Gotherington Primary School

The Lawns, Gotherington, Cheltenham, GL52 9QT

Governance  »  Meet the Governors


Name and Role: Mike Mintram, Chair of the Governors (Acting Safeguarding Governor) 

Type of Governor: AppointedMike Mintram

Term of Office: 4 years (Appointed September 2019 – Office term ends 23/9/23)

Committees: Finance, Personnel

Panels: Headteacher Performance Management Panel

Class Responsibility:
Pen Portrait: I’ve worked in business and marketing for many years. I’m chair of the charity that supports Westonbirt Arboretum and I also work as a business coach and mentor for the Growth Hub at Gloucester University. I’ve lived in the village for over 25 years and all our children went to Gotherington School. I’m keen that Gotherington remains an outstanding school in every way.


Name and Role:
Sandra Parker, Vice Chair of the Governors

Type of Governor: Appointed

Term of Office: 4 years (Appointed March 2014 – Office term ends 2/3/22)

Committees: Standards and Curriculum Committee

Panels: Pay Panel, Headteacher Performance Management Panel

Responsibilities: Standards and curriculum 


Pen Portrait: I am a trained primary school teacher and currently work for Gloucestershire County Council as a school performance adviser, where my role involves monitoring, supporting and challenging schools to achieve high standards. I live in the village and have one child at the school and another who has left and is now in secondary school. I am Vice Chair and chair of the Standards and Curriculum Committee. I am the governor linked to early years.

Name: Jan Morrow
Type of Governor: Appointed
Term of office: 4 years

Pen Portrait:
I am a trained junior/secondary school teacher and was co-owner of Garden House Nursery School for fifteen years until I retired in December 2015. I have had extensive experience of working with early years children and have had close links with Gotherington Primary School for many years. I am therefore very pleased to have been asked to become a Governor of the school.

Name: Judith Price
Type of Governor: Appointed
Term of office: 4 Years
Pen Portrait: I am married with two children and have always lived and worked in the Cheltenham area. Having been in education for 40 years initially as a teacher, with the last 22 years as a headteacher, I am fully aware of the challenges that currently face our schools but know we must put children at the heart of what we do. I am passionate about education and have a particular interest in creating an inspiring and innovative curriculum and learning environment both inside and outside. I also feel that developing positive ‘can do ‘ attitudes towards learning is imperative for children to become well motivated resilient life long learners. I have supported other schools in ensuring their children achieve the very best possible and have travelled the world to research education. I have been a Governor for the past 30 years and am currently a Governor at two schools.I am thrilled to be a Governor at Gotherington Primary and as well as sitting on the main governing body I am part of the standards committee and pay panel. Sign in to Outlook


Name: Mark Longland

Type of Governor: Parent

Term of Office: 4 years (Elected 01/12/2016 – Office term ends 1/12/20)

Committees: Standards, Health and Safety

Panels: Pupil Behaviour

Responsibilities: Health and Safety



Pen Portrait: I am an Aerospace engineer of 26 years’ experience, 22 of which serving in the Royal Air Force. I have two children in the school. My curriculum areas of responsibility are History, Science and Music. I have class responsibility for Year 4 and sit on the Health and Safety committee.


Name and Role: Sarah Maclay 

Type of Governor: Parent

Term of Office: 4 years (Office term ends )

Committees: Standards & Curriculum 

Pen Portrait: 
I have worked as a publisher for over twenty years, and am passionate about literacy and the power of reading. I live in the village and have two sons at the school. I was elected as a parent governor in 2020.


Name and Role: Sally Lawrance

Type of Governor: Parent

Term of Office: 4 years (Office term ends August 2022)

Committees: Finance,

Panels: Pay Panel

Responsibilities: To be decided

Pen Portrait: I have spent over 20 years in business, working in marketing, customer services, leadership, strategy, change management and people development. I have two children at Gotherington and was elected as a Parent Governor in 2018.


Name and Role: Hayley Kent, Staff Governor

Type of Governor: Staff Governor

Term of Office: 4 Years (Office term ends 14.01.24)

Committees: N/A

Panels: N/A

Responsibilities: Governor training

Pen Portrait: I joined Gotherington in 2016 and am currently the Year 2 teacher and a member of SLT as Curriculum Lead. I have a passion for sport and use this through my PE subject role.


Name and Role: Tracey Poole, Finance Manager

Type of Governor: Associate Member

Term of Office: Office Term ends 18/9/17

Committees: Finance

Panels: None

Pen Portrait: I have worked at the school for the past 16 years. I have been Finance Manager for three years and gained my School Business Management qualification in 2014. I support the Headteacher and governors in the day-to-day maintenance and financial management of the school. 


Name and Role: Anna Newman, Clerk to Governors

Type of Governor:

Term of Office:

Committees: None

Pen Portrait: I have worked at the school providing administration support for the past 5 years.