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Meet the Governors

Welcome to the Governors' Section.

Susan Goodchild - Chair - LA Governor

I have been a resident of Houghton Regis since 1961 and a governor at the school for ten years.  I'm currently the Chair of the governing body and also the Link Governor for Safeguarding and Child Protection.

I'm a Central Bedfordshire Councillor representing the Houghton Hall Ward; and a member of the Corporate Parenting Panel. I am actively engaged with the Children in Care Council. In addition I'm a member of the Social Care, Health and Housing Overview and Scrutiny Committee.  I am also Secretary of Luton Rights, which is an experienced and professional Advice Centre, with over 30 years of service to the Community.

I am also a member of the Advisory board at our local Children's Centre.

Annie Soerensen - Community Governor

I worked for a German Scientific Instrument Company in London as a Secretary/PA and moved with this Company in 1973 when it acquired new premises in Luton.  I lived on the newly developed Parkside Estate and  immediately became involved in community projects and initiatives to play an important part in the development of  Houghton Regis.   My children and grandchildren have all received education in Houghton Regis  and I have, therefore, many years experience both as a Parent and a Co-opted Governor.  I retired as Purchasing Controller of the company and  I still have very close links with the community.  I feel that my own professional skills in finance, personnel, language  and company business, enables me to make a positive contribution to the future of the children of the school. 


David Skinner - Community Governor

We moved to Houghton Regis in 2009.  I work for Houghton Regis Baptist Church which serves both Tithe Farm and Parkside estates.  I have previously served as a Governor at Kings Houghton Middle School and remain on the governing council of Houghton Regis Academy. I am passionate about music, climbing and a range of other sports.

I am a member of the Advisory board for our local Children's Centre and am director of a Houghton Regis development company.



Deborah Pargeter     Headteacher

I joined the school in January 2017, as Interim Headteacher and became the substantive Headteacher in May 2017. Previously I worked in business until 1990, in the UK, Australia and USA. I also worked in the voluntary sector in India and Australia.  I graduated in 1996, with a First Class honours, the same month that I had my first child! Since qualifying as a teacher, I have worked across the whole primary age range, in Central and Outer London, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Central Bedfordshire. This is my fourth headship and I have also worked for Ofsted as a Lead Inspector and the Central Bedfordshire School Improvement team.

I am committed to improving outcomes for all children; every child deserves the best possible education we can give them.

Whilst leading Tithe Farm Primary I will also be supporting other Headteachers and working as a School Improvement Partner for Central Bedfordshire.

Jamie Carmichael - Deputy Head and SENDCo

I joined Tithe Farm in September 2007 as a Key Stage 2 class teacher. During my time, I have been part of the KS2 team, moving into the Senior Leadership Team before becoming the Deputy Head in January 2015. I joined the Governing Body in September 2014. Although my main class teaching was in Years 3 and 4, I have had experience of teaching through Years 1 to 6 and have worked closely with the Early Years unit to develop practices further.


I specialised in Special Educational Needs at University and became the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENDCo) in 2009 for the school. I went on to complete my accreditation towards a Masters in Special Educational Needs in 2013.


As part of my role as SENDCo, I share strategies from training and my own classroom experiences of how to support a range of children’s learning, emotional and behavioural needs, ensuring they form part of the school community. This involves teaching small intervention groups, and supporting colleagues to continue to raise standards and continue to narrow the gap.


I have been instrumental in looking at how to best utilise teaching assistants when supporting children within class intervention that are entitled to PPG or have Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities. This was commented on by Ofsted’s most recent inspection as one of the school’s strengths: ‘disadvantaged pupils, pupils who are disabled and those with special educational needs are making broadly similar progress to their peers.’


Alongside this, I am also one of the school’s Designated Safeguarding Officers and deliver in-house training to colleagues on Safeguarding and The Prevent Duty. I am passionate about ensuring all children, parents, families and staff members receive high-quality learning experiences in an engaging and inviting school and they feel valued and supported. I work strategically with partners within the local community.

Jenny Gallucci - Co-opted Governor

I was pleased to be invited to be an Associate Governor in November 2015, with the remit to support the teaching and learning in the school. I have been involved, both professionally and in various voluntary roles, in working with children and young people for over fifty years! From being a Junior Church leader, over 25 years’ experience in Scouting, working in play groups and holiday schemes to careers as a science technician in secondary schools and sixth-form college and as a senior lecturer in Health, Education and Social Care. I gained my Cert Ed in the 1990’s and achieved my MA in Education in 2000, specialising in lifelong learning.


