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 or wish to contact the Chair of Governors, please do so via Julia Whybrow, Clerk to the Governors at the school

Our current Governing Body is as follows:

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Gareth Hill - Chair of Governors,  Community Governor

I am the Chair of the Governing Body and 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: Personnel and Student/Staff Welfare.  Chair of Full Governing Board meetings.

Term of office ends: 04 October 2020.


Steve Hawkins - Parternship Governor Ste

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; Chair Personnel and Student/Staff Welfare.

Term of office ends: 24 May 2020.

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Ben 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 

Term of office ends: 01 September 2023.


Nigel Cottell

Nigel 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: Vice Chair Finance and Premises.

Term of office ends: 19 May 2020.


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Group Captain Clive Montellier, OBE - Partnership Governor

After 34 years in the Royal Air Force as a ground branch officer, including appointments on flying stations, on operations, and running a Defence Training School, I now work for the Ministry of Defence at Innsworth, running the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre and Medal Office.

I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development and the Chartered Management Institute. I came to live in Tewkesbury in 2000 and have kept my home here since, becoming deeply involved in the Tewkesbury Battlefield Society (although our real passion is 20th Century history).  My wife works for Cotswold Riding for the Disabled and with a stepdaughter at Tewkesbury School, and close links to the local Air and Sea Cadets, I am keen to help forge the links between different aspects of our local community.

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

Term of office ends:  14 May 2022.  


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Jon Quinn – Partnership Governor

I am the owner and Managing Director of Geckota Limited.  Geckota is a local company specialising in the design and online retail of watches and replacement watch straps. I have a degree in electronics and prior to setting up Geckota I was employed as a Development Engineer at L-3 TRL Technology.

Geckota has grown to a staff of around 20 people and in the last few years we have taken on a number of apprentices and former pupils of Tewkesbury School. I believe that young people should be given every possible opportunity to achieve their full potential and at Geckota we do this with on the job training as well as providing opportunities for additional study.

I am keen to contribute to the development of Tewkesbury School and look forward to serving as a Governor.

I currently serve on the following committee: Finance and Premises. 

Term of office ends: 14 August 2022.


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Deborah 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.

Term of office ends:  17 November 2020.


Rachel BrooksRachel Brooks - Parent Governor

I started my career as an Upper School Mathematics teacher but wanted some industry experience and so made a career change to become a Software Engineer. Since then I have had roles as a Software Developer, System Designer, Technical Team lead, Technical Assurance Policy advisor and most recently a Systems Engineer within the Civil Service.  

As a female Chartered Engineer and member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), I’m aware first-hand of the gender imbalance in engineering and technology. However I have seen an increase in women taking up positions in these fields over recent years and I am keen to see this continue, to eventually see a profession where gender is not a consideration to future Engineers or Employers.

I hope to support the school in providing opportunities and role models for all students to recognise their full potential.

I currently serve on the following committee:  Vice Chair Personnel and Student/Staff Welfare.

Link Governor to: Safeguarding/Whistleblowing

Term of office ends: 10 November 2021.


Kate MorrisKate Morris - Parent Governor

I am married with two daughters at Tewkesbury School, one in Year 13 and one in Year 10. I’ve worked as a local Primary School Teacher since 1999 and since 2015 as an English/Maths tutor for Primary Children. I am also a specialist Dyslexia Teacher and Assessor and this is a big area of interest and significance for me.

My aim is to bring my knowledge, experience, enthusiasm and commitment to support Tewkesbury School and the education of the students there, whilst continuing to learn myself.


I currently serve on the following committee: Curriculum and Standards.

Link Governor to:  Disadvantaged/Pupil Premium provision

Term of office ends: 10 November 2021.


