Phil Bibby (Chair)
I have been a school governor since 2009, when I joined the Governing Board of The Leys Primary and Nursery School in Stevenage, where I have gained much experience in all aspects of the governors’ role. Working with Herts for Learning as a Strategic Leader of Governance, I also support other Governing Boards, and am the Interim Chair for Shephalbury Park, whilst the new board settles in since Defederation.
Although retired from my banking profession, I am a Borough Councillor for Stevenage, and was a Herts County Councillor between 2009 and 2013.
I am married to Cathy, who has retired from North Herts College, and she is actively involved with St Nicholas Church, the PCC and Deanery Synod. Cathy also treads the boards at the Lytton Players.
We are both keen golfers at Knebworth Golf Club, and regularly attend Odyssey Health club, whilst my earlier sporting activity was tennis, where I used to be a qualified referee, running junior and senior county tournaments.
Chelsea Atkins- (Head teacher- Staff Governors)
I have been headteacher at Shephalbury Park for nearly 7 years. I love the school very much and it brings me so much joy when seeing staff, governors, parents and children working together. My greatest passion is education and lifelong learning.
I have taught in 8 schools , primary, secondary and middle schools and have taught in Southwark, Enfield, Bedfordshire and now Hertfordshire. I started my career as a teaching assistant and then became a teacher, an assistant head, deputy head, an advisory teacher and now a head teacher. I have also been on several governing bodies as a parent governor and a chair of governors.
Sheena McKenzie - (Co-opted Governor)
I have been a Governor at various settings since 2006. Prior to having my family, two children, I worked in the Site Facilities industry where I held various management positions. Since leaving I spent many years devoted to bringing up my family whilst working as a child minder and helping to run a toddler group. I was approached by a local school and offered a teaching assistant position, initially supporting children with special educational needs. Since then I had the privilege to work with Primary aged children and have enjoyed watching them learn, develop and grow.
I believe that receiving a good education is key to the growth of people and success of a community that is why the governing body of a school plays a vital role to ensure support is offered to staff, parents and children. My hope is that I can help play a part in guiding and supporting Shephalbury Park School on its journey to achieving “Outstanding” at the next Ofsted inspection.
Heather Heritage – (Co-Opted Governor)
I have lived in Stevenage all my life, even when at University I returned home during holidays and at weekends! I work locally in Financial Services. I find volunteering both within schools and at Stevenage Choral Society very rewarding.
I have been a Governor at Shephalbury Park Primary School since 2011. Initially I was elected as a Parent Governor. Both my children have now left the school, but I was asked to remain on the Governing Body when the school defederated from Longmeadow in 2016. I feel very privileged to be a Governor here and am happy to continue in my role to help the school community reach its full potential.
Barry Rust - Staff Governor
I am the Staff Governor for Shephalbury Park, currently covering for Mrs Lawrence whilst she is on maternity leave. I am thrilled to be able to help out and really hope that my experience from my time as a scout leader and the group executive will stand me in good stead to make a positive contribution to the running of this fantastic school.
More governor profiles to come