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Meet the Governors

Our governing board constitution is 12 governors who are either appointed by the Governing Board or elected by parents/staff.  Our current membership is as follows:

Acting Chair of Governors- Dave Stoten

Category: Co-opted Governor (appointed by the GB)

Terms of office: July 7th 2021 – 6th July 2025

Committees: Finance, Premises and Personnel; Headteacher Performance Appraisal

Business/Finance interest: Volunteer for Citizens Advice

I recently retired after a 47-year career in the postal service industry having acquired a substantial skill set in a range of retail, operational, commercial, HR, safety, security and transformational change roles. I worked at every level in the organisation and for the last 26 years led teams in senior and directorate positions.  I was a secondary school governor for around 6 years in early 2000 carrying out roles such as Vice Chair of the Governing Body, Discipline Chair and led the premises sub-group.   My passion, throughout my career and in my personal life centres on supporting and mentoring others to grow and succeed. As a “returning” governor, I relish the opportunity to help children achieve academic success develop life skills. I am particularly proud that my wife of 43 years and I have raised two children who mirror the values, enthusiasm, and life positivity that we hold dear.

Headteacher - Gavin Douglas

Category: Headteacher (ex-officio)

Terms of office started: September 1st 2020

Committees: Standards and Curriculum; Finance, Premises and Personnel

Business/Finance interest: None


In many ways I was always destined for a career in Education, having grown up as the child of a teacher. After leaving school I completed my Batchelor's degree in History at King's College London. Whilst considering my next step I volunteered at a primary school and realised this was where I wanted to make a career.  In 2006 I completed a PGCE at the Institute of Education in London and began my teaching career in a large school in Edmonton. During this time, I developed a passion for teaching and in particular an interest in supporting staff to improve pupil outcomes.

In 2010 I began my first tenure at Forres, when I was appointed as KS2 Leader. It was during this time that I moved up to become Assistant and then Deputy Headteacher.  Whilst at Forres I completed my NPQH and secured my first Headship at a Junior School in Cheshunt in 2016. In 2020 I returned to Forres as Headteacher and am now determined to ensure that every child has the confidence to succeed at Forres.

I am passionate about the school, the community and every stakeholder involved. Outside of school in my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, my wife and two daughters. I enjoy reading and learning about Modern European history, running and martial arts; I am currently working towards my black belt in Shotokan Karate.

Parent Governor- Sarah Garry

Category: Co-opted Governor (appointed by GB)

Terms of office: October 16th 2022 – October 15th 2026

Committees: Finance, Premises and Personnel

Business/Finance interest: Trustee at Botanic Gardens Education Network/CEO at Property Care Association/Work at Cranfield University


I have been Executive Officer of the British Society of Soil Science (BSSS) since May 2020 in the role of Company Secretary and responsible for the day-to-day management of all its activities, including the delivery of the annual strategy.  I am also a Trustee of the World Congress of Soil Science 2022 and have spent 15 years working with membership and trade associations, most recently as Project Director at Build UK.  I have a keen interest in skills and training and have played a leading role in how the construction industry responded to the issue of competence following the Grenfell Towers tragedy.  I have represented construction to government and key stakeholders and developed new industry qualifications as a member of the Department for Education’s On Site Construction T Level Panel, sat on the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Card Management Committee and was a member of the Greater London Authority (GLA) Construction Skills Group. I applied to be a school Governor as I wanted to give something back to my son’s school. I hope to use my experience to provide strategic support to the school and identify actions which will continually improve the school experience for our children. 

Parent Governor- Abigayle Fisher

Category: Parent Governor (elected by parents)

Terms of office: January 4th 2021 – 3rd January 2025

Committees: Standards and Curriculum

Business/Finance interest: None

I have more than 20 years’ experience in journalism and communications specialising in employee engagement and strategy. My husband and I founded our own local company Insight MCL seven years ago, offering video content, event production and communications services to businesses and organisations of all sizes. I am co-director and as well as general business skills, I have extensive experience in building and delivering communication strategies, and client, event and project management. We have two daughters at Forres and have very much enjoyed being part of the school community. I became a governor in 2020 because I am interested in the strategic direction of the school and am keen for it to grow and develop. Forres is a wonderful school, but I believe there is a lot of potential to be even better, and I hope to be able to contribute to that journey.

Staff Governor- Tess Payne

Category: Staff Governor

Terms of office: 

Committees: Standards and Curriculum

Business/Finance interest: None


After having a successful career in the Media industry, I gave up working in London once my first child arrived. After having a couple of years as a stay-at-home mum, I launched my own local business franchise and put all my efforts into developing that. What started as a hobby soon turned into a successful business which I won several awards for, including a Love Hoddesdon Business Award. When the Covid crisis hit, and we were all forced to home school, I found that I had a love and passion for helping and supporting children to learn. I made the decision to enrol with a university and I worked hard to achieve several qualifications including my Higher-Level Teaching Assistant qualification and I am proud to be putting it to good use by working at Forres. I am proud to be a Forres Primary School parent, employee and governor

Raj Sagoo

Category: Parent Governor (elected by parents)

Terms of office: February 1st 2023 – January 31st 2027

Committees: Please add (not on GovernorHub)

Business/Finance interest: Wife employed at the school/Head of IT for Thinkfarm Ltd

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