Our Governors

Looking after the future of Haseltine

The Governing Body is proud of its relationship with Fairlawn and Haseltine schools and works hard to support the children, headteachers and staff. The present membership of the Governing Body is made up of a cross section of representatives each bringing enthusiasm and experience.

Minutes of the Full Governing Body Meetings are available in the school office

Our Governors

  • Rachel Sieffert
    Rachel Sieffert
    Literacy Link Governor
  • Michelle Rosemond
    Michelle Rosemond
    Governor - Co-opted
  • Victoria Widdows
    Victoria Widdows
    Governor Chair
  • Richard Newsome
    Richard Newsome
    Year 6 Teacher - Staff Governor
  • Rebecca Mould
    Rebecca Mould
    Cover Supervisor - Staff Governor
  • Marcia Jones
    Marcia Jones
    Governor
  • Maria Knight
    Maria Knight
    Governor - Co-opted - Committee Chair
  • Gemma Murray
    Gemma Murray
    Governor - Vice Chair
  • Justin Needle
    Justin Needle
    Governor
  • Ed Tibbetts
    Ed Tibbetts
    Governor Co-opted
  • Rachel Whitely
    Rachel Whitely
    Governor
  • Simon Edwards
    Simon Edwards
    Governor - Co-opted - Committee Chair
Rachel Sieffert
Literacy Link Governor

Having worked with the staff and children at Haseltine as their Writer in Residence since 2013, I was very pleased to join the board as Literacy Link Governor late in 2016.   In my day job as a working writer, I have published four novels and a collection of short stories, and am a regular contributor to newspapers and journals; I have also taught creative writing at tertiary level, at Goldsmiths College and the University of Glasgow, amongst others.  However, in recent years, most of my teaching work has been in schools – at Haseltine, and now working with First Story both as a Writer in Residence and to develop and deliver their CPD workshops for secondary school teachers.  When taught effectively, writing classes can have a hugely positive impact on children’s learning across the curriculum, enhancing pupils’ capacities both to comprehend and articulate ideas in written and spoken form, and enabling them to be flexible and confident communicators.  Operating both at Governing Board level, and on the Teaching for Learning sub-committee, my role as Literacy Link Governor is to support and monitor the teaching of English across the Federation, to ensure it enhances our children’s life chances and their experience of learning in general. 

Michelle Rosemond
Governor - Co-opted


I became a governor in the Summer of 2017 because I am keen to support a school in my local community. I live in Lewisham and have three boys across the primary age range. Professionally, I have been in the Education Sector for 15 years and have had a number of different roles in Primary Education. I am currently the Head teacher of a large primary academy in a neighbouring London borough so know first-hand that Governors play an important role in the school, exercising their powers and responsibilities in partnership with school leadership and staff. Although they are not involved in the day-to-day management of the school, they play a large role in planning for the school’s future at a strategic level. Governors act as a critical friend to the school, offering support and advice; ensuring the school improvement agenda is high and heading in the right direction. The Fairlawn and Haseltine Federation has a strong and active team of governors who bring a range of skills and expertise that is valuable in making the two schools such great places to educate your children.

Victoria Widdows
Governor Chair

I have been a governor at Haseltine for over 10 years, and Chair of Governors for the last few years.  I have a background in education having worked for the Department of Education in the areas of statistics and communications.  I am a National Leader of Governance, supporting other Governing Bodies to improve.  I am married with two school aged children, and I am a church administrator.

Richard Newsome
Year 6 Teacher - Staff Governor

Additional Roles

  • English Leader
  • Pupil Parliament Leader

Having taught at Fairlawn for four years, and now working at Haseltine, I feel incredibly lucky to come to school each day to work with enthusiastic and positive learners. At Haseltine, I lead English and our Pupil Parliament, working closely with the Pupil Parliament at Fairlawn. Having previously been a member of the Fairlawn Governing Body for two years, and contributed to the working party on our hard federation, I am equally committed to ensuring excellent social and academic progress for children at both Haseltine and at Fairlawn.

I have a particular interest in developing language skills and pupil voice in our school communities. Through my roles as a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee and being the link governor for the Teaching School, I aim to improve the already outstanding work we do to enhance our children’s life chances.

