Martin Cox (Chair of Governors)
I have been a Community Governor since 2013, and more recently the Chair of Governors at Hartwell Primary School.
My professional background is in the Public Sector leading Workforce and Business Services.
As a Governing Body we are passionate about supporting the school in achieving the best outcomes for our children. My own sons attend so I can see on a daily basis the positive impact our school is having on their lives and their enjoyment in learning.
Our Governing Body welcome feedback and suggestions on our school so feel free to contact us.
It is great that our school has such a strong and supportive governing body who are committed to continually improving the quality of education and care for the benefit of all children at our school.
I am a Parent Governor and joined the Governing Body in 2017 and serve on the Safety and Well-being team. I moved into the village in 2013 after living in Stoke Bruerne for a number of years and have two children in Hartwell Primary.
I am a senior retail manager having spent 25 years working in the industry. Having moved to Hartwell and knowing how fantastic the school is through the progress of my children it’s a genuine privilege to serve as a Governor and an opportunity to contribute to the village community.
I am a foundation governor joining in September 2018.
With my wife Fi and dog Jack we moved to Hartwell in 2014 from Stony Stratford and very quickly realised we'd moved to a really great place. We are actively involved in the village church and in Archway Trust working with children and young families through the churches in Hartwell and surrounding villages. Being appointed a school governor feels like a real privilege, a fantastic opportunity to put something meaningful back into the community we love and hopefully make a difference to the futures of some of the children in our area.
Originally from Whitehaven in Cumbria I have lived in various places around the north of England and Scotland before moving south in 1998. I am Human Resources Director for a Fragrance and Flavour company based in Milton Keynes and Ashford Kent. My passion lies in helping to create environments where people get the opportunity to be the best version of themselves that they can be. I hope I can translate that passion from the more familiar world of work into the world of a Primary School.
When I get some spare time I enjoy spending it with Fi, cooking and eating, walking Jack and following Rugby League.
I was appointed as a non-teaching staff governor at Hartwell Primary School in September 2016. Previous to this, I was a staff governor in two rural infant schools for 5 years.
I enjoy the role of staff governor as it can be both challenging and rewarding, and gives me an opportunity to contribute to the decisions made by the governing body. I am a member of the Finance & Personnel Leadership team. A key purpose of this team is to ensure the school’s financial stability, a role which allows me to use my skills as an accountant and fits well with my role in school as School Business Manager.
I am also the Training Link Governor, a role that requires me to “link” the governing body to appropriate training and support.
I am a Community Governor co-opted in September 2017 and also serve on the Safety and Well-being team.
I was born in London where I lived until I got married. Since then I have lived in many locations – Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Yorkshire, Kent, Milton Keynes and also Australia – moving around due to my husband’s career as an engineer. We moved to Northamptonshire in 2001 and lived in Grange Park until April this year when we moved into the village.
My career has taken me from school secretary to business support management for the Education Department in Milton Keynes from where I retired in 2010. I have also held positions in the Probation Service, NHS, Child Protection, Educational Psychology and School Improvement.
In my spare time I enjoy travelling, music, gardening, going to the theatre, socialising with friends and I love spending time with my grandchildren. Having a husband and two sons who are sports-mad, I also enjoy attending various sports events especially cricket and football.
I am delighted and feel privileged to be a Governor of this wonderful school. I welcome the opportunity to give something back to my community and feel that my experience of many aspects of education will provide me with the knowledge to be an effective member of the governing body.
I have been deputy head teacher for 19 years. During that time, I have coordinated many subjects including: Literacy, Geography, assessment and Science. I am passionate about being a member of the Hartwell team and I strive to constantly move the school's curriculum forward so that we are able to provide the very best provision for our children.
I have lived in Hartwell for 13 years and have always seen how important our school is the community. I have a son who attends the school and I had another son in April 2020.
I am delighted to have been elected as a Parent Governor. I strongly believe in a holistic education for our children that supports their learning and growth as an individual.
I wanted to be involved in supporting the school since my eldest daughter joined in 2015 and became a member of the Friends of Hartwell Primary School committee. Since my youngest daughter joined the school in 2019 I have become more interested in what it takes for the school to function, I wanted to be more involved in the governance of the school and more so putting forward the parents perspective. I feel privileged to be a member of the governing body and hope that my contribution to the school will make a difference.
I have worked within the NHS for 10 years mainly within the Mental Health sector. I have had the opportunity to work with Adults, Children and Adolescents, I hope that my experience within the public sector will bring something useful to the school and governing body.
I am delighted to join the governing body for Hartwell Primary School having seen the wonderful work that it does. I have lived locally for seven years now and so am completely invested in the wellbeing of the village and the school.
I have a passion for safeguarding and protecting the most vulnerable in our society. I hope that my experience in this field will benefit the school and that in my role as a governor I can have a positive impact on the future of the children who attend.