AllenClerk   


Governor Declarations of Business and Financial Interests and Relationships between Governors and/or School Staff 2022/2023

Janis ThorpeRelated to Rebecca Pratt, Teacher
Marie HodgsonTeacher at Fairfield Park Lower School



Instrument of Government

Staff Governors2 (including the Headteacher)                                       
Local Authority1
Parent Governors5
Co-opted Governors7
Associate GovernorsNo limit to the number of Associate Governors


Governors in Post 2022/2023

Staff Governors


Local Authority0
Parent Governors5
Co-opted Governors3
Associate Governors1


Governor Committees 2022/2023

Resources Committee
Anthony Lanni - Chair of Resource Committee
Ian Panton
Lisa Nevill (Associate Governor - limited voting rights)
Sally Davis
Joseph Maggs
Eleanor Williams
Robert Trevett


School Improvement Committee
Marj Shanahan
Michaela Benson
Joga Shoker - Chair of School Improvement Committee
Janis Thorpe
Jo Harding


Governor Roles 2022/2023

All Governors except Chair/Vice Chair & StaffStaff Grievance and Complaints
All GovernorsPupil Discipline
All GovernorsAppeals Committee
Marj ShanahanChild Protection and Safeguarding (including children in care and attendance)
Joga ShokerInclusion (including SEND and Pupil Premium)
Ian PantonHealth and Safety
Joga ShokerTransition
Ian PantonPE and Sports Premium
All governorsGovernor Induction and Training
Anthony LanniICT, Website and GDPR
Joe MaggsIncome Generation
VacantLeadership and Management linked to School Improvement Plan


Governor Faculty Links 2022/2023

Joe MaggsHumanities                            
Sally DavisSciences



Letchmore Infants' and Nursery School
Y = Attended, N = Apologies Accepted, NA = Apologies not Accepted, NS = No Apologies sent,
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GovernorGovernor Type05 Oct 202218 Oct 202216 Nov 202207 Feb 202322 Mar 202329 Mar 202309 May 202317 May 202324 May 202312 Jul 2023
Mrs Michaela BensonCo-opted governor NY       
Mrs Sally DavisParent governor  Y       
Mrs Joanna HardingHeadteacher YY       
Miss Marie HodgsonCo-opted governor NN       
Mr Anthony LanniParent governorY Y       
Mrs Emma LoftusLocal Authority Governor  Y       
Mr Joseph MaggsCo-opted governorY N       
Mrs Lisa NevillAssociate MemberY Y       
Mr Ian PantonParent governorY Y       
Miss Marj ShanahanCo-opted governor YY       
Mr Joga ShokerParent governorYYY       
Mrs Janis ThorpeStaff governor YY       
Mrs Eleanor WilliamsHeadteacherY Y       

Governor Biographies


Jo Harding - Co-Headteacher

I moved to Stevenage in 2002 and live locally with my husband and 3 young children.

I have been working at Letchmore Infants' and Nursery School since 2002 and joined the governing body shortly after. In 2018 I became Co-Headteacher alongside Kelly Nichol and together we strive to provide the best possible education for every child who comes to Letchmore. We are a strong team who value all members of the Letchmore community and are proud of the dedication shown by our supportive governing body. Letchmore continues to be an important part of the local community. I feel excited to see our school continue to develop in the future.


Eleanor Williams - Co-Headteacher

I am extremely proud to have joined the Letchmore Community in April 2021 to lead Letchmore alongside Jo Harding as Co-Headteacher. I enjoyed many years in teaching and leadership in Infant and Primary Schools across Barnet prior to taking on my first Headship at Tenterfield Nursery School in Welwyn. When the opportunity to apply for the role of Co-Headteacher at Letchmore became available I was immediately taken with the sense of community and the school values which aligned so closely with my own. Letchmore is the kind of place you never want to leave. The classrooms are filled with enthusiastic, happy, independent learners and the warmth shown by staff is a credit to years of a ‘grow your own leaders’ approach. I am honoured to work alongside Jo and the Senior Leadership Team to ensure that every child that comes to Letchmore receives the very best start to their educational journey. We are proud of the passion, drive and dedication shown by our Governing Board to continue driving the success of the school for the future.


