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Picture 1 Mark Hartopp (Vice Chair & Prevent Governor)

My name is Mark Hartopp. I’m married and have 3 children who have all been educated at Whitestone Infant School. I work as a Sales Manager for a German component manufacturer and have broad business and management experience.


Family life is very rewarding and challenging and gives me an understanding of today’s parental concerns. I believe it is essential as a parent to support our children’s education including the headteacher and staff. Having lived in area all of my life and attended Whitestone, I am very proud of its reputation and OFSTED report. As a governor for many years I have always tried to offer commitment and enthusiasm to ensure that this continues.


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My name is Natalie and I am a new co-opted Governor at Whitestone Infant School. I am very keen to be taking on the co-opted governor role as I have two young children, one already in attendance and another soon to join the school.

My back ground is in education and I have worked as a secondary school teacher in the local area for the last 12 years. Within education I have worked in a number of different roles both pastorally and subject specific. Currently I am subject leader for Music but I have also been Acting Head of Year.

I believe that Whitestone Infant School has a lot to offer its pupils, and I have a long term invested interest as a Governor to support the Head teacher, staff and to assist all children to achieve their full potential and to help ensure a positive future for the school.
Picture 1 Geoff Friswell (LA Governor, Premises Governor)
I have been a governor at Whitestone for near 30 years. All four of my children have passed through this school, the youngest is now 27! In my working career I have worked for large multinational companies in various engineering capacities dealing with production, maintenance and all forms of site facilities. For the last 20 years I have been managing multi-discipline project teams. The main skills that I bring to the governing body are breadth of experience in contractor management, health & safety and financial management of projects. I have recently retired and feel that I can offer even more of my time to support the effective running of the school.
Picture 1 Simon Shaw (Parent Governor)

In February 2016 I became a member of the governing body at Whitestone Infant School fulfilling a role of Parent governor. Already in such a short space of time I have found the role extremely interesting and through visits to the school and governor meetings, have become full appreciative of the extensive job that both the head teacher and the teaching staff are doing.

I am married with three children and my family and I have lived in the Whitestone catchment area for the past nine years. My youngest son presently attends Whitestone School. My back ground is in education and I have worked as a secondary school teacher in the local area for the last 16 years. In education I have worked in a number of different roles both pastorally and subject specific. For the last 4 years I have been subject leader for Physical Education.

In the role of a middle leader in secondary school I am fully aware of the ever changing educational landscape and have always been interested in maximising the potential of primary education.  Whitestone Infant school is a part of my local community and I am grateful for the opportunity to help and support the school and to be part of what is an exciting future.

Picture 1 Martyn Yeo (Staff Governor)
I have recently been appointed as part of the governing body at Whitestone Infant School as the staff governor. I have worked at the school for the last 4 years and have greatly enjoyed teaching in Year One during this time. Being a part of the Senior Leadership Team I have aided the development of the school, always striving and aspiring for the best for our children. I now look forward to being a part of the governing body in order to progress our school and its community to the best it can be.
Picture 1 Chris Atkins (Chair & Safer Recruitment)

I have been part of the governing body at Whitestone Infant School for the last seven years and as the chair of governors for the last two years. My time as a governor has been extremely interesting and fulfilling and I have developed many new skills and expertise.  I have had numerous opportunities to work with staff, visit the school and undertake a wide variety of training and professional development. 

I am married with two children and my family and I have lived in Whitestone for the last eleven years. For the last twenty five years my background has been in children’s services and I currently work for Birmingham City Council within early years.  During my career I have worked in the public, private and voluntary sector in a variety of practitioner, management and leadership roles, and I have worked closely with schools throughout my career.

As children’s services professional and a governor I am passionate about working with children, parents and the community.  I want to strengthen these links and I also want to look to the future and grasp opportunities to move the school forward in an ever-changing education landscape.

Picture 1 Nicola Green (Headteacher)

I began my teaching career working in Cheshire for 4 years before relocating to St Albans. During my 6 years in Hertfordshire I was a member of the leadership team, worked for the Local Authority as a Lead Teacher for Mathematics, was a governor and then became acting deputy headteacher.

I have been a member of the Whitestone staff team since January 2002, joining as Deputy Headteacher, and at this time was an observer at the Governing Body meetings.

Since becoming the Headteacher in September 2010 I have been a member of the Board of Governors.

We are extremely fortunate to have a strong, skilled membership within this board who act as challenging critical friends to the school whilst holding us to account. Our shared aim is to maintain our high standards as an outstanding provider of a broad and balanced education.  

Whitestone is a lovely place to learn & work.

Picture 1 Ian Flint (Computing & Online Safety Governor)

I have been involved as a governor at Whitestone Infant School for over 15 years.

As a Chartered Electrical and Electronics engineer and member of the Chartered Management Institute I have spent many years working in IT related aspects of Telecommunications and more recently TV and Radio broadcast industries.

My work experience has allowed me to actively support the computing and IT aspects of the school and the IT subject lead in development of IT strategies for both hardware and applications. A key part of this area is now on-line e-safety which, as part of the 360 Degree Safe and ICT Mark accreditations achieved by the school.

IT skills and technologies are embedded in and integrated across all the curriculum and we have ensured that this is reflected in all aspects of curriculum and lesson planning.


Ian Flint CEng BEng MIET MCMI

Picture 1 Phil Johnson (Safeguarding & Attendance Governor)

I have been a governor at Whitestone for over 20 years, since my 2 children were at the school and served as Chair of Governors for over 10 years.  I am currently the governor responsible for overseeing safeguarding within the school as well as aspects of SEND.  I have represented the board of governors at Patch meetings and currently sit on Warwickshire Schools Forum and Governor Forum Steering Group.  I am also an elected member of Warwickshire County Council and help to develop links between the school and the Council.

I have worked in production and operations management for over 30 years in a variety of industries and currently work as an environmental consultant so I able to contribute project management and leadership skills to the board of governors.

Picture 1 Julie Tarka