Welcome to the Governors' section

What do school governors do?

 Our governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in school. Each governor is a member of the governing body, which is established in law as a corporate body. Decisions are the joint repsonsibility of the governing body. Its key functions are to:

  • set the aims, objectives, targets and policies for the school
  • monitor and evaluate the progress school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the head teacher (a critical friend)
  • oversee the financial peformance of the school

The governing body is not responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implemenation of the strategic framework established by the governing body - this is the responsibility of the head teacher.

Different categories of governor:

Parent Governors have a child in school at the time of their elections and are elected by the parents with children at the school.

Staff Governors are members of staff at the school and are elected by their colleagues.

Co-opted Governors are co-opted on to the governing body by other members because they come from a specialist group such as a business community or because they possess a particular skill which can contribute to the governing body.

Local Authority Governor

Meet the Governors

 Mrs Emma Small

Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor

I joined the governing body in 2017 and became Chair of Governors in January


I have worked in education teaching at primary, secondary and further

education levels. I am no longer teaching as I am a full time foster carer/ part time

farm administrator.

Over the years I have been invloved with St. Laurence's first as a mum

(3 of my 4 children attended the school) and more recently several of my foster

placements have also been educated here.

Business Interest: None

Other establishments governed:

Relationships with staff/members of the governing body:

Appointed until: 10/01/2024




  Mrs Nicola Twiddy

Parent Governor

I am Nicola, I have been a parent governor at the school since 2012. I am a

professional child minder and have six children. I enjoy coming in to school

regularly to listen to the children read. 

Business interest: Local childminder

Other establishments governed: None

Relationships with staff/members of the governing body: None

Appointed until: 23/07/2023


    Mr Kim Stillwell

Local Authority Governor

I came to Ludlow as minister at the Methodist Church in 2015.

I studied as an electrical engineer and worked at the BBC: going on to lecture in

Broadcast Engineering. I began ministry in 2005 in Sandbach, Cheshire.

I have experience as a governor from a previous appointment and became a

Local authority governor at St. Laurence's in 2018.

I am married to Stella and have five children aged between 15 and 26 years old.

With Stella, I enjoy walking, cycling and singing.

Business interests: None

Other establishments governed: None

Relationships with staff/ members of the governing body: None

Appointed until:30/11/2022


   Mr Peter Fishleigh

 Parent Governor


Appointed until: 30/11/2022


Mr Dave Driscoll

Co-opted Governor

I was co-opted onto the governing body in June 2017.

I have worked in education all my life, as a teacher and then as a local authority

advisor. In 1989 I co-founded an education consultancy which was one of the first

in the country and I remain its senior partner. I provide advice and guidance to

schools, colleges and national bodies across the UK and further afield. I qualified

as an OFSTED inspector in 1993 and became a lead inspector in 1997. I trained

new nspectors and quality assured the work of other inspectors, including HMI.

When I finished inspecting in 2016. I was one of the most experienced lead

inspectors in the country.

I noew feel that it is time to give somethng back and I feeel honoured to have

been asked by St. Laurence's to join their governing body.

In my spare time I am a passionate jive bunny and still play football each week,

although the opposition apears to be getting younger !

Business interest: Owner of an education consultancy. Advises other local schools

Other establishments governed: None

Relationships with staff/ members of the governing body: None

Appointed until: 17/07/2023


Mrs Avril DiPalma

Associate Governor

I am delighted to have been asked to sit on the board of governors for St.

Laurence's C of E Primary School, with particular responsibility for finance.

I have spent many years living in Cambridgeshire where I worked at Overhills

Primary School and in which I led the implemenation of the first ever IT suite

in a primary school for that county. 

I have run my own business for over 35 years and for the past 20 years I have

also been the administrative secretary for the British Pyrotechnics Association.

This is the trade association representing professional firework display

compainies. I have sat on the EU committees for standardisation of pyrotechnic

articles and for may years have been adjudicator at the British Fireworks

Championships, a post I stll hold. This makes me responsible for all aspects of

the competition including the H & S of the event.

I have a daughter who went through school classified as gifted and talented

(as a Uk gymnast). I have a good understanding of how schools operate and

an excellent background in finance and am looking forward to supporting the


Business interest: None

Other establishments governed: None

 Relationships with staff/members of the governing body: None

Appointed until: 09/01/2024


Mr Peter Sell

Foundation Governor

I have only been a Governor since early 2020, with this being my first such

appointment. Neither have I been involved in the education system since leaving

school many years ago. Currently I am on the Finance Committee.

For the first 32 years of my working life I was employed by Barclays Bank at

various branches evetually retiring as a manager in the West Midlands. Following

this, I became self employed, primarily investigating fraud and mis-selling in the

financial services industry. For some 15 years I worked in this sector right across

the UK, before retiring completely.

My wife, Cherry and I have lived in Shropshire for almost 30 years and now live

right next door to the school. WE have 3 daughters and 5 grandchildren living

in various parts of the country.

Other interests: A member of the Hereford Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers

at St. Laurence's in Ludlow. Also chair of Hereford United Supporters Trust and

of the Brown Clee Burn Association 11k Run, raising funds for locals good causes.

Other establishment governorships: None

Relationships with staff/members of the governing body: None

Appointed until: 01/01/2024


Mr Chris McKeon

Staff Governor

My name is Chris McKeon and I grew up in London. I am deputy head; English

Coordinator; Deputy DSL; Music Coordinator and teach full time in Year 6.

Before my PGCE, I studied Music and received a First Class Honours Degree,

specialising in classical singing.

Appointed until 01/09/2022



Mr Stephen Matthews

Head Teacher Governor



Standards Committee

Chris McKeon

Peter Fishleigh

Dave Driscoll

Stephen Matthews


Health & Safety Committee

Emma Small

Kim Stilwell

Nicola Twiddy

Stephen Matthews


Finance Committee

Emma Small

Peter Sell

Avril d'Palma

Stephen Matthews


Link Governors

LAC - Emma Small

Safeguarding - Emma Small

SEN & vulnerable learners - Nicola Twiddy

IT computing - Avril d'Palma

Maths - Dave Driscoll

English - Peter Fishleigh

Health & Safety - Kim Stilwell




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