Rebecca Mould
Cover Supervisor - Staff Governor

Additional Roles

  • Art Leader
  • Displays
  • Chicken lady
  • Garden

I have worked in education for 7 years in a number of schools including Fairlawn Primary and Forest Hill Boys. I team teaching in year 2 every afternoon as well as in a variety of classes in the mornings. I believe in every child making progress.

I have been a staff governor for nearly two years; serving at Haseltine beforehand and now on the new Federation Governing Body since September. I have worked at both Haseltine & Fairlawn schools and have had three children that have been educated at Fairlawn; this has given me knowledge and understanding of both Schools and their ethos. At the present time I work at Haseltine as a cover supervisor and I am the art subject leader.

Marcia Jones
Governor

I am a qualified Nursery Officer with 35 years experience in the field.  I have worked for the Local Authority in various positions.  During that time I also opened an after school programme for disadvantaged children in the borough. The program offered support to children who needed extra tuition with maths and English.  I am in the process of setting up a Youth Club.

I have been a Governor at Haseltine School for four years.  I have a daughter in year five at the school. My hobbies involve reading, visiting museums, cinema and theatre.

Maria Knight
Governor - Co-opted - Committee Chair

I am a Co-Opted Governor of The Fairlawn and Haseltine Primary Schools Federation. I am the Link Governor for Numeracy and Governor Training and a representative on the Resources and Pay Committee’s. Prior to being appointed into this role in September 2015, I have served on the Haseltine Primary School Governing Body since July 2009 and Fairlawn Primary School Governing Body since November 2012. Over this time, I have obtained governance experience in chairing, finance management, handling appeals and staff recruitment.

My employment experience is in management consulting & strategy across the capital markets industry  (actuarial consulting, investment banking and asset management). My interests as a governor lie in helping ensure decisions align to strategic intent and that resources are allocated with short, immediate and long-term priorities in view for the schools.

I attend regular governor training and recently partook in ‘Working with Parents and your Community’ and ‘Established Governor Refresher’.

Gemma Murray
Governor - Vice Chair

I am very pleased to have joined the governing body this year. I am an employment and litigation lawyer by trade and I hope to be able to make full use of my skills and experience in support of Fairlawn and Haseltine. I am part of the Teaching and Learning and Pay committees.

I have two children who attend Fairlawn (one in year one and one in nursery). As a working parent, I have found the support offered by the breakfast and after school clubs to be invaluable. As the link governor for the After School and Breakfast Clubs, I hope to see them continue to flourish.

Justin Needle
Governor

I’m dad of Anton (Fairlawn, 4GL) and have been a parent governor since 2014. I’m also link governor for e-learning and ICT, and a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee.

My day job is as a teacher in higher education at City University London, and I aim to use my skills and experience to help our outstanding schools (in every sense) become even more fantastic environments for all of our children.

I’m also involved in school life in other ways, for instance, I’ve been the Fairlawn quizmaster for the last three years and help organise these very successful fundraising events.

Ed Tibbetts
Governor Co-opted

I am a co-opted Governor for the Fairlawn and Haseltine Federation. I am also the link Governor for Health and Safety. I am a chartered town planner with experience in the public and private sector. I work for a housing association providing new homes across London.

I am committed to working with staff, parents and the local community to ensure that every child has the opportunity to achieve the highest possible attainment.

Rachel Whitely
Governor

I have been a class teacher at Fairlawn since 2011 and am currently the Key Stage 1 Phase Leader and a Year 2 class teacher. As the staff governor, I look forward to being part of both school communities. The pupils across both schools have such an enthusiasm and passion for learning, which I am thoroughly excited to find out more about among the staff, pupils and parents.

Simon Edwards
Governor - Co-opted - Committee Chair

I have been a governor of schools in Southwark and Lewisham for the past five years. I have experience of working with schools with both formal and informal federation arrangements. I have chaired subcommittees in finance, resources and standards. I have worked in several management roles in science and health policy and communications after completing his doctorate research in biochemistry. I live in Lewisham with my young family.