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Lakeside Primary School

Hatherley Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 6HR

Welcome to the Governor section of the school website  »  Governors' Profiles

Our role as Governors is to work collectively in the best interests of the children, ensuring good conduct of the school and high standards of educational achievement. A fundamental part of our success is building an open, honest and constructive working relationship with all of the staff and parents.

As a governing body we have a real mix of skills and expertise that we bring to the school; whatever our background we all hold the same motivation and commitment to make Lakeside a great place for education and a great place to work.

Please take some time to read our introductions.

David Young - Chair of Governors

I have been Chair of Governors since April 2017, being Chair of Governors in such a wonderful school as Lakeside is a massive privilege and something I really enjoy.

I have a very diverse background. I have a Law degree from Bristol University. I was a Commissioned Officer in the Royal Military Police for 8 years and I have 34 years of experience working for a very large company in the security industry. I have held General Manager and Managing Director roles in UK Companies. My final role was as Senior Vice President with full executive responsibility for all Product sales in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific. I have held both UK Plc Board and US Executive positions.

I have lived in Hatherley with my family for 27 years, I am also a Councillor for Up Hatherley Parish Council. Now I am retired, I have the time to give something back to the community in which I very happily live alongside spending time with my wife and family and 3 wonderful grandchildren.


Dawn Brooks - Co-opted Governor & Vice Chair of Governors

I joined the Governing body in July 2017 as a Co-Opted Governor. I am currently the HR Manager at the EMEA Corporate HQ for an international company. I have experience in HR practice in the UK and Internationally. I am a chartered member of the CIPD and I have a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a Postgraduate Diploma in HR Management.

I am also a mum of two boys, both of which are very happy at Lakeside. As a governor I can apply my professional experience and skills to support the school. I am passionate and enthusiastic about Lakeside School, it really is a wonderful school. I hope to make a difference to the school as part of the Governing body and I am fully committed to ensuring Lakeside is an inspiring and positive learning environment for everyone; pupils, staff and parents.

James Sharp - Co-opted Governor

I joined as a Governor in November 2016 and I am a Co-opted Governor. I chair the Curriculum and Standards Committee.I've got a masters degree in Astrophysics from Cambridge University and a background in software engineering. I've worked in a variety of industries, from robotics to telecoms but most recently I'm a director and founder of a company making software specifically for... School Governors. When not doing anything school governing related I love to be outside, in the hills, with my dog Gatsby and also have a private pilot's licence.

Tim Brown - Co-opted Governor

I live in the Reddings and wanted to give something back to the community in which I live. I have previous experience as a Parent Governor (Finance Committee) at Christian Malford Primary School in North Wiltshire, where I was a Governor for 2 years. I have 23 years of experience in the Hospitality and Catering Industry in a variety of roles; my final role before leaving the industry was Food and Beverage Operations Manager a Center Parcs, Longleat. I am now self-employed, working as a driving instructor and also running a property management company. I hope to be able to bring my experiences and skills to the school, particularly as a key part of the Estates Committee.


Daniel Gillingham - Local Authority Governor

I am the Local Authority appointed Governor, and I was appointed to the board in May 2017. My link role includes Pupil Premium, Safeguarding, Looked after Children and SEND.

Outside of the governing body, I work for the Local Authority as a Commissioning and Participation Officer, with a particular focus of ensuring that voice of the child is central to the work that we do, especially with children who are looked after. I have extensive experience of working in children’s services and have had various roles in education, youth work and in social care and more recently working in Local Authority Education in a team which monitors the education provision for looked after children - a role where I worked with many professionals including social care, health, special educational needs services and many school and educational settings. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Integrative Health and Social Care, a Foundation Degree in Supporting Teaching and Learning and ILM Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring in Management. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and enjoy the much needed ‘down time’ I have.

I wanted to be a governor as I am passionate about ensuring that all children have the opportunities they need to enable and allow them to achieve the best possible outcomes and I look forward to working with the Lakeside school community in the years to come.

James Fry - Co-opted Governor

I joined the governing body in December 2018 as a Co-opted Governor but also have child at the school. I am a member of the British Computer Society and have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. I work as a software consultant, and have experience with organisational change in a number of industries from public sector through commercial property management. I am very proud to be part of the Lakeside family and to be able to support the school along with the rest of the Governing body.

