Our Governors

Our Governors

The Governors at St. Michael’s, together with the staff team, are responsible for ensuring that the school delivers the best educational and learning environment possible.

We bring experience from a variety of business, professional and community backgrounds with a majority of us either currently or previously having our children in the school. Our constituency also maintains part of the schools strong links with parents, community, church and parish.  We meet regularly to review progress, maintain financial stability and to consider longer term developments.

We introduce ourselves below and any one of us would welcome the opportunity to explain more about what we do as all governors are visible in the daily life of the school.


We currently have 14 serving governors

1 Authority Governor appointed by Wiltshire Council

Nigel Payne
Nigel became an associate governor in 2019 and is now the Local Education Authority governor. He moved to Aldbourne in 2013 after retiring from a career in the food industry. He is an experienced school governor, from small primary schools to large secondary and is looking forward to supporting  St Michael’s School and its wider community.

2 Staff Governors

Judith Arkwright, Head Teacher

Sarah Gandolfo
Sarah worked for the original after school club “Woodleys” when it first started over 20 years ago, at the same time as working as a childminder in the village. She then became a TA at St Michael’s in 2012 and is now an HLTA. Sarah is also the admin officer for the current “Willows” after school club. She, therefore, has a broad range of experience with both pupils and parents.

8 Foundation Governors elected by The Church

Ex Officio – Rev. Rhona Floate
Rhona became a Foundation Governor in 2019. Before becoming a vicar, Rhona ran scientific and technical library and information services. She also has a degree in music. Rhona is an experienced governor of village schools in Dorset and Wiltshire, focusing on RE, collective worship and the Christian ethos of schools. She lives in Aldbourne, and enjoys walking in the countryside around the village.

Marguerite Seward
Marguerite has been a Foundation Governor since 2016. She was formerly a tutor at Newbury College. She monitors the RE for St Michael’s School and has a great interest in Open the Book and children’s worship. She currently sits on the staffing committee.

Liz Morris, Vice Chair
Liz has been a governor for 8 years and was on the PSA for 3 years before that. She is very proud to be a part of our outstanding school.

Emma Barnes
Emma moved to Aldbourne in 2009 to be closer to work, where she is employed in the family business. She has two children and has supported the school since her son started there as a pupil. Emma became a Foundation Governor in 2018.

Eleanor Williamson
Eleanor became a Foundation Governor in 2018 and joined the Communications Committee. She grew up in the village and attended St Michael’s. She has two children at the School and enjoys volunteering. Eleanor is also currently a member of the St Michael’s Church LCC where she has been appointed as the Environment Officer. Eleanor has a background in marketing and now specialises in digital marketing for entrepreneurs.

Liz Nestor
Liz has been a Foundation Governor since 2019. She has 2 daughters at St Michael’s School.

George Spence
George has been a Foundation Governor since 2019. He has a son and a daughter at St Michael’s School.

Emily Best
Emily became a Foundation Governor in 2020. She has two girls at the school and a younger son who currently keeps her busy during the day. She has a PhD in Zoology and she has a passion for sharing her love for wildlife and enjoys teaching a wide range of groups from university students to Sunday school classes. 

2 Parent Governors elected by Parents of Pupils

Patrick Zebedee
Patrick has been a Parent Governor since 2014, and chairs the Monitoring and Evaluation Committee. He lives in Aldbourne and has two children at the school. Patrick was formerly a secondary Maths teacher, and now works in the Electronics industry as a Project Manager.

Alex Lambert
Alex became a Parent Governor in 2017 and leads the Communications Committee. She is a self-employed physiotherapist who works in the village and has 2 girls, Amelie and Flo. She is also the Secretary for the St Michael’s Aldbourne PTA and is heavily involved in fundraising for the school.

There is 1 Co-opted Governor appointed by The Governing Body

Rupert Bound
Rupert has been involved with the school since 2006. He considers it a constant privilege to be involved with such a thriving school.

The Clerk to the Governors

Sandy Martin

There are also 2 Associate Members appointed by The Governing Body

Ben Everitt, Deputy Head Teacher

Victoria Parmiter
Victoria has been involved with the school for many years – both her daughters attended St Michael’s, she was Chair of the then PSA, as a governor was Chair of Staffing and is now an Associate Member. She thoroughly enjoys her job as a full time teaching assistant here.

If you have any queries or would like to know more about being a governor at St. Michael’s, in the first instance, please email Sandy at smartin@stmichaelsaldbourne.co.uk

The Full Governing Body (FGB) meet 5 times a year, with meetings being set at the start of the academic year.

For further information on attendances at meetings, business and pecuniary interests and more information on our work please see links below.


Minutes of the meetings are available on request.