Governors’ Profiles

Our Governing Body

  • Mrs Patricia Carrington, LA Governor – Co-Chair
  • Mrs Alison Cooke, Headteacher
  • Mrs Linda Dibley – Co-opted Governor
  • Mrs Emily Farnsworth, Parent Governor
  • Mrs Lucy Holder, Parent Governor
  • Mr Adrian Jordan, Parent Governor
  • Mrs Sarah Kiddle, Parent Governor – Vice Chair
  • Mr Adrian Peatman, Co-opted Governor
  • Ms Rhi Randall, Staff Governor
  • Mr Steve Williamson, Co-opted Governor – Co-Chair

Dr Helen Tilly sits on the Finance and Premises Committee as an Associate Member (for 1 year, from April 2018)

Mrs Nikki Elliott, clerk

You can contact the chair directly via or via Mrs Elliott in the school office



Governors’ Profiles

  • Patricia Carrington

    Co-Chair of Governors
      Governor type: LA A bit about me: I’ve been resident in the village for 25 years and I was actively involved in Slimbridge school life when my son attended there.  My background was in Management and I am now a Director of a family owned Health & Safety Consultancy.  I am actively 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.
    • Linda Dibley

        Governor Type: Co-opted Governor A bit about me:  When we moved to Slimbridge in 2006 we decided to get involved in village life and soon found ourselves joining in various activities and events. Through these we have met lots of people and made good friends. In my 27 years as a Civil Servant I have had various roles and responsibilities. Latterly I have been responsible for governance and risk management. I am willing to share the knowledge,  skills and experience I have gained  with the governing body of Slimbridge School  and hope to be able to contribute to helping the School achieve its goals Why I am a Governor: I am committed to public service in my professional life and through my voluntary work. Over the time we have been in Slimbridge, the village has given us lots. When I was asked to consider being a School Governor I thought it was an opportunity b to give something back!
      • Emily Farnsworth

          Governor type: Parent Governor A bit about me My background is in primary teaching. I was a class teacher for over 10 years before specialising as a Reading Recovery teacher in Bristol for five years. I am currently on a break from teaching while I enjoy being a full-time mum. Why I am a governor My eldest daughter started in Reception this year. Slimbridge school is going to be a big part of our family life for the next 10 years, so I feel it is important for me to be able to support the school in any way I can. I have been a teacher governor during my career and found it to be a very interesting and rewarding experience.
        • Lucy Holder

            Governor type: Parent Governor A bit about me: My background is in primary teaching. I qualified as a Primary school teacher in 2007, so I have been teaching for nearly ten years.  I have taught in many of the local schools in Cam and Dursley.  I left my position as a class teacher in December 2015 and went on to fulfil a role as an Intervention part-time art time.  This has enabled me to spend some much-needed time with my two daughters.  I am returning to work in September this year as a part-time supply teacher. Why I am a governor: My eldest daughter is currently in class 2 and my youngest will be joining the school in September 2018.  I was interested in becoming a governor as I know how important it is for parents to be actively involved and support schools in every way they can.  I also appreciate just how much hard work is involved as a class teacher, so I hope as a parent and a teacher I have a good perspective and background, to help and support the school in any way I can.
          • Adrian Jordan

              Governor Type: Parent Governor A bit about me: I work as a Senior Manager at the Ministry of Defence where I’ve worked since 1994.  I’m a qualified Business Analyst, Project Manager and Solution Designer/Architect with over 20 years’ experience working on major Business Change Programmes across Defence. Why I am a Governor: With my little boy started reception this year, Slimbridge School is going to be a major part of my family’s life for the next 7 years, and I want to give it my full support and experience to ensure that the school is able to  meet current and future challenges, and continues to be a safe and inclusive environment that’s full of new experiences and learning opportunities for children and staff to realise their full potential.
            • Sarah Kiddle

              Vice Chair
                Governor Type: Parent Governor 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. My areas of responsibility Finance & Premises Committee Teaching & Learning Committee Member of the Pay Panel
              • Adrian Peatman

                  Governor type: Co-opted 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’m 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.
                • Rhi Randall

                    Governor type: Staff Governor A bit about me: I have been a teacher here at Slimbridge for 2 years and currently teach children in Years 5 and 6. I have 12 years teaching experience in both state and private education as well as teaching overseas in both Shanghai and Cairo. Why I’m a Governor: I enjoy being a Governor and sharing staff views, ideas and good practice to help ensure that our school continues to grow and be the best it can be.  
                  • Steve Williamson

                    Co-Chair of Governors
                      Governor type: Co-opted A bit about me: I have lived in the village for ten years. I studied Engineering at university and have subsequently worked in the engineering, manufacturing and telecommunication industries. More recently I moved into publishing, working as a freelance editor, typesetter and proofreader, which means I get to read lots of interesting books!   Why I’m a Governor: Before becoming a governor, I was unaware how important it is for a school to have keen group of governors to help support the headteacher and staff. I have really enjoyed learning how the school works and how hard all the staff work to develop all the children under their care. I’m proud to be a governor at Slimbridge and do what I can to help the school achieve its goals.