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Nicola Scannell is the Chair of the Governing Body. She has been a governor since 2011 when her son was at Cookham Nursery school. After a break she returned to the Governing Body as a co-opted Governor. She was a barrister specialising in human rights for 17 years during which chaired a number of committees and boards of non-governmental bodies.  She is now a designer and project manager of residential developments. She is passionate about the continued survival of outstanding government funded nursery schools to give other children the opportunity to have the best possible start to their education as her children had.


Fergus Wilson joined as a parent governor in 2017 and is now the vice-chair of the governing body. He is a finance director for Mars Wrigley Confectionery and is a qualified accountant. After relocating from Australia to the UK, his son attended Maidenhead Nursery school and gained enormously from the experience. Fergus is keen to ensure that many more children can have the same opportunity to learn and grow in an an outstanding educational environment. 


Until 2017, Sam Dyson worked within the Nursery federation as a School Bursar and then as School Business Manager, latterly in charge of running our Teaching School. She was with the Federation for almost 9 years and has been a governor for 5 of those, first as a staff governor and then as a Co-opted Governor.  Sam is currently Chair of the Finance Committee due to her qualification as a Chartered Accountant and years of experience dealing with school finances.

karen freeland

Karen Freeland has been a Governor at Maidenhead Nursery School, and then the Federation, since 2010 (when her daughter attended MNS), and strongly believes in the importance of learning through play and outstanding early years education provision as a vital foundation for future learning. Her specific governor responsibilities include SEND and maintaining Federation policies. By profession Karen is an editor of biology and other text books, with a degree in Biochemistry and a PhD in Biomedical Science. She is a volunteer at Maidenhead Nursery School, the Maidenhead Hub Children's Centre and Phoenix Gymnastics Club, where she is also a gymnastics judge.


Gill Cocklin is a recently retired primary school Headteacher who worked for 26 years at the same school within RBWM. She was one of the first Headteacher in the country to lead a successful federation and also led a Children’s Centre based within her school. She became a LA appointed governor in September 2017 specifically requesting to serve on the Nursery Federation governing body. Early Years has always been her passion believing that high quality early education is the right of every child and holds the key to success in later life.

Gill is currently the safeguarding governor for the Nursery Federation of schools.

 victoria strudwick

Victoria Strudwick has been a parent governor at Cookham Nursery School since 2016.  She is a mother of three children and has had two children attend the Nursery school, including her son who is currently attending.  She is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor and hopes to use her expertise on the finance committee.  She appreciates the importance of learning through play and enjoys being an active part of the nursery school community.

 hannah boelrijk

Hannah Boelrijk has been a governor since September 2017. Her youngest son attends The Lawns Nursery. Working as a part time Reception teacher at St Ethelberts Catholic Primary School, Hannah has a keen interest in child development and the learning process. She appreciates the importance placed on play-based learning in the early years, where there is a strong emphasis in providing a rich environment for children to develop a love of learning.

 karen drayton

Karen Drayton has a strong commitment to lifelong education in the local community.  After a career in Human Resources she has completed her PGCE and works as a lecturer.  Karen joined the governing body with an emphasis on staffing and development. After seeing what a fantastic experience both her daughters had during their time at nursery and the love for learning this gave them Karen enjoys the ongoing support her role can provide.  Karen is currently Chair of the Staffing Committee.

 Jill o'donovan

Jill O'Donovan joined the governing body as a parent governor in 2014, and now works as the School Business Manager for the Federation and is the staff governor.  She was born in Canada where she trained as a Chartered Accountant, and lived in New Zealand for a time before settling in the UK.  Her three sons do their bit to keep her sharp, and when she is not working in the nurseries or on other projects, she is an avid reader and traveller, preferably together.

Annu dispenza  

Annu a Co-opted Governor, who has been appointed by the GB to represent community interests.Annu has lived in Berkshire for over ten years. She has a son in Reception and strongly believes in schools being at the heart of the community. She is really interested in promoting fun, creative, and memorable educational experiences to nurture and create a lifelong love of  STEM learning.  Annu has worked across the industry from MTV to London Shipping company, predominantly in the mobile sector.