Since 2003, when I was made redundant from the college I worked in, I have had a continuous varied career as a freelance trainer.  Roles have included project managing a new SureStart children’s centre and setting up a Foundation Degree in Playwork for a London college. I have co-authored three tutor guidance textbooks in child care and education for Pearson’s Education, and currently I work with Youth Connexions in Hertfordshire training and assessing staff who provide courses for young people. Supporting young people in youth centres, on NCS programmes and teenage parents has enriched my life considerably.


As a qualified tutor, assessor, internal verifier and external verifier I have considerable experience in colleges and schools and consider the quality of teaching and learning is paramount to achieving good standards of education for our children and young people.  It is important that the learning environment is welcoming, safe and fun and, as a Playwork specialist, I have always advocated the importance of play in learning. The children at Tithe Farm Primary School are our future and I will endeavour to support the school, staff, parents, carers and fellow governors to enable the children to achieve the best education possible. 


I am an elected Public Governor at Luton and Dunstable Foundation Trust hospital.



Alan Williams - Appointed Governor

I have lived in Houghton Regis since 1985 and have previously been a Governor at this school. I am delighted to return to this school as an Associate Governor bringing with me my previous working experience in Energy Management and Building Services.


I am keen to ensure that our School provides a safe and secure environment for our pupils to learn and rapidly progress further in life.


I have been involved in the community having served as a Town Councillor and as an active organiser of the Houghton Regis Carnival for many years.

Sue Slough - Co-opted Governor

I have lived in Houghton Regis since 1963 and raised my three children who are still local to the town.

I have a BA in Educational Studies and a Certificate in Education from London University. I have worked as a teacher for Luton Borough Council since 1978 spending some time working for Luton Multicultural Resource Centre as a peripatetic consultant for EAL pupils in the town. This involved visiting and offering advice for pupils whose first language wasn’t English, within many primary schools in Luton. I have been a Year Leader in Key Stage One specialising in music and with a special interest in literacy.

I firmly believe that all children deserve the very best that education can offer and this can be achieved through the whole school community working together.

This is the third time I have been a school governor and the second time for Tithe Farm.

I semi-retired in the summer of 2016 having taught for 37 years, but continue to teach on a part-time basis. I feel excited at the prospect of being part of the next steps for Tithe Farm and will offer my support in any way that I can.

Chris Slough - Vice Chair - Community Governor

I was born in Luton and went to Challney High School and Luton Sixth Form College. I studied for a degree in Theology at Kings College, and went on to be awarded a Mphil from London University. I studied for a Post Graduate Certificate in Education before teaching in Dunstable for 35 years. Among the posts I held was that of Head of Year and Head of Sixth Form. I have recently retired as Assistant Head Teacher from a Dunstable Upper School.

Since retiring I am serving on Houghton Regis Town Council and the PCC of All Saints Church, as well as joining the governing board of Tithe Farm School. I am also a trustee at 'Signposts.'

I have three children, all born and brought up in Houghton Regis. I believe children should be able to discover their strengths and excel in them whilst at school, so school life should be rich and interesting as well as rigorous.

Reading, writing and numeracy are essential tools for the future well-being of our children. Changes in the pattern of work in the adult world mean that today’s children will need to be able to learn new skills throughout their adult life, so it is important that at this early age they enjoy learning and are ready to embrace new ideas.

I believe school should encourage pupils to treat others with respect, and to be kind and helpful. These are important attitudes for children to develop if they are to live fulfilled lives.

Donna Leonard Co-opted Governor

My association with Houghton Regis is a long one, having either lived or worked there for many years. I attended school in the town; including at Tithe Farm School.

Having worked in education for over 15 years, I have a passion for ensuring children and young people have the best possible start in life and that with the right education, support and guidance they can achieve their aspirations.
I am an Associate Senior Leader at Alameda Middle School

Brian Mew
I have recently joined the Tithe Farm governing body and look forward to working with my fellow governors on our continuous journey towards outstanding. I have a finance background and have worked for local authorities, including Central Bedfordshire Council, both as an employee and as a consultant. I am the director of my own company; New Associates Limited.


Marie Brinkley - Parent Governor
I am a parent governor and have been associated with the school for several years. My two boys attend the school; are really happy and are making really good progress. I live in the local community and value the contact I have with other parents and carers. As a parent governor I can bring a different perspective to the governing body as parents, carers and children know me and can share their thoughts and opinions, that I can then share with my fellow governors.


Fergus McGrath - Parent Governor (new to post)

Ionela Soltanel - Parent Governor (new to post)

Karen Hazell - Clerk