Governors’ Profiles

Our Governing Body

  • Mrs Patricia Carrington, LA Governor – Co-Chair
  • Mrs Alison Cooke, Headteacher
  • Mrs Sarah Kiddle, Parent Governor – Co-Chair 
  • Mr Adrian Peatman, Co-opted Governor – Vice Chair
  • Mrs Lindsey Evans, Co-opted Governor 
  • Ms Julie Nutland, Parent Governor
  • Mr Chris Ford – Teacher Governor
  • Vacancy – Parent Governor 
  • Vacancy – Parent Governor

Mrs Nikki Elliott, Clerk to the Governing Body

You can contact the chair directly via chair@slimbridge.gloucs.sch.uk or via Mrs Elliott in the school office

 


 

Governors’ Profiles

  • Patricia Carrington

    Co-Chair of Governors

      Governor type:

      LA. Term commenced 27.11.18

       

      A bit about me 

        I’ve been resident in the village for 31 years and I was actively involved in Slimbridge school life when my son attended there. I am now retired but my background was in Management and latterly was a Director of a Health & Safety Consultancy. I am involved in the village church and the District Scout movement.

       

      Why I’m a Governor:

        I believe we have a responsibility to ensure all young people have access to the best possible start in life through good education and social activities where each child is encouraged to fulfil their potential. I want to see the school continue to develop within its ethos of a caring community where every child matters and is valued for their individuality. I have specific responsibility for Safeguarding and Health & Safety.

    • Sarah Kiddle

      Co-Chair of Governors

        Governor Type:

        Parent Governor. Term commenced 29.10.2020.

         

        A bit about me

        My background is in the retail banking/finance industry, as a PA to a member of the executive team for a large bank. I have one child who is currently in Year 2 and when I’m not working I, like most parents, run a free taxi service for my daughter and spend most of my time acting as her PA but we do like spending time as a family, with our friends, walking our dogs and I, on occasion go out running.

         

        Why I am a Governor

        I wanted to become a governor because I recognised the importance that education and the environment in which that education takes place has on the successful development of children. I am finding being a governor is a very rewarding experience and being part of a group of people who are passionate about giving the children at the school an excellent education.

      • Adrian Peatman

        Vice Chair of Governors

          Governor Type:

          Co-opted. Term commenced 11.05.2019

           

          A bit about me:

          Although I am retired now, I worked for many years as a School Business Manager in the local area. I have an interest in canals and, until Nov 2014, was a Council member of the Cotswold Canals Trust. 

           

          Why I am a Governor:

          On retirement, I was keen to use my skills and experience for the benefit of a local school. Slimbridge had a vacancy at the time and welcomed me to its Governing Body. I have specific responsibility for Finance. 

        • Lindsay Evans

            Governor Type:

            Co-opted. Term commenced 04.06.2018.

             

            A bit about me:

            My background is in education and I began my career as a primary classroom teacher in London before moving to Gloucestershire, where I continued to teach in a range of schools across the county for more than 25 years. For the last 10 years I have been a senior lecturer in education at the University of Gloucestershire, training the teachers of tomorrow. I have 2 children who both attended schools in Gloucestershire but had flown the nest before I moved to Slimbridge with my husband four years ago. We really love living in Slimbridge and enjoy being involved in village life. 

             

            Why I am a Governor:

            I was delighted to be asked to be a governor of Slimbridge Primary school. From my past experiences in schools, I am very appreciative of the role that governors play in supporting a school and am glad of the opportunity to play my part. My children were privileged to have a great start in life through their education in state schools in Gloucestershire and I hope to be able to support Slimbridge School to enable the children to flourish and develop a lifelong love of learning. 

          • Julie Nutland

              Governor Type:

              Parent Governor. Term commenced 17.09.2019. 

               

              A bit about me:

              My daughter started Slimbridge School in September 2017, I wanted to become involved with the school so I joined the Friends of Slimbridge School where I began helping out and organising fundraising events. My son started at the school in September 2020 and as the school is such a large part of our lives, I took the opportunity to take an active role in supporting the school and became a parent governor. I wanted to assist the school in ensuring our children have the best education in a setting where they feel happy safe and secure.

               

              Why I am a Governor:

              I have been a member of the Police force for the last 15 years; during this time I have built up safeguarding experience as well as dealing with the public in often challenging circumstances. I feel this experience will further enforce my suitability and commitment to being a parent Governor.

            • Derek Knight

                Governor Type:

                Co-opted Governor. Term commenced 20.10.2020.

                 

                A bit about me:

                I am a chartered engineer working in a regulated industry; this involves me in a governance role both from a competence and from a process perspective. I engage with many different nationalities and have years of management experience from leading teams both small and large, to delivering complex projects. I have been involved on large bids with the government which has given me a good understanding of engaging in government policies and funding streams. 

                 

                Why I am a Governor:

                I volunteered to become a parent governor as my family are at the beginning of a decade long affiliation with Slimbridge School and I am extremely drawn to being involved in this journey. I believe learning is a life-long endeavour and that people realise their potential through a school's nurturing and educational influence. 

              • Simon Flint

                  Governor Type:

                  Co-opted Governor. Term commenced 20.10.2020.

                   

                  A bit about me:

                  I have three young children, the oldest of which is currently on his educational journey at Slimbridge Primary School. My career is within the information technology industry working in highly regulated sectors, so I understand the challenges of organisational compliance and governance. I have an active personal interest in education and helped to form an NGO which trained new teachers. I’ve also volunteered at a school for children with additional needs. 

                   

                  Why I am a Governor:

                  I volunteered at a Slimbridge Primary School fundraising event which encouraged me to find other ways in which I could contribute to the school, resulting in my election to the vacant governor position. My motivation is to bring my expertise in technology, compliance and oversight to the governing board to complement the strong team that’s already in place.

                • Chris Ford

                    Governor type: Staff Governor. Term commenced 01.09.2018.