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Governing Body

Welcome to Chalfont St Giles Village School Governing Body


Our purpose:


We are all volunteers who come from the parent body, staff and village community.  Our responsibility is to be “critical friends” to the school, by working with the Head Teacher and Senior Leadership team to:


  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Hold the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent 
  • Support the school in recruitment of senior staff and appoint the Head Teacher


Our structure:


In order to carry out these roles we are divided into a number of committees who each have a responsibility to look at different aspects of school life.  A number of us also take on a curriculum role and meet with subject leaders to discuss how these subjects are being taught and to monitor pupil progress. 


Chair of Governors:  Donna Westall

Vice-Chair of Governors:  Melvyn Bleakley


Curriculum & Standards Committee

Melvyn Bleakley 

Gill Brown

Matt Carter

Dave Cronen

Patricia English

Elaine Hoare (Chair)

Sue Salmon

Flic Warner


Finance Committee

Nigel Hobbs (Chair)

Ann Alderson

Patricia English

Katherine Mannion

Eleanor O'Connor

Elen Peal

Donna Westall


Personnel Committee

Eleanor O’Connor (Chair)

Sonya Agar

Melvyn Bleakley

Nigel Hobbs

Elen Peal

Donna Westall


Communications Committee

Bob Albery (Chair)

Sonya Agar

Katherine Mannion

Becky Murray

Lisa Higgin

Rose Smith

Jessica Svensson

Donna Westall


Infrastructure Committee

Ann Alderson (Chair)

Bob Albery

Patricia English

Nigel Hobbs

Katherine Mannion

Eleanor O’Connor

Jeremy Ryman


Our members:


Our Governing Body contains up to 18 full members.  These include two parent governors elected by parents, one governor appointed by the Local Authority, one member of staff elected by the staff across both sites and the Head Teacher.  All other members are appointed by the Governing Body according to their skills, knowledge and enthusiasm for the role.  We come from lots of different backgrounds but we have in common a passion for education and a shared drive to help make this school the best it can be for all its pupils. 


The term of office for all governors is four years, except for the Head and Deputies who are governors by virtue of their position in the school.  The four year terms of existing appointed governors restarted upon reconstitution on 16/7/15.  The Governing Body may choose to renew or extend the term of non-elected governors.  The Chair and Vice-Chair are elected by the Governing Body on an annual basis.


The Governing Body also appoints associate governors from time to time who offer specific skills and perspectives but who do not vote at meetings.


The table below shows the appointment and leaving dates of all current members and those who have been members in the past 12 months, in line with government regulations.



NameDate Appointed (to Federation Governing Body)Date Resigned (if applicable)Term ExpiryAppointed ByRelevant Business, Governance or Pecuniary Interests
Sonya Agar23/06/2016 23/06/2024GovernorsNone
Bob Albery17/10/2014 24/09/2022GovernorsNone
Ann Alderson06/10/2011 16/07/2023GovernorsNone
Melvyn Bleakley06/10/2011 16/07/2023GovernorsNone
Nicola Brown25/09/201802/01/202224/09/2022ParentsStaff governor RNIB school Northwood
Gill Brown (associate)06/10/2011 01/12/2024GovernorsNone
Matt Carter07/04/2022 06/04/2026ParentsNone
Dave Cronen08/07/2019 07/07/2023ParentsNone
Patricia English06/10/2011 N/AGovernorsNone
Lisa Higgin09/03/2020 08/03/2024GovernorsNone
Elaine Hoare01/09/2017 01/09/2025GovernorsNone
Nigel Hobbs01/09/2016 01/09/2024GovernorsNone
Katherine Mannion16/07/2015 N/AGovernorsNone
Rebecca Murray29/10/2018 28/10/2022Staff 
Eleanor O’Connor06/10/2011 16/07/2023LEANone
Elen Peal06/10/201131/08/202231/08/2022GovernorsNone
Jeremy Ryman (associate)06/10/2011 16/07/2023GovernorsGovernor of Chenies School
Sue Salmon19/01/2017 19/01/2025GovernorsNone
Flic Warner (associate)19/11/2020 11/11/2024GovernorsNone
Jessica Svensson30/09/2021 29/09/2025GovernorsNone
Rose Smith28/09/201705/07/202205/07/2022GovernorsNone
Donna Westall06/10/2011 16/07/2023GovernorsNone