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Name Type Committees Responsibility Term of Office FGB
Business Interests
Mr. Ian Kenealy



  • PCM (Chair)
  • PPF (Chair)
12.11.19 – 11.11.23 3/3 Yes – spouse works in school
Mr Gary Caslake COP
  • PCM (1/3)
  • PPF (1/3)
18.06.22 – 17.06.26 1/3 School purchases services from GC Sport Ltd
Mrs Nicola Adams COP
  • PCM (3/3)
  • PPF (3/3)
01.11.21 – 31.10.25 3/3 Yes – works for HfL
Ms Lee-Ann Britten STF
  • PCM (3/3)
  • PPF (3/3)
01.09.07 – ongoing 3/3 No
Mrs Donna Brown STF
  • PCM (N/A)
  • PPF (N/A)
01.09.20 – 31.08.24 N/A No
Mr Stuart Kopsis COP
  • PCM (2/3)
  • PPF (2/3)
01.11.19 – 31.10.23 3/3 No
Mrs Fiona Hill
  • Clerk
01.05.20 –
Mrs Gemma Fitzsimons PAR
  • PCM ( )
  • PPF ( )
04.10.21-03.10.25 Yes – children attend school


  • LA – Local Authority nominated or appointed governor
  • PAR – Elected or appointed Parent Governor
  • STF – Staff governor
  • HT – Headteacher
  • COP – Co-opted Governor appointed by the governing body
  • PCM – Pupils and Curriculum Matters Committee
  • PPF – PPFCommittee

Meet the Governors

Lee-Ann Britten – Headteacher

Lee-Ann is privileged to be the Headteacher of Longlands Primary School, a role which she has proudly held since September 2007. She has been teaching for more than twenty years and prior to taking up this post was a Deputy Headteacher in Harlow, Essex. Lee-Ann is passionate about children’s learning and development, her vision is to see the pupils and ultimately the school reach its potential and succeed to the highest levels.  Lee-Ann is currently Chair of the Cheshunt and Waltham Cross Headteacher’s association, a member of Primary Heads Form and works closely with the local charity CHEXS.  Outside of school Lee-Ann likes to spend socialising with her friends and family, cooking, eating out and travelling around the world!

Ian Kenealy – Local Authority Governor (Chair)

Ian lives in walking distance from the school and has two children, both of whom have moved on from Longlands and now attend a local secondary school. He works as a director at a FTSE 100 company in the City of London and has served on the governing body for 8 years having started as a parent governor. Ian is now the Chair of the Governing Body and works closely with the head, staff and the vice chairs of governors to assist the school at every opportunity.

Nicola Adams – Co-opted Governor

Nicola began working at Longlands during her final PGCE placement in the Spring of 2009. She then joined the teaching team and worked in a variety of years groups across the school for the next five years. In this time Nicola took on the roles of PE and Maths subject leader and joined the Senior Leadership Team. In 2014, Nicola left Longlands to become Assistant Head at a large primary school in Welwyn Garden City; maintaining a teaching role in Year 2. As of September 2017, Nicola took up a new post as Primary Teaching and Learning Adviser, for HfL. She enjoys working with a variety of schools across the county to support the development of teaching and learning in Mathematics. This includes running training events, developing Mathematics curriculum, modelling lessons, data analysis and developing the role of Maths Subject Leaders. Nicola joined the Governing body in November 2017 and enjoys working with the team at Longlands again.

Gary Caslake – Co-opted Governor

Gary is the company director of GC Sports Ltd and has over 13 years’ experience as a Sports Coach and has been involved in Sports generally since the age of five. Gary previously played football for both Watford FC and Stevenage Borough gaining vast knowledge from a range of professional coaches.

When Gary isn’t coaching, he is an active member of the local community and present holds a School Governors position in two Primary School settings in Hertfordshire. In addition to this, he is also an enterprise advisor and has supported local community projects including being a ‘Dragon ‘for Community Voluntary Services (CVS) for Broxbourne and East Herts’ Dragons Apprentice Challenge in both 2016 and 2017.

Donna Brown – Staff Governor/Assistant Headteacher

Donna is Assistant Headteacher. She joined the Longlands’ family back in 2002, beginning her teaching career here.  As the years have passed, Donna has enjoyed teaching across a range of year groups and is currently working with Y2. Over the last few years, she has worked on both the Primary Science Quality Mark award and the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership, completing both successfully, which enabled her to develop the school grounds and raise the profile of Science within the school.  Donna is dedicated in developing children’s learning- to inspire and influence the children of today.  A busy mum of two, outside of school, she enjoys spending time with her family, walking her dogs and socialising.

Gemma Fitzsimons – Parent Governor

Gemma lives locally and has two children. Her eldest child has just moved onto secondary school from Longlands, while her youngest continues to attend the school.

She is a qualified teacher and has worked in several Hertfordshire primary schools, across a range of year groups, but with particular experience in Early Years and Key Stage One. Gemma is currently training to be a counsellor and volunteers as a trainee therapist at a domestic abuse charity.

She has served as a parent governor since 2021.