Meet the Governors

Matt Bishop

Chair of Governors

I have 2 children, both attending St Whites. My main background is in Law Enforcement and Children's Social Care although more recently I have joined the Department for Education. I also work with the Local Authority as a Governor Trainer / External Reviewer. I was a Parent Governor between April 2013 & December 2016 and was voted in as a Co-Opted Governor in December 2016. I was elected as Chair of Governors in May 2014 and have held the post ever since. My job is to work closely with the Headteacher and to ensure Governors understand school policies, trends and strategic planning; so they can answer questions from pupils, staff, parents and Ofsted inspectors. I also sit on both the Finance & Premises and Personnel Committees. Pupils, parents and staff may see me around the school, in assembly for example. Im happy to talk to anybody interested in what Governors do or even if you would just like a general chat about the school!

Dan Beard

Vice Chair of Governors

I have two children, with my youngest attending St Whites. I have been a parent governor since Oct 2013 and was re-elected in Sept 2017. I was elected Vice Chair of Governors in May 2014. My job is to support and provide back up to the Chair of Governors, whilst also monitoring the schools finances and ensuring the school premises are functional, safe and secure for the pupils and teachers. I have a background in Technical engineering as well as leadership/management experience. If you see me around, feel free to approach me, I’d be more than happy to have a chat or answer any questions you may have. I have this year been elected as the Chair of the Curriculum & Assessment committees.

Teresa Cross

Head Teacher

Teresa is the Head Teacher of St White's. The Head Teacher is automatically a school Governor unless they wish to give up their position, however no-body can replace this position. Teresa has been at St White's since September 2013 initially as Deputy Head Teacher and she was promoted to Head Teacher in March 2014 following the resignation of the previous Head. She has overall responsibility for the operational running of the school and is a Deputy Safeguarding lead. She works closely with the Chair of Governors to ensure that the school is run to the best possible standards. Any strategic decisions with the running of the school are made by the Governors and Teresa has a strong input in these decisions.

Gemma Higgins

Parent Governor

Hi I am Gemma and I have been a Parent Governor since the summer 2014. My daughter attends St White's. I sit on the assessment and curriculum committees and have an extensive knowledge of SEN. I am the Governor responsible for SEN at school and work in the care industry.

Richard Jones

Parent Governor

Hello. My name is Richard Jones and I have recently been elected as a Parent Governor. I am the Chair of the Finance & Premises Committee. When our first son was in reception year I felt it was the right time for me to take an active interest in our local school. I now have 2 children at St Whites. I am a Chartered Surveyor and Director of a local Architecture firm and would hope to use some of my skills to assist the Governing Body in making sound, positive decisions. I feel I am very approachable and would be happy to discuss any queries you may have. I sit on the Finance & Premises and Personnel Committee.

Alan Meredith

Parent Governor

My name is Alan, I have two children that attend St Whites. I have been a Parent Governor since September 2013. I am currently on the finance and premises committee.

Debra Clough

Parent Governor

Gill Moir

Staff Governor

Hello. My name is Gill Moir and I have worked as the School Business Manager at St. White’s School since the start of January 2016. I was very pleased to be elected to represent the staff of the school and hope that I can use my experience of working at other schools, and of being a mother of four boys, to contribute to the school and the Governing Body. I am a Chartered Accountant who moved to the area from London about 14 years ago. As well as four boys, our family consists of two dogs, four goats and three sheep.

Jose Brazier

Co-Opted Governor

My name is Jose Brazier and I have been a Community Governor at St. White's since 1991. In my former job, I taught French at Ribston Hall High School for Girls, Gloucester, so when I was asked to help introduce French at St. White's, I was happy to help Mrs. Wright in the Infants and Mrs. Bowles in the Juniors. I am currently helping in Chestnut Class with Reading but hope to assist with French again in the Autumn. As a Governor, I am on the Curriculum & Standards Committee and find the work interesting and challenging.

David Penney

Co-Opted Governor

Now retired, I have spent my working life as a teacher, head teacher and school inspector both in this country and abroad. I have previously served as governor in three other schools, a junior school, a primary school and a secondary school, sometimes as Chair of Governors. Sport has formed a large part of my life. In my younger days I played cricket and hockey at County level and rugby at club level, although now I’d rather watch others doing so on TV! I am a member of the Finance & Premises and Personnel Committees.

Gareth Hughes

Local Authority Governor

I was appointed the Local Authority Governor for St White’s Primary School in January 2018. Local Authority Governors are nominated by the local authority, Gloucestershire County Council, but appointed by the governing body. My role is to support the school and contribute to the making of strategic decisions. I also sit on the Finance & Premises Committee. Aside from this role, I am a District Councillor on the Forest of Dean District Council representing the Blakeney and Awre ward. On the District Council I sit on the Strategic Overview and Scrutiny Committee. My day job is working in the Constituency Office of the Rt Hon Mark Harper MP, Member of Parliament for the Forest of Dean, as a caseworker.

Clare Tilling

Co-Opted Governor

My name is Clare Tilling and I have been a teacher at St White's School for nearly ten years. I have taught in all year groups but recently have taught in the upper juniors. I am the behaviour lead, the head of key stage two and now I am also the English coordinator. Recently, I have been appointed to the position of Assistant Headteacher and will, as part of this, become the school's Special Educational Needs Coordinator. In my spare time I love to spend time with my gorgeous family, take my smelly dog for walks and I read - a lot! I sit on the Curriculum & Standards Committee.

Kathryn Goddard

Co-opted Governor

Hello, I have recently been appointed as a Governor and sit on the Curriculum and Standards Committee. I have two teenage children, one of whom attended St Whites. I am a professional photographer and often visit the school to take photographs for the school and produce the year book. When I am not behind the camera, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading and baking.

Lynne Adams

Co-Opted Governor

Hello, I'm Lynne and I was appointed as a Governor in January 2018, sitting on the Curriculum and Standards Committee; I will be taking responsibility for Special Educational Needs Governor and will be working with Mrs Tilling to ensure the wellbeing of all children's needs are met. I am a History teacher at a secondary school in the Forest of Dean and absolutely love the challenges and successes that this presents. In my spare time, I can be found either taking part in a huge amount of sporting activities or reading!

Michelle Saddington

Clerk to Governors

Hello, I am Michelle Saddington and I was appointed as Clerk to the Governors in May 2014. My role is to deal with the paperwork for Governors meetings, agendas, minutes etc. and to advise the Governors on their duties and responsibilities. I previously worked as a Parish Council Clerk. I moved to the forest with my family twelve years ago and love the area. As well as being Clerk to the Governors, I also Clerk both of the Committees at St White's.

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