Pensford Primary School

Pensford Primary School

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List of School Governors and their potted histories




Finance and Personnel Premises and Health & Safety Phil Wallhead (Chair) Therese Tyson Warrick Barton  Nigel Chambers Donna Uren Adele Balzan  
Performance Standards and Pupil Welfare Julie Parker (Chair) Warrick Barton Sam Miller Jo Barnes Paul Todd Andy Flack
H & S Governor Phil Wallhead Pupil Discipline Paul Todd Warrick Barton

Attendance at committee and GB meetings over the academic year 2016/17

Nigel Chambers - 100%

Therese Tyson - 82%

Adele Balzan - 73%

Phil Wallhead - 91%

Julie Parker - 100%

Jo Barnes 84%

Paul Todd - 70%

Donna Uren - 100%

Andy Flack - 100%

Warrick Barton 94%

Sam Miller 84%

Governors who resigned or whose term ended in the 2016/17 academic year

Jim Crouch - 50%

Catherine Hunt - 100%

Diana Nagle - 75%




Chair of Governors Nigel Chambers   Office ends 20/07/2019

Co-opted governor

As a civil servant working for the Health and Safety Executive for 34 years and before that working in Higher Education, Nigel has extensive experience of company management systems and of analysing and improving company technical performance. He has led and developed teams of engineers, scientists and enforcement specialists in a wide range of projects and programmes which have linked with and impacted on local and national business programmes.

Nigel has sat on industry advisory committees as both advisor and secretary and has experience of strategic decision making at a national level with strategic decision making at a national level with, for example, the NHS.

He has wide experience of chairing committees. More recently,he has 3 years experience of working with reception age children as a volunteer “Bookbug” - a BaNES project aimed at bringing male influence to bear on early years reading for boys. Currently he is enlisted on the Chairs’ National Development Programme due to start in early 2017.

He has no links with other School Governing Boards.

Vice-chair vacancy  


Warrick Barton  


Mr Barton joined Pensford School from Longwell Green School where he was deputy head and KS2 leader.

 Sam Miller  

Teaching and Support Staff Governor

Sam has been teaching for six years and has taught in Cornwall and South Bristol covering every year of Key Stage 2. Sam has mentored students and a newly qualified teacher during his years in teaching. He joined Pensford School in 2016 as KS2 leader and became the staff governor this academic year. Sam has no personal connections with any governors or school staff and no business interests that could influence any decisions made by the GB.

 Jo Barnes  12/07/2020

Parent Governor

Jo is a Disability Adviser at the University of the West of England. Her role is primarily to provide advice, support and information to disabled students, prospective students and staff, as well as contributing to policy and service development. Jo has a qualification in Adult Dyslexia Disagnosis and Support, and has previously worked as a teacher of English as a foreign language to children and adults overseas. She has also worked in further education, teaching young people with learning disabilities.

Jo has no business interests that could influence my decisions regarding the school.

 Paul Todd  12/07/2020

Co-opted Governor

Paul joined the GB in the summer of 2016 and brings with him a wealth of educational knowledge. 

He was previously a student at Pensford having grown up in the area and after leaving in year 6 in 1990 he attended Chew Valley Secondary School. He gained a teaching degree  at Southampton University with PE as his specialist subject. He is now Assistant Headteacher at Bridge Learning Campus (an 'All through' school) with responsibility for Engagement and Motivation. (Essentially Behaviour Rewards and Attendance). Paul declared an interest - his sister works for 'Made in Bristol' which is a tv company.

Donna Uren  11/07/2021

Parent Governor

Donna had a successful career in finance, managing sales teams within the asset financing spectrum.

Donna has experience in many areas of communication management and has served on committees involved with children's sporting activities in Bristol.


Donna has no links with other Governing Boards.

 Phil Wallhead  03/06/2018

Parent Governor

Phil left school at 17 and went to work for NHS in payroll and became Senior Finance after 5 years.
He joined Commercial Union (now Aviva) and became Sales Manager managing a team selling Life, Pensions, mortgages and investments to the public. He was also responsible for Compliance. 
In1986 Phil left and formed a Financial Services Business which he still runs but in 2007 he sold to another company, and now concentrates on personal sales working from home.  
Phil has a portfolio of property with a partner and they do most of the renovating work themselves.

He has no link with other governing bodies.

 Julie Parker  03/06/2018

LA Governor  

Dr Parker has recently retired and moved to Publow, but  previously worked as a consultant psychiatrist locally for many years. This gave Julie experience in teaching and training, also how to cope with change in the public sector, as well as managing staff, including supervision, recruitment and appraisals. Julie is supportive of village schools being the hub of village life. She does not have any business ventures or links with other governing bodies.

 Andy Flack  11/07/2021

Co-opted Governor

Andy is currently working as an historian at the University of Bristol and his previous career was working for the Blind in Business Charitable Trust and he now sits of the Diversity & Equality Committee at the University. Andy has a particular specialism in D & E.

Andy has no links with other Governing Boards.

Adele Balzan 20/07/2020

Parent Governor

Adele has worked in a variety of marketing roles, for large and small brands, working both client-side and agency-side - originally within the Food Industry, but more recently with brands across councils, recruitment, events/venues finance, retail, children’s food & children's sports services.  She is used to managing a large team, building relationships, interpreting requirements and developing successful marketing campaigns. Adele now runs her own business managing the marketing strategy and communications for a range of clients. Adele has declared an interest - she is the owner of Brightside Marketing Solutions.

Therese Tyson 06/12/2020 Co-opted Governor - Therese has worked foremost of her professional life as an HR manager in a range of large organisations ranging from engineering, energy production and legal services. She has significant experience in employee relations, recruitment, corporate responsibility, diversity and projects. This experience has been valuable in her role of governor at the school where Therese has used her skills, knowledge and experience both in HR and management matters. Three years ago Therese  stepped out of the world of paid employment but then realised she wasn't ready for that so now works part-time as a Deputy Registrar in the registrar service of a local authority.
All 3 of her children attended the school before attending Chew Valley School and then University. Therese is active in the local community in other ways such as the Local History Group, which she helps to organise - again this involvement has contributed to the life of the school.

Therese has declared an interest - her son-in-law is a director and shareholder of Jam Jar Printing Co.

Sarah Millican   Associate Member - Sarah is the Business Manager at Pensford School and attends the Finance and Personnel meetings to support the committee and also manages the budget and works closely with the chair of governors.