The Governing Body is made up of a team of very dedicated volunteers who provide strategic leadership and accountability and support the school in delivering its aims and objectives and ensuring the correct policies, plans and procedures are in place.

According to our constitution, our school’s Governing Body consists of 12 people that includes seven Foundation Governors (appointed by the Bishop of Clifton Diocese), one Local Authority Governor (nominated by the local authority but appointed by the governing body), two Parent Governors (elected by the parents and carers) and two Staff Governors (including the Headteacher, the other staff governor is elected by the staff). For more information please see our Scheme of Delegation 2018-19.

Our current members of the Governing Body are:

Governor Category Date of appt Term of office Pecuniary / business interests Attendance at FGB 2018-191 Attendance at FGB 2017-181 Committee membership2 Responsib-ilities
Mrs Nuala Oughton Foundation 01/09/17 4 years None 6                 (6)  6                     (6) L&S, M,V&E, SDP, Recruitment, Resources (attend) Chair of Governors
Mrs Rachel Copeland Parent 07/07/16 4 years None                   (6) 5                     (6) SDP, L&S, M,V&E, Recruitment Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of SDP
Mrs Theresa Adams Foundation 22/02/17 4 years None 5                    (6) 6                     (6) L&S, M,V&E, Recruitment Chair of M,V&E
Deacon Steve Boughton Foundation 17/11/17 4 years  None 5                  (6)  4                     (5) M,V&E  
Mrs Janine Birkin-Hewitt Foundation 02/10/18 4 years Birkin-Hewitt Associates Ltd (Health & Safety company) 6                    (6) N/A Resources, Recruitment, SDP Chair of Resources
Mrs Louise Talkowski Foundation 01/03/17 4 years None 4                    (6) 5                     (6) L&S  
Mr Gregory Fauvarque Foundation 17/05/18 4 years None 5                    (6) 0                     (1) Resources  
Mr Matthew Pardo Foundation 17/05/18 4 years  None  5                     (6)  1                     (1) L&S, M,V&E  
Mr Colin Kershaw Local Authority 01/09/15 4 years None 6                    (6) 6                     (6) Resources, Recruitment  
Mr Steve Croft Parent 22/11/17 4 years None 4                    (6) 5                     (5) Resources  
Mr John Dawson Staff 09/05/18 4 years None 5                    (6) 1                     (2) L&S, M,V&E, SDP  
Mrs Ann Wood Staff (Interim Head) N/A N/A None 6                    (6) 2                     (3) L&S, Resources, M,V&E, SIP Chair of L&S
Mrs Elaine Pearce Associate Governor   N/A None N/A 5                     (6) Resources, Admissions (with voting rights)  

1 Total possible meetings in brackets
2 Committee key:
L&S – Learning & Standards committee
M,V&E committee – Mission, Vision & Ethos committee (inc Admissions)
Resources – Resources committee
SDP committee – School Development Plan committee

If you would like to contact any of the Governors about their role or their vision for the school, please email the Clerk to Governors.

Latest Minutes from our Full Governing Body Meetings:

Minutes 16-05-19

Minutes 28-03-19

Minutes 14-02-19

Minutes 06-12-18

Minutes 18-10-18

Minutes 12-07-18

Minutes 10-05-18

Minutes 22-03-18

Minutes 08-02-18

Minutes 07-12-17

Minutes 12-10-17

Governor Annual Report 2016-2017

Minutes 13-07-17

Minutes 18-05-17

Minutes 06-04-17

Minutes 09-02-17

Minutes 12-12-2016

Minutes 20-10-2016

Minutes 15-09-2016


Mrs Nuala Oughton – Chair and Foundation Governor

I was born and grew up in Northern Ireland; training to be a teacher at Queen’s University in Belfast. After one fantastic year of teaching and a great deal of flying with the University Air Squadron, I was lucky enough to be selected as one of the first female RAF Pilots in 1990.  I joined the Hercules fleet at RAF Lyneham and have lived very happily in Malmesbury for the past 20 years.

I have been a Foundation Governor at St Joseph’s for 14 years. I care passionately about delivering the best possible education for every child in the loving, caring, fun environment that epitomises St Joseph’s. I have three children, all of whom attend or have attended St Joseph’s. My hobbies include skiing, reading, singing in several choirs and playing the cello.

Mrs Rachel Copeland – Vice Chair and Parent Governor

Prior to becoming a School Governor I spent four years as the Chair of Cross Hayes Pre School, which gave me great insight into OFSTED and the challenges faced by educational organisations, but also served to inspire me to offer as much support as I could to the children and teachers at St Joseph’s.

I challenge the school to maintain the equilibrium of fun, academia and forest school – to create active and happy children – while constantly looking forward strategically at where it aims to be in the future.


