Curiosity, Courage, Compassion

Governor Board for Thundridge and Tonwell St Mary's Church Schools Federation



 Mrs Kathy Dunnett


 Kathy Picture


Chair of Governors/Member of finance committee 

I used to work for Herts for Learning as a Governance Adviser and I have extensive experience of volunteering as a governor across different schools.
I am really interested in Governance and I wholeheartedly believe that education can make a real difference in young people’s lives.
Prior to my role in Herts for Learning, my background was in health. I have worked in hospitals and in the community as a school nurse.
I have 3 grandchildren now, so still have a personal vested interest to support schools to be the best they can.



Mrs Sarah Bridgman




Head Teacher

Executive Headteacher/ Member of finance committee

I began my career in education in 2002 following completion of a Bachelor of Education degree. I have worked across five primary schools of varying sizes and demographics serving on the governing board of each one. I have taught across the full primary range as a class teacher, spent sixteen years at senior leadership level and am an experienced SENCO.


Pecuniary Interests - None declared



Co-opted Governor - Vacancy

Mr Mick Furness

Co-opted Governor

I worked as a policeman in Leeds before transferring to Her Majesty’s Prison Service, where I worked through all grades in several establishments across the country to become a Governor. Among my many hats was Prison lead for Race Relations training, Lifer management and Liaison, and National Offender Management Service. I managed a workforce of over 600 and a prison budget of £16 million.  My governance experience covers two other schools, including one where I am still on the GB. I joined Thundridge to support developing the governing board in a small Church School and am Chair of Finance and Resources.  As a grandparent of ten I think I have sufficient experience of children’s expectations  in school and much enjoy  seeing the excitement that new learning brings to them.

Pecuniary Interests - None declared



Parent Governor - Vacancy

Mrs Anne Shearman



Governor (Foundation/ Curriculum Link)


I have joined Thundridge School as a governor in early 2021. I live in the village and am delighted to be able to contribute to the life of the school.

My working life has had three stages:

- I was a teacher in comprehensive schools for fifteen years, latterly as a deputy head, curriculum.

· From there I moved into the commercial world while retraining in psychology and management development. After a few years I became Head of Management Training in PricewaterhouseCoopers (then Coopers & Lybrand).

· Finally, a former colleague and I built a psychology consultancy business, specialising in leadership development, coaching and team development across a range of industries and organisations.

There is a theme here of helping people develop themselves, whatever their stage of life!

Outside work I have always liked to contribute my time in the area where I live. I have been a governor at Chauncy School and recently retired from a role as chair of a local housing association.

Pecuniary Interests - None declared

Mr Matthew Clutterbuck

Governor (Foundation/PE and PPG Link)

 I have been on the Tonwell governing body since May 2019. I am a PPG and music link governor and a member of the Finance and Staffing committee.
In day to day life I’m a father of 2 daughters and I live in the village of Tonwell, where I am also a local district councillor.
I am passionate about STEM where my role as an airline pilot for a major airline comes in useful.

Miss Victoria Wallis




Staff Governor 

I have been a teacher since 2008  and joined Thundridge in 2016. I have a passion for education and ensuring the children get the very best learning opportunities each day. I want all children to reach their full potential and enjoy school. I have recently joined the governing board as the staff link governor. I look forward to working with everyone to form a strong board for our schools. 
When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my teenage daughter and visiting different places and being creative. 







Governing Clerk to the Federation

Karen Osterley

Governors'  News

Update from the Collaboration/Federation Committee


 Term of Office

  • Victoria Wallis, Staff governor - 01/04/22 - 01/04/26
  • Anne Shearman, Foundation - 01/04/22 - 01/04/26
  • Pat Furness Co-opted - 01/04/22 - 31.03.24
  • Sarah Bridgman, Executive Head Teacher - 01/04/22 - 01/04/26
  • Kathy Dunnett - Chair of Governors - 01/04/22 - 01/04/26
  • Matthew Clutterbuck - 01/04/22 - 01/04/26

Attendance at meetings April 22-April 23


 Sarah Bridgman  Full GB: 6/6 Finance 2/2

Matthew Clutterbuck Full GB: 6/6 Finance 2/2

Kathy Dunnett Full GB: 6/6 Finance 1/2

Pat Furness Co-opted 6/6

Mick Furness Full GB: 6/6 Finance 2/2

Vicky Wallis Full GB: 4/6

Joe Lock Full GB: 5/6 2/2

Lynda McKenzie Full GB: 6/6

Anne Shearman Full GB: 6/6



Attendance at meetings April 23-April 24 

 Sarah Bridgman  Full GB: 3/3

Matthew Clutterbuck Full GB: 2/3

Kathy Dunnett Full GB: 3/3 

Mick Furness Full GB: 3/3 

Vicky Wallis Full GB: 3/3

Anne Shearman Full GB: 3/3