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. We currently have a full governing body, with no vacancies. 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.

Current Governing Body:

Mrs. Gill Saville (Co-opted Governor, Chair of Governors)
Mr. Peter Holmes (LA Governor, Chair of Resources Committee, EYFS 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 4 Class Link Governor)
Rev. Caroline Bland (Foundation Governor, Standards Committee, Yr 2 Class Link Governor)
Mr. Dane Vince (Co-opted Governor, Resources Committee, Yr 3 Class Link Governor)
Mrs. Lisa Knowles (Associate Governor, Standards Committee, Yr 5 Class Link Governor)
Mr. Mike Wooldridge (Parent Governor, Resources Committee, Yr 6 Class Link Governor)
Dr. Jenna Jamal (Parent Governor, Chair of Standards Committee, Yr 1 Class Link Governor)
Mrs. Lesley-Anne Kirby (Clerk to the Governors)
Mr. Stewart King (Associate Governor, Resources Committee, EYFS Class Link Governor)
Mrs. Sue Reed (Associate Governor, Resources Committee)

Previous Governors (in past 12 months):

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 an Associate Governor and my son, Jacob attends Nailsworth Primary School. I was appointed as a Parent Governor in November 2016 and 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.

Sue Reed. I am an associate governor, joining the Governing Body in November 2019. I sit on the Resources Committee. I have lived in Nailsworth for 31 years and I am currently Chair of the Environment Committee at Nailsworth Town Council and I am also a Stroud District Councillor, representing Nailsworth and Horsley. I am involved with the school community garden which started in 2016 and has slowly grown through the energy and green fingers of children, families, residents, Nailsworth Rotary and Nailsworth in Bloom. I am delighted that we have grown two seasons of vegetables – some of them have been used in school meals. A bee hotel created by Year Two encourages insect diversity. 

Governor Attendance Log 2020-21

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Full Governing Body Details – April 2021

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