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Alison Price - Parent Governor

My two children are pupils at Tewkesbury School and I am passionate about the standard of education our young people receive. Throughout my association with the school I have been impressed by the open and honest home/school communication as well as the pastoral care available to the students. 
In my professional life I am in the Financial Services sector employed by a High Street bank for over 30 years. For the last 10 years my role as a Commercial Relationship Manager has involved supporting Gloucestershire businesses to achieve their goals for growth and expansion. Through supporting my clients across diverse sectors, I have developed a sound knowledge and understanding of business finance and planning for growth. My role now, as an Education Sector Specialist, is to provide banking support to Local Authority, Academy schools and MAT’s across Gloucestershire, Herefordshire & Worcestershire.
To unwind I like getting out into the countryside with my spaniel, Archie, and gardening is my passion. 
I currently serve on the following committee: Finance and Premises.
Term of office ends: 20 May 2022.
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Richard Machray - Parent Governor

I’m a parent of two children at Tewkesbury school, both of whom are throughly enjoying their educational experience.  I volunteered to become a parent governor to support this important stage in their life.  I’ve been greatly impressed in how the school delivers my children’s education and all of the extra-curricular opportunities that are offered. 

In my working life I am a Chartered Mechanical engineer working within the nuclear power generation industry where I am responsible for the delivery of a significant part of a new build power station in north wales.  I fully understand the need to develop a low carbon culture now to ensure our children don’t suffer in the future and I’m keen to ensure that the children understand where nuclear energy sits within this mix.

In my limited spare time I’m a serving Army Reserve officer where I put my engineering skills to use within the Army’s Infrastructure design organisation, this has given me a great deal of experience in understanding how government departments work and also a great deal of understanding of facilities management.  I am hoping that my experience in this will support the schools ongoing growth and development.

I currently service on the following committee: Finance and Premises

Term of Office ends: November 2022



Sue 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: Chair Curriculum and Standards; Personnel and Student/Staff Welfare. 

Term of office ends: 02 July 2020.

Clive Ainsworth

Clive Ainsworth - Vice Chair of GovernorsCommunity 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, Maths, DT and Vocational faculties.

I am a retired Chartered Electronic Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering Technology and a registered European Engineer. I was made a Fellow of The University of Gloucestershire in 2004. I worked with Hewlett Packard in South Africa and Hong Kong and finally as Finance and Admin Director of the UK sales company. I spent the latter part of my working life helping German companies revive their failing UK subsidiaries.

One of the main themes of my life has been the development of people of all ages. I have been engaged with education and schools since 1970, and I have spent much of my time supporting Youth Charities in the County that 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 Governors, Chair of Finance and Premises; Curriculum and Standards.

Term of office ends: 31 August 2023.

Fiona Curry

Fiona Curry - Community Governor 

I'm motivated when working with and for my local community to facilitate access to high-quality education that equips individuals with the skills needed for a rewarding career. 

I have been working in the Widening Participation Team at the University of Gloucestershire since 2014 and I currently manage a team who deliver outreach activities to our partnership and feeder schools and colleges. Our ethos is that each student with the potential to progress to higher education, whatever their background, should have the opportunity to do so. As a Governor, I would like to strengthen the existing partnership with the University to support students at Tewkesbury School. 

Alongside my job, I have a Level 6 Diploma in Careers Advice and Guidance, and I volunteer for HELOA, a professional association of staff in higher education who provide guidance and information to prospective students, their families and advisers.

I am a keen hiker, the Lake District is my favourite place to explore in England, and my husband and I recently walked Wainwright's 'Coast to Coast' from West to East and the Cotswold Way. 

I currently serve on the following committee:  Vice Chair Curriculum and Standards Committee

Term of office ends: November 2022


Ed 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; Curriculum and Standards.

Term of office ends: 20 March 2022.



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Alison Hek - Staff Governor 

I love working with young people, it is rewarding and a lot of fun.  I have been working at Tewkesbury School for fifteen years in the Learning Support department, working with students who have SEND.  However, I have been working with children in various roles for over 25 years.

I live locally, I have two grown up daughters and three gorgeous grandsons that I love to spend lots of time with

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

Term of office ends: 14 July 2023.