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

Nicholas Manassei


Chair of Governors (Appointed by GB/board)

Foundation Governor

Member of Finance and Premises Committee




  I am a solicitor and work for Rotork Plc, an industrial company headquartered in Bath. I have been a governor at Sherston School since September 2012 and chair of governors since September
2017. Before that I was a governor of a primary school in Bethnal Green in London for 3 years. I have three children, the oldest who has just started in Reception at Sherston and I am passionate about doing what I can to ensure the school provides the best education and experience possible for its children. 

Susan Leyden

Head Teacher Ex-officio by virtue of office as Headteacher/Principal 01/09/16 ex officio
Emma Corrick

Staff Governor Appointed by GB/board

Teacher, Member of Staffing and Learning Committee



Dave Curry

Co-opted Governor Appointed by GB/board

Chair of Finance and Premises Committee

Health & Safety Governor

Jane Harden

Co-opted Governor Appointed by GB/board

Member of Staffing and Learning Committee

Governor for Child Protection


19/5/18 -19/5/20



  I have been a Governor at Sherston C of E Primary School since May 2016.
I am a retired primary school head teacher, having spent almost twenty five years as head of a village school in Northern Ireland. Amongst other things, my role included being Designated Safeguarding Lead for my school, and I now act as the link governor for Safeguarding in Sherston. Since being a governor I have completed training in Safeguarding, Safer Recruitment and Prevent, and I am a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee.
My reason for joining the board of governors was that I wanted to maintain an active involvement in primary education.
I am married and have two grown-up daughters and four grandchildren. 
Ailsa Clark

Co-opted Governor Appointed by GB/board

Member of Staffing and Learning Committee

SEND Governor, Pupil Premium Governor 

17/05/17 – 16/05/19


  In May 2017 I became the governor for SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) and Pupil Premium, a grant provided to decrease the attainment gap for disadvantaged children. I have been an educational and child psychologist for 12 years and currently work part time for Bristol City Council and South Gloucestershire Council. My main role is to provide the psychological contribution to Education and Health Care Needs Assessments. Previously I have taught modern foreign languages at secondary level and English at all levels to speakers of other languages. I have three children at the school and feel passionate about promoting educational and social inclusion for all children.
Pat Whitehouse 

Foundation Governor Appointed by foundation/Trust

Member of Foundation and Ethos Committee

Equalities Monitoring Link Governor

  I have been involved with Sherston C of E Primary School for over forty five years as a parent of three children, and more recently as a grandparent of six, my youngest grandson currently being in year two.
For eleven years I participated in "Open the Book" worship, when volunteers from the Church acted out stories from the Bible in school assembly with help from some of the children.
I am an active member of Sherston Parish Church and am keen to maintain the strong connection between the school and church.
I have been a foundation Governor since November 2017 and am a member of the Foundation and Ethos committee. 
Neil Carpenter

Parent Governor Appointed by GB/board

Vice Chair of Governors

Chair of Staffing and Learning Committee

Governor for EYFS and Sports Premium

  I am a parent governor with two children attending the school.
I am Chair of the Teaching & Learning Committee which over sees standards and curriculum delivery. I am also the link governor for the Early Years Foundation Stage. I have a career background in education having been a primary headteacher in several London schools prior to the arrival of children and moving to Sherston.
I enjoy supporting the school and its work and look forward to continuing in this valuable role.
Belinda Robinson

Parent Governor Appointed by GB/board

Member of Finance and Premises Committee

Governor for Communications, Community and Website


I am a parent governor and a member of the Finance Committee. I am also the Link Governor for Communication, Community and the Website. I own and run an on-line retail business where I oversee all areas including Finance, Marketing and Compliance. 

I have always felt very lucky to have such a fantastic school on our doorstep so I jumped at the chance to become a Parent Governor in the hope I could bring a positive contribution to the school and its future. 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. 

James Harmer

Local Authority Governor

Member of the Finance and Premises Committee

David Hall

Parent Governor Appointed by GB

Member of the Finance and Premises Committee

Associate Governors (Associate Governors do not have voting rights on FGB)

Martin Smith


Associate Governor Appointed by GB/board

Member of Finance and Premises Committee (with Voting Rights)




Finance Premises Staffing & Learning Foundation & Ethos

Dave Curry (Chair)

Susan Leyden

Nick Manessei

Belinda Robinson

David Hall

James Harmer

Martin Smith

Sarah Mackrill (SBM)

Neil Carpenter (Chair)

Susan Leyden

Jane Harden

Emma Corrick 

Ailsa Clark


Pat Whitehouse







Health & Safety Dave Curry
Child Protection Jane Harden
SEND & Pupil Premium Ailsa Clark
EYFS Neil Carpenter
Sports Premium Neil Carpenter
Communications, Community and Website Belinda Robinson
Equalities Monitoring  Pat Whitehouse



(in post for some or all of the Academic year 2018/19)


Status at School

Term of Office

Phillip Williams

Foundation Governor (Appointed by foundation/Trust)




James Munson  Parent Governor (Appointed by GB/Board) 28/09/16-28/09/19
Robert Sharman Parent Governor (Appointed by GB/Board) 28/09/16 - 28/09/18