Our Governing Body

We have a great team of governors who contribute significantly to the school.

governors meeting imageThere are various types of Governors on our Local Governing Body, drawn from different areas of the community, bringing a wealth of experience.

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

MAT Appointed Governors: Appointed by the MAT to represent the wider community or to provide specific skills

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

Our Local Governing Board has delegated responsibility from the Bath & Wells MAT Trust Board.  The BWMAT Scheme of Delegation sets out what decisions the LGB can take and which decisions are taken by the Trust Board.

Our Full Governing Board currently meet 5 times each year and 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 & Ethos 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 governor at the school since 2009.  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.

Cheryl Cook (Vice Chair)

Cheryl Cook was initially elected as a parent governor and became a MAT Appointed governor on conversion to the MAT.  She has 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.

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.

Emma Naysmith

Emma Naysmith is a governor whose children both attended Bathampton Primary School and are now 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.

June Wagstaff

June Wagstaff has been a governor since 1994.  She has served as a parent governor, LA governor and most recently MAT appointed.  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.



Thomas Brewer

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.



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.  (James’ Term of Office as Parent Governor ends on 12th October 2019.)

Mark Nicholson

Mark Nicholson has three children, two of whom have now moved from Bathampton Primary to senior school and one is in Year 5 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. (Marks’ Term of Office as Parent Governor ends on 12th October 2019)

Associate Governors

Liz Owen

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


Useful Documents:

Governing Body Meeting Dates 18-19

Governors Newsletter Oct 18

BWMAT Governors Code of Conduct 2018

LGB Governor Attendance 2017-18




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