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.

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 2                     (2)  6                     (6) L&S, M,V&E, SDP, Recruitment, Resources (attend) Chair of Governors
Mrs Rachel Copeland Parent 07/07/16 4 years None                   (2) 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 2                    (2) 6                     (6) L&S, M,V&E, Recruitment Chair of M,V&E
Deacon Steve Boughton Foundation 17/11/17 4 years  None 1                  (2)  4                     (5) M,V&E
Mrs Janine Birkin-Hewitt Foundation 02/10/18 4 years Birkin-Hewitt Associates Ltd (Health & Safety company) 2                     (2) N/A Resources, Recruitment, SDP Chair of Resources
Mrs Louise Talkowski Foundation 01/03/17 4 years None 2                    (2) 5                     (6) L&S
Mr Gregory Fauvarque Foundation 17/05/18 4 years None 1                     (2) 0                     (1) Resources
Mr Matthew Pardo Foundation 17/05/18 4 years  None  2                     (2)  1                     (1) Resources
Mr Colin Kershaw Local Authority 01/09/15 4 years None 2                     (2) 6                     (6) Resources, Recruitment
Mr Steve Croft Parent 22/11/17 4 years None 2                     (2) 5                     (5) Resources
Mr John Dawson Staff 09/05/18 4 years None 2                     (2) 1                     (2) L&S, M,V&E, SDP
Mrs Ann Wood Staff (Interim Head) N/A N/A None 2                     (2) 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 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 13 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, Head teachers and Governors co-ordinating projects, including:-
– Clearing of the overgrown, impassable, Nun’s Walk which links the church to the school, laying a new path to re-open the walkway
– Creation from a patch of playground of a new ICT suite, which later became the library
– New KS1 extension and garden
– New boiler and heating system
– Resurfacing of the playground
– 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.

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.