Aiming High in Faith, Love and Learning


At a school such as Christ Church, the roles and responsibilities of the school governors include.


Establishing the ethos and the setting of principles under which the school operates:

  • Ensuring that the National Curriculum is taught
  • Budgeting and operating financial controls
  • Appointing and supporting the teaching staff
  • Maintaining school standards
  • Dealing with admissions and admission appeals
  • Maintaining and improving the school facilities
  • Acting as a link between the school and the local community, the parent body and PSA


The governors hold regular full meetings throughout the academic year. In addition the following committees meet at least once a term.

  • Finance and Resources
  • Teaching, Learning and Personnel


Each governor is elected for a 4 year term.

If you feel that you would like to become more involved with the life of the school why not become a governor?  We are always on the look out for new governors to bring new skills and different ideas into the school. If you are interested please talk to one of the governors or the head teacher or follow the link below to find out more.

If you would like to contact the Chair of Governors by email please do so at:-


Our Governing Body


Patrick (Pat) Gold
(Foundation Governor)

Term of office: 15/04/2017 - 14/04/2021

I live in Hertford Heath and worship at Hertford Baptist Church.  Before I moved to Hertford Heath I attended Christ Church.  My two children were pupils at Christ Church School during the early 1990s.  Most of my professional life has been spent in the construction industry in both the private and public sectors, I am a retired chartered building surveyor.  For the last 26 years prior to retirement I worked for Hertfordshire County Council and then outsourced to three different consultants - but all the time maintaining, altering, refurbishing, extending, repairing and constructing HCC buildings including specifically schools. I am the link governor for safeguarding and governor training. 


Dr Roger Tiffen (Foundation Governor)

Term of office: 01/07/2019 – 30/06/2023

As a teacher for many years, I worked in various secondary schools in different parts of the country. I retired from full-time teaching several years ago as deputy head of a Church of England comprehensive school in Enfield. I have been a member of Christ Church since 1989 when I moved to Ware with my family. My connections with Christ Church School extend back over a large number of years – indeed, my three children all went through the school, although some time ago now! As Chair of Governors, I meet regularly in school with the Headteacher, Mrs Vaughan, and endeavour to attend all committee meetings.



Nick Burridge, Chair of Finance & Resources Committee (Parent Governor)

Term of office: 08/11/2017 – 07/11/2021

I am a person who is now, and has always been, fascinated by technology and passionate about trying to ensure that it is used in the best possible way. I have extensive experience in the implementation, roll out and maintenance of conventional IT systems and have a unique ability to understand and make best use of virtually all forms of technology. I have been responsible for designing and implementing pieces of technology as widely diverse as a contactless trap release mechanism for Harlow Greyhound Stadium to the innovative implementation of cinema rooms for domestic applications. I use my IT experience in my role as link governor for IT and have helped to redesign the school’s website. My basic philosophy is, ‘Yes is the answer – what was the question?’.


Roger Evans (Foundation Governor)

Term of office: 19/03/2020 – 18/03/2024

I have been a member of the Christ Church congregation for nearly 40 years and associated with the school, initially when my son attended in the mid-80s – happy memories of school productions and watching him play football for the school. Although a science teacher after leaving college, most of my working life was spent as an Environmental Health Officer; I retired in March 2016. I try to use some of my career expertise in building construction, food safety and health and safety in my role as a Governor by inspecting the school premises, assisting with health and safety issues and providing training. I have a disabled daughter so have a personal interest in special educational needs and disability. After some additional training, I hope to be able assist in this important area at the school.


David Prior (LEA Governor)

Term of office: 25/01/2020 – 24/01/2024

I'm a local resident whose family has clocked up over fifty years of attendance at Christ Church School. We've been through a lot together. I'm somewhere to be found down front in the school photograph of 1964/5 which hangs on the wall outside the Head's office. I work locally in IT for GSK and have been involved IT in some way or other for most of my working life. I managed to fix the problems of what to do with my spare time and falling asleep at night by having a partner dedicated to caring for adults with learning disabilities in our local community and our seven children. I'm relatively new to School Governor affairs but do try to get involved as much as time and priorities permit.



