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Welcome to our Governors’ section. 


The governors of Offley Endowed are drawn from the whole school community. We meet at least once a term as a full governing body as well as having termly committee meetings. Our committees are under three headings: Personnel, Standards and Curriculum and Finance and Premises.

The role of the governors is to be a critical friend to the school and especially the Headteacher.  With the staff it is our job to ensure that the school provides the very best standards of education for all pupils whilst upholding all of its statutory duties.

Governors are normally elected for a 4 year term of office. Our current governing body is listed below:

If you would like to contact the governing body we would hope that you could first approach the Headteacher however if this does not resolve your concerns please make an appointment through the office or email the governors directly on

Governors Profiles


Ruth Ryden Chair of Governors - Foundation Governor appointed by PCC

Term of office: 04/02/2016 - 03/02/2020

Business Interests: Child in school

Serves on: Personnel Committee, Finance and Premises and Standards and Curriculum.

Attendance 2018-19 = 14/15   93%


I have served as a foundation governor for over 10 years and became Chair of Governors in September 2018.  As a governor, my aim is to support the school in developing every single child to their full potential.  All three of my children have attended Offley School and thrived in the small village school environment.

My former career was in Human Resources at a city law firm.  When I'm not in school you'll find me walking my dog, baking a cake or digging in someone's garden!



Peter Nichols - Associate Member

Term of office: 21/02/2021 - 20/02/2025

Business Interests: None

Serves on: Personnel & Finance and Premises.

Attendance 2018-19 = 8/12   67%


My wife Andrea and I have lived in Lilley now since 1992 and married in the local church the following year with our daughter Hannah, born two years later.  Hannah started at Offley School in 1999 and I became a School Governor in 2004.

During this time I have always been a member of the Personnel (P C) Finance and Premises (F & P) committees, having also spent a limited time attending the Standards and Curriculum (S & C).

Due to my background in various senior roles in sales and marketing management and owning my own business, I was asked to be Chair of the F & P and remain in that position after 14 years.  Other roles have included 2 years as Chair of Governors and currently, Vice Chair to Ruth Ryden.

Now, semi-retired, I still find being a School Governor very rewarding and would recommend anyone with a little time to spare, who wants to make a genuine contribution to the school, consider joining an extremely (unpaid!) but highly valuable role.



Charlotte Barker - Parent Governor appointed by Parents

Term of office: 20/09/2018 - 20/09/2022

Business Interests: Child in school

Serves on: Standards and Curriculum Committee

Attendance 2018-19 = 3/4   75%


I am a mother of 3 children with my youngest son being at Offley. I currently work part-time teaching, when I’m not working I enjoy horse riding, playing tennis and walking the dog.

In the past I have been a member of the SMT  in a preparatory school, I have also been involved in sports development and I have run training courses for teachers.  I graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in History and Education.



Rev Terence Bell Parish Priest - Foundation Governor appointed by PCC

Term of office: Until leaves the Parish

Business Interests: None

Serves on: None

Attendance 2018-19 = 1/4   25%


It is an honour serving as a Governor to this great school in the wonderful village of Offley.  I have served in rural parishes in Somerset as well as time in the parish of Hampstead in London and each parish has been unique and a joy to be in.  We have a special community here and seeing the splendid work of this school is truly rewarding.



Paul Edwards Headteacher

Term of office: Ongoing

Business Interests: None

Serves on: Finance and Premises, Standards and Curriculum and Personnel Committee

Attendance 2018-19 = 15/15   100%


I’ve been the Head at Offley since September 2017.  I love the passion of the staff and the enthusiasm of the children.  I feel privileged to work with such a great team with so many amazing children.  Previously, I ran marketing and new business departments in organisations such British Gas, Telecommunications and Graham Builders Merchants.  I have taught from Nursery to Year 6 in Birmingham, Hertfordshire and Central Beds. I spent 9 years in beautiful Oman leading teams of teachers in a large International school. I’m a huge Villa fan and love spending time watching sport, walking my dogs, Pepper and Duggie, or generally doing lots of fun things with my amazing family.


Alex Flegmann - Foundation Governor appointed by PCC

Term of office: 04/02/2016 - 04/02/2020

Business Interests: Also Governor at Rothesay Nursery, Luton

Serves on: Finance and Premises Committee

Attendance 2018-19 = 6/8   75%



I have been a Governor of various schools since 1991, and have joined the Offley Governors in 2016.  I taught maths for several years, and am now a self employed software engineer, working from home.  My children, who are now teenagers, both attended Offley school.  Most of my spare time is spent looking after the cat.


Rene Gardner - Safeguarding Governor - Governor appointed by LA

Term of Office: 01/06/2014 -31/05/2022

Business Interests: Great grandchildren in the school

Serves on: Personnel Committee, Standards and Curriculum

Attendance 2018-19 = 12/12   100%


I have the privilege of being one of the Governing body team that manages the school.  I currently have two grand daughters in this school.  The 12 strong team shares the responsibilities for the curriculum, the premises and finances, and the personnel of the school.  I serve on the two latter committees Chairing Personnel.  I am the link Governor monitoring maths.  I also monitor Safeguarding and Looked After Children.  I enjoy meeting the many children at Offley School during carrying out my Governing body roles. 



Catherine Noden - Foundation Governor appointed by PCC

Term of Office: 23/11/2017 - 22/11/2021 

Business Interests: None

Serves on: Personnel Committee

Attendance 2018-19 = 6/6   100%


I have been a governor since 2017.  I live in Offley and run my business from home, but before that I worked in London for many years.  I definitely don’t miss the commute.  I am a member of the Offley PCC, have links to other organisations in the village, and have been made to feel very welcome in the three years since I moved here.  My major hobby is bell-ringing, which we do every Wednesday night (you may have heard us…).  I also enjoy walking locally and am very keen on history, learning languages and art.


Julie Ottolangui - Teacher Governor appointed by staff 

Term of office: 16/11/2013 - 15/11/2020

Business Interests: None

Serves on: Standards and Curriculum Committee

Attendance 2018-19 = 5/6   83%


After university, I worked as a reference book editor for 16 years.  I then trained as a teacher in the late 1990's.  At weekends, I enjoy agility training with my dog and occasionally compete in local competitions.  I have two sons now in their twenties.  I am considered to be the "hippy" member of staff due to my taste in 1960's music and clothing!!


Geoff Philips - Foundation Governor appointed by Diocese

Term of Office: 01/03/2018 - 28/02/2022

Business Interests: None

Serves on: Finance and Premises Committee

Attendance 2018-19 = 7/8   88%


I am a qualified Youth Worker  and a Social Worker and have spent my life working with young people, concluding my work career as a County Manager for a Youth Offending Service.  Having moved to the village in February 2016, I decided that I should give something back to the Community, offering the skills that I have developed in my working life to school, which has led me to become a School Governor.  I started my work career as a trainee accountant, before finding that working with young people was more interesting.  My hobbies are walking, doing mathematical challenges, reading and sports, watching more than playing now.


Alan Stewart - Parent Governor

Term of Office: 01/10/2018 - 01/10/2022

Business Interests: None

Serves on: Finance and Premises Committee

Attendance 2018-19 = 3/6   50%


I am a father of 2 children both who attended Offley from a preschool age. I work in construction and in my spare time I like to spend time with my family and friends and still enjoy playing football.

I also help to coach my sons football team and have done this for the last 5 years.

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