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Meet our Governors'


The governors make a valuable contribution towards the running of the school. The governing body is made up of elected representatives from the parent body, the staff of the school, the community and Richmond upon Thames Council.


Cherry Baker

Co-opted Governor and Chair of Curriculum and Improvement

My children both went to Windham Nursery in the early 1980’s and I spent the final 10 years of my teaching career at Windham as an Early Years Advisory Teacher and as Deputy Head of the Nursery until my retirement in July 2009.

I am delighted to be continuing those happy times by being part of the governing body in supporting and promoting this outstanding nursery school. I have a particular interest in the early years’ curriculum and young children’s learning and development. 

Sarah Brodie

Headteacher at Windham Nursery

I have been head teacher at Windham Nursery School since September 2014. Prior to this I worked in a large primary school in East London, overseeing the nursery and the reception year group as a member of the senior leadership team. My career began in Nottinghamshire where I taught across the EYFS, KS1 and KS2, led Literacy, Science, D&T, International Schools and leader of whole-school developments.

I am passionate to work with everyone who is involved with and cares about Windham, to make sure every one of our children gets the very best early years education and that we support others to be able to offer the same to their little learners.

 Juliet Cassidy

Co-opted Governor and Chair of Governing Body

I became involved as a Governor in 2010 when my son was attending Windham Nursery. I felt it was time to start giving something back to the community which has supported me and my children so much and am pleased to be able to be part of such an exciting and stimulating environment.

Dan Evans

Co-opted Governor and Chair of Finance, Premises and Pay

My eldest son started Windham in 2011, my second son in 2012 and my third is currently in the 2yo provision. I have been immensely impressed with the nursery and its staff, and the delivery of learning in such a caring, fun and engaging environment.

I have applied my experience as a civil servant working on education policy to aid my role on the governing body. I chair the governor finance committee. I am very happy to discuss any issue with parents. Please feel free to contact me via the school office.

Alex Hardy

Co-opted Governor

 Alex joined the Board of Governors in 2012, after his son Alfie spent two wonderful years in the Jigsaw unit. He is a designated SEN governor and also acts as the Independent Supporter for Richmond, helping families move from Statements of Educational Need to the new Education, Health and Care Plans.

Mark Given, Co-opted Governor and Vice-chair of Governing Body until autumn 2017

Hello, I've been a governor for almost 7 years now since my children attended Windham.  Hannah is now in Year 6 and Oliver is in Year 4 at a local primary school.  They are both thriving largely due to the fantastic year they spent at Windham.  I live very close to Windham with my wife Lindsay and the kids.

As a co-opted governor my job is to represent the views of the wider Richmond community.  Please feel free to contact me on any issue. I have worked in marketing for the last 19 years and currently work for Sainsbury’s.  My business background helps me provide a valuable external perspective to the schools management team.


Lucy Steward, Parent Governor

I have had two sons with very different personalities attend Windham Nursery and I found that the staff at Windham were able to bring out something unique in each of them, and give them each such a fantastic confident start to their school careers.

The centre also provided support through playgroups for both me and my children, even prior to the boys attending the nursery itself.

For this reason I wanted to get more involved in the running of such a unique organisation and give back some of the support my family has received, so I volunteered as a Parent Governor in 2014.

Katy Heale, Parent Governor

I decided to volunteer to be a parent governor at Windham as both my children have benefited from the wonderful place that it is.

My eldest daughter now attends Marshgate primary school and settled very quickly due to the great foundation that Windham provided. My youngest daughter currently attends Windham and regularly says 'I can't wait to get to pre-school I have so much fun there!'

I have been a secondary school teacher for nearly 20 years, but have taken some time out to raise the girls. However I really wanted to still be involved with education and being a governor is a very rewarding way to do that.

Verna Prodrick, Parent Governor

As a parent governor I bring a parent/carer’s perspective to discussions about the overall development and management of the nursery school.

My involvement at Windham started early when my eldest was 12 months old at Little Learners and we are still weekly attendees with my second child over 3 years later. My eldest had the privilege of attending the nursery in 2014-15 and I cannot think of a more nurturing and forward-thinking childcare provider than Windham. 

I had pressed “pause” on my legal career as a barrister when I became a mother. When the opportunity arose to be a part of the running and development of the nursery school, I could not think of a better way to give back, and here I am!


Steve Tedbury, Authority Governor

I have been a governor since my children were in the school (two are now at university!). I became a governor to learn more about education of young people, especially early years. I was chair of governors for several years, a time which included the designation of the school as an Early Excellence Centre, and more than £1 million of central government funding for the last major rebuild.

I have a business background in finance and strategy. I find it especially rewarding to be part of an organisation which on the one hand performs at such a high level, and on the other is constantly striving to improve.