Rev John Hookway, BSc., MTh, PgDip. Vicar of Christ Church, Ware (Foundation Governor)

Term of office: 15/06/11 - to date

(Only required to attend committee meetings in special circumstances)

As a Foundation Governor and Vicar, I support the pastoral, worship and spiritual growth of the school, as well as growing the church link and helping to maintain the school’s Christian ethos. I have spent half my life as an ordained minister and as a youth worker in the church. I trained in Christian Youth Ministry with the Oasis Trust and it has always been a great joy to see young people grow and develop. I have run a number of leadership programmes, taught at All Nations Bible College, as well as being an Arrow leadership graduate. Both my children benefitted greatly from their time as pupils at Christ Church School.


Jaqueline Matthews (Staff Governor)

Term of office: 10/10/2019 - 09/10/2024

I am currently a full-time teacher in Murphy class.  I have, however, been associated with Christ Church School in a variety of ways since 1998.  I have been a parent (my four children attended the school), volunteer, supply teacher, part-time teacher and a temporary member of the SLT (covered maternity leave).  I am also a member of Christ Church congregation and was previously involved with running toddlers, a home group and I am still part of the leader team for Bubbles (children's church).  Now that my own children have grown up and moved on, to other places of education or the world of work, I have more free time to dedicate to volunteer work and decided the time was right to join the governing body. 


Yelena Wells (Foundation Governor)
Term of office: 10/10/2019 - 09/10/2024

As a family we are privileged to be part of the community at both Christ Church School and Church.  Over the past 4 years I have been struck by the nurturing Christian ethos in the school and my daughter is very happy here.


In a professional capacity my background is in teaching.  I have been teaching at a large, culturally diverse, London primary school for the past 13 years.  I am passionate about providing children with a safe and encouraging environment.  I aim to foster a love of learning and to provide children with skills for life.


This year I am a link governor for Maths Mastery and the school website. 


Catherine Court (Parent Governor)
Term of office: 14/12/2017 - 13/12/2021

Our family have been part of the Christ Church School community for the past 12 years. My daughter, who is now 15, was a pupil here and my son is currently in Year 4. Both of them really benefitted from the school’s approach to both learning and well-being. I have always been enthusiastic about supporting the school in different ways - I was the chair of the PSA some years ago and am now a parent governor. I have been an educational psychologist for almost twenty years working in schools across Hertfordshire and Essex and I am now working on a freelance basis. I have wide range of relevant experience, skills and knowledge which I really enjoy bringing to the governing body and to the school. 


Rachel Swatton (Parent & Staff Governor)

Term of office: 18/01/2018 - 17/01/2022

I am currently very involved with the day to day activities at Christ Church as I work as a Learning Support Assistant and also as Midday Supervisor at the School.  I only have one child still at the school as my other two children are now at secondary school.  I wanted my children to attend Christ Church as it has such close links to the church and works hard to promote the value of each and every child.  I know first hand how hard the school works to give all the children a sense of belonging and self worth.  I worked in various investment banks in my previous life in the print and design side of things.  I am thoroughly enjoying being a governor as we have such a wealth of knowledge and experience on our board but tempered with such passion to ensure our children continue to flourish. 


Donna Ford (Parent & Staff Governor)

Term of office: 14/12/2017 - 13/12/2021

I am involved in the Christ Church community in my capacity as parent, Governor and Midday Supervisor and volunteering within the school.  I have three children who currently attend the school.  My children are incredibly happy and settled within the school and supported well.  I chose to become a parent governor because I am passionate about children's education and felt it would be great to be able to contribute my experience using my background before coming to the school which was working in Early Years.  I also run a baton twirling group for children within the local community.  This year I am Link Governor for safeguarding.  I have enjoyed attending meetings, supporting the school and doing all I can help within the Christ Church community. 

Donna Smith (Associate Governor)

Term of office:  

My daughter currently attends Christ Church and is in her final year so I have been part of the school community for quite some time.  I have a background in support work for young parents as well as working for Hertfordshire County Council for several years and I am currently working for a local organisation.

I have a strong belief in giving all children the maximum opportunity to discover their full potential through education as well as extra curriculum activities and I endeavour to support the school to provide an excellent and well-rounded education for all pupils at Christ Church School.







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