Neatishead CofE Primary School

Federation Governors

Norfolk Governor Hub

Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing board is absolutely key to the effectiveness of our school. Time and time again Ofsted (the national inspection body for schools) has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management – including by the governing board.

The role of the governing board is a strategic one with three key functions:

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.

There is lots of useful help and advice regarding admissions at but please contact Helen Clarke in the school office on 01692 630241 or if you have any enquires about our governors or how you become one.

Salhouse & Neatishead Federation Governors

Name Position Term of Office
Ms Julie Church Head Teacher N/A
Mr Steven Powles Parent Governor 20.3.15 – 19.03.19
Mr Richard Barker Co-opted Governor, Chair 25.01.17 – 24.01.21
Ms Lucy Conway Co-opted Governor 16.01.18 – 15.01.22
Mrs Laura Davies Staff Governor 22.01.18 – 21.01.22
Mrs Angela Feeley Co-opted Staff Governor 16.01.18 – 15.01.22
Mrs Jane Gay Co-opted Governor 15.07.18 – 14.07.22
Mrs Jude McGill Co-opted Governor, Vice Chair 14.06.16 -13.06.20
Rev David Smith Bishop appointed foundation governor 21.09.17 – 20.09.21
Mr Nick Drew PCC appointed Foundation Governor 05.10.17 – 04.10.21
Mrs Lena Arien  Parent Governor 26.01.18 – 25.01.22
Mrs Helen Clarke Clerk N/A


 Governor Roles/Responsibilities
Richard Barker Chair of Governors
Assessment for learning
Finance, Premises & Health & Safety
Governor training
Most of my working career was in managing Local Authority education and children’s Services in London, Kent and Medway. I have been Assistant Director of Education/Children’s Services for Medway Council with full responsibility for a broad range of services, including SEN, Behaviour Services, Admissions, school places planning and buildings development and child protection.  I have been a successful children’s services consultant supporting Local Authorities, school clusters and individual schools on strategic development; Ofsted preparation and bidding for funding. I am privileged to be elected chair of governors of Neatishead and Salhouse School Federation. As strategic leaders, we as governors are accountable to parents, children, staff and indeed Ofsted and SIAMS  (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) for how well the school does. Seeing our children learning and succeeding in class, or enjoying performing in their Christmas Play, makes it all worthwhile.
Jude McGill Vice Chair of Governors
Pedagogy& curriculum
Headteacher’s appraisal & teachers’ pay panel
Pupil premium & sports grant
Staff well-being

I began my career teaching ‘A’ level Business Studies and Accounts in schools in East London, and finished by returning to Norfolk to teach ICT, and then later became SENCo for several years.  Upon retirement from full time employment I worked part-time with young people with behavioural needs. Although my previous experience is with teenagers, I feel that my background will prove helpful in my role as Governor with special responsibilities for SEN, Accessibility and Well-Being.

I was delighted to be invited to become a Governor in May 2016, and have found my involvement with the pupils and staff both stimulating and rewarding. The creation of a positive learning environment leads to progress and growth and I am keen to play a role in ensuring both schools be as good as they possibly can.

Angela Feeley Pupil, family & community support
Safeguarding & attendance
Whole School Pastoral Support

I moved from Southampton with my husband and 3 young children 10 years ago. My children all attended and achieved great success at Salhouse Primary School: leaving well-prepared for their secondary education.

I began my career with Salhouse Primary school 7 years ago and have enjoyed roles such as:

1:1 teaching support for children with special educational needs and whole class teaching as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant.

Today, I continue with elements of these but within my current role of Whole School Pastoral Support.  Pastoral support is varied, ranging from helping the youngest children to settle into school, to the oldest children coping with their transition to high school education.  Modern family life is busy and can be complicated. Much of my time, with the children, involves talking about their worries in meeting all the expectations of learning whilst coping with growing up and all the different social interactions that life requires.

I have been a staff governor for 4 years working closely with Neatishead Primary school whilst based at Salhouse School.

 Jane Gay Pupil, family & community support
Early Years
Safeguarding & attendance

I have been teaching in Norfolk primary schools for many years and have also managed a Preschool before doing Early Years inspections for Ofsted. I am currently working as a Safeguarding Officer alongside my responsibilities as a school governor and occasional supply teaching.

I have been a governor in Norfolk schools for nearly 20 years, both primary and secondary.

My responsibilities at Neatishead and Salhouse are Safeguarding with safer recruitment and Attendance, Pupil, Family and Community Support, Early Years and SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools)

Laura Davies Class Teacher
 I have been a teacher at Neatishead for five years, previously working in a first school in Norwich, a large primary school and a Pupil Referral Unit. I am the senior teacher and have further responsibilities for pastoral care and RE. I am lucky to be able to share my passion for music with all the children. I run a choir, we perform with and compete against other schools and we all just love to sing! I am training to be a Forest School leader and our outdoor learning is exciting and vibrant. Neatishead C of E Primary School is a wonderful place to teach and learn.
Lucy Conway Assessment for learning
Environment for learning
I am a co-opted governor with my child attending Neatishead C of E Primary School. I have been a governor for nearly 7 years and at various times had 4 children passing through this school.  I have seen it grow in strength and move through partnership to federation.  I have been a secondary school teacher and am very interested in education as a whole and enjoy my role as a governor being involved in the school in all ways that I can including accompanying the children on school trips to the theatre, church and sporting activities.
Steven Powles Pedagogy & Curriculum
Finance, premises & Health & Safety

Professionally, my background is in data analytics’ for the NHS, a job I have done for the past 16 years.

I have served as a Parent Governor since 2015 and was elected to chair in 2016 which I did until November 2017. I am extremely proud to be part of both schools achievements over the past few years and look forward to being part of the great team who are committed to continuing the high standards of education at both schools with a view to them both becoming outstanding.

I have two children current at Salhouse School, with my eldest leaving two years ago after spending a fantastic 3 years there.

Nick Drew Finance, Premises & Health and Safety

I was born in Manchester in 1949 and was educated at Harrow School.  I went to Manchester University (Economics Degree) and then became a Chartered Accountant.

I have been a Board Member of a wide variety of Companies- although now retired.

For many years I have been treasurer and a member of Neatishead PCC.

My grandchildren attend Neatishead Primary and Pre School.

I have lived in Neatishead / Barton Turf for 36 years and have been married for 39 years. I have a daughter who is an Anaesthetist Registrar, and a son who is a Chartered Accountant.

My interests include Gardening, Golf, Collecting (Ceramics/ old Beer Bottle labels!), and Travel.

I have recently been appointed as DBE/PCC Foundation governor of Neatishead & Salhouse.