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Meet the Governors

More information about the key roles of the governors and how to become a governor can be found here:
https://www.minchacademy.net/governors-information/

Stephen Draper

I am the Chair of Governors and have been a Governor since 2015. I have two children of which one still attends Minchinhampton Academy. I have lived in Minchinhampton for most of my life and attended Minchinhampton school many years ago.

I am a Director of a Bristol based commercial architecture practice. I believe all young people should have access to the best possible start in life through good education where each child is encouraged to fulfil their potential. The School well known and
it is rightly regarded with warmth in the community. It is wonderful to be part of this vibrant and dynamic school.

Nick Moss

Kimberly Downton – Co-opted Governor, Vice Chair

I was delighted to be co-opted onto the Governing Body of the School in 2019.  I am a solicitor with broad experience of charity law, governance and business.  As its Chief Operating Officer and Head of Legal Services, I dedicated the latest part of my career to working in-house at Ruskin Mill Trust, a national educational charity providing specialist education and social care to children and adults with complex needs.  I have served as a charity trustee, company secretary and, most recently, have been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Reach Academy Trust which aims to provide cradle-to-career support for all pupils at its growing network of schools.

Katherine Meredith

I have two children at Minchinhampton school/ nursery and was very happy to become a Parent Governor in 2022.  I have been a secondary school teacher for 17 years; for most of that time I have been working at middle leadership level in pastoral, SEND and wellbeing roles. I recognise how critical it is for children to feel safe and happy at school in order that they can achieve their full potential and am passionate about helping to ensure that pupils of all backgrounds are enabled to do so. It is a privilege to be able to support our school in continuing to build on its many strengths in providing a nurturing and inspiring learning environment for our children.

Mike Allen

My background has been in primary education, I have been headteacher of three Gloucestershire local authority schools. Since retiring I have supported several schools needing improvement. It is a pleasure to be part of the team at Minchinhampton School who endeavour to enable all our boys and girls get a great start in life.

My two grandchildren attend the school. My outside interests include supporting Gloucester Rugby, sitting on the local parish council and attending Minchinhampton Baptist Church.

Emma Williams

Howard Gilbert

My family moved to Minchinhampton in 2018.  Both my daughters joined our school at the same time as I became the ex-officio clergy governor.

I have been involved in schools work for nearly 20 years, and a governor for a lot of that time.  Working with schools and young people is one of the great joys of clergy ministry, and I am delighted to be involved with such a wonderful group of children (and teachers!).

I am passionate about supporting our school ethos, supporting those who plan and deliver RE, and helping our children develop a positive approach to life, as they become increasingly important members of our society.

David Powell

Barbara and I moved to Minchinhampton in 2021 to be nearer children & grandchildren and I was pleased to become a co-opted governor at the school.

I have been a Headteacher of three schools, and was Dorset Children’s Services Principal Primary Advisor from 2005-2012. Alongside supporting school and leadership improvement work, I also worked with UNICEF UK Education Team as they developed the Rights Respecting School Award. My consultancy work has taken me to Mumbai, Spain and Srebrenica, where I supported the youth of the town as they explored their rights following the Balkan Wars.

Following my retirement, I maintained my commitment to schools and families through school governance work, chairing Home-Start Trust boards and until recently, being the Independent Chair of Dorset Music Education Hub.

Gill Price – Foundation Governor 

I was brought up in Plymouth and after a stint in the Royal Navy came to live in Minchinhampton with my husband in the late ‘80s.
We have three adult children, two of whom live abroad, and two little grandchildren.

I was a parent governor at Minch many years ago. I worked for twenty or so years in a local school as the swimming teacher for the young ones. I also helped out in the classroom. Being around children has been one of the great pleasures of my life.

I am involved with the provision for children at Holy Trinity and for this reason was asked to become a Foundation Governor in 2021. I have become the SEND link governor as I have experience of special needs through my own family.

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