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Who's Who: Governors

The Governing Body is like a Board of Directors for the school, and helps to decide how the school should be run. The Governing Body meets twice a term, but individual Governors also attend school at other times. Our Governing Body is made up of parents, staff at the school, local council representatives, community representatives, and businessmen and women. The Governors are responsible for raising standards at the school by setting the strategy of the school, ensuring the Headteacher delivers this strategy, and by managing the budget. Governors usually serve for four years. The Governors are always interested to hear from people who are considering becoming Governors, or have skills to offer, or just want to talk about an aspect of school life; please contact the office to make an appointment.


2022/23 - Terms of Office

ForenameSurnameCategoryStartEndPosition/RoleFGB AttendanceBusiness Interest
MelanieCollinsCo-opted22/06/202221/06/2026Chair/ EYFS


Rosie CharnockClerkn/an/aClerk Nil
JulieGingellCo-opted10/10/201809/10/2022Site and Finance Nil
AnnelieseHillyer-ThakeCo-opted17/07/201916/07/2023Safeguarding, Health and Safety Nil
RosMannLA22/06/202221/06/2026Staffing/Community Nil
LisaWilkinsStaff25/11/202024/11/2024Staffing/Community Nil
SarahWeldParent10/02/202109/02/2025PP Governor Nil
Kirsty MartinCo-opted15/12/202114/12/2025SEN Nil

2021-22 - Terms of Office


ForenameSurnameCategoryStartEndPosition/RoleAttendanceBusiness Interest   
MelanieCollinsCo-opted22/06/202221/06/2026Chair/ EYFS100%Nil   
Rosie CharnockClerkn/an/aClerk100%Nil   
JulieGingellStaff10/10/201809/10/2022Site and Finance91%Nil   
AmandaWebbCo-opted15/03/202014/03/2024LEFT BOARD IN APRIL 2022100%Strategic Account Director for  Juniper Education
AnnelieseHillyer-ThakeCo-opted17/07/201916/07/2023Safeguarding, Health and Safety100%Nil   
NeilRushowski whiteCo-opted22/06/202221/06/2026Vice Chair/  Numeracy/Data81%Nil   
SarahWeldParent10/02/202109/02/2025PP Governor100%Nil   
Kirsty MartinCo-opted15/12/202114/12/2025SEN100%Nil   

I'm Melanie Collins and I work as a civil servant in the Department for Education. I've been a Governor at St Paul's since November 2016, and have been Chair of Governors since autumn 2017. I have two young boys who are both at St Paul's, and my husband is a secondary school teacher.


When I first looked around St Paul's, I was really struck by the value that the school placed on the children's emotional wellbeing. I really wanted to be able to do something to ensure those values were maintained and clearly echoed through everything that the school did, and I love how being a Governor enables me to bring my skills and experience from the non-teaching world to help the school to ensure its strategy echoes its values. I've also gained a deeper understanding of how the education system works and have found that the skills I have picked up as a Governor and Chair of Governors have had a positive impact on my career development.

I'm Neil Rushowski White - I have one child at St Paul's, and two children who have departed for secondary school.

I'm a parent governor, and this year I have a specific focus on the data that the school uses. This covers both the internal data used to guide teaching to the children's needs, and the external data upon which we are assessed.

It's great to be able to contribute back to the school and the wider community. Being a governor also brings me into contact with St Paul's staff who I would otherwise never meet, and seeing their focus and dedication is inspiring. Visiting St Paul's during the day - when it's fulfilling its primary purpose of teaching our children - never fails to leave me energised, and slightly in awe of the staff!

My name is Lisa Wilkins, I am a teacher at the school and the staff representative for the governing body. I have been a governor for over 10 years. Being the voice of the whole staff  is a real privilege and I enjoy representing the strong team that we have here in school. Being a governor also gives me an insight into the strategic side of school management and I enjoy learning  about how things operate beyond the classroom. 

My name is Sarah Weld. I joined the Governing Body as a co-opted governor in 2020. I have two children at the school and in June 2022 became a Parent Governor.

A key role I have is Pupil Premium Governor. This means it is my role to work with the school and other governors to ensure that the Pupil Premium the school receives is spent in the best possible way to support children who are eligible for it and improve outcomes for all disadvantaged pupils.

As well as being a parent and Governor I work as a Consultant in Public Health for a Local Authority Public Health team and am passionate about children’s education, health and wellbeing and finding ways of working together to ensure that all children have the best start in life. As a parent at the school it is clear to me that the whole school shares this passion and I am really proud to be a governor at St Paul’s Primary School.


I’m Anneliese Hillyer-Thake, I have worked in the NHS since 1995. I joined St Paul’s Governors in 2019. I specialise in Safeguarding the most vulnerable and have worked in this area of work since 2004. 

I have been a governor in a number of schools over some years, helping and supporting with safeguarding. 

I really enjoy being a Governor at St Paul’s, the atmosphere within the school is warm and friendly. The staff are dedicated to supporting every child in being the best they can be. I love the forest school approach and the outside learning opportunities, this really appeals to me.