Our Governing Body

Bathampton Primary School has a highly effective Governing Body.  There are various types of Governors on our Governing Body, drawn from different areas of the community:

Parent Governors: Elected by parents and carers of children at the school

Staff Governors: Selected by election from teaching and support staff from the school

Co-opted Governors: Appointed by the Governing Body to represent the wider community or to provide specific skills

LA Governor: Appointed by the Local Authority

In addition we also have a number of Associate Members who kindly contribute their skills and expertise to benefit the school’s development.   Associate Members do not have voting rights.

Our Full Governing Body (FGB) currently meet 5 times each year.  We also have the following Committees that meet termly and report back to the Full Governing Body:  Personnel; Premises; Pupil Support & Safeguarding; Finance; and Curriculum Committee.


To find out more about our Governors and their professional backgrounds, please see the information below:


 Kara Maylor, Chair of Governors

Kara Maylor has been a parent governor since 2009 and was co-opted to the Governing Body in July 2017.  She is currently Chair of Governors and a member of  the school’s finance committee. She has four children, each of whom have attended Bathampton and three currently in senior school.  She helps coach the school netball team.  Her background is in text book publishing for university business schools where she was a commissioning editor. She currently gives violin and piano tuition and helps her husband in his educational publishing and consulting business.

Lin King

Lin King has worked in all aspects of IT in both the public and private sectors, most recently as a Project Manager.  She is currently vice-chair of Bathampton Parish Council, where she looks after Planning and Conservation, and has been its representative on Bathampton Primary School  governing board since 2009.

Alison Deane

Alison Deane worked as a Systems Analyst and Project Manager before her children were born. Three children have passed through Bathampton Primary School during which time she has helped out in the library, the ICT suite and on school trips; she is also an SMSA at the school.  Alison currently chairs the Pupil Support Committee and is a member of the Curriculum and Premises Committee.

Suzy Yardley

Suzy has 3 children, two of whom have moved on to senior school from Bathampton School and the other one who is still at the school.  She has a Degree and Masters in Psychology, and has worked for the past 17 years in the field of Special Needs, specialising in Autism, which has involved working in a range of mainstream primary schools across the UK. She has worked for the past 10 years as Clinical Manager for an Autism charity in Ascot. Suzy is chair of the Governors Curriculum Committee.

Rev. Jonty Frith

As Rector of Bathampton, co-opted as a governor at the end of 2015, Jontys special concern regards the relationship between the school and village community, and in particular he wants to maintain and strengthen good links between the parish church and school. He takes regular assemblies and is pleased to host school services on special occasions. Married to a teacher, he once served for four years as a teacher and chaplain in a school for boys and girls aged 7-18. Jonty and his wife have four sons, two of whom are at secondary school.



June Wagstaff

June Wagstaff has been a parent governor since 1994 and is now a LA governor. Her three children all attended Bathampton School and have all recently graduated from University. She has been Chair of the Governors’ Finance Committee for many years. She works for the Department for Education as a Delivery Lead for the Initial Teacher Training division and was formerly a Secondary Science teacher and a member of the Senior Management Team in a large secondary school.



Paul Falkus

The Head teacher is an ex-officio member of the Full Governing Body.

Nicola Lake

After a year teaching in another school when she first qualified, Nicola Lake has worked as a class teacher at Bathampton Primary since 1994. She became a teacher-governor in September 2012 and in 2013 she also joined the Curriculum Committee. She was promoted to Deputy Head teacher in September 2013.



Emma Naysmith

Emma Naysmith is a parent governor with one child currently at Bathampton Primary School and one at senior school.  Emma is on the Finance Committee and the Pupil Support committee. Emma’s career history revolves around food, being a food technologist to major retailers, and in a management consulting role. She has an MBA from Bath University and founded then ran The Mystery Dining Company for six years.

James Nash

James Nash has one child at Bathampton Primary School. He has a degree in Typography and has worked in the Design and Marketing industry for 20 years. He spent 11 years in Sydney, Australia, where he founded and ran a design agency called “Evolve Creative”. In 2012 James returned home to the UK where he can focus on the family and get involved with school fundraising and events

Mark Nicholson

Mark Nicholson has three children, two of whom have now moved from Bathampton Primary to senior school and one is in Year 4 at the school. He has in excess of 20 years human resources experience in private sector businesses in the UK and New Zealand and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). He is currently Group Head of Human Resources for Wessex Water based in Bath and sits on the schools Personnel Committee.

Cheryl Cook (Vice Chair)

Cheryl Cook is a parent governor with three children currently at the school. She is Vice Chair to the Governing Body and is a member of the Finance Committee.  Cheryl qualified as a management accountant in 2000 and has worked as a commercial manager in the private sector, and in management consulting roles.  She has worked in central government as a programme manager specialising in finance and analytics.

Associate Governors

Jenny Franks

Kevin Stamper-Watling


Our Clerk to Governors is Liz Owen.  She can be contacted with any questions on the Governing Body at:


Our Governing Body makes its Handbook publicly available and can be viewed here: Governor Handbook 2017-18

To view our meeting dates for 2017/18 please click here

Other useful documents:

Governors Attendance Registers 2016-17



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