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Meet the Governors

Meet the Governors

Wes Lacey

Chair of Governors (since 2011) Governor since 2009

Retired. Previously Assistant Chief Probation Officer, Warks.

Qualifications -. BA(hons) Economics, Diploma in Applied Social Studies, MBA

Likes - Walking, Cycling, Travelling, Golf, retirement, grandchildren

Dislikes - DIY,shopping,getting older, McDonalds.

Claim to fame:  Met Tony Blair at 10 Downing Street.


Rebecca Aberton

Vice Chair of Governors (Governor since 2010)

Qualifications -. BEd (Hons); MA Education; PhD

Likes - Family, friends, live music and sunshine

Dislikes - Intolerance, anchovies and reality TV 

Claim to fame:  My great grandad was the inspiration for Toad in 'Wind in the Willows'


Lucy Dube

Governor (since 2021) and parent to two children

Likes -Trees, running, playing the piano, cake

Dislikes - Litter, plastic packaging, toffees

Claim to fame - I have a Blue Peter badge (I played cello in Warwickshire youth orchestra and we performed on the show)


Cat Oulton-Rowe 

Co-opted Governor (since 2022) 

Likes - A cup of tea, reading and the sunshine! Combining all three is best!! 

Dislikes - Horror movies, spicy food 

Claim to fame - Orlando Bloom used to visit my local pub when I lived in Canterbury! 


Hannah Ratcliffe 

Parent Governor (since 2023)

Likes - Dancing, gardening, listening to podcasts

Dislikes - Being cold, long journeys, 

Claim to fame - I'm the great great niece of a suffragette!


Mandy Coleman

Early Years Educator (WNS since 2010)

Qualification - BTEC National Diploma in Nursery Nursing

Likes - Walking, talking, reading, spending time with family and friends and helping others

Dislikes - Seeing anyone sad or struggling

Claim to Fame - I ran 10k in mud to raise money for charity and I met Prince Charles and Princess Diana when I was little


Cathy Bignold

Head teacher (WNS since 2011)

Qualifications - Bed (Hons), EYP, NNEB, National SENDCO award

Likes - Coffee, reading, the seaside, custard, prawns and Christmas!

Dislikes - Rats, coriander, celery and tea

Claim to Fame - I once sang (as a backing singer) in front of 500 people!


Amanda McDonnell

Business Manager (WNS since 2022)

Qualification - CSBM

Likes - Reading, going for walks, listening to music

Dislikes - Wasps, traffic jams and thunderstorms

Claim to Fame - I used to be a professional singer in a band!