Lawn Primary School Governors

List of current governors

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At Lawn Primary school we have a total of 13 Governors - 6 Community/Co-Opted governors, 4 Parent governors, 1 staff governor, 1 Local Authority governor and the Headteacher. We also have a Clerk to support the administration of the Governing Body. 

All governors at Lawn Primary School are appointed initially for a four year term and thereafter can be appointed for an extra year at a time. Parent governors are selected via a voting process where there are more candidates than places available. Community/Co-Opted governors are selected by the governing body. Our Staff governor is elected by the staff at the school. The LA governor is nominated by the Ward Councillor and appointed by the governing body.


Open –3  Co-opted Governor positions, and 1 Staff Governor.


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Mark Tinson - Parent Governor - 

I am married with two boys both of whom attend Lawn, I live locally on the Badbury Park Estate. I work for Hills Homes part of the Hills Group an established local family company as the Business Development Manager.   I am a qualified Civil Engineer and Chartered Project Manager. Prior to this I served in HM Royal Marines and travelled extensively. We have lived in Swindon for 12 plus years and I am originally from Devon. My wife is a primary school teacher at another school in Swindon so I get some inside perspective of the workings of a modern primary school, and the challenges that come with it. I am interested in most sports, particularly Rugby, golf and Boxing.


Simon Beverley

Simon Beverley – Co-Opted Governor

I live in Lawn and am married with two children, both of whom attend Lawn Primary. I work as a risk manager within Treasury at Nationwide Building Society. I lead a small team responsible for managing the financial risks from Nationwide’s retail products, which involves a large amount of analysis and interpretation of data. My role is varied and requires me to work alongside colleagues from a number of other business areas as well as preparing and presenting proposals to management committees.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family as well as cycling, football and walking.



Luisa Stokes- Clerk to the Governors

I live in Lawn with my husband and 2 children who both attend Lawn Primary and Nursery School. I have most recently been working as at Lawn Pre-School.  My main role as Chair at the Pre-school was to manage the integrating of the Pre-School to the Nursery, and to manage the TUPE transfer of all Staff.

Before taking a career break to raise my children, I worked for WHSmith as a Retail Buyer for 8 years, working in the Magazine Category. 



Gareth Butler – Parent Governor

Lead Governor on Premises, Health and Safety

I am a Health, Safety and Environmental Manager for a large Facilities Management company, and have been in health and safety roles for the past 11 years, 6 of which were spent in Swindon Borough Council where my duties included: carrying out property related compliance audits at all of Swindon’s schools; writing and delivering  a school specific Health and Safety Induction course; carrying out fire risk assessments; writing and delivering a Fire Safety Awareness course; managing the legionella contract for all of SBC properties.

I am highly regarded for my work at SBC, especially with schools, am qualified to level 6 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety, have health and safety qualifications in construction, asbestos management and Legionella management, and will be studying for an environmental qualification early in the New Year.


Louis McCalla

Louis McCalla - Parent Governor

Link Governor for E-Safety and co-link governor on Equality

I live in the Lakeside area of Old Town with my wife and 2 daughters, both of which attend Lawn Primary. I currently work for a large european energy supplier as an IT Service Continuity & Risk Manager, having previously worked in various other locations in the UK and Europe over the past 20 years.

I hold a BSc Honours Degree in Applied Computing and several other professional/academic qualifications in IT. I have various interests and hobbies which include sport, health & wellbeing, travelling and technology.


Dragan Jaksic

Dragan Jaksic - Parent Governor

Co-Link Governor for Science

I live in the Old Town area of Swindon with my wife and three children. Our two daughters attended Lawn Primary school and are now at senior school while my son is still at Lawn. My wife works in Lawn Primary as Mid-Day supervisor and I work at Intel as Sales director for Education, Healthcare and High performance computing in Northern Europe. Through my work I have the opportunity to see how education is being approached in different schools and countries and I am keen to share those learnings with my colleagues at Lawn. I am also Councillor at Digitech Studio school in Bristol.



Steve Sutton - Co-opted Governor

Chair of Governors, lead Governor for Governing body management and Progress / Attainment

I am married with two grown up children and recently retired from Intel where I worked for many years as a senior manager in Engineering, Marketing and Business Operations. I hold a degree in Electrical and electronic engineering and my main interests include science, photography and computing. Since joining Lawn governors, I have worked on a number of projects with the school to inspire children to take an interest in science, maths and engineering, eg: Engineer for a day, Sound workshop and the AppInventor after school club. I am also involved with developing the school web site.

I have recently set up a small business to provide STEM support to local schools, however all the work I do at Lawn is unpaid/voluntary.


Kelly James

Kelly James - Staff Governor

Headteacher of Lawn Primary School.


Nicola Read

Nicola Read - Local Authority Governor

Lead governor on SEN and shadow governor on Curriculum

I live in Lawn with my husband and my 5 year old son who is currently in Lawn Reception class.  

I am a accountant by trade, and I worked in the Financial Service industry in London for 15 years. I moved with my family to Swindon in 2012, and since then have continued to work in Financial Services, but in a more strategic, project management capacity.

My son has special needs, and has a full time one on one key worker at school. I have therefore had the opportunity to see how government organisations interact with each other as we have to collaborate with many different departments at any one time, including Swindon Borough Council SEND, SALT and various other special needs groups.

 In my spare time, I like to spend time with my family, whether that is travelling, days out at the park or a sporting activity (although I watch, rather than join in!)



Janice Bennell - Co-opted Governor

Vice chair, Shadow Governor for SEN, Finance and Staffing and Governing Body Management, Link governor for Pupil Premium and Sports Premium

I was appointed as Governor at Lawn Primary in 2010. I live in Lawn and am married with two children and three grandchildren. I am employed part-time in our family Engineering Company and spend some of my free time working in voluntary roles. I have worked in Management, Finance and Employee Services roles during previous employments, most recently as a Business Manager with a Music Co-operative.  



Samantha Hardy – Co-Opted Governor

Lead governor on Curriculum, link Governor for Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural areas and link governor on Arts

I am married mother and step mother, I have 2 grown up step children and 2 younger children who both attend Lawn Primary, I also have 3 step grandchildren. I worked in IT support for 15 years at nationwide and Axa before deciding on a career change to beauty therapy for which I gained a itec diploma in Antomy & Physiology. I worked in the profession until my 2nd child was born. I now work at Swindon college as a student support worker, helping teenage boys who have learning difficulties including autism, dyslexia and ADHD. 

I played adult netball for 18 years, and also helped with the younger children's training sessions. My hobbies now are regular fitness and nutrition in which I try to instil those healthy ethics into my family.