Who are Governors and what do they do?

Governors are volunteers who work in partnership with schools to ensure that children receive the best education possible. Every state school in the UK has a Governing Body to provide strategic management and to act as a "critical friend” to the school, supporting the work of the Headteacher and other staff.  Together with the Headteacher they set the future direction of the school and decide how the school’s budget should be spent.  Governing bodies make decisions collectively on matters such as school policies and the school’s development plan.

Governors do not run the school; the Headteacher and the leadership team are responsible for day-to-day management of the school.

Governors are usually appointed or elected for a period of four years.   If you are interested in becoming a Governor in the future, please contact Julia Whybrow, Clerk to the Governors at the school

Our current Governing Body is as follows:

Mr S Hawkins (Chair) - Parternship Governor Ste

I am the Chair of the Governing Body.  I started working life as a Student Dowty Apprentice who subsequently went to work for: Dowty Hydraulics, Mining, Rotol and Propellers where I became Managing Director. I then continued to work for TI and Smiths Aerospace Landing Gear Actuation in similar roles.

Whilst most of my career has been spent in Senior Aerospace Management positions, I have had more general Engineering positions working for John Brown Group and B.P. My position before retiring September 2012 was Site Manager for Moog Controls at Tewkesbury, with Operational responsibilities in the US and Philippines. In 2011 I was asked to join the Board of the Gloucestershire L.E.P. and set up the Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing Sector Group. I am the Business Manager Trustee for the Peter Lang Trust, a Gloucestershire based charity.

Until recently I have raced and prepared my own Formula Ford race car. I have now unsuccessfully focused my attention to golf and cruising on the River Avon. I am married to Anne and have lived in Cheltenham for the last forty years with my two daughters.

I  currently serve on the following committees:  Finance and Premises; Personnel and Student/Staff Welfare; Chair of Full Governing Board meetings.


Ian ColemanMr I Coleman, Vice Chair of Governors - Parternship Governor 

I am a Partnership Governor and Chair the Finance and Premises Committee. My working life has been spent in the flour milling industry and following several appointments around the UK moved to Tewkesbury in 1992 to take a position with Healings Flour Mill.

I became involved with the School soon after my arrival as I felt that local industry needed to have links with the provider of secondary education to see how we could help particularly in the area of business studies.

I have a step daughter who attended the School and my son is currently in Year 10.  I am keen to support the School where I can so young people are able to achieve their objectives.

I  currently serve on the following committees: Finance and Premises (Chair); Vice Chair of Full Governing Board.


Ben Jordan smallMr B Jordan - Parternship Governor 

I am a partnership Governor.  I joined UCAS in June 2010. During my time at UCAS I have worked as part of the Research team and as part of the Qualifications Information Review project team before moving to the Policy team. Prior to joining UCAS, I studied Law at Cardiff University.

My interests and specialisms include; student number controls in England, the varying funding arrangements in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, outward mobility, qualifications and the UCAS Tariff.

I  currently serve on the following committees:  Curriculum and Standards


Nigel Cottell

Mr N Cottell – Partnership Governor 

I am a Charted Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.  I have spent my working career based mainly in Gloucestershire, initially with the Dowty Group, where I completed a student apprenticeship, and then more recently with Moog Controls Limited at Tewkesbury.  I moved to Moog in 1990 and have held a number a senior management positions including an overseas posting as Director and General Manager of Moog Luxembourg.  I am currently the Site Director for Moog Controls Limited and the European Director of Quality for Moog Aircraft Group.

I believe that strong links between school and business provide a very valuable dimension to any student’s learning experience. To that end I have been instrumental in setting up and running the Moog Academy with Tewkesbury School, with the primary objective that students have a more in depth appreciation of how a manufacturing company operates.  I hope I can support the school as it develops and build links with local businesses that will help inform students on career choices and further education.

I am married to Rachel (a primary school teacher), I have 4 children and live just south of Cheltenham.   

I  currently serve on the following committees: Finance and Premises


Paul AveryMr P Avery - Parent Governor

I work as part of an Operation Management team in the Transactional printing industry.  My role is varied including, supporting the sales team, completing operational due diligence, and managing various operational projects.  I also run the technical training team which ensures the facilities’ staff is trained to a high standard.

My job leads me to travel throughout the UK and Europe but my base is in Tewkesbury.  Although I live in Gloucester, we chose Tewkesbury School due to the sheer passion of the staff and the friendly atmosphere which encourages our daughters to develop as individuals and aims to give them a well-rounded education, combining good academic performance with achievement in their individually-discovered talents.

My two daughters attended Tewkesbury School and I wanted to support the school so I became a Parent Governor in 2009. The role has been challenging due to major changes to the education system, including the constant pressure on our budgets and the change to Academy status; it has also been very rewarding and I hope I have had a positive impact on the school.