Janis Thorpe - Staff Governor

I became a staff governor in 2012 but have been working at the school since 1996. I have worked in nursery, reception and year one and I am currently Head of Early Years and a teacher in reception. I first became interested in being a governor to gain a different perspective of our school. It is a very interesting role and one that I very much enjoy.  I am inspired to continue my service as a governor to ensure we get the very best for the children at Letchmore.

As well as working at the school I also have grandchildren who attend or have attended Letchmore and presently have one grandchild in year 2 and one in nursery.


Michaela Benson - Co-opted Governor

I am proud to say that I have been a part of the Letchmore community since 2000, when my daughter started nursery. I was an active member of the PTA and began volunteering as a parent in 2003 when my son joined the nursery. I felt very privileged to be offered a part time teaching assistant role in 2004 and soon realised education would be my new career path. I became a full time teaching assistant in 2005 and attended university to gain my teaching degree. I was delighted to be offered a teacher training place at the school and was employed as a teacher in 2011. I am now an Assistant Headteacher with overall responsibility for Inclusion and a Designated Safeguarding Lead.

I am committed to ensuring that all our learners have access to a fun and engaging curriculum and that our children are educated in a safe and stimulating environment.

I became a governor when I was a teaching assistant. I am proud to say that the whole school community has strived to ensure that the school still has the same welcoming, inclusive feel as it did when I chose it for my children to attend in 2000.


Marj Shanahan - Co-opted Governor

I have been a civil servant for just over 28 years, working mainly in operational roles across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. I have recently started as a Customer Service Leader in West London.

I was appointed as a governor in January 2019. I am a member of the School Improvement Committee and also a lead governor on inclusion.

I became a governor to give something back to the community by contributing to the education of the children in the local area. My aim is to be able to make a positive contribution to the school and play an active role so it continues to maintain it's high standard and fantastic reputation.


Lisa Neville - Associate Governor

I have a long and happy history with Letchmore Infant School. My children attended the school and I began my career in education here as a teaching assistant. I went on to complete my teacher training at Letchmore and was lucky enough to be offered a teaching job in 2008. I have worked in EYFS and years 1 and 2 and I am passionate about delivering a curriculum that engages and inspires children to love learning and to want to face challenges with confidence every day. I am very proud to be Mathematics subject lead, Key Stage One Leader and Assistant Head at the school. As a member of school staff and a new associate governor, I look forward to responding to the responsibilities and challenges involved as I feel that I can contribute in a positive way to key decisions and discussions to ensure children are safe and access a broad and balanced curriculum.


Anthony Lanni - Parent Governor

I am a Dad of three with two children currently at Letchmore Infant and Nursery school and one at Almond Hill.
I was appointed as a governor in March 2020 and have since become Vice-Chair of Governors and Chair of the Resources Committee.
I am an IT solutions consultant, working on numerous projects with large Retailers and thought my skills would be transferable within the governing body.
I also wanted to be a governor to get a better understanding of schools, considering they are a big part of our family life. What better way to get involved than being a governor at the school.


Ian Panton - Parent Governor

I have lived in Stevenage for six years now, but my connection to the local area goes back much further through my family and my work as an aerospace engineer. I have two sons at the school, the eldest of which has now been through the full Letchmore School experience and is preparing to transition onward to Almond Hill. It’s been a joy to see how much he has enjoyed his crucial early years of education. Having seen all the hard work and dedication that goes on behind the scenes it now comes as little surprise that both my sons have had such a positive experience. 

My motivation for joining the governing board was primarily to contribute back to the local community, in whatever way I can, and to help the school maintain its already high standards. I have a passion for sport, science, and technology. Working for a satellite manufacturer my inner-geek is thrilled whenever the kids bring home space-themed projects.  


Joga Shoker

I have been in Hertfordshire since 1996 when I moved here to complete my business degree at the University of Hertfordshire. I have worked mainly in the food franchising industry with both McDonalds as an employee and Subway as a business owner for over 20 years. My role now is as a Partner with UW and help people reduce their household bills as well as train, recruit and mentor for the company too. I have two boys, one currently at Letchmore and the other due to start at the nursery soon. I wanted to be more involved with the school and give back as I have seen such an amazing journey my eldest has been through at Letchmore from nursery age.