Meet Our Local School Committee

Meet the members of our Local School Committee

Deborah Harrison (Co-Chair)

I have worked as a teacher, a Children’s Centre Teacher and a Headteacher for the past twenty years having qualified as a teacher in my forties. My passion and area of expertise is Early Years. I retired last year but quickly became unsettled with less to keep me occupied! I wanted to give something back to the community and I was lucky enough to join the school committee in December. I have two children and four grandchildren, the youngest is only 16 months old, we have her twice a week and she certainly keeps me active. I enjoy Pilates and swimming. 


Ronya Davolls (Co-Chair)

I have worked in Education for the past 24 years. My current role is Head of a Primary Support Base in DSPL7 as Primary Outreach Manager. I am a true believer of the Therapeutic Approach to behaviour and Inclusion. I am lucky enough to work alongside great teachers, but also families and young people. Developing the right plan for a young person to thrive in Education is at the forefront of my work.  I feel that I can support the staff and pupils at Springmead to continue to build a caring and safe environment for the school community. Wearing a different 'hat' in my role will be a great opportunity to ensure that Springmead continues to flourish. Outside of work I enjoy hiking, travelling and going to the ballet.


Karen Cayford (Headteacher)

I joined Springmead in September 2018 and have overseen a fundamental change in the school since then.  I was born and have lived in Hertfordshire for most of my life and still have children who go to school within the county.  I am privileged to lead such as diverse and interesting school and can see our vision and aims in action every day.

I love the variety that the children and families bring to Springmead and the importance that we place on developing the whole child whilst not taking our focus away from continually striving to raise standards. It is a happy environment to be in for everyone who learns and works here and every day presents a new and exciting challenge.  

I am also Executive Headteacher - Compliance and Operations for the Spiral Partnership Trust.


Nichola Porter (Staff Governor)

I have lived in Hertfordshire all of  my life and have been a member of the teaching team for seven years and the leadership team for the past four years.  I have worked across EYFS and KS1 and am the EYFS and KS1 lead. I am hugely committed to the school, the children and the staff and thoroughly enjoy being part of the Springmead community.  Outside of work I enjoy playing tennis and have recently learnt surf. 


Dirk Werling (Parent)

I am Professor of Molecular Immunology at the Royal Veterinary College and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  Thus, whereas I may not have a deep insight into Primary School Teaching, I have a good understanding of what contributes to a successful learning environment.  I have experience in curriculum setting and delivery, and in managing large projects in groups with a diverse background. 

I have two daughters who currently attend Springmead.  I was elected as a parent governor at Springmead in autumn 2016, taking up office in early 2017.  I am a qualified Vet, and enjoy spending my time with animals and in the outdoors with activities such as rock climbing, skiing and cycling.


Laura Downer (Co-opted)

I am married with two children and have lived in Welwyn Garden City all of my life.  My daughter currently attends Springmead and my young son will follow her into the school in a few years’ time.  My husband attended Springmead as a child so the school has been in our lives one way or another for some years!

I became a school Governor in January 2019.  I have worked within Human Resources within both the public and private sector for the past 18 years and currently for the NHS.  I am excited for having the opportunity to support the school in its continual improvement plans and to maintain its high standard of teaching and learning.  In my spare time, I enjoy going to the gym, walking and spending time with my young family.


Our Clerk is Patrick Aikman.

Dates of meetings for 2023-24 are:


4 October 2023

29 November 2023

24 January 2024

20 March 2024

8 May 2024

26 June 2024


All meetings begin at 6:00pm and are attended by governors and invited guests only.


To contact any of our governors please email and your enquiry will be passed on.