I  currently serve on the following committees: Curriculum and Standards (Chair).


Thomas, Jonathan smallMr J Thomas - Parent Governor

Over the last three years I have had the privilege of being a parent governor at the school. This last year I have undertaken the task of chairing the staffing and student welfare committee. We live in Gloucester but we were attracted to Tewkesbury School due to its performance and ethical approach of bringing the most out of all the children it serves. We have two children who attend the school.

My professional background is as a Nurse. I have worked in the NHS for over 25 years in a number of positions, including both clinical and managerial. I currently work for the 2gether NHS foundation trust as a community service manager, specialising in the care of people with mental health needs and Learning Disabilities. 

I see my role as a governor as one that supports  teaching staff to provide the best possible learning environment for the pupils.

I  currently serve on the following committees: Personnel and Student/Staff Welfare (Chair)


Kettell, Stephanie smallMrs S Kettell - Parent Governor

I have lived in Tewkesbury for 17 years and have two daughters. My elder daughter is now at university, having studied at Tewkesbury School until her GCSEs. My younger daughter is in Year 13 and hoping to progress to university next year. Both of my daughters have thrived during their time at the school and I have been very pleased with their results and impressed with the dedication of their teachers.

In my professional life, I have been a property lawyer for over 20 years, specialising in residential conveyancing.

I am a parent Governor serving on the Curriculum and Standards Committee. I am keen to be involved in assisting the teaching staff to provide the best possible education for all pupils at Tewkesbury School.

I  currently serve on the following committees: Curriculum and Standards 


Castle, Fiona smallMrs F Castle - Parent Governor

I am a pharmacist, currently working as the Chief Officer for two Local Pharmaceutical Committees (organisations that represent Community Pharmacies in respect of NHS activities). I have been living in Northway since starting a family 14 years ago. I have recently become a member of the Parish Council. I relax by taking long walks with our beagle or sitting reading with a cat on my knee. I am a parent Governor.

I  currently serve on the following committees:  Curriculum and Standards 


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Mrs D Hannam - Parent Governor

I have lived in Tewkesbury for over 10 years and I am a busy full-time parent to four boys.   I have just completed my first year of a Birth and Beyond Degree at Worcester University where I trained to become an Antenatal Practitioner.   


Since my eldest son has been at Tewkesbury School I have been impressed by both the standard of work expected from students and the excellent communication between the school and parents.   As my children move through the school I would like to offer my time and full support to the role of Parent Governor.



I  currently serve on the following committees: Personnel and Student/Staff Welfare


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Mr D Chamberlain -  Parent Governor

I have lived in Tewkesbury for 20 years and have two children, both of them have attended Tewkesbury School. My eldest having spent 7 years before going on to University, my youngest now studying for his GCSEs before carrying on to do A levels in the Sixth Form.  Tewkesbury School has helped them both achieve so much and I’m sure will carry on doing so.   This was my drive to want to help the school in some way, which led me to becoming a Parent Governor.  In this role, I serve on the Finance and Premises committee and try where I can to support the school in any way needed.

My wife and I own a local business based on Tewkesbury High Street and I am also a member of The Tewkesbury Rotary Club.

I currently serve on the following committees: Finance and Premises


Heather Wheelock

Mrs H Wheelock - Parent Governor

I am a mother, step-mother and full time social worker. I have worked on the frontline in children’s safeguarding for 6 years over a number of authorities including Gloucestershire. Prior to this I worked in the care industry with adults specifying in learning disabled and elderly.

I currently work for Worcestershire Children’s Services as a level 3 locum social worker.  I have a keen interest in the wellbeing of children and young people particularly those in the ‘looked after’ system. I have experience of working with children missing education, NEET and children with extensive social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. I hope to contribute to the development of inclusion strategies to ensure the academy can offer the best educational service to all students but especially disadvantaged and challenging young people.

I was born and raised in Warrington, Cheshire. I have 2 children of my own and 4 step-daughters. I live with my husband and 4 of our children in Tewkesbury.

I  currently serve on the following committees: Personnel and Student/Staff Welfare, Curriculum and Standards.


SueMrs S Maizonnier - Community Governor

I’ve lived in Tewkesbury since 1982 and have two sons who have both progressed to university from Tewkesbury School. I live in the school community and have a keen interest in the success of Tewkesbury School, so  I am delighted to be invited to serve the school and community as a Community Governor.

My background is in the Financial Services sector, with experience in People and Project Management, General Insurance Underwriting, Marketing and Strategy.   As well as a business contribution, I’m keen to support the school in seeking opportunities to develop our students and at the same time support the  community.

