Heathwood Lower School

Heathwood Lower School

Meet the Governors

Paula Bangs

Paula is currently the Chair of Governors. Prior to this, she had been a Community Governor and Parent Governor with a long standing association and interest in the wellbeing and direction of the School community. Paula is a joint director and owner of three local businesses, one of which has been established for over 30 years. Paula thoroughly enjoys her involvement with Heathwood, which she considers to be a vibrant, thriving and flourishing school and she is proud to be its Chair.

Susanne Dove 

Susanne started teaching in 1987. She has more than 35 years of experience in education; teaching in London, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire and Central Bedfordshire. She has been a senior leader for more than 10 years, nearly 9 as Headteacher at Heathwood. She is currently retired.

Eugenia Kidd 

Eugenia joined as a parent governor in October 2023. She is a civil servant working for the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and previously a librarian working for the British Library and Imperial College London as the Head Librarian for the Department for Civil Engineering and Transport. She has experience in government policy, grants management, project delivery, data policy and working with local government. She enjoys working with communities and wanted to join the governing body after her son became part of the school Fair Trade Committee. 
Beth Sedgwick

Beth has been a governor at the school since 2020 and is Vice Chair of the governing board. Beth is a Senior Civil Servant at the Department of Business and Trade, with experience of sponsoring public organisations. Beth's daughter very much enjoyed her time at Heathwood Lower School, before leaving in 2023.

Maxine Stanford 

Maxine has worked at Heathwood for over 25 years. She thoroughly enjoys her work and is looking forward to being able to support the school community as a Governor

Andrew Warner 

Andrew has two children at Heathwood school and became a parent governor in 2023.  He has worked as a senior executive for several years across operations and corporate services and now specialises in business strategy, change and transformation.  Since 2015, he has been working with non-profit, community focussed organisations and currently leads a London-based social housing provider as the Managing Director.  Andrew is keen to help and make a contribution to the local community.

Jim Whitaker 

Jim Whitaker joined as a governor in February 2024. He has lived locally since 1976 and has had two children and 2 grandchildren attend Heathwood School.

He was, when his children were at the school, an active member of the PTA and served as the chairperson for several years.

He has now retired from his own training company and now wants to give time back to the community, particularly Heathwood School.

From his knowledge of training, he is able to offer H & S training on several subjects to School Employees and liaise with other members of the governing body on Health and Safety matters in the school.

Jackie Wright  

Jackie has been part of the school community since 2000, as a parent, a member of the PTA, a teacher and a senior leader.  She has been a teacher since 2008 at Heathwood and became the full time Headteacher in May 2023.  Jackie is a trained Maths Specialist Teacher and has recently gained her Senior Mental Health Lead qualification.Jackie is passionate about Heathwood and strives to lead the school to provide all children with a positive educational experience