Parin Gohil - Parent Governor

I am the appointed Parent Governor and start my tenure this September 2019. I have lived in the local area for 4 years and my two older sons already attend Lakeside and are very happy, I have seen the supportive and nurturing nature of the school first hand. I have been in teaching for 15 years and am currently a Deputy Headteacher and SENDCO of a local secondary school, I have experience in all aspects of school life, including; leadership & management, curriculum implementation & impact, pastoral support and Ofsted inspections. I hope to use my expertise to support and guide the school to ensure high standards are maintained and positive outcomes are sought for all pupils.

Adele Knight - Parent Governor

I am delighted to be appointed as a Parent Governor, starting my tenure in September 2019. I have a son at Lakeside, in Year 2, and am committed to representing the voice of parents in all aspects of strategic decision making and promoting parental engagement in the life of the school. I have a long and extensive background in education. I have been teaching, in Gloucestershire schools, for 22 years; 19 of which spent in Senior Leadership, spanning three different schools. I am currently a Deputy Head and Inclusion Lead (inc. SENDCo) at a primary school in Gloucester. Prior to this, I was also Deputy Head in a large inner city school for 13 years. I have vast experience in driving rapid actions to secure whole school improvement and hold current responsibility for English Leadership, Curriculum Implementation and Inclusion (including SEND, Children in Care, Pupil Premium and Pastoral support). I am also a Designated Safeguarding Lead. Throughout my career, I have worked within a consultancy capacity, supporting teaching and learning in other schools and was a Leading Literacy Teacher for the county.

As a parent and educational professional, I am dedicated to helping Lakeside School be the best it can be; both in living the values and vision of high quality education as well as promoting the reputation of the school within the local community.

Eleanor Sharman - Co-opted Governor

I joined the Governing Body in 2019, and I currently sit on the Finance Committee. I have a background in hotel management, but for the last 15 years I have worked in education in a variety of roles. I have worked in student finance in a large Sixth Form centre, as a Finance Manage in two primary schools, and for the last nine years I have been the Bursar at Rendcomb College. Outside work I enjoy spending time in the garden and have recently become a convert to parkrun, where most Saturdays I can be found making my way around various local courses. I am excited to be involved with such a vibrant school and I am looking forward to my time as a Governor.

Cat Smith - Staff Governor

I joined teaching late in life and previously worked as a HR Advisor. I did my BA degree in Business Studies and completed my PGCE after 5 years working for a finance company in a HR role.

I have been a teacher for 5 years and I joined Lakeside in 2015. I started my Lakeside career working in Year 1, and taught in Year 1 for 2 years. I then moved to Year 4 in 2017/18 and I am now currently teaching 3S. I really enjoy both key stages and feel it has been very beneficial having the opportunity to work in both. I am currently leading 'Pupil Voice' with a particular focus upon the School Council.

Away from school, I support my husband’s family with the running of their small holding farm in Boddington. The farm is a place I spend a lot of my free time as we are busy looking after sheep, pigs, horses and chickens. We also have a black labrador called Tilly who is 2 years old and very mischievous!

Stephen Dowell - Associate Governor

I am an Assistant Head Teacher at The Milestone School in Gloucester, a large outstanding Special School catering for over three hundred pupils with a wide range of Severe, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties. I am Head of the Middle Department and manage a team of fifty staff. I have worked in mainstream primary settings and have been a classroom teacher, Middle Leader and am now part of the Senior Management Team. I am married and live in Cheltenham with my wife, two step children and one year old baby. The two eldest children attend local mainstream primary and secondary schools.

Ben Jordan - Headteacher

I have been the substantive Headteacher at Lakeside since January 2019. Prior to this appointment, I was a Headteacher of an outstanding primary academy for twelve years. I have had experience of executive headship as well as working in six different primary settings across England and Wales. In my spare time, I like to keep fit. I also love watching sport.

Kate Shepherd - Clerk to Governors

I took on my first clerking role in 2012 and now clerk for a number of schools in Gloucestershire – I have been involved with Lakeside Primary since 2015. My schools are a mix of academies, maintained and special schools and I also work as an administrator for CLP (Cheltenham Learning Partnership) and GAPH (Gloucestershire Association of Primary Heads). I am a Governor at a local Cheltenham school and have been involved in governance there since 2008. I have a real passion for school governance and try to pass on knowledge and best practice ideas where possible.