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.



 Nicola Read

Nicola Read - Local Authority Governor

Chair Of Governors/ Lead Governor SEND / Link Governor PSHE, RE & RSE 

I live in Lawn with my husband and my son.  

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


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Mark Tinson - Parent Governor 

Shadow Governor Curriculum & SMSC

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 – Parent Governor

Vice Chair / 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.



Luisa Stokes- Clerk to the Governors

I live in Lawn with my husband and 3 children, 2 attend Lawn Primary and Nursery School. I have been working as the Clerk for 3 years.  Previously I was Chair at Lawn Pre-school, my final role at the pre-school was to manage the process to dissolve the charity status and to transfer the undertakings to Lawn Primary School.  This involved the management of the TUPE process for 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, I have a BA (Hons) Degree in Business Administration. 



Gareth Butler – Parent 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 the past 19 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, fire management, asbestos management and Legionella management, and also hold an environmental qualification.

I have been the Premises, Health and Safety Governor at Lawn Primary for almost 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

Lead Governor Progress & Attainment / Shadow Governor Behaviour & Attendance / Link Governor Maths, Science & Computing

I am married with two grown up children and retired from Intel a few 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.

I have also set up a small business to provide STEM support to local schools, however all the work I do at Lawn is unpaid/voluntary. In addition I sometimes give lectures at Bath University as part of the mechanical engineering undergraduate and post graduate courses there.


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Emma Jelley - Staff Governor

Acting Headteacher of Lawn Primary and Nursery School.




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

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 / Link Governor PE

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

David Hitchcock - Co-Opted Governor

Chair of EC / Lead Governor Curriculum & SMSC / 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.

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Mahmood Rahman - Parent Governor

Shadow Governor Finance, Premises, Health & Safety 

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 

Shadow SEND Governor

Details to follow.


Nicola Palphramand 

Details to follow.