Governing Board

Mr James Edwards Prior to joining Houghton Regis Primary School I was the Headteacher of a village Infant School in Buckinghamshire where I achieved an ‘excellent’ SIAMS inspection and a ‘good’ Ofsted inspection. Prior to Headship, I experienced many successful years as a Primary School teacher, having taught both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children in a variety of schools in Hertfordshire. These posts included two positions as a Deputy Headteacher and one position as an Interim Headteacher. In addition to my work in Primary Schools, in September 2018 I founded a Nursery School. This setting was also graded as ‘excellent’ by SIAMS in March 2019. I live in Hertfordshire and have one son and one daughter.
Mrs Deborah Pargeter MBE I have worked in Central Bedfordshire Schools since 2007 and been the Headteacher at Tithe Farm Primary School and The Mary Bassett Lower School. During both of these headships, I have also taken on additional Executive Headships supporting schools in crisis. Prior to joining Central Bedfordshire I worked as a teacher, Deputy Headteacher and Interim Headteacher in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and London. Prior to qualifying as a teacher I worked in recruitment, IT and customer services in London, Australia and the USA. I also did voluntary work in orphanages in Calcutta and Kathmandu, as well as youth outreach work in Melbourne. In 2015 I was approached by Ofsted and trained as an Associate Lead Inspector with HMI. I also worked as a School Improvement Advisor for Central Bedfordshire, whilst leading my own schools and also as a CBC employee. I stepped away from Headship in December 2020 but continue to support schools as an educational consultant. I have other business interests away from education in a family property development and construction firm specialising in residential housing and local centres.

Mr Glyn Chapman This is my first appointment as a school governor and I relish the opportunity to assist in helping maintain the schools very high standards. I’ve lived in Dunstable/Houghton Regis for 20 years and have two young girls aged 6 and 3. For the past 17 years I have been a police officer and for 15 of those I’ve worked in intelligence in one form or another. I have gained many skills over the years and look to use some of these to help the school. Outside of work I love spending time with my family and friends and enjoy doing DIY projects.
Mrs Nicola Griggs


I have worked for Local Authority for 23 years. Mostly in education roles and I have work in Early Help as a Family Partner.  I have worked with Governing Bodies for many years, as Clerk, LA Governor, Community Governor and Parent Governor.  I am currently working in the Access and Inclusion Service as a School Attendance Officer.  I have experience in School Admissions and I am able to advise confidently on matters of education law. I have sat as a vice chair to a governing body. I enjoy the role of Governor as I believe all children should have the best education possible.  I am a registered Foster Carer and take short term places for 0-18 year olds. I would welcome the opportunity to sit as a Governor again.
 Mrs T White Nelson Mandella said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
These words have been become an inspiration to me, both as a Primary school teacher and subsequently as a Governor. My name is Teresa White and I am the staff representative on the governing body. As a staff governor, I am involved in the strategic decisions of the governing body that are always centred on how we can continue to drive the school forward. I believe it is a privilege to be able to make a difference to the lives of children, staff and the local community through school leadership. As well as class teacher, I currently lead on Achievement for Years 2, 3 & 4 and Science. I look forward to playing a strategic role in continuing to strive for excellence, for all our children in my role as governor.  I have four children all of whom are grown up. In my spare time I enjoy my family, running and fishing.

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