I’m very much an outdoors person and in my spare time I enjoy leading guided walks for a holiday company.  When I’m not doing this  I  can be found taking an energetic walk to enjoy our countryside and coastlines, or supporting the school’s Duke of Edinburgh award programme. 

I  currently serve on the following committees: Curriculum and Standards (Vice Chair); Personnel and Student/Staff Welfare 

Clive Ainsworth

Mr C Ainsworth - Community Governor 

I joined the Governing body in 2007 and acted as Chair from 2010 to 2011. I currently act as a link Governor to the English, DT and Vocational faculties.

I am a Chartered Electronic Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering Technology and a registered European Engineer. I worked with Hewlett Packard in South Africa and Hong Kong and finally as Finance and Admin Director of the UK sales company.

Although largely retired I am still a non-exec director of a high tech computer networking company and spend much of my time supporting Youth Charities in the County which focus on the development of young people. I am a very practical person and reckon that if something is broken I can probably fix it.  The range covers precision electronic measuring equipment to old cars.

I  currently serve on the following committees:  Vice Chair of Finance and Premises; Curriculum and Standards.


Hill, Gareth smallMr G Hill - Community Governor 

As a Community Governor I hope I'll be able to strengthen the links between the School and the Rotary Club of Tewkesbury which has a wide range of opportunities for young people to develop their skills and grow their confidence as contributors to their local community.  My professional background is in public service and I hope some of the skills I've acquired there will be of benefit to the School.

Both of my daughters attended Tewkesbury School, including the Sixth Form, and I was previously a governor here between 2000 and 2007.


I  currently serve on the following committees: Vice Chair of Personnel and Student/Staff Welfare


Leon Vitti

Mr L Vitti - Community Governor

I am the Dealer Principal at Porsche Centre Tewkesbury and I’m excited to be able to offer my knowledge of business and finance along with passion for success to the Governing Body of Tewkesbury School. I am hoping to build strong links not only with our company and the students of Tewkesbury school, but other local businesses as well.

I have over 20 year experience in the motor industry working for brands such as BMW, MINI and Ferrari along with my favourite brand Porsche. Working all over the South West I have acquired a lot of transferrable skills in sales, business, finance and customer care that hopefully will help the students prepare themselves for life after study. I hope to be able to offer support, advice and experience to anyone interested in joining our industry sector via apprenticeships or through trainee positions in the future.     

I  currently serve on the following committees: Finance & Premises Committee


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Mrs A Bartholomew - Staff Governor

I am an experienced member of staff and long serving member of the Governing Body. My role in Tewkesbury School is Head of the Vocational Faculty and Lead Child Protection Officer. I'm responsible for teaching Health and Social Care at KS4 and KS5 and Child Care at KS5. I previously taught Food Technology and Textiles and in the community I am often known at Mrs B.

I am a dedicated teacher and staff member and have developed excellent community links during my time at the School. I am keen to help and inspire students to succeed and achieve their aspirations. As a member of the Governing Body my aim is to ensure that the students and staff are provided with the best learning opportunities and experiences at Tewkesbury School.  

I  currently serve on the following committees: Curriculum and Standards Committee; Personnel and Student/Staff Welfare.



Mr E Fair - Staff Governor

Prior to teaching I spent a number of years working in sales and manufacturing, I now teach Electronics and am Head of Brunel House.  I have been a member of the Governing Body for several years and sit on the Finance Committee.  My work at the school brings me into contact with staff from all areas of the school and I am keen to use the skills and experience I have gained over the years to keep Tewkesbury School moving forwards and help our young people fulfil their potential.

I  currently serve on the following committees:  Finance and Premises



Dawn HealeyMrs D Healey - Staff Governor

I joined the admin staff of Tewkesbury School in September 2006. As a former pupil of this school myself, I started my working career in the civil service until my first daughter was born.  Each of my three children have been pupils at Tewkesbury School and in turn all achieved exam grades to enable them to go to the universities of their choice with my youngest currently in her first year at Exeter studying Biology.

I became an Associate Staff Governor to represent and support the Associate Staff and to work alongside the current Governors and the Head to continue to raise the standards and profile of the school going forward.

I  currently serve on the following committees: Curriculum and Standards; Personnel and Student/Staff Welfare


JAK_4148Mr D Powell - Staff Governor

I taught at Tewkesbury School for over thirty years. In my role as Examinations Officer I work closely with Teaching and Associate Staff colleagues to run an efficient system which provides a low-stress, personalised exam experience for our students.

I have extensive curricular and administrative knowledge and experience and feel that I have much to offer the Governing Body in the further development of our school.

I  currently serve on the following committees: Curriculum and Standards; Personnel and Student/Staff Welfare.