Meet the Governors

Matt Bishop

Chair of Governors

I have 2 children, both of who attended St White's and now attend a local secondary school. My main working background is in Law Enforcement and I currently work at a local secondary school. I have extensive experience within Children's Social Care, the Department for Education and Social Housing all as a consultant. I am a designated Local Leader of Governance supporting governors at other schools. I have worked with the Local Authority as a Governor Trainer / External Reviewer and have previously been appointed by the LA as an additional governor to support other local primary schools. I represent Primary School Governors at the Gloucestershire Schools Forum which deals primarily with the financial aspect of education locally, with an emphasis on higher needs and vulnerable children. I am a staff governor at a local secondary school and also have previous experience of being a trustee of a MAT. I am a work based union rep for a well known trade union. I have been a Governor at St White's since April 2013. 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 currently sit on all committees. Pupils, parents and staff may see me around the school from time to time. I am happy to talk to anybody interested in what Governors do or to anyone who would just like a general chat about the school!

Richard Jones

Vice-Chair of Governors

Hello. My name is Richard Jones and I have been a Parent Governor since 2014. 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. I now have 1 child at St White's and 1 who has 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.

Debra Clough

Co-opted Governor

I’m Debra and having been elected as a Parent Governor in January 2017, I became a co-opted governor in 2020. My daughter started at St White’s when our family moved to the area from London, and has now moved on to secondary school. I am part of the Finance & Premises Committee and also a Safeguarding Governor. I feel lucky to have the Forest on my doorstep and spend a great deal of time there walking my dog.

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.

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 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!

Hannah Tufnell

Co-opted Governor

Hello! I'm Hannah and I have recently joined as a Co-Opted Governor. I have two children, my daughter who attends St White's and my son who is 20 months old. I grew up in Cinderford and attended St White's school myself when I was younger, as did all of my family! I come from a financial sector background having worked in a bank for 11 years and have recently taken a break to look after my children. In my spare time I enjoy baking and spending time with my family.

Oliver Palmer

Parent Governor

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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

Stacie Adams

Co-opted Governor

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Jordan Legge

Parent Governor

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