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Brinkworth Earl Danby’s CE Primary School

Brinkworth Earl Danby’s CE Primary School

Believe to Achieve! "Roots will grow down into God's love and keep us strong" EPH 3:17

Governing Body

Governing Body

The governing body is comprised of up to:-

5 parent governors
1 local authority governor
2 staff governors (including the head teacher)
6 co-opted governors
2 foundation governors

The Governing Body's ethos statement is:

Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level.

The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.

Please contact the school offices if you would like copies of non-confidential governing body minutes.

Ella Morgan, Chair

I became a governor in 2015 to support the school my three sons attend utilising my professional experience. My background is in buying management roles for high street retailers. More lately I have a property investment business and work as support for design and construction businesses. Family life for myself and my husband is very busy and we are generally found out and about in the fresh air with the boys or spending time with family and friends. In my spare time my nose is usually in a book or buying things I don’t need from antiques auctions.

Tom Ridgway, Vice Chair

Tom has 2 children at the school and became a Parent Governor in November 2017. He moved to Brinkworth in 2010 and juggles family life with 3 children with running his own business. He enjoys running and cycling.



Robert Jackson, Co-Opted Governor

Member of Health, Safety and Welfare Committee and member of Education Development Committee.

Robert Jackson has served as a Parent Governor for 4 years and he now serves as a Co-Opted Governor.  He is married with 2 children, both of which have attended our School since Foundation Stage, one currently at Upper school, the other at Lower school.  With an extensive background in Aviation and Information Technology, he is is shortly to become a STEM Ambassador, which will assist him in his role as Science Link Governor.  He also fulfils the schools SEN and EYFS Link Governor roles.

Andy Lambert, Co-Opted Governor

Chair of Health, Safety and Welfare Committee 

Andy served as a Parent Governor for 4 years and he now serves as a Co-Opted Governor.  He has 2 children, with 1 attending  upper school and the eldest having moved up to Royal Wootton Bassett Academy.  He enjoys walking, golf and football.

Andy Willy, Co-Opted Governor

Andy has been a co-opted governor since December 2018. He has a background in higher education, with a doctorate in Music. He now works for Little Foxes Nursery, his family’s business in the village. Andy sits on the Education Development committee as well as the full governing body. He’s married to Hilary and welcomed their first child in the summer of 2019.

Nicki Sinclair, Foundation Governor

Hi I'm Nicki. I live in Brinkworth, married to Andy and we have four children who have all now completed their primary education at our school and are now at secondary and tertiary education centres. I first chose to be a governor back when my eldest son was in Reception because I wanted to make a difference to the quality of education. That passionate belief holds true today.   I'm a Foundation Governor which means I'm appointed by the Diocese of Bristol so I take a special interest in the Christian ethos of the school. I currently chair the Education Development committee which scrutinises and reviews educational development, pupil progress and educational policies. I help recruit our new inspirational teachers. 

I love reading, attending local music festivals and holidays when I can get away from the demands of my day job - I'm a pharmacist.

Anne-Marie Tuck, Parent Governor

Anne-Marie Tuck, Parent Governor, became a governor in 2019. Anne-Marie has spent much of her career as a civil engineer working on large infrastructure projects. She currently works as a freelance civil engineer. She is a Christian and attends Brinkworth church.

Emily Smith, Parent Governor

I became a governor in 2019 when our eldest daughter was in reception and shortly before giving birth to our youngest. I am a primary school teacher, specialising in Early Years and have taught across the infant phase of school during my eleven years as a teacher. I am a parent governor and sit in the Finance and Staffing committee. I am also the link governor for EYFS and English. I enjoy being outside and catching up with family and friends. In my spare time I enjoy reading, gardening and body balance. 

Sally Cross, Co-Opted Governor

I am the Deputy Head teacher and currently the Year 2 teacher. I have taught all my working life in schools in Nottinghamshire, London, Gloucestershire and Singapore. I have also taught all 7 primary school year groups during this time.

I have two teenage boys who are both now taller than me. I love reading, listening to music and yoga.

Chris Foster - Staff Governor

In a previous life, I worked as a manager in the IT sector for 10 years before retraining to become a teacher. I have now been teaching at Brinkworth Earl Danby’s for 10 years. As well as sitting on the Health, Safety and Welfare Committee, I am the subject lead for Maths and PE.

Outside of school, I have 2 young boys who keep me busy and I enjoy playing football for a local team.


Finance & Staffing Chair: Ella Morgan
Education Development Chair: Nicki Sinclair
Health, Safety & Welfare Chair: Andy Lambert
SPORT Chair:
Name Start of Term End of Term Governor Type Appointed By Committees Pecuniary Interest
Ella Morgan 02.11.19 01.11.23 LA LA Chair, F&S Nil
Tom Ridgway 17.11.17 16.11.21 Parent GB Vice Chair, F&S Nil
Laura Hilliard 03.10.13 25.12.50 Staff (Headteacher)   All Nil
Nicki Sinclair 13.02.19 12.02.23 Foundation Diocese Chair - EDC Nil
Robert Jackson 19.03.18 18.03.22 Co-opted GB EDC Nil
Andy Lambert 17.10.17 16.10.21 Co-opted GB F&S Nil
Sally Cross 20.02.19 19.09.23 Co-opted GB EDC Nil
Abi Larcombe 17.11.17 13.01.21 Parent GB EDC Nil
Chris Foster 14.12.17 13.12.21 Staff GB EDC Nil
Andrew Willy 13.12.18 12.12.22 Co-opted GB EDC Nil
Anne-Marie Tuck 06.02.19 05.02.23 Parent GB EDC Nil
Emily Smith 12.02.20 11.02.24 Parent GB F&S Nil

  Governor Attendance - Updated annually

  11.09.19 13.11.19 11.12.19 12.02.20 26.03.20 13.05.20 14.07.20
Ella Morgan Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tom Ridgway Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Laura Hilliard Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nicki Sinclair Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes
Andy Lambert Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Robert Jackson Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes
Sally Cross Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Abi Larcombe Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Chris Foster Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mike Graham Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
Andrew Willy No Yes Yes Yes No No No
Anne-Marie Tuck Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
John Mitchell No No No No Yes Yes Yes
Rob Platt Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes
Emily Smith n/a n/a n/a Yes Yes Yes Yes