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Our Team

Watling View’s Senior Leadership Team (SLT) works in close partnership with its Governing Body to set the strategic vision for the school. The Governors role is to both support and challenge the senior leadership team. It meets formally four times per year, and has a range of committees examining school life in greater detail.


Chloe Priest Griffiths

Chair of Governors - Chair of SIP - Leadership and management

Chloe joined as a co-opted governor in September 2014.  Her current term runs from 27th September 2018 - 26 September 2022.  Chloe was Marketing Manager at a leading chamber orchestra before moving to work on membership and supporter development at a major UK art charity.  She is now a freelance marketing and project management consultant for various arts and not-for-profit organisations in London and Hertfordshire.  Chloe serves on the Teaching and Learning committee, and the Finance and Resources committee.  Chloe can be contacted at


Debbie Tankard

Vice Chair of Governors - Chair of Teaching and Learning. Co-opted Governor with responsibility for Numeracy, Holistic fit and Curriculum

Debbie joined as a co-opted governor in July 2015.  Her current term runs from 30 June 2019 - 30 June 2023.  Debbie was a teacher and special needs co-ordinator at a primary school in Essex and following her retirement in 2013, wanted to give something back to the community and particularly to children with special needs.  Prior to her late entry into the teaching profession, Debbie was a human resource and development specialist for a number of companies in Hertfordshire.  Debbie serves on the Teaching and Learning committee.  Debbie can be contacted at


Kate Johnson

Co-opted Governor with responsibility for SEN, Safeguarding Children Looked After, Teaching and Behaviour

Kate joined as a co-opted governor in July 2018. Her current term runs from 3 July 2018 - 2 July 2022. Kate has worked as teacher for nearly 20 years and spent time teaching abroad as well as in central London. She has worked with many children with SEND; when she heard about Watling View she really wanted to support it . She currently works with a local Year 6 class and loves teaching. She serves on the Teaching and Learning Committee and can be contacted directly at


Elizabeth Droznika

Chair of Finance and resources.  Co-opted Governor with responsibility for Health & Safety/Premises, 14-19 provision and Careers.

Elizabeth joined as a co-opted governor in December 2018.  Her current term runs from 25 September 2018 - 25 September 2022. Elizabeth previously worked in Banking, in both Product Management and Corporate Cash Management. She is now a stay-at-home mum looking after her two children, and also works part time at a Travel Consultant.  Elizabeth serves on the Finance and Resources committee. Elizabeth can be contacted at


Jo Roberts

Staff Governor

Jo has worked at Watling View School for over 10 years.  She has always lived in St. Albans and has three children who attend local schools.  Jo can be contacted at


Dr Neil Johns

Parent Governor with responsibility for Pupil Premium, Sports Premium, Literacy, Holistic fit & Curriculum

Neil is a parent governor of the school. His current term runs from 25 September 2019 - 24 September 2023. His eldest son Harrison attends the school. Having lived in Edinburgh for the last 10 years he and the family relocated to St. Albans. Neil was keen to be involved with the school to support his son and felt this was a proactive way to do so. He works as a surgeon specializing in managing patients with breast disease.  Neil can be contacted at 

Navneet Kokri

Nav joined as a co-opted governor in April 2020. His current term runs from 1st April 2020 - 31 March 2024. Nav currently works in fund management, focusing on investments in infrastructure projects such as wind farms, high speed internet networks and school buildings. Nav recently moved to St Albans and has one child. Nav serves on the Finance and Resources committee. Nav can be contacted at 


Committee Structure


Teaching and Learning

Debbie Tankard (Chair), Chloe Priest Griffiths, Jo Roberts, Kate Johnson, Andrew Scott and Dr Neil Johns.


Finance, Resources and Premises

Elizabeth Droznika (Chair), Andrew Scott, Pippa West, Chloe Priest Griffiths and Jo Roberts.



Debbie Tankard, Kate Johnson, Dr Neil Johns and Andrew Scott.