Gotherington Primary School

The Lawns, Gotherington, Cheltenham, GL52 9QT

Governance  »  Meet the Governors


Name and Role: Mike Mintram, Chair of the Governors 

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


Subject Responsibilities:

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 

Subject Responsibilities: Early Years

Class Responsibility: Year 1

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: 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

Subject Responsibilities: History, Science, Music, SEN

Class Responsibility: Year 4


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: Peter Price-Thomas, Safeguarding Governor

Type of Governor: Parent

Term of Office: 4 years (Office term ends 13/7/20)

Committees: None

Panels: Standards

Responsibilities: Safeguarding

Subject Responsibilities: PSHE, Geography, Computing, Maths

Class Responsibility: Year 6

Pen Portrait: I am currently training to be a secondary school Geography teacher, based at Balcarras School in Charlton Kings. Prior to this, I was, variously: a sustainability consultant; part-time stay-at-home Dad; and, CEO of an international sustainable development charity. I was elected as a Parent Governor in 2016 and my primary role is that of Safeguarding Governor. I have children in Y1 and Y4.


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

Subject Responsibilities: Maths and Sport/PE

Class Responsibility: Year 1

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 Ken, 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

Subject Responsibilities: None

Class Responsibility: None (Currently a teacher)

Pen Portrait: 

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

Responsibilities: None

Subject Responsibilities: N/A

Class Responsibility: N/A

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

Panels: None

Responsibilities: None

Subject Responsibilities: N/A

Class Responsibility: N/A

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