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Governors

Governors work in a voluntary capacity with the Principal and the Senior Leadership Team to provide the strategic direction for the school.

Our role is to ensure that the children receive the very best education that Great Bedwyn School can provide. We don’t get involved in the day-to-day running of the school. Governors both support and challenge the Principal and senior staff to ensure that the school performs as well as it should and that all pupils have the very best opportunity to learn and grow.

We all come from very different backgrounds and are always looking for fresh faces to join us. If it is something that you want to know more about then please contact the school office and one of us will be in touch with you.

The Chair of the Local Governing Body can be contacted via the Clerk to Governors

The governors of Great Bedwyn CofE School are:-

Gill Mortimer – Chair, Foundation Governor

Gill worked for major high street retailers in stores and head office; she has worked as a consultant and change manager in process improvement and business restructuring. Her governance experience includes being a member of the Wiltshire Police Authority, a trustee of various local charities and has been a Foundation Governor at Great Bedwyn School since 2015, becoming Chair in 2017. Prior to an MA in Retail & Marketing Management Gill graduated in Music and continues to be an active musician; conducting the Marlborough Choral Society and accompanying choirs and soloists.


Richard Barker – Community Governor

Raised in Liverpool after graduation Rich joined the RAF as a pilot in 1987. Based in Saudi Arabia during the spring of 1991, he flew during the first Gulf war and thereafter on operations over the former Yugoslavia. He then spent 3 years as a flying instructor before returning back to front-line flying. In 2000 he attended the Empire Test Pilots School for a year and spent the remainder of his RAF service as a test pilot. In 2005, he joined British Airways as a long-haul pilot. He is married with a daughter in secondary school and enjoys running, hiking, and community work where he supports scouting, church and school as a Community Governor.


Michele Barley – Community Governor

Michele worked in Human Resources in the IT sector for over 35 years and is now a part time coach, mentor and HR consultant. Always looking for the good in people and in situations, Michele hopes that whatever she is involved in, she is involved in something good. Michele believes that we never stop learning – the development of others, bringing clarity, awareness and positive change is of paramount importance to her. She will be using the experience and knowledge she has acquired over many years to help the school achieve its aims.


Rachael Williamson – Community Governor

Rachel has lived in Marlborough and the surrounding area for around 10 years she was appointed to the local governing body as a community governor in 2021. She is the link governor for finance, health & safety, risk and P.E.
Rachel works as an HR Business Partner and is passionate and excited to use her skills and experience to support the local community, school and LGB in encouraging the children to have the best start to their education and to reach their full potential.

Sylvia Wyatt – Community Governor

A Great Bedwyn resident since 2015 Sylvia was appointed as a community governor in 2017. Passionate about the importance of our environment for the children now and in the future she is currently the Science and Sustainability link governor. Sylvia is also a Trustee of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. Now semi-retired Sylvia worked in health and care throughout her my career. A fervent believer that education is key to enabling every child to reach their full potential Sylvia is using her experience to help ensure this continues to be the case in Great Bedwyn.


Revd Michael McHugh – Foundation Governor

With an MA in Divinity Michael was ordained a deacon in in 1987. He took a break from ministery to train as a primary school teacher progressing to Deputy Head before returning to ministry in 2005. He joined the Saverake Team as Rector in 2012 and has been a governor of Great Bedwyn School for many years.


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Nicola Turrell – Foundation Governor


Hannah Airey – Parent Governor


Emily Heaver – Parent Governor

Mother of two.

Background in digital media.

Working as a local governor, strengthening relationships with both parents and the village.


Louise Carlisle – Staff Governor