Our Governors are a varied group of interested parents and members of the local community who are passionate about the school and how it works best to benefit our children. They are all volunteers.

The three key roles of the Governing Body are

  • To provide a strategic view
  • To act as a critical friend
  • To ensure accountability

The governing body meets in full three times a year. Each governor sits on either the Standards Committee (with a focus on teaching & learning, behaviour and welfare) or Resources Committee (with a focus on finance, buildings, safety and physical resources). These committees meet six times a year.  Governors are available to speak with at Parents’ Evenings and the Parent Forums; we are always keen to listen to your views. If you would like to contact any member of the Governing Body, please inform reception who can put you in touch. 

Jan 2022: Parent Governor Elected

I am pleased to inform you of the result of our parent governor election. Many congratulations to Lisa Knowles who has been successfully re-elected. We would like to thank those who put their names forward and we are sorry that there were insufficient places for all those interested at this time. If you would like to be considered in another capacity as one of our school governors at a later date, please either contact the chair of governors or let the office know. There may also be vacancies in other schools in the area.

Types of Governor

Governors will usually be recruited with a consideration of the skills they can offer to compliment the Governing Body team and contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. 

Co-opted Governors

These volunteers don’t have to have a connection to the school, religion, or the local authority. They are sometimes known as community governors as they are someone who lives in and has a vested interest in the community around the school. 


Foundation governors are appointed to the governing boards of voluntary controlled and voluntary aided schools to preserve the religious character of the school. There are foundation governors in every Church of England school, of which Nailsworth is one. 

Parent governors

Governing boards usually have between 2-4 parent governors, who represent the parent community. They are elected by parents and carers of children at the school. Parents and carers can nominate a potential candidate (this could be themselves). Details of the nominee are then shared with the school parents and carers and an election takes place where parents and carers can vote. If a school can’t recruit a parent governor, a proxy parent governor can join the board. A proxy parent governor is simply someone who has children of school age. 

Staff governor

Usually one or two members of school staff are elected by the staff to sit on the board as their representatives. The head teacher is automatically a member of the governing body.


A board may appoint associate members. When a school has no governor vacancies but is in need of someone with specific skills, this may be a helpful option. Similarly, if a governor is retiring, a governing board may decide to recruit an associate to bridge the gap. Associate members have no voting rights on the full governing board, but may vote on any committees to which they have been appointed.

Local authority governors

These governors are nominated by the local authority but appointed by the governing board. Usually the requirement is for someone who lives or works within the local authority.

If you are interested in standing as a governor at Nailsworth CE Primary School in the future, please contact the school office for more information and to register your interest: telephone 01453 832382 

Current Governing Body:

Mrs. Gill Saville (Co-opted Governor, Chair of Governors)
Mr. Peter Holmes (LA Governor, Chair of Resources Committee, Yr 1 Class Link Governor)
Ms. Elizabeth Anne Geller (Head Governor, Headteacher, all committees)
Mrs. Clare Tyler-Sell (Staff Governor, Deputy Headteacher, Standards Committee)
Mr. Peter Strachan (Foundation Governor, Standards Committee, Yr 5 Class Link Governor)
Rev. Caroline Bland (Foundation Governor, Standards Committee, Yr 3 Class Link Governor)
Mrs. Lisa Knowles (Parent Governor, Standards Committee, Yr 6 Class Link Governor)
Mr. Mike Wooldridge (Parent Governor, Resources Committee, EYFS Class Link Governor)
Dr. Jenna Jamal (Parent Governor, Chair of Standards Committee, Yr 2 Class Link Governor)
Mr. Adam Kirton (Co-opted Governor, Resources Committee, Yr 4 Class Link Governor)
Mrs. Lesley-Anne Kirby (Clerk to the Governors)
Mr. Stewart King (Associate Governor, Resources Committee, Yr 1 Class Link Governor)
Mr. Dane Vince (Associate Governor, Resources Committee)

Previous Governors (in past 12 months):

Mrs. Sue Reed (Associate Governor, Resources Committee)


Gill Saville Gill Saville. I am a Co-opted Governor and joined the Governors in March 2014. I am the Chair of Governors and Chair of the Standards Committee. I was previously a Governor of a Primary school in the Midlands. My working career was mostly in Further Education and I was Deputy Principal of a college in Worksop when I retired. I moved to Nailsworth with my husband in January 2014 and love the area. I am on the organising committee of the Nailsworth Festival and also serve on the Gloucestershire County Council Education Appeals panel.
Peter Holmes Peter Holmes. I was appointed as a Local Authority governor in February 2012 and I am the Chair of the Resources Committee. I work for Gloucestershire County Council leading a range of educational services and live nearby in Minchinhampton. I have extensive experience of being a school governor in a range of settings. Having once been a primary school teacher, I am committed to ensuring children receive the best start they can in their educational journey. Much of my time is now spent helping young people gain the skills they need to prepare for adult working life and get jobs which helps round off the view of that journey.
Liz Geller Liz Geller. I joined the governing body in September 2015 as a staff Governor, and became Head teacher at Nailsworth school in March 2020.  I am responsible for working with other governors in ensuring that the school follows the National and School Curriculum; that academic and behaviour standards are met and improved; that target setting, mentoring, monitoring and evaluation takes place; that policies delegated to the Committee by the Governing Body are developed and reviewed and that the special educational needs of children are met.

