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Meet the Governors

Bill Acland

Chair of Governors

Hello, I have recently been appointed as the Local Authority Governor and look forward to working with the governing body representing local and county business. Even though I am retired, I am one of the local councillors for Ruspidge & Soudley which keeps me busy, plus I also sit on the Village Hall committee as liaison for the council. Both of my children attended St. Whites, I really value the impact it had on their early years. For myself, I look forward to being a part of the school's governing body and helping in any way I can.

Richard Jones

Vice Chair and Chair of Finance & Premises Committee

Hello. My name is Richard Jones and I first joined as a Parent Governor in 2014. I am now a co-opted Governor, I am the Vice-Chair of Governors and also 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. Both of my children have now transitioned from St White's to a local secondary school. 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.

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 twenty 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, and I work in the school office as Administration Assistant and Attendance Officer

Clare Tilling


Hello! My name is Clare Tilling and I have been at St White's School for over twelve years. I have taught in all year groups but most recently in the lower juniors. I run both the choir and the Debating Society in school. I have been the Behaviour Lead, the head of key stage two and the English Coordinator. I have also held the position of Assistant Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and now I am delighted and proud to be your Headteacher.
I live fairly locally with my lovely husband. My two gorgeous sons have grown up and left home but I am very fortunate that they both live nearby with their wonderful partners, so I still get to see a lot of them. I enjoy cooking feasts for them when they all come home and in my spare time I knit, and I read – a lot! I sit on both Finance and Curriculum Committees.

Donna Sheen

Staff Governor

Hello, I was appointed stafff Governor in January 2023. I have worked at St White's since April 2022, originally as an administrator and most recently I have been appointed as the School Business Manager. Most of my career has been in administration and finance. I served in the Royal Navy from the age of 16 as a specialist in communications.
I have 2 teenage daughters who keep me very busy outside of work. I also enjoy exercising in my spare time and participating in races and events. I have completed 2 full distance ironman triathlons and many other shorter distances.
I am very proud to work at St White's; as part of the governing board I aim to assist in ensuring we provide the best possible education for our pupils.

Kathryn Goddard

Chair of Curriculum & Standards Committee

Hello, I have been a Governor since 2018 and I am Chair of the Curriculum and Standards Committee and Pupil Premium Governor. I have two grown-up 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 both the Curriculum & Standards and Personnel 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!

Stacie Adams

Co-opted Governor

Hello, I'm Stacie and I was appointed as a co-opted governor at St White’s Primary school in July 2022.
I have 2 children, both of whom currently attend St White’s.
I have an interest in the success of the school and in the development of the children who attend it.
I have worked in education for 18 years, mainly in mixed age group classes as a Teaching Assistant. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, going out to parks and going for bike rides.
I am keen to attend the school whenever possible, to appreciate and experience the children’s learning journeys and celebrate their achievements with them. I am the wellbeing governor and support the school with the wellbeing of pupils and staff.

Tony Griffiths


Hello there! Having worked in education for over 45 years, I am delighted to have become a co-opted governor here at wonderful St White's Primary School.
I have taught throughout the primary school age range in North Wales, Barcelona and Aylesbury before becoming Deputy Head at Highnam in 1988 and Head Teacher at Goodrich CE Primary in 1992. I left headship to be come a student teacher link tutor at the University of Gloucestershire in 2013.
It is in this latter capacity that I have worked closely with St White's over the past 10 years as the school has a well-established reputation of nurturing trainee teachers with, for example, many of our current staff having been former students of mine.
During my career, I have had the experience of sitting on 5 governing bodies and experienced 5 full Ofsted inspections, including one where Goodrich was judged to be Outstanding.
I very much look forward to becoming further immersed in the life of St White's and to meeting you soon.

Oliver Palmer

Parent Governor

Hello there! I'm Oli, I am an Agile Coach working where I work largely with software development teams and organisations, and coach them to maximise the value that they are delivering to their customers with a focus on iterative delivery.

I was appointed as a Governor for St White's Primary School in 2022 and have a daughter that attends the school. The enthusiasm and passion that she has for school and her schoolwork can only be testament to the amazing work that the staff here at St White's do. The school as a whole cares about the education of our children here and I am here to help them as a governor.

Fran Palmer


“Hello ! I was appointed a Governor in May 2023. I have two grown up children and a granddaughter who attends St White's.
I now work in Local Government. My previous 19 years employment was in Special Needs Education from Nursery through all Key Stages and finally supporting young adults aged up to 24.
I have worked overseas for SSAFA, as a volunteer, whilst my husband served in the RAF so understand the stresses and strains of military life on families.
I am also a freelance artist and ceramicist and run my own business. I believe that creativity and freedom of expression is essential for development regardless of age or ability not to mention the well-being benefits.
My hobbies include hill and mountain walking, gardening and spending as much time as possible with family.”

James Smith


Hello, I was appointed to the position of parent Governor in early 2023.

My day-to-day career is as a director of a local property maintenance company which specialises in adaptations to properties assisting young adults to live independently.

I have three children; we all enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle including cycling, swimming and walking the family dog. My youngest attends St. White’s and having participated in a number of parent-child events at the school, I have seen first-hand the value of these additional activities and I’m looking forward to being involved in the development of the school’s future.


Parent Governor

Hello. I have been a parent governor since late 2023 having helped out with a few school events and deciding that I wanted to get involved in a more regular way.
At work I am a chartered systems engineer, working on large scale transformations in a range of industries.
Outside of work I am a keen mountaineer and occasional climber, kayaker and other outdoor sports enthusiast."