Governing Body Members are:

(Note: There are vacancies for a Parent Governor and for Co-opted Governors.)
See bottom of page for Register of Pecuniary Interests. Minute reports available on request.

stiktin Mr Stephen Tiktin – Chair and Co-opted Governor

Term of office: 20 November 2013 – 19 November 2017

Committees/Responsibilities: Finance committee, Training Link Governor, Gifted & Talented, SEN, KS2 Link Governor

By profession I am a chartered management accountant but retired in 2004 after a long career working for BP both here in the UK and abroad.

I have been a governor for other schools here in Leighton Buzzard since 2007 and was invited to join the Governing Body at Beaudesert in 2013 – being elected to the role of Chair of Governors from January 2014.I sit on the Local Authority Schools’ Forum representing Lower Schools’ interest in its deliberations.

I hope that the wide experience accumulated during my professional career and involvement as a governor in other schools will prove invaluable to Beaudesert, its governing body, its pupils and their families.

shailes Mr Stephen Hailes – Vice Chair and Authority Governor

Term of office: 1 September 2017 – 31 August 2021

Committees/Responsibilities: Finance committee, Pay committee, H & S, ICT Governor, KS1 Link Governor

I was appointed as an Authority Governor in June 2012 following my early retirement from a senior engineering role in Network Rail. I bring financial management skills, having handled multi-million pound budgets, as well as experience of performance improvement through target setting and careful monitoring of results. I am keen to use this experience to help Beaudesert Lower School and its pupils achieve their full potential. I have had previous experience as a Parent Governor at Linslade Middle. I chair the finance and general purposes sub-committee, as well as taking on the Health & Safety Governor role.

aguess2 Mrs Anne Guess – Vice Chair and Co-opted Governor

Term of office: 18 May 2015 – 17 May 2019

Committees/Responsibilities: School Improvement Group,  Finance committee, Pay committee, Headteacher’s Performance Management, Numeracy Governor and Early Years Link Governor
I have been a governor of Beaudesert Lower School since 2007. I was initially elected as a representative for Leighton Linslade Town Council, but I stayed on as a Community Governor when I did not get re-elected as a councillor in 2011. I am subject link governor for Numeracy and a Phase Link Governor for Early Years. I am also a member of the school improvements group sub-committee and the Finance Committee. I have lived in Leighton Buzzard since 1976 and until 2002 worked as a civilian civil servant at RAF Stanbridge. I am quite involved in the community, being the Chair for the Twinning Forum and the PPG at my Doctors as well as the treasurer for the local Civil Service Retirement Fellowship Group, the Carnival Committee and The Friends of Tiddenfoot. I am widowed and have 3 children and 5 grandchildren.

Vanessa Pearce Head Teacher

Mrs Vanessa Pearce- Head Teacher

Term of office: 10 March 2015 – 9 March 2019Committees/Responsibilities: School Improvement Group, Finance committee


outline Mrs Sue Hulley – Parent Governor

Term of office: 10 February 2015 – 9 February 2019

Committees/Responsibilities: School Improvement Group, Marketing committee and KS1 Link Governor

My background is primarily in the field of sales and account management giving me a natural confidence and ability to deal face to face with colleagues and customers in both positive and more challenging situations. I am involved and currently play an active role within a number of charity committees, these include Scouting, NCT and also running my own venture. My extensive experience within these varied areas has left me confident to challenge issues raised and contribute my own experience to the discussion with regard to progress and moving ideas forward. I am committed to the continual improvement and growth of Beaudesert and feel passionately about its development and realisation of potential in the coming years.

Mrs H Tearle Governor  Mrs Hannah Tearle – Parent Governor

Hannah is a children’s nurse who has 16 years experience of working with 0-19’s in various settings within the NHS and charitable sector. Currently Hannah is the Senior Sister of the Children’s Inpatient Unit at Keech Hospice Care. Hannah has experience of safeguarding and she has a keen interest in the physical, mental and emotional well being of children. Hannah has a son who is currently in early years and is committed to the continued growth and development of Beaudesert to benefit the children within the lower school.


tbrunton Mrs Tracey Brunton – Co-opted Governor

Term of office: 3 June 2013 – 2 June 2017

I have been supporting the school as a parent volunteer in various classes since 2003 when my children started at Beaudesert. Throughout that time my belief has been that school should be a positive and enriching experience for all the children to encourage their self-esteem and knowledge. I am currently a Teaching Assistant and Midday Supervisor at the school and was appointed Support Staff Governor in 2013. The role on the Governing Body will enable me to strengthen the links between the support staff and the Governors to continue the development of the school.

jbaker Mr Joe Baker – Co-opted Governor

Term of office: 8 February 2016 – 7 February 2020
Committees: Marketing sub-group

Joe is a senior communications professional with over 14 years experience gained from working in a number of sectors, most recently working as Deputy Clerk to HM Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London. He is an effective corporate strategist and a skilled communicator. He understands the importance of relationships and the critical role of communications in connecting organisations internally and with their stakeholders to meet business objectives. He is particularly keen to see clear forward-thinking in the Governing Body and that the school markets itself effectively.

Mrs S Maxwell Governor

Mrs Samantha Maxwell – Co-opted Governor

Term of office: October 2016 – October 2020

Committees/Responsibilities: Finance Committee, Health and Safety Governor

Samantha has been an Environmental Health Officer for over 16 years and previously worked in the London Borough of Brent for eight years enforcing food and health and safety legislation in premises such as restaurants, hotels, schools, nurseries and food manufacturers. She currently work as an Independent Environment Health Consultant and Strategic Adviser for private clients such as food manufacturers, nurseries, spas and restaurants to ensure they are legally compliant.

She has worked with nurseries for over nine years carrying out audits, developing manuals, policies and procedures, training staff and chairing health and safety committee meetings. Samantha is keen to share her knowledge and experience of health and safety in the childcare sector with Beaudesert and is looking forward to supporting the staff, children, parents and governing body.

As a parent of a 23 year old daughter and 14 year old son, Samantha has always had an interest in how a school can impact on children’s lives, development and future which is one of the main reasons she decided to become a governor.

“Beaudesert is a fantastic school which is currently achieving great things, with a clear vision for the future and I’m very excited about being a part of that journey”.

  Miss Georgina Tuffin – Co-opted Governor

Term of office: 29th March 2017 – 28th March 2021

I am currently employed as a Catastrophe Modeller where I am responsible for estimating the financial costs of large-scale disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes and terror attacks. Through my current role and degree I have developed strong analytical and financial skills, which I intend to employ in my role as a Governor of Beaudesert to ensure the school is delivering the best possible results.

I am extremely passionate about ensuring that every child has the ability and resources to achieve their full potential throughout their education and understand the needs for a school to be flexible in delivering a tailored education for every child.I believe that a school is more than how it teaches in the classroom; it is also how inspires a child to achieve their full potential in all aspects of their lives. I enjoy being an active member of the community and currently volunteer at Leighton Buzzard Otters Swimming Club. I am keen to help further integrate Beaudesert into the local community to open up more opportunities for the school.

Mrs Sandra Moore – Co-opted Governor

Term of office: 29th March 2017 – 28th March 2021


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