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Meet the Governors

Paul Nutton - Chair of Governors
I joined the governing board as a foundation governor in November 2018 and became Chair of Governors in January 2021.  I have a daughter in Year 3, attend All Saint’s Church in Leavesden and am passionate about creating an environment at St. Paul’s where the children can thrive.  In my role of governor at St Paul’s, along with liaising with the Head Teacher on various maters on a regular basis and chairing termly full governing board meetings, I sit on the resources committee that meet twice a term to review budgets, fund raising, health & safety, staffing and plan infrastructure projects such as replacing the paving and building a new learning hub.  I addition to this, I am a link governor for the Nursery, Maths and French so spend some time in class each term to understand and observe how the strategy and curriculum is being deployed within the class environment.


Outside of school, I am a Procurement Director of a large international construction company so bring with me contractual, financial, project management and leadership skills along with a good knowledge of IT systems and architecture which can be applied within the school setting.  I enjoy running, playing squash and going to Vicarage road to watch Watford FC play when I can.  We have a white and ginger cat called Buttons who likes to visit the entertainment complex at Woodside on a daily basis so say hi to him if you see him!


I am often at school drop offs and pick ups so please feel free to approach me to ask me anything.

Marika Dixon - Vice Chair of Governors and Parent Governor 

Hello, I am Marika Dixon and I joined the Governing Board in March 2021 as a Parent Governor.  Currently, I am on the School Development Commitee and the link governor for: Equalities; Pupil Premium, SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities); reading, writing and Year 5, allowing me to support and partake in many key areas of St Paul's.


My background is in secondary education, where I teach English and Media Studies (Years 7-13) in the London Borough of Brent. I have worked at my school since 2008 and am Head of Media Studies and the UCAS and Apprenticeship Coordinator, Post 16. 


I am committed to supporting our fabulous school and thrive on the challenge that comes with every aspect of school life. I am passionate about high quality education and each and every child reaching their full potential. I will continue to help embed a love of learning, allowing our children to achieve and flourish whilst at our school.

Vaan Livermore-Hardy - Safeguarding Governor 

I am the Safeguarding Governor and a Foundation Governor. Originally, I was a Parent Elected Governor in March 2013 and was then nominated as Foundation Governor by the church Parish County Council in 2017 and have continued in this role ever since.


In addition to the role of Link Governor for safeguarding, I chair the School Development Committee. All Governors also have a linked year group who we regularly visit throughout the year and attend trips/assemblies where possible. We follow this year group through their time at the school and it’s wonderful to see how the children develop a strong sense of belonging while flourishing in their skills and relationships.


The role of Governor is very varied, some of the tasks are visible and involve being alongside children and parents and sometimes the tasks are more procedural which are less visible. The role of Governor is one of privilege and alongside Miss Cohen, we aim to inspire our pupils to achieve and flourish with a lifelong faith.

Jessica Currie - Parent Governor 


My name is Jess Currie and I am a parent governor at the school.  I have two children at the school and I primarily chose the school because of its Christian foundation.  I have found that the school to be a welcoming community that you can choose to be as active in as you desire, there are always opportunities to become involved and the school welcomes parental involvement.  

Putting myself forward to become a governor was driven by desire to give my time to help at the school which has a significant impact on the lives of my two children.

Kim Paine - Foundation Governor


I joined St Paul’s as a foundation governor in April 2021. I am a mother of two daughters and have two grandchildren at St Paul’s. I taught for 35 years, initially in the Secondary sector, but mainly in all age groups of the Primary sector. I believe that children should be encouraged to flourish as individuals, both academically within the classroom, and also taking the learning out of the classroom and into the wider environment. I love spending time with my grandchildren; playing in the Woods, kicking a football and teaching my granddaughter to bake!

Jane Penry - Foundation Governor 


I became a St Paul's Foundation Governor in April 2024, having just retired from twenty-four years of teaching in primary schools. It was a job that I loved. I worked with children from Nursery up to KS2 and now I am on a new learning curve as I discover my role as a governor.


I am a mother to four grown-up children and I also have eight grandchildren. Two of my grandchildren attend St Paul's. My two youngest children also attended St Paul's and they both loved and thrived during their time here.


I have been so encouraged when visiting some of the classes at St Paul's already and have observed the engagement of the children and the quality of the teaching they are received. I am passionate that all children have the opportunity to feel safe and be curious, inspired and creative on their learning journey.

Kirsty Martindale - Staff Governor


I am Kirsty Martindale and I am a staff governor and part of the School Development Committee. I have been part of the governing body for three years and thoroughly enjoy being part of a team that is inspired to make a difference for the school. Being a class teacher and part of the Senior Leadership Team means that I am able to bring a staff's perspective to discussions and share with the governing body what is going on within the school. Leading the subject of RE means that I work closely with the RE link governor and I am passionate about embedding our school vision and values throughout the school. 

Meet the Governors