Information about our governors
Chair of Governors - Cathy Walker
My name is Cathy Walker. Like you I live in Iver Heath. I became a governor at Iver Heath Infants many years ago because it was the school attended by my 2 sons. They both loved it there and even though they left, I’m still here!
I have been involved in many aspects of IHIS; helping in Reception with Mrs. Bruce, forest schools, Easter fairs, as well as the boring things like interviews and meetings. I especially like watching your productions and coming to coffee mornings sometimes!
My favourite things are drawing and painting, walking in the woods, reading and playing with my new puppy. I think our school is a fantastic place to learn and start to find out about yourself and the world around you.
Head Teacher - Judy Baker
I have been Head Teacher at Iver Heath infant School and Nursery since September 2011. It is a great privilege to work in this school with such a wonderful staff team, such amazing and talented children and such supportive families. I am lucky enough to really enjoy my work!
I have taught at Iver Heath Infant School and Nursery for nearly twenty years and my own children came to this school, so I have been connected to the school for twenty-five years! It has always been a happy, caring, learning environment with a real family atmosphere. This is what we aim to continue to provide. We believe in educating the ‘whole child’ and we look for the talents and interests in all our children. I believe in an ‘open door’ approach to working with families so please feel free to call in if you have any questions or concerns or just stop and chat to me on the school gate in the mornings.
Najeeb is a father of two girls and a parent governor with his youngest child at the Infant School. With a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Masters in Information Systems, he is responsible for the IT Infrastructure and Security for a global restaurant brand.
He is our Development Governor and also chairs the Pupil Progress and Curriculum Committee. Najeeb says: “I’m passionate about education and I’m really pleased that our school is such a fantastic place to learn and work. It’s fantastic to see how excited the children are coming into school each morning. I’m grateful for the opportunity we have to work with the teachers, the kids and parents/carers to make it even better.”
Najeeb is keen to encourage greater links with the local community and to further improve the school.
It is often said that if you want something done give it to a busy woman, this applies to Katie. In spite of the fact that she holds down a very busy part-time job, she is also bringing up two very lively boys virtually single-handed and she still finds time to help with almost any worthy cause.
Bazaars, committees, escort duties or just with time to stop and listen to someone who may have a problem which she may be able to help with. Some folk feel a lot better just being able to tell another person about something that is worrying them. All of this is done with compassion and understanding, but most of all it is done with a smile.
I farm in Iver Village. Trustee of Iver Heath Community Library and of Iver Heath Village Hall, where I act as booking secretary. I am married with two adult children and three grandchildren, two of whom are still in education.
Father Andrew Montgomerie
I am Rector of St Margaret's Church in Iver Heath, chair of Iver Heath Sick Fund and a trustee of Iver Charities. I have been a school governor for over 25 years in six different schools and have chaired the governors at a primary school in Derbyshire. I have also served on two parish councils and one Metropolitan borough council as a trustee of M.A.B.L trust, a charity for victims of abuse. I am married with four children and one grandchild.
I am a Chartered Biologist and a graduate member of the Royal Society of Biology having qualified in Microbiology and Biochemical Pharmacology.
I began my career in pharmaceutical research and over the years moved into senior management in the development, technical and commercial fields within the industry. My experience includes a full range of technical, business and marketing disciplines.
I first moved to Iver Heath in 1971 and on retirement I lived in France and then Scotland where I trained as a tutor in Adult Literacy and in the teaching of English as a foreign language (ESOL).
Having been away for 14 years I returned “home” to Iver Heath. I am a volunteer in our community library.
Having personally benefited from the positive experience of a good education, I recognise its importance. We are fortunate to have a successful infants’ school and nursery within the village and, as a Governor, I want to help and support the school in any way I can.
Mrs Nina Matharu
Over the past 4 years, I have watched my sons ‘blossom’ in all aspects of their learning journey at Iver Heath Infant School & Nursery. Knowing they love going to school and are passionate about learning is very rewarding.
With a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and a solid understanding of child development, I have a broad interest in working in education especially with families and children with special educational needs. In my current role as an LSA, I am primarily assisting with language and behavioural support. I am also volunteering with the Slough Youth Offending Team, where I enjoy contributing to making a real and positive difference to the lives of children and families.
More than anything as a parent, I am passionate in my desire to support the school community achieve their full potential and become ‘the best they can be’. By working together, we can provide the best level of social, emotional, and academic support for all our children.
Mrs Sharon LavenderHello! My name is Sharon Lavender, I have two children at this lovely school, and we live in Iver Heath. I am a police officer in the Met and currently work in the Homicide and Serious Crime Command. The skills I use on a day-to-day basis are wholly transferable to school governance. I am a good listener, used to working under pressure and meeting deadlines, often at short notice. I am also a good team player and I bring this experience to the governing body at Iver Heath. As a parent and governor, I am committed to contributing any way I can to continue the amazing work that the school already do.
Mrs Ahmad's wife is a governor at Iver Heath Junior School. No other governors have any further pecuniary interests.