Governor Biographies


 Catherine Gater Newhouse-Chair of Governors, Clerk to Resources Committee, Co-opted Governor

Catherine has an MA in Materials science and an MSc in Science Communication and has specialised in European project management. She is currently working in equality and diversity at a Cambridge based international laboratory. She has one child at Thorn Grove. Catherine is passionate about science communication and education and has worked or volunteered at several labs, museums and science associations in the UK and abroad.

 Sarah Cran-Vice-Chair of Governors, Local Authority Governor, School Improvement Committee

Sarah joined Thorn Grove as a Community Governor who trained as a teacher in New Zealand and then worked in Secondary and Special Educational Needs Schools in both NZ and the UK before joining the Senior Leadership Team at an Infant school in Enfield. Sarah then left the classroom, working for Enfield Local Authority School Improvement Service as a special educational needs consultant. She has a Masters in Special Educational Needs and a MBA in School Finance and Leadership.

 Sarah Lilly-Clerk to Thorn Grove Governing Body

Sarah Lilly has been Clerk to the Governing Body since July 2016. Sarah is also a governor at another local school.



 Catherine Barton-Vice Chair of Governors, Clerk of the School Improvement Committee, Co-opted Governor

Catherine moved to Bishop's Stortford area in 2009 and has been part of the governing body at Thorn Grove since 2013. Her professional background is in local government, predominately as a project manager. She has a BA in Politics and a MSc in Public Management.

 Rachel Foster-Resources Committee, Co-opted Governor

Rachel is a Software Consultant working with charity and non-profit organisations designing business processes that optimise their fundraising and supporter management capabilities. Rachel has joined Thorn Grove as a Co-opted Governor and has since taken an active role in the Resources Committee.

 Russell Knight-School Improvement Committee, Co-opted Governor

Russell works for the Prince’s Trust and works to support disadvantaged young people to turn their lives around and get them on the road to success. He is keen to work with local schools to help young people to get the best start in life.

 Lara Lucas-School Improvement Committee, Co-opted Governor

Lara joined as a Governor in 2016 and currently works in law for a bank based in London. She brings extensive expertise in the areas of risk management, policy and finance.



 Michelle Gowlett-Chair of Resources Committee, Parent Governor

Michelle is a qualified accountant and works in finance and operations in a charity supporting young people into further education, employment or enterprise. She has previously worked for many years at a professional services firm and at Hertfordshire County Council. She enjoys running, reading and baking cakes and has two children at Thorn Grove.

 Andrew Pooley-Resources Committee, Parent Governor

Andrew moved to Bishop’s Stortford in 2014, and has one child at Thorn Grove. He currently works for an insurance company in London, looking after compensation and benefits for the UK.  Prior to that he has worked in a number of HR roles in various sectors. He has a degree in Psychology from the University of Nottingham. He enjoys keeping fit and listening to music. He became a Governor in May 2017 is a member of the Resources Committee


 Dorota Szulc-Resources Committee, Associate Governor

Dorota is Legal Manager responsible for contracts, compliance, corporate matters and insurance. She graduated in Law in Poland, followed with LLM degree in Maritime Law at the University of Southampton. She has two children at Thorn Grove.



 Peter Luck-Headteacher

Peter is headteacher at Thorn Grove and joined the school in September 2016. He was previously assistant headteacher at Dewhurst St. Mary Primary School in Cheshunt, a good school with outstanding features.

 Kirsty Pettinger-Deputy Head

Kirsty read Mathematics at university, then pursued a career in computing before training as a primary school teacher at Manor Fields School. After four years she became part of the leadership team at St Mary’s in Ware, where she studied to become a Primary Maths Specialist. In 2012 she was appointed to teach year 6 and lead in maths at Thorn Grove. She has recently taken on the post of Deputy Head.

 Joss Loveday-Special Educational Needs and Inclusion Coordinator

Joss has been at Thorn Grove in various guises for a number of years; as a mum, a supply teacher and now as Inclusion Co-ordinator. Her job is to ensure that pupils receive the education they require whatever their needs and to co-ordinate this with parents, teachers, teaching assistants, educational psychologists, NHS services and the pupil concerned. We have a team of dedicated professionals who seek to develop pupils academically and socially. She sits on the School Improvement Committee and informs the members of latest government reform and feedback initiatives undertaken at school.