Clare Tyler-Sell. I was appointed as a staff governor and Deputy Head in April 2020. Previously, I was a parent governor for four years at Amberley Primary School.  I am dedicated to the education and welfare of the pupils at Nailsworth and support governors to ensure that we maintain high teaching and learning standards for all children. As a keen artist and musician, I believe that children are best placed to achieve their academic potential within an inspirational and creative environment.

Peter Strachan Peter Strachan. I am a Foundation Governor and I sit on the Standards Committee. I joined the school just after Vince was appointed and have enjoyed watching the school going from strength to strength in that time. I was a photographer in London before we moved down to Nailsworth and worked in advertising and publishing but, like Mike Smith, don’t overly miss it. I have a wife, Juliet and two grown children, James and Megan. James is in his final PhD year and Megan is trying to establish herself in the performing arts world. Both are very much at the other end of the educational spectrum, but I have seen how important a good Primary school start is.
Rev C. Bland Rev. Caroline Bland. I am Ex-officio Governor and sit on the standards Committee.  I have been Vicar of the Nailsworth Benefice since the end of January 2019.  Prior to being a priest, with a passion for good education for every child, I worked in education, initially supporting children with special educational needs and then as a primary school teacher.  As vicar, it is a privilege to have an active role in supporting the Christian ethos of the school and developing school and church links.
Dane Vince Dane Vince. I have lived in Stroud and the Nailsworth area on and off, for almost 20 years, working in a variety of roles and industries, and sit on the Resources Committee. I currently work at Forest Green Rovers FC and over the years I have enjoyed working closely with Nailsworth Primary School to the benefit of the school and the community as a whole. I thought the opportunity to join the governing body was a fab chance to use my wide range of experience, to help Nailsworth Primary School to continue to be one of the best (if not the best! 🙂)  schools in the region.

Lisa Knowles

Lisa KnowlesI am a Parent Governor and my son, Jacob attends Nailsworth Primary School. I was appointed as a Parent Governor in November 2016 and re-elected in Jan 2022. I sit on the Standards Committee where I have responsibility for SEND, Pupil Premium and Children in Care. The achievement and educational progress of every child in the school is very important to me, both personally (as a parent) and professionally.  I’ve worked in the charity sector for over 15 years and in organisations that focus specifically on children and education for the last 10 years.  I’m also a member of the PTFA, so life is very school focused! I moved to the Cotswolds from London seven years ago, following in the footsteps of both my brother and his family, and my parents. 
Mike Wooldridge. I’ve lived in the area all of my life. I went to primary school in Nympsfield and then secondary school at Marling and I moved to Nailsworth with my wife in 1999. I’ve got two girls at Nailsworth school; Holly and Lauren and they both love it there. We are very happy with the education they’ve currently received but I want to help for the next couple of years with the transition. I studied engineering at university and I’ve been the design engineer at Renishaw for the past 20 years working on product development and now I’m a technical manager for a design team running a group of 10 people.
Jenna Jamal Jenna Jamal. I was appointed parent governor in July 2019 and I chair the Standards committee and also have responsibility for school policies. My children Frances and Clement have been attending Nailsworth Primary School since we moved here from London in early 2019. I’m passionate about the culture and ethos of the school and hope to help the school continue to thrive as a parent governor. I am also an active member of the PTFA and I’m often serving at Treat Friday! The majority of my career has been in the civil service, as well as more recently in the tech industry, where I have experience in transformation programmes, performance improvement and financial planning.
Stewart King Stewart King. I am an associate governor, joining the Governing Body in October 2019.  I sit on the Resources Committee. I qualified as an accountant in 1983 and spent a career managing public services, including Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. I have had a longstanding involvement in school funding at both local and national level.  I retired in April 2019. I have three grown up children and moved to Nailsworth in 2018.  I love the outdoors and am a keen supporter of Forest Green Rovers.

Adam Kirton. We moved to Nailsworth from Cheltenham in 2020, and since then we’ve been working to refurbish our family home and also set up my partner’s dog grooming business – Shampoodles.  For the past ten years I have worked in a range of senior human resources roles in the public sector, and currently work for Oxford University Hospitals as the Assistant Director of Workforce.  I hope to bring my experience of staffing, development, and governance to the school.  I was appointed as a co-opted governor in April 2022, and I sit on the Resources Committee.  

Governor Attendance Log 2021-22

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Full Governing Body Details – June 2022

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