Meet the Governors

Welcome to the Governors' section.

Who's Who?


Mr Gareth Ellis -  Chair of Governors


I have been a school governor for just over a year and I chair the resources committee which reviews and oversees matters relating to the finances, personnel and school premises. I also keep the school policies up to date. These policies give the framework for dealing with many aspects of school life and are regularly updated to keep up with changing government policies and legal issues.



Reverend Barbara Ebeling - Diocese Governor 


I have been involved with Puller since 2010 when I came to look after the parish until a new vicar was appointed.  I was ordained in1994  and came to High Cross and Thundridge after retiring from being a vicar of 4 parishes in Bedfordshire. As part of parish work, I had 3 lower schools and one middle school to look after. I live with my husband in Hunsdon and have two sons and 3(soon to be four) grandchildren. I love gardening and  playing the piano. I have always enjoyed working with children so I am very lucky to be involved in such a lovely school.

Mrs Katie Dean - Staff Governor


I became Staff Governor a couple of years after I started working at Puller Memorial. I really enjoy being on the Governing Body as it is a different and useful insight into how the school runs. It also enables me to give a viewpoint from a staff members point of view during the Governors meetings. 

Nadine Grainger – Parent Governor


I have been a Parent Governor since 2012.  I am currently a Governor on the School Improvement Committee which is responsible for ensuring all children at Puller Memorial make good progress and achieve their potential.  In 2013 I also took on role of Safeguarding Governor. My role involves working with the Head and staff to ensure safeguarding procedures are in place.

I decided to apply for a Parent Governor role as I wanted to give something back to Puller Memorial School.  I have previously worked as an PA to the Business Manager in a school in St Albans and as a PA to the Managing Director/Course Administrator in an Educational Services Company.  These experiences and my parental experiences have enabled me to support the school, bringing new ideas and a parental perspective to the Governing body discussions.  In return, I feel the experience and knowledge I have gained has helped towards me achieving my desired role as a Financial Administrator in a local School.

When I joined the Governing Body team my son had been attending the school for two years and my daughter was still a toddler, my son has now moved onto Secondary School and my daughter is currently in Year 3.

I have found being a Parent Governor to be very rewarding and informative both in a personal and professional capacity.


Diane Bell

I have been a Parent Governor since December 2018, I sit on both the School Improvement and Resources Committees.  I have a Daughter in Year 6 who has been nurtured through her Primary education since Reception at Puller, she thoroughly enjoys school which is directly attributed to the hard work and care provided by the staff team at the school.  In return I wanted to make a contribution to the school and my skills and expertise from my ‘day job’ assist me in being able to fulfil this aim.  I have worked in the education sector for 16 years in a Senior Leadership role. I am a Deputy in a Hertfordshire Secondary School and look after all aspects of business side of the school. 

Tim Neal

“I have lived in Wadesmill since 2012. I have two boys who have both studied at Puller; one is now in year 8 at Chauncy and the other is in Oak Class Year 6. I am an Environment Health and Safety professional and have worked in the glass manufacturing and chemical products manufacturing industries. I am a keen swimmer and triathlete. As governor I have additional responsibility for looked after and previously looked after children.”