Meet the Governors

Headteacher:  Jeanette Lovejoy

Clerk: Sharon Mortimer

SBM: Lydia Mortimer (Co-opted Governor)

Nick Morrott – Chair of Governors

Nick has been a co-opted governor at Abbots Farm Infant School since September 2019. In September 2020 Nick became Chair of Governors, and is a member of the Head Teacher Appraisal and Pay Committee.

He has a strong STEM background and has worked for global and UK-based companies in Technology Assurance and Business Technology Consultancy. In addition to being a STEM Ambassador in the West Midlands, Nick runs weekly Code Club sessions at Rugby Library as part of the national Code Club initiative. These sessions provide an introduction to computer programming for children aged 9-13 from across Rugby, using Scratch, Python, the Raspberry Pi, and HTML/CSS. As a volunteer at The National Museum of Computing (TNMoC) at Bletchley Park, Nick has worked to restore exhibits to working order.

Nick promotes the adoption of Open Standards, Open Source Software, and Open Data, and sees great potential for their use in education. In addition to contributing to various software projects, he is a Debian Developer and since 2009 has organised a monthly technology user group in Rugby which meets to discuss all aspects of Linux and FOSS.

As a result of his employment and volunteering experiences, Nick continues to develop skills which include software development, technology integration, project/event management, and financial/data analysis.

Nick is married with two children, and lives locally.


Laura Meldrum-Carter – ViceChair (Co-opted Governor)

Laura joined the AFI Governing Board in 2019 as she wished to volunteer some of her time locally and has taken on the role of SEN Governor due to her career experience. In her professional life she is a freelance Educational Psychologist working to help children, schools and families across the Midlands. Before her doctoral training she was a primary teacher in London, Cornwall and Ecuador, with a special interest in Early Years. She is used to analysing information, data and problem-solving a wide range of situations relating to education. As well as interests in coaching and emotional wellbeing, she has significant experience supporting staff and school systems and fully appreciates the importance of a positive school culture in offering high quality learning for all our children.

Laura lives in Hillmorton and is married with two sons, one at AFJS and a toddler, both of whom keep her very busy!


Shuchi Agarwal – Co-opted Governor

Shuchi joined the Abbots Farm Infant School Governing Body in May 2021 as a co- opted Governor. She recently moved to Hillmorton with her husband and two daughters, younger one is currently at Preschool and will be starting full-time school in September 2021 and the older one is at Paddox Primary School.

Shuchi is currently working at Network Rail as a Performance and Reporting Analyst. Previously she has worked with National Grid as an Analyst within Health and Safety and completed her NEBOSH training. Health and Safety has been and will be most important to her and drives her every single day of her life. She takes Health and Safety with her wherever she goes and tries to drill the same into her children and whosoever she can simply because it can save lives, what else can be more important! She is also passionate about Mental Wellbeing and has been trained and signposted for the same.

Shuchi loves good company, a plate of good food and a cup of great coffee.


Serginho Samuel – Co-opted Governor

Serginho Joined as a school Governor having learned about AFI’s vision and values. He moved to Rugby from Croydon, South London in 2017 with his wife and 3 year old son. He embarked on a Housing Career after graduating from University in 2009 where he studied Sociology and Politics at Goldsmiths University (London).

He is a manager at one of the largest Housing Association’s in the country , which covers the Midlands, East England and the South of England. He has a keen interest in Welfare Reform and Local policies that  impact the community.

His other interests are health and wellbeing in addition to Equality and Diversity, Serginho believes that children should be able to learn in a happy, safe and thought-provoking environment which contributes to their character building.


Hemma Sandhu-Gajjar – Co-opted Governor

Hemma joined the Abbots Farm Infant School Governing Body in January 2021 as a co-opted Governor. She lives in Hillmorton with her husband and two children; her son is currently in Reception at Abbots Farm and absolutely loves it! The family welcomed their daughter into the world in September 2021.

Hemma currently works at EY as a Diversity & Inclusiveness Consultant where she strives on her passions for equality and wellbeing – she has been with the firm for nearly 10 years and during this time has had a varied and rewarding career starting off in the UK in Student Recruitment, then moving to the Middle East region where she spent 4 years working on Talent Change Management before moving back to the UK in 2018.

In her spare time, Hemma enjoys spending time with her family, reading, cooking and gardening. She is also very passionate about the environment and ensuring future generations grow up learning about the importance of sustainability and preservation and champions equality & wellbeing in the workplace and community.


Vineel Reddy Pandi – Co-opted Governor

Vineel Reddy Pandi was co-opted onto the Governing Body of Abbots Farm Infant School in September 2022, taking on the role of Finance Governor.

Vineel come from a strong Engineering and Technology (S.T.E.M) background and works as a senior professional in the field of Automotive industry since 2009.

Vineel has experience in developing and leading teams to deliver the business objectives in the field of his work and is comfortable with processing yearly and forecasted finances.

Currently Vineel is delivering key vehicle enabler software which will unlock Autonomous driving potential for the automotive firm.

In his spare time, Vineel enjoys playing cricket for Rugby Cricket Club and badminton.

Vineel is married with two children and lives locally to Rugby.


Alice Ong – Co-opted Governor

Alice Ong was co-opted onto the Governing Body of Abbots Farm Infant School in December 2022, taking on the role of Safeguarding Governor.

In her youth Alice attended local state schools, and after University started working as a doctor for the NHS in 2004. Since then she has accumulated a wide range of transferable skills from the Health Sector including research and hopes to bring this to her new role as Co-opted School Governor in 2023. She has a life-long passion for education and is involved in both Undergraduate and Postgraduate Medical Education. She believes that improving education for all children will help to create better future for everyone. In her spare time she enjoys drinking tea and eating chocolate!


Jo Jones – Staff Governor

Jo has been a governor since October 2021. She has 2 children – 1 of which still attends our school whilst the eldest moved over to AFJS in September 2021.

Jo is a teaching assistant at Abbots Farm Infant School but has previously been a nursery practitioner for a private nursery after working and volunteering for the school since 2017. She hopes to use the skills learned from her experience in the school and her private nursery experience to help enhance and maintain the early years provision offered at the school.

Jo’s passion is to help others around her, and she campaigned late 2020/early 2021 for a community defibrillator to be installed on the external fence which now provides support for our wider community. Since summer 2021 she has also become an ambassador for Frolo which is a nationwide single parent organisation which helps support single parents through advice, friendly encouragement and local meetups.



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Application Form

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Instrument of Government

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Declaration of Interests

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Training Record

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Attendance at Meetings

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