Brandles School Governors Area


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Mr Alec Thomas

Date joined Brandles’ Governors:  September 2017

Co-opted Governor.

I serve on the FGB and the Finance and Personnel committee.

I am a Masters Psychology graduate currently working as a Teaching Assistant in the Learning Development Department of a main stream secondary school. Before that I worked as an Inclusion Assistant in the Additional Learning Support Department at a College. In both my roles I have worked with SEN students which I have found enormously rewarding. These roles have given me a great appreciation for the challenges facing both SEN students and the staff who teach and support them. I hope to bring this experience into my role as Governor in order to help support the staff and students at Brandles.


Dan Login

I joined the governing body of Brandles in February 2018. I have over five years’ experience working in roles across universities and students’ unions, and I believe this allows me to bring a unique insight into the role of governor. Currently I work as the Student Experience and Operations Manager in the careers service at the London School of Economics (LSE).

I am also a former trustee of a charity and governor of a HE provider. Personally, I believe in – and want to – help students influence and shape their own education. In my view, this is how we best guarantee the quality of the time they spend learning.

Donna-Louise Cobban

I joined Brandles governing body in July 2019. I have over 20 years leadership and management experience, laterally gained within the mental health and social care sector as well as being a qualified teacher.

I most recently managed a university student advice service and have worked with young people in a college and residential services setting. I now manage support services in a charity for the homeless.

My interests and experience in the mental health , social care and education sectors have inspired me to join the team at Brandles to help support these areas of focus for students and staff

Helen Jones (Chair of Governors)

I joined the Brandles governing body in March 2018. I have served as a governor in several other schools in the past.

I am a qualified teacher and I have a post-graduate qualification in educational leadership and management. I have been a headteacher and I have extensive experience as a senior leader within a Local Authority and, until recently, as a director of a school improvement company. I am currently an independent school improvement adviser and consultant, supporting and advising a diverse range of schools and academies. I am a lead Ofsted inspector.

I am the link governor for safeguarding.

I look forward to working in partnership with my colleague governors and senior staff in the school to continue the work on driving improvement for the benefit of the pupils.

Christine Alfred

I joined the governing body of Brandles in July 2019 and I am the link governor for pupils looked after by the local authority.

I have a postgraduate qualification in Applied Behavioural Analysis and Developmental Disabilities.

I have worked in the fields of mental health, learning and physical disability for over twenty years, supporting individuals, their families and carers in educational, residential and community based settings.

At present I work in mental health and acquired disabilities and am looking forward to taking my experiences into the governing body to support the growth and development of Brandles School.

Kathy Dunnett

Kathy Dunnett is a Senior Adviser for School Governance and works at Herts for Learning. She is the Chair of Governors for Longmeadow School and has been in post since 2015.  She is also at trustee for the Generations Multi Academy Trust. She has been involved in governance for many years, in many roles, in schools and charities. Her role currently consists on advising and training governors across Hertfordshire and she currently leads on the Chairs Service.  Prior to her role in school governance she has worked with schools, health and education for many years.  She is a nurse by background and has worked as a health professional in Hertfordshire for around 20 years specialising with vulnerable children’s groups, especially looked after children. Kathy has been involved with many national organisations, such as the SAPHNA, CPHVA, Young Minds and the Professional Association of Teachers.  She has worked with the Department of Health on developing the Children’s National Service Frameworks, and the DCSF in the early stages of Integrated Practice and Every Child Matters. She has authored and edited books/papers on children’s health, partnership working, and the common assessment framework.  More recently she has begun a qualification in Coaching, offering support to leaders in a variety of organisations