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Meet Our Governors

Meet Our Governors

  Denise Poore

I have been Chair of Governors at Gill Blowers Nursery School for 18 months. I am now retired. Before retiring I worked as a Sure Start Children’s Centre Manager for ten years, and. prior to joining the Children’s Centre, as a Regional Director for a national voluntary sector childcare charity. I worked in various roles within the voluntary childcare sector for most of my working life, approximately 35 years, and in 2012 was awarded an MBE for services to children & families.

I have three adult children, and two grandchildren, and spend a lot of my time caring for them. I worked with Gill Blowers Nursery School during my time at the Children’s Centre, and appreciate the passion, commitment and professionalism of the staff in providing high quality experiences for the children in their care.

 Jo Iddenden, Acting Head Teacher / SENCO

I am currently the Acting Head Teacher at Gill Blowers Nursery School although I have worked here for 15 years, more recently as the Deputy Head Teacher.

My background and passion is working in Early Years and Special Educational Needs. I have served on the Governing Body for several years.

 Victoria Parkes

Being from parents in the military I often feel that I am not really from anywhere, but moving regularly did give me the opportunity to attend a multitude of different educational establishments and to explore much of the UK and overseas.  It was only after training to be a teacher that I finally settled in Bedfordshire and have called the wider area home for the last 10 years now.

I have worked in education and particularly within the early years and childcare sector for my entire career.  This has been both teaching in schools and working for Local Authorities in an advisory capacity.  Currently, I am working for the Department for Education.

I have previously worked for Gill Blowers Nursery School and know first-hand what a special place it is!  I am passionate about securing the very best early education for our children, supporting their curiosity and interest to learn.


 Gordon McCulloch

I’m originally from Glasgow but have lived in Bedfordshire for almost 30 years.

I’ve recently taken early retirement from Luton Borough Council, having worked for them for over 16 years in early years education and childcare. My background is in finance and business support. During my time with Luton Council I supported pre-schools, nurseries, childminders and schools with advice and guidance on a range of matters including finance, funding, sustainability and early years places creation.

When my daughters were pre-schoolers and at school, I was involved in voluntary work, supporting their pre-school and after school committees, and as a parent governor at their school.

I hope my previous experience, knowledge and skills will enable to Gill Blowers Nursery School to be successful and sustainable.


 Launa Corin, Acting Class Teacher

I have worked at Gill Blowers for 13 years. I have been Acting Class Teacher for the past five years. I have a First Class Honors Degree in Early Years Education and will be completing my teacher training in Autumn 2018. I have been a Co-opted member of the Governing Body for the past 2 years.


 Sue Thomas

Sue is delighted to be a governor at Gill Blowers Nursery school. The happiest years of her teaching career were spent in a maintained nursery school.  With over fifteen years’ experience in teaching, through to the BBC and then on to early years consultancy, Sue’s career has been built around the crucial importance of the earliest years in children’s lives.

From writing educational materials for the BBC’s Teletubbies  and Tweenies through to developing the Sign 4 Learning suite of materials, Sue has created innovative resources that engage children and move them on in their learning. The Sign 4 Learning materials have been recognised both in national publications and international conferences as providing unique and engaging ways to support enhanced progress in children.  Sue’s lead on early phonics in Luton has also led to a positive impact on attainment over a sustained period of time. Sue’s other roles include providing tailored support to schools and settings, CPD delivery and Foundation Stage Profile moderation.