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St Nicholas C of E Primary School East Challow

A caring community where all pupils are valued and achieve well.

Local Governing Body

Local Governing Body


Tim Benbow: Chair, Parent Governor, Safeguarding, Teaching & Learning

Tim joined the governing body as Chair in 2021, having previously served as a member and vice-chair of the LGB at Millbrook.  He is a university lecturer at King’s College London, where he teaches history and politics.  He lives in East Challow and has two daughters who attend St Nics.


Rev. Alec Gill: Foundation Governor, Ethos & Values, Pupil Voice

Alec became part of the LGB following his move to the local area in September 2016, taking up the role of Associate Vicar for the Vale Benefice. Alec has been a Church of England minister for 4 years, previously working as a church youth worker. As one of our local vicars, Alec’s concern is for the school to achieve the best outcomes for all its pupils and staff, through its identity as a Church of England school.


Heather Richards: Headteacher

Heather joined as Headteacher at St Nicholas CE Primary in January 2021 and has over many years of experience teaching and leading in small Church of England schools across Oxfordshire. Interestingly St Nicolas Primary was her first teaching position in Oxfordshire.  Prior to this she worked at a large two-form primary in Southend-on-Sea and prior to that taught in South Norwood in London.  She brings twenty-five years teaching experience across a wide range of settings.


Lisa Speakman: Parent Governor, Special Needs & Pupil Premium

Lisa was appointed to the role as Parent Governor (June 2021).  She has two children at St Nicholas and works as a P.E teacher in a secondary school. She is looking forward to supporting the school in her new role over the coming years.


Nicola Wilson: Parent Governor, Website, Social Media & Marketing


TBA, Director Appointed Governor


TBA, Director Appointed Governor


Lottie Smith: Clerk

For more information about the role of LGBs within the Vale Academy Trust and to view a register of interests of the members of the St Nicholas LGB, please refer to the documents below.

St Nicholas c of E Local Governing Body Register of Interests 2020-2021