Sherston C of E

Primary School

Learning, Caring and Achieving Together

Meet the Governors



All members of the Governing board can be contacted via the School Office

Belinda Robinson

Chair of Governors (Appointed by GB/board)

Member of Finance and Premises Committee

Link Governor for Communications, Community, Website and GDPR

Co-opted Governor


Parent Governor


I have been a Governor at the School since 2018 and was elected Chair of Governors in September 2020. I have one child at the school and have always felt very lucky to have such a good and well supported school on our doorstep so became a governor in the hope that I could bring a positive contribution to the school and its future.  I have found being a governor very rewarding and it has given me great insight into the challenges schools are facing and the dedication and commitment that goes into providing our children with the highest level of education and care.  

I own and run an on-line retail business where I oversee all areas including Finance, Marketing, Customer Service and Compliance. My strategic, finance and leadership skills equip me to enable and contribute to all areas of Governance to ensure the successful development of the school. 

Susan Leyden

Head Teacher Ex-officio by virtue of office as Headteacher/Principal

Member of Teaching, Learning & Staffing Committee and Finance and Premises Committee

01/09/16 ex officio

Martin Smith

Vice Chair

Co-opted Governor Appointed by GB/board

Chair of Teaching, Learning & Staffing Committee


(Associate Governor until 23/09/20)

I have lived in Sherston for over 30 years and my 3 children attended both Sherston and Malmesbury Schools. I can bring some experience to the Governor role, as I was initially a governor at Sherston from 1996 to 2003 as Vice-Chair for much of the period, involved in plans for school extensions and then in the new building, which we enjoy today. I then became a governor at Malmesbury School from 2003 to 2015 with periods of being Vice-Chair and Chairman of the Curriculum Committee. I was on the panel that appointed a very successful headteacher, who achieved an outstanding OFSTED inspection for Malmesbury. He is now CEO of the Athelstan Trust, that currently runs 4 secondary schools. I’m very community minded as I’m on Sherston Parish Council, I’m secretary of Sustainable Sherston and on the steering committee of Malmesbury Climate Action Network. I’m also a Member of the Athelstan Trust, which is the top tier of the trust governance structure.  


With all the above commitments, it's just as well that I only work part-time these days, as a Senior Project Manager in software development for an insurance company.

Gary Muchmore

Co-opted Governor Appointed by GB/board

Chair of Finance and Premises Committee

02/12/20 - 01/12/22
My family relocated to Sherston 14 years ago from Hertfordshire, my daughter attended Sherston school and my wife worked as a TA and MDSA at the school for a number of years.

I retired last year having spent 40 years working in the Software industry including 5 years at IBM, leading a US start-up in Connecticut and Massuchusetts, and more recently holding numerous CEO/MD positions with technology businesses throughout the UK

In the absence of any work commitments I am keen to contribute to our community and whilst I have limited knowledge of the academic world I hope my commercial/business experience can be of benefit to the school in these very challenging times.

Emma Corrick

Staff Governor Appointed by GB/board

Teacher, Member of Teaching, Learning and Staffing Committee



Revd Adam Beaumont

Foundation Governor Ex Officio

Member of Teaching, Learning and Staffing Committee

SEND Governor, Pupil Premium Governor 

02/12/2020 ex officio

I am Rector of the Gauzebrook Group of Churches which includes Sherston as well as seven neighbouring parishes. Prior to ordination I was a Science Teacher and Head of Year at a large Secondary School and was also a Staff Governor during that time. I have since governed at a residential school for KS2 - KS4 boys with special social and emotional and mental health needs. Most recently I have served as Chair of Governors to another primary school in Wiltshire, and I am a currently a member of the Diocesan Board of Education. Over the past 20 years I have therefore been involved in education at all levels from the coal face right up to the higher levels of policy and strategic thinking.

I bring this wide-ranging experience to the Board of Governors, particularly in supporting the leadership of teaching and learning and in building ethos and community in a school. As a Foundation governor I will also have a particular interest in supporting the school in realising its vision to 'learn, care and achieve together' through the Christian values we share. Oh yes - and I just love working with young people when I get the chance - they’re amazing aren’t they!

Bertie Archer

Local Authority Governor



My family have lived in Sherston since Autumn 2018. My daughter isn’t yet old enough to go to school but I still have a deep interest in supporting our community’s all-round education and ensuring the school continues to thrive for current and future generations. 


I am Head of Public Inquiry Governance, Assurance and Lessons Identified at the UK Health Security Agency, a role which follows a decade in the Civil Service working on a range of policies across many departments (including education, climate change and EU exit). From this I hope I have skills, experience and knowledge that can support the school and the Governing Board. 


Becky Fisher  

Foundation Governor Appointed by Foundation

Member of the Finance and Premises Committee

Equalities Monitoring Link Governor


Education changes lives and a good education improves life chances of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in our society. I want to work as a governor with our amazing staff to give all our children the best possible life chances. I have already contributed to the Foundations and Ethos Committee.


Before working in the Gauzebrook Group as a Rural Schools and Churches Worker I worked with schools and social services across Oxfordshire as a Senior Home School Link Worker, supporting families in need and ensuring children had access to education. I have also been a partner in a national publishing business. 

Rose Manessei

Parent Governor Appointed by GB/Board

Member of the Teaching & Learning Committee



Associate Governors

James Harmer

Associate Governor 


Associate Governor 25/05/22 -24/05/24

LA Governor


I live in the village and, although I have no children myself, I want to make a positive contribution to the school. It has been a great insight into the challenges schools are facing and the effort that our teaching professionals do in the education of children.


I am Finance Director for a Environmental Consultancy business and I hope to be able to use my skills to provide insight and oversight into how the school can deliver for the children of Sherston. I also play for and am Club Secretary at our local cricket club, Sherston Magna Cricket Club, and have seen first hand how sport can make a positive difference to children’s lives.                        



Finance PremisesTeaching, Learning and Staffing 

Gary Muchmore (Chair)

Susan Leyden (HT)

Belinda Robinson

Becky Fisher

Sarah Mackrill (SBM)


Martin Smith (Chair)

Susan Leyden

Rose Manassei

Emma Corrick 

Revd Adam Beaumont (Ethos)




Health & SafetyGary Muchmore
Child ProtectionBecky Fisher
WellbeingBecky Fisher
SEND & Pupil PremiumRevd Adam Beaumont
Sports PremiumBelinda Robinson
Communications, Community and WebsiteBelinda Robinson
GDPRBelinda Robinson
Equalities Monitoring Becky Fisher
Foundation and EthosRevd Adam Beaumont



(in post for some or all of the Academic year 2020/21)


Status at School

Term of Office

James HarmerLA Governor Appointed by GB/Board30/01/20-25/05/22
Jane HardenCo-opted Governor Appointed by GB/Board19/05/16-19/05/22
Emma HandCo-opted Governor Appointed by GB/Board01/12/21-20/03/22
Anna GlassborrowParent Governor Appointed by GB/Board22-09-21-25/03/22


Dave Hall


Parent Governor Appointed by GB/Board30/01/20-22/09/21


Ailsa Clark


Co-opted Governor Appointed by GB/Board




Pat Whitehouse



Foundation Governor Appointed by foundation/Trust