Meet The Governors
Meet the Governors
Ann Cotterill, Co-opted Governor and Chair of the Governing Board
I am a management consultant working predominantly to support higher education providers meet their regulatory requirements and deliver high quality programmes. As a co-opted governor, I help to support Mrs McCluskey and the leadership team in maintaining high standards for pupils and staff. I have been a member of the governing body (GB) since October 2011 and am currently Chair of the Governing Board. I find being a governor is a highly rewarding role as it provides opportunities to see the educational progress of the pupils as well as their wide and varied achievements.
On a more personal note, I am Australian and lived in a sunnier climate throughout my formative years. I studied chemistry and gained my doctorate from the University of Melbourne. I have lived in the UK (England and Wales) for around 30 years and in the local area for the last 20 years. My child attended Lapworth Primary from Reception to Year 6 and is now enjoying secondary school.
Pete Tegg, Foundation Governor and Vice Chair of the Governing Board
I am a retired Finance professional having worked globally leading financial services companies for a large multi-national construction equipment company. I have been a foundation governor since 2022 and have taken on the role of Vice Chair in 23/24 to support the Chair in maintaining and improving the school's performance.
Being a governor allows me to contribute to the local community in a very meaningful and direct way having moved to Lowsonford in 2021. The school really is the beating heart of the community and contributing to its continued success is a great honour and a privilege.
Mary McKay, Local Authority Governor
In the autumn of 2013 I was privileged to be appointed to lead our governing board for the next three years.
I had two reasons for accepting this role.
The first is to do with my commitment to the school and to the wider community of Lapworth. Gordon and I moved here in 1981. Our sons were five and seven at the time and attended Lapworth school in the days before it moved into the current premises in Station Lane. Our sons loved their time at the school and were well prepared for their move to secondary education in Stratford. I want to make sure that the primary education experienced by my sons continues i.e. one which recognises the importance of academic achievement but also, crucially, provides a caring atmosphere in which all our pupils learn and grow.
My second reason is about my being able to contribute something to the governance of the school and, therefore, support the continued improvement of our school. I continue to work all over the country in my chosen career in education – as a specialist in school governance - training, reviewing and supporting governing bodies.
Alexis Walker - Parent Governor
I have always taken an interest in primary education, training as a LAMDA speech & drama teacher over the years, I believe primary school is the bedrock to create confident & happy little humans, preparing them for their next chapter in education & indeed life. I moved back to Lapworth to ensure my son secured a place at the school, I felt it had a wonderful set of values & and a great ethos to prepare the children for life & all its hurdles! My son loves his time at school & is given the space to learn & grow within a fun & supportive environment. I have always been actively involved with my son’s development & education & I felt applying for the role would allow me to give back something to a place that has given my little family so much so far.
I was gratefully elected as a Parent Governor at the end of 2021. I wanted to contribute to the experience of all children in the community & help support the continued improvement of the school.
I am extremely proud & excited to have been given the opportunity to develop the Wellbeing Link Governor role & I really hope to have a strategic impact on how we can support & help the school, the children & staff to thrive in an everchanging world.
Stuart Baines, Foundation Governor
I joined the Governing Board as a Parent Governor shortly after my eldest daughter started at Lapworth school and this year have all three daughters at Lapworth. Working with the Governing Body has given me the opportunity to give something back whilst my daughters enjoy the community, activities and learning that the school provides to all pupils.
During my time on the Governing Board I have learnt so much more about Primary Education than I ever understood before. From my role in the Performance and Standards Committee I have learnt about the teaching and monitoring of our pupils achievements. Working on Communications I have assisted with the setting up of this website and learnt about the challenges of communicating with the large audience that take an interest in our school. I hope to continue providing governance for Lapworth School in the exciting times that the proposed school expansion will bring.
Finally, some background, I have a degree in Engineering and work in Information Technology as part of a global team defining cloud technologies for business solutions. Since graduating I worked in Cambridge & London for 8 years but happily moved toLapworth over 15 years ago. I enjoy the rural surroundings and community in the village, taking advantage of the opportunity to walk to school some mornings with the Walking Bus on Station Lane.
Father Patrick - Ex Officio Foundation Governor
Fr Patrick has been an ex-officio Foundation Governor since his institution as Rector of Lapworth in May 2010. Fr Patrick has degrees in Mathematics and Theology. He worked for British Gas for 16 years, including postings in India and Brazil negotiating pipeline contracts. He entered full-time ordained ministry in 2006. Currently he is chair of the Ethos & Values Committee.