Mr Colin Kershaw – Local Authority Governor

Originally from Oldham, I relocated to Malmesbury in 1998.  I work in the food industry. My university education focused on Chemistry and I am a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Both my daughters attended St Joseph’s, I have been a Governor for 16 years and my wife, Nicola, works in admin at the school. My main focus is maintenance of the school premises/land and new related initiatives, as well as co-ordinating health and safety.

Over the years I have worked closely with Elaine Pearce, Headteachers and Governors co-ordinating projects, including:
– New KS1 extension and garden
– New boiler and heating system
– Resurfacing of the playground
– Creation from a patch of playground of a new ICT suite, which later became the library
– Clearing of the overgrown, impassable, Nun’s Walk which links the church to the school, laying a new path to re-open the walkway
– Assisting in negotiation with Diocese for use of ‘the land’ leading down to the river behind the school
– Improved security, with the introduction of lanyards for governors, visitors and contractors, plus security fobs for staff.


Mrs Theresa Adams – Foundation Governor

I joined St Joseph’s in 2013 as a Foundation Governor. I have two children; Mia who has already been through St Joseph’s and Charlie who started in September 2016. I myself went to St Joseph’s!

Being a Foundation Governor, I am committed to helping the school to achieve the very best, while still maintaining the school ethos and values. I am a florist and bring my creativity and communicating skills to the board, while looking at every aspect of each situation. I am particularly interested in anti-bullying. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and relax by gardening.


Mr Gregory Fauvarque – Foundation Governor

I joined St Joseph’s in 2018 as a Foundation Governor. I have three sons who all went through St Joseph’s several years ago. Whilst they were attending St Joseph’s, I came to appreciate the welcoming and competent staff, the small size of the school allowing a real relationship between the staff and the children, and the involvement of the school within the parish.

I am committed to helping the school to become an even better school, whilst maintaining their vision and values. Being a program manager, I bring my organisation and analysis skills to the board. I am particularly interested in the financial aspects of the school and am determined the get the best value out of the school’s budget for the wellbeing of the staff and children.

Mrs Janine Birkin-Hewitt – Foundation Governor

Originally from Middlesbrough, I moved to Malmesbury in 1991 whilst serving at RAF Lyneham. My daughter attended St Joseph’s between 1998-2005, and I was elected as a Parent Governor in 2004 before being appointed as a Foundation Governor in 2007. I spent two periods as Chair of Governors between 2005 and 2014, leading the Governing Board through two Ofsted inspections in 2008 and 2012. I served until 2014 and, after having a break to pursue other interests, I was reappointed as a Foundation Governor in October 2018. My background for the last 20 years has been in business and law, and I’m pleased to be able to contribute those skills to the school that gave my daughter the best start possible to her education. I firmly believe that all children are entitled to the best education society can provide, and that local families should be able to access education for their children in the community in which they live.

When I’m not working I enjoying spending time with family and friends, cooking, eating and trying new types of gin! To compensate for those indulgences, I can occasionally be found in the gym working off the calories.

Deacon Steve Boughton – Foundation Governor

I am a permanent Deacon, appointed to serve in St Aldhelm’s Parish, Malmesbury and the Clifton Diocese.  I joined the Governing Body in  2017 as a Foundation Governor and serve on the Mission, Vision and Ethos sub-committee. My focus is on forging ever-stronger links between the school and Parish, and supporting the school and staff with input on RE and faith issues.



Mr Matthew Pardo – Foundation Governor

I moved to Malmesbury in spring 2013 and my daughter Nancy started school here that September. I was immediately struck by the wonderfully warm nature of St Joseph’s. The staff, the parents and in particular the pupils, were so welcoming, warm and friendly… it was such a wonderful environment to be accepted into. It made us feel like part of a community. I took the opportunity to become a governor because I wanted to give something back to the school, after all it’s done for my daughter. 

I work in the press and media team at Public Health England and spend my days answering complicated questions about radiation and chemicals. Before joining Public Health England I spent 11 years as a journalist all over the UK. I’d like to think I bring a complete outsider’s perspective to the work of the school as I’ve never been involved in any aspect of education.

Mrs Ann Wood – Acting Headteacher

I originally trained as a PE teacher and taught in a secondary school when I first started my career in 1989. Then, by accident, I fell into educational recruitment, which took my career in a slightly different direction for 11 years. I finally returned to the classroom, this time in the primary sector, which I absolutely love.

I was fortunate enough to join St Joseph’s in 2015 as a class teacher and have taught Year 1 to Year 6 during my time here. It has been a real privilege to take on the role of Acting Headteacher and to work so closely with such a wonderful group of children, staff and parents. This school really is such a special place.

A visiting parent recently said to me: “I had no idea that there was so much to St Joseph’s, it’s a real hidden gem!” We might know this but others don’t, so I am passionate about sharing our very special school with as many people as I can.

Mrs Elaine Pearce – Associate Governor

I joined the School in 1994 and have seen many changes over the years including staffing and increase in school capacity.  The addition of land in recent years has enriched the learning environment that we can now offer to prospective parents.