Meet the Governors


The role of the governing body is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

  1. set the aims and objectives for the school
  2. set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  3. set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  4. monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  5. be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)

The Governing body of King William Street CE Primary School consists of parents, staff, members of the community and the church.

Mr David Jell-Parent Governor and Chair

My name is David Jell and I am parent governor which means that I have been appointed by the parents/carers of the school.  Currently I am Chair of the Governing Body and the link governor for Child Protection.  I became a governor in January 2014 and my term of office expires in February 2021.

I am married with two children, who are both pupils at King William Street Primary School.

I, myself, was a pupil at King William Street (many years ago!) so I have an historical interest in the success and achievements of the school as well as, now, as a parent.

I work as Manager at the Arts Centre.  I look forward to being able to utilise my skills, particularly in health & safety, technology and communication, alongside helping to ensure the continuing success of the academic achievements of the school. I also want to be able to support the staff to create a safe and social environment for all involved in King William Street School.

Mr Greg Evans-Co-opted Governor and Vice Chair

My name is Greg Evans and I am a co-opted governor which means that I have been appointed by the governors of the school.  Currently I am Vice-Chair of the Governing Body and a member of the Finance committee. I first became a governor in January 2010.

I am married to Justine and we have four children. In 2007 we took the decision to move our three younger children to King William Street from another local school because we felt there was (and still is) something very special about KWS. Since then we have both been passionate about the school and its ethos and have done what we can to contribute. That is why I applied to become a Governor in 2010. 

I also run a local computer software company and in my spare time I enjoy long dog walks, collecting music, DJing, photography and I try to stay fit.

Mr James Neill-Parent Governor and Chair of Finance

My name is James Neill. I am a co-opted Governor at King William Street CE Primary School which means that I have been appointed by the governors of the school.  Currently I am Chair of the Finance committee.  I first became a governor in February 2013.    

My daughter has been at King William Street since she joined the reception class in September 2010.

I currently work as a Decision Support Consultant in the property department at Nationwide, where I have also worked in Retail Strategy and Group Strategy and Planning.


Mrs Rachel Walsh-Staff Governor

My name is Rachel Walsh. I am a Staff Governor which means that I have been appointed by the non teaching staff of the school.   I became a governor in January 2014 and my term of office expires in January 2018.

Having worked as a print designer in London for many years, I made the decision to move to Swindon for a quieter life and to be nearer to family 9 years ago. I now have 2 children one who still attends King William Street Primary and the other has recently moved onto Commonweal.

My passion for working with young children came when my daughter attended King William Street Pre-School and the desire to become more involved led me to become a keyworker there for several years.  I then moved on to be employed as a TA Assistant in Reception where  I have been for the past 5 years at King William Street Primary School.

Now I am a governor I hope I can aid the beginning of school life for all children at this school so that it will be an exciting, secure and happy experience.

Mrs Margaret Clarke-Headteacher

As head teacher of King William Street CE Primary School I am also a school governor.

I have been head teacher at King William since April 2010. Prior to this I was head teacher of Northview Primary School and deputy head teacher at another local primary school. I am a mum to three children-Sophie who is studying a Masters in Psychological Research Methods, Tom who is waiting for employment as a part 1 architect and Laura who having studied law is working as a solicitor in Bristol.

My family and I have lived in Old Town for many years and my children attended local primary and secondary schools.




 Mrs Emma Kearns-Staff Governor

My name is Emma Kearns. I am a Staff Governor which means that I have been appointed by the teaching staff of the school.   I became a governor in October 2014 and my term of office expires in October  2018. 

I am in my third year as a teacher at King William Street CE Primary School. I firmly believe that every child should have positive experiences of school to help them grow personally and academically.

The governors play an important role in this, especially within our community focused school. I hope, that as a teacher and a governor I can help maintain and develop the contribution that King William Street CE Primary School makes to the lives of the children and their families.

Mrs Helen Hartnell - Foundation Governor 

I became a governor in August 2016, appointed by the Bristol Diocese to support the Christian values at the school. My term of office expires in August 2020.

I am married and live in Old Town, and have two grown up children as well as three grandchildren of primary school age. I attend Christchurch, Old Town. 

Recently retired, my working life was in education. I was a secondary school teacher for 27 years, with English as my main subject. I was Head Year and Head of Department in Learning Support. I became a teacher of children with special needs and I was a Special Educational Needs Coordinator. I was particularly interested in supporting children with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia and ASD. The last ten years, I worked within a local authority as Senior Inclusion Officer and manager in a statutory SEN service.  

I believe in the principle of inclusive education entitlement, that every child is special and precious. I want children at King William Street to enjoy learning, to respect and to care for themselves, each other, their environment, and to develop spiritually. I would like our school to continue to be a welcoming place where children feel safe to achieve and to enjoy a stimulating education. 

Ms Julie Eldon-Parent Governor

My name is Julie Eldon. I am a Parent Governor which means I have been apointed by the parents/carers of the school. I became a governor in May 2015 and my term of office expires in May 2019.

 I live with my partner in Old Town and we have two boys who both attend King William Street School. I work part time for British Airways and have spent the last 18 years as cabin crew flying around the world, meeting people, visiting various countries and experiencing different cultures. I do enjoy my job as it keeps me positive and enthusiastic about life.

It was my interest in education, and perhaps a sense of civic duty and a feeling of giving something back to the community which led me to put myself forward for this role. I enjoy spending time with children and seeing them develop and grow is really special. I want to especially ensure that ALL children reach their potential regardless of ability, background, culture or race, and not just academically but personally too. I think it is important that King William School is a happy caring environment where learning is fun and engaging for both pupils and staff. The staff in fact are key as it is their enthusiasm and commitment which is passed on to the children. Their professional development is just as important as that of the pupils.

 The small size of King William Street school means it does have a family feel to it which is rather special and as a Governor I am committed to doing all that I can to ensure the future success of the school.

Rev. Simon Stevenette-Foundation Governor

My name is Rev. Simon Stevenette and I am a Foundation Governor at King William Street CE Primary School which means that I have been appointed by Bristol Diocese, along with the other Foundation Governors to support the Christian  values which the school upholds as a Church of England school. Currently I am a member of the  Foundation Governors committee.  I became a governor in September 2002.    

I am the vicar of Christchurch and  Area Dean of Swindon. I have led the parish as Vicar for the last 13 years. I am married to Nicola and we have 5 sons.  I love meeting people, working in the community building teams and helping people develop and grow in their spiritual gifting.

I enjoy sport in general especially running and am a member of Chiseldon tennis club and the Nuffield gym. I am Chaplain of Swindon Town Football club and an active member of the Swindon Rotary club.

Mrs Helen Redhead-Parent Governor

My name is Helen Redhead and I am a Parent Governor. This means that I have been appointed by the parents/carers of the school. I became a governor in December 2016 and my term of office expires in December 2020. As a governor I have responsibility for data.

I am married and we have one son who started in Blue Whale Class this academic year. I have been a Primary School Teacher for twelve years now and prior to going on maternity leave I was a Teacher Governor at the school where I work in West Swindon.

I am passionate about education and feel that we have a responsibility to provide the very best that we are able to for all the pupils of King William Street School. It is a privilege to be able to make a contribution as part of the Governing Body. I hope that my experiences as a teacher will be a help in this task.

My husband and I moved from Cambridge in 2008 so that he could work for a Christian mission charity. We are especially pleased that we are now able to be involved in the life of King William Street School as it holds with our own values and has a special place within the community of Old Town.

Mrs Nicola Twine-Parent Governor