Meet the Governors
Mrs Jenny Mcbean
Chair of Governors
Jenny has lived in Nettlebed with her family for twenty years and her two, now adult children were pupils at Nettlebed School before moving to Gillotts for their secondary education. During this time Jenny sat on the FONS committee, volunteered in the classroom and, for a short time, was employed as a Teaching Assistant. Professionally, Jenny has worked in recruitment, taught in adult education and mentored small business owners. She now volunteers with the Prices Trust, mentoring young people and working on fundraising campaigns.
Mrs Tamara Laughton
Tamara Laughton joined the governing body in April 2019. She has worked in Secondary Education for 15 years, with a strong understanding of the current challenges facing local schools. She has a wide knowledge base of curriculum changes and a passionate interest in the development of children, not only academically but as well rounded happy individuals with the resilience to tackle modern life.
As a parent governor she has one child at Nettlebed School.
Sarah joined the school governing body as a Parent Governor in January 2019, shortly after her eldest child joined the school. With a background in strategic planning and business development, she brings experience in effective resource allocation and optimization.
Having previously mentored at secondary level, Sarah is excited to be involved in the education sector once again.
Mrs Bethany Greenwood
Mrs Greenwood joined the school in September 2017 having previously worked in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.
Mr Matt Tebbutt
Mr Tebbutt joined the governing body in October 2016 as a parent governor and was made Vice-Chair in February 2017 followed by Chair in July 2018. He previously served as a parent governor at a primary school in South London for six years. During his time there he experienced a wide range of challenging issues from an Ofsted inspection, a bulge year and well as the school expansion onto a second site to become a six form entry school. In his professional life, he works in financial services technology and has done for over 20 years.
Ms Alexandra Ploumi
Alexandra joined the governing body in December 2022 as a Parent Governor. She currently has one child in Nettlebed School. She works as a project manager in Financial Services and brings a wealth of experience in strategic planning and organization as well as implementation and gauging efficacy of processes. Alexandra volunteers extensively in community initiatives that are mainly focused on youth development and mentoring.
Ms Lara Bett
Local Authority Governor
Ms Bett became a school Governor in February 2017 and chairs the Resources Committee. She works locally in Henley and has had an interest in supporting education for a number of years, having previously volunteered as a 'Reading Buddy' at another primary school. Ms Bett is a qualified chartered accountant and has responsibility for a finance team at her employer, so brings a focus on financial control and oversight to the governing body.
Ms Foister has worked in a range of schools in London, Oxfordshire, and Bucks running therapeutic intervention units and now alternate provisions for young people who are failing to thrive in mainstream education. She volunteers helping with English GCSEs for a PRU and am passionate about education reform and finding ways to use the outdoors to re-engage young people with learning.
Mrs Amanda Foister OBE
Mrs Foister joined the governing body in September 2017. She founded the Adventure Learning Foundation (ALF) which is a partnership between Longridge Activity Centre and Buckinghamshire County Council to provide leadership, direction and core services to not for profit education, training and sporting facilities in 2004. In addition, she is the CEO of Royal Albert Docks Trust where she provides company, secretarial, marketing and financial support.
With 30 years teaching experience in a variety of schools, Sarah has spent the last 14 years at Nettlebed and is currently a KS1 class teacher. She is also PE and MFL lead. As a firm believer in the state system of education, her own three children all attended the school, before moving on to Gillotts and then Henley College.