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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.

Jo Maitland - Foundation Governor , Vice Chair

Jo Maitland, Foundation Governor, joined the Governing Body in 2021.  An engineer by background, Jo has nearly 20 years’ experience in British Army leadership roles, and has worked in engineering, training, safeguarding and consulting in Defence. She is a Christian and attends Brinkworth church. She is also a school parent.

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.

Robert Jackson, Co-Opted Governor

Member of Health, Safety and Welfare Committee and member of Education Development and Safeguarding 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 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 and Safeguarding committee as well as the full governing body. He’s married to Hilary and welcomed their first child in the summer of 2019.

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.

Anne-Marie Tuck, Foundation Governor

Anne-Marie Tuck, Foundation 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.

Matthew McGrady, Parent Governor

Matt joined the governing body in 2021 as a parent governor. He has one daughter in lower school and a second who will join reception in 2023. He has spent his career as a mechanical engineer in the electricity industry. Outside of work and family life he enjoys running, cycling and tinkering in the garage.

Nandi Mellor - Parent Governor

Kostas Beis - Parent Governor

Nicki Sinclair, Associate

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

Charlotte Sjoberg, Associate Governor 

I joined the governing body in 2021 whilst my eldest son enjoys reception class.  My second son joins Brinkworth Earl Danby’s in 2022.  I wanted to join the governing body to help support the school, to see it flourish and ensure all pupils thrive. With nearly 20 years’ experience in communications, working as a Communications Director for a global brand in sectors from lifestyle to space, I hope to bring my sound counsel, advice and creativity to the table.  When I'm not working, you’ll find me indulging in my love of musical theatre as well as pounding the local lanes as a recent graduate of #couchto5k.


Finance, People & Premises Chair: Andy Lambert
Education, Development & Safeguarding Chair: Anne-Marie Tuck
Strategic Steering Group Chair: Ella Morgan
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, FPP Nil
Laura Hilliard 03.10.13 25.12.50 Staff (Headteacher)   All Nil
Nicki Sinclair 13.02.19 12.02.23 Associate GB Chair - EDS Nil
Robert Jackson 19.03.18 18.03.22 Co-opted GB EDS Nil
Andy Lambert 17.10.17 16.10.21 Co-opted GB FPP Nil
Sally Cross 20.02.19 19.09.23 Co-opted GB EDS Nil
Chris Foster 14.12.17 13.12.21 Staff GB EDS Nil
Andrew Willy 13.12.18 12.12.22 Co-opted GB EDS Nil
Anne-Marie Tuck 24.05.21 23.05.25 Foundation Diocese EDS Nil
Konstantinos Beis 30.03.21 29.03.25 Parent GB EDS Nil
Matthew McGrady 30.03.21 29.03.25 Parent GB FPP Nil
Nandi Mellor 30.03.21 29.03.25 Parent GB EDS Nil
Joanna Maitland 24.06.21 23.06.25 Foundation Diocese FPP Nil
Charlotte Sjoberg 30.03.21 29.03.25 Associate GB n/a  

  Governor Attendance - Updated annually

  09.09.20 07.10.20 09.12.20 10.02.21 25.03.21 10.06.21 13.07.21
Ella Morgan Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tom Ridgway Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Laura Hilliard Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nicki Sinclair Yes No Yes No n/a n/a n/a
Andy Lambert Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Robert Jackson Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sally Cross Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Abi Larcombe Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Chris Foster Yes No Yes No Yes No Yes
Andrew Willy Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes
Anne-Marie Tuck Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Emily Smith Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nandi Mellor n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a No Yes
Konstantinos Beis n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a Yes Yes
Charlotte Sjoberg n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a Yes Yes
Matthew McGrady n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a Yes Yes