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.
Simon Beverley – Parent Governor
Chair of Governors / Chair of FSC / Lead Governor Finance / Link Governor English - Reading & Phonics
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.
Headteacher of Lawn Primary and Nursery School.
I am a former pupil of Lawn Primary and Nursery School and became Head Teacher here in February 2022, after a previous Headship in Oxfordshire and other leadership roles in Swindon before that. I have been working in Primary education since 1999 and am privileged to get to be part of the Lawn community once again.
Working on, and with the Board of Governors is an important aspect of the work of a Head Teacher. It helps to ensure that the Board are well enough informed to make successful and impactful strategic decisions and to support and challenge as required. I attend all meetings of the board, both committees and full board meetings.
Rachel Piper- Clerk to the Governors
I live in Lawn and both my children attend Lawn Nursery, with my eldest starting the school in September 2021.
I am from a event management background, having organised events for nearly 20 years ranging from small weddings to huge corporate events for over 5000 people.
I now have my own business, running a camper van company which we launched recently and has been a huge success.
I love to spend time with my family, travel and run to try and keep fit.
Gareth Butler – Associate Governor
Lead Governor Premises, Health and Safety
I am the Health, Safety and Environmental Manager for a large Facilities Management company, and have been in health and safety roles for over 20 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 school specific Health and Safety courses; carrying out fire risk assessments; managing the legionella contract for all of SBC properties.
I am qualified to level 6 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety, have health and safety qualifications in construction, fire management, asbestos management and Legionella management, and also hold an environmental qualification.
I live in Lawn, and have 3 daughters, 1 of which moved from Lawn Primary to secondary school, and 2 who are still in Lawn.
I have been the Lead Premises, Health and Safety Governor at Lawn Primary for over 10 years, and really enjoy assisting and supporting the school in keeping the pupils and employees safe, keeping the property compliant with the law, monitoring progress and helping to raise standards.
Steve Sutton - Co-opted Governor
Shadow Governor Progress & Attainment / Link Governor Maths, Science & Computing
I am married with two grown up children and retired from Intel some years ago having worked there 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 in 2012, 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, Toy workshop, Space Rockets and the AppInventor after school club.
In my spare time I sometimes give lectures at Bath University as part of the mechanical engineering undergraduate and post graduate courses there.
Janice Bennell - Co-opted Governor
Lead Governor Safeguarding, Staffing & Early Years / Link Governor English - Writing & EGPS
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.
Sam George - Staff Governor
Shadow Governor Staffing
I began my teaching career in 2010 in a small, village primary school in Berkshire after graduating from the University of Wolverhampton with a B.Ed in Primary Education. After five years teaching at this school, I relocated and accepted a position at Lawn Primary School. Initially, I taught classes ranging from Reception to Year 6, covering class teachers during their planning release time. This was a great way to meet a wide range of staff, pupils and parents across the school. In December 2015, I accepted a class teacher position in Reception which I loved! I have been teaching in Reception ever since. In addition to my role as class teacher, I am also the subject lead of Writing and for the provision of the Most Able.
In my spare time, I love to spend time with my family- especially my little nephew. I also like to read crime stories and taking my black Labrador Millie on dog walks in the countryside.
David Heaton - Co-Opted Governor
Lead Governor Behaviour & Attendance / Shadow Governor Safeguarding
I am a married with two children and live locally in Lawn. My oldest child is presently in YR3 at Lawn Primary and my second child will join in 2021. I have worked for Zurich Insurance for over 15 years and am presently in a senior leadership delivery role. This involves managing a large team, and focusing on ensuring all regulatory obligations are met for our UK Business and are delivered within project budgets. I have a BSc in Computing and hold a post graduate diploma in IT Management. My wife has a senior role in education for Swindon Borough Council and my mother was a primary teacher for over 30 years, so education has always been something I have been around and been interested in.
Outside of work I have a keen interest in football both fantasy and playing when old injuries allow! I also enjoy PC gaming, and general keep fit and spending time with my family.
David Hitchcock - Co-Opted Governor
Chair of EC / Lead Governor Progress & Attainment / Shadow Governor Progress & Attainment / Link Governor Geography, History & Modern Foreign Languages
I moved to Swindon from London in late 2016 following my retirement.
My career had been in Higher Education in which I held various roles finishing as dean of one of the largest university Business Schools in the country. Although many would regard a university and a primary school as very different environments I believe they share many of the same values and ethos and the ways in which success can be achieved are transferable. Besides education I continue to have an interest in my local surroundings both physical and cultural.
Mahmood Rahman - Parent Governor
Shadow Governor Finance, Shadow Premises, Health & Safety, Link Governor PE
I am married and live in Lawn with my wife and 4 children. Three of my children currently attend Lawn Primary & Nursery School. Having grown up in Swindon, I went away to University, then lived in London for 12 years working for a large international consultancy as a Quantity Surveyor. My wife and I moved back to Swindon in 2012 before starting a Family.
I now run my own consultancy as a quantity surveyor, where I provide contractual and cost advice to clients embarking on construction projects. I work on projects of all sizes from small domestic extensions to multi-million-pound new builds. My wife is a clinical Pharmacist working in the Oncology department at Great Western Hospital.
In my spare time I love to spend time with family. We love the outdoors and like to be out exploring as often as we can. I also played a lot of football and cricket at club level in my youth and still like to keep myself involved.
Aaron Smith - Co-Opted Governor
Vice Chair, SEND Governor, Equality Governor, Shadow Early years, Link Arts/DT/Music
I grew up in Lawn and attended the school. I now live in Lakeside with my wife and two children, both of whom attend Lawn Primary and Nursery School.
I am a Chartered Town Planner providing planning advice to landowners and developers on new residential projects throughout southern England. This role also allows me to promote improving the environmental quality of homes that that serve the health and wellbeing of their occupants, including contributing to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Healthy Homes and Buildings on behalf of Healthy Property Group.
My dyslexia was identified post-primary school and I’m eager to ensure that all pupils are provided with the support and resources they require at the earliest opportunity. In my spare time I’ve taken on various voluntary roles including as a trustee of the Swindon Town Community Mutual (TrustSTFC).