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.

In addition to governors who act as Trustees, we have three members made up of Mr J Neil, Mrs T Smith and The Diocese of Bristol (Mrs L Townend).

Mrs Helen Redhead, Chair of Governors - Parent Trustee/Governor

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

I am married and we have one son who is currently in Panda class. I have been a Primary School Teacher for fifteen 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.

Mr Greg Evans, Vice Chair-Co-opted Trustee/Governor 

My name is Greg Evans and I am a co-opted Trustees/Governor which means that I have been appointed by the trustees/governors of the school.  Currently I am Vice-Chair of the Governing Body and a member of the Finance committee. I am link governor for mathematics.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 King William Street. 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.

Rev. Simon Stevenette -  FoundationTrustee/Governor

My name is Rev. Simon Stevenette and I am a Foundation Trustee/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 16 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 Lisa Bamsey Silva - Staff Trustee/Governor

My name is Lisa Bamsey Silva and I have been appointed by the non-teaching staff as a Staff Trustee/Governor. My term of office will run from September 2017 to September 2021. I am a member of the Finance committee and share responsibility for data with Helen Redhead.

I am married with two children, one who is currently in year 2 and my other will be joining when he is four. I love the family feel of the school and its special place within the community.

I live locally in Old Town but previously I worked in Portugal for four years where I met my husband and we had our first child. Whilst I was there I worked as a Finance Analyst for a large hotel. Prior to this I had worked in Finance for many years and also in Retail Management.

I hope I will have something to offer as a Staff Governor, I want the best for the school and for the children and hope I can aid in making it a safe, enjoyable and happy experience for them.

Mrs Margaret Clarke - Trustee and Headteacher

As head teacher of King William Street CE Primary School I am also a school Trustee/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 an Assistant Psychologist, Tom who is working as a Teaching Assistant and Laura who having studied law is working as a solicitor in Bristol.

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




Mrs Elizabeth Kendall - Staff Trustee/Governor

My name is Elizabeth Kendall. I am a Staff Trustee/Governor which means that I have been appointed by the teaching staff of the school.   I became a trustee/governor in February 2018 and my term of office expires in February 2022.

I am in my fourth year as a teacher at King William Street CE Primary School. I feel very committed to the school from both a teaching and parent perspective; my two children attend King William, they are in year 3 and year 6. We moved to Swindon just under 4 and half years ago and live very close to the school. My family and I love Old Town; we were immediately made to feel welcome, by the school, the church and the local people; we have all settled in so well. Swindon is and will remain our home now. I have nothing but positive feelings for the area and our School, and wish to continue to support the improvement and hard work of the teachers, School, parents and wider community.

Mrs Sarah Garrett- Parent Trustee/Governor

My name is Sarah Garrett and I am a Parent Trustee/Governor, which means I have been appointed by the Parents / Carers of the school on October 2017.  My term ends in October 2021. I am the Pupil Premium governor and share responsibility for English with Helen Hartnell, 

 My husband, James, and I have lived in Old Town for over twelve years and we feel very much part of the local community. With both our children attending King William (Year 4 and Year 2) I’d like to see the school continue to do well in providing fun experiences and education within a safe, respectful and caring setting, for all of the pupils that attend.

I have seen, and continue to believe in, the difference that positive relationships and interactions can have on people young people. After graduating in Psychology from University my professional background has focused on working with vulnerable young people across Swindon.  This included young people who were homeless, those with mental ill health and young offenders.

 My husband and I can confidently say that, so far, our children's experience at King William (personal growth and perspective of school life,) is far more positive than we had even hoped. As a Governor I would like to oversee and work toward ways of helping every parent and child at this school feel the same.


Mr Neil Mercer-Parent Trustee/Governor

My name is Neil Mercer and I am a Parent Trustee/Governor which means I have been appointed by the Parents / Carers of the school on November 2018. My term ends in November 2022. I am married with one daughter, currently in Polar Bear class who is generally very happy and secure at school and comes home excited about her learning and her experience in the school community. We live in Old Town where we have many friends and get involved in many community activities. 

I have worked as a teacher at Crowdys Hill School since 2009 and was a staff governor for a year. I trained to teach secondary history in 2003 but most of my teaching career has been teaching 11-16 year olds with a range of complex learning difficulties, particularly autism. I have also used my ICT skills at Crowdys to support teachers and other staff into how to use technology to enhance their practise both in and out of the classroom. 

I am a keen musician and have played guitar in bands for twenty years, currently a ceilidh band and an acoustic duo. At Crowdys I ran the school choir for a number of years, running rehearsals and preparing for regular performances. 

I am proud to be governor and am keen to support and help improve King William Street School in any way I can. 


Mrs Helen Hartnell -Foundation Trustee/Governor 

I became a trustee/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 the SEND governor and share responsibility for English with Sarah Garrett.

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. 


Mrs Nicola White, Chair of Finance- Parent Trustee/Governor.

My Name is Nikki White and I am a Parent Trustee/Governor, which means I have been appointed by the Parents / Carers of the school.  I am also chair of the Finance Committee. My term ends in 2019.


I live in Old Town with my husband and three children, the youngest two attend King William Street CE Primary School.


I have worked in finance for many years and currently I work at a local secondary school in the Finance Department. I have always been interested in school finance as it is so different to any other sector in the charity or business world. With the changing structures of schools becoming academies and joining MATs or similar I think it is a very interesting, exciting and probably somewhat challenging time ahead for the education sector as a whole and something I would like to be involved in.