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 2021-22.

To contact any member of the Governing Body please email the Clerk to Governors.

Our current members of the Governing Body are:

Governor Category Date of appt Term of office Pecuniary / business interests

Attendance at FGB 2021-22 X(out of a possible)

Attendance at FGB 2020-21 Responsib-ilities  

Mr David Bryson



4 years None 100% 100%

Chair of Governors

Mrs Rachel Copeland Parent 07/01/21 4 years None 100% 100% Vice Chair of Governors  
Mrs Theresa Adams Foundation 22/02/21 4 years None 100% 100%       
Mr David Talkowski Foundation 17/11/21 4 years Employed by Lloyds Banking Group 2 (3) N/A    
Mrs Lorna Howarth Foundation  01/09/21 4 years None 100% N/A    

Mr Kieron Lillis

Foundation  23/11/20  4 years None 75%


Vacancy Foundation   4 years          
Vacancy Foundation   4 years          
Mr Steve Croft Parent 24/06/21 4 years None 3 (3) 0 (1)    
Mr Colin Kershaw Local Authority 23/09/19 4 years None 100% 100%    
Mrs Helen Lever Staff 07/10/20 4 years None 100% 100% Assistant Head and SENCo  
Mrs Sue Woods Staff (Head) 01/09/19 N/A None 100% 100% Headteacher  

2 since appointment


Associate Members

Associate Members are not governors but they are appointed by the governing body to attend committee meetings and/or full governing body meetings due to their particular skills or experience. Unless stated they are elected for a period of 4 years. Our Associate Members are:

Mrs Anita Druce (School Business Manager) was appointed as an Associate Member on 15/10/20 with voting rights at Resources and Admissions committee meetings. (Pecuniary / business interests: Daughter employed by the school on a casual basis)
Deacon Steve Boughton was appointed as an Associate Member to MVL committee  on 17/11/21 as the Governing Body’s representative for Whistleblowing. (Pecuniary / business interests: None)
Mr Gregory Fauvarque was appointed as an Associate Member to MVL committee on 17/05/22  for a period of one year. (Pecuniary / business interests: None)


Previous members of the Governing Body (GB):





Pecuniary / business interests

Attendance at FGB 2021-22

Attendance at FGB 2020-21

Mrs Janine Birkin-Hewitt




Birkin-Hewitt Associates Ltd (Health & Safety company)



Mr Gregory Fauvarque





3 (3)


Deacon Steve Boughton





1 (1)


Mrs Nuala Oughton

Foundation 01/09/17





Mr Steve Croft



Resigned 29/04/21

None N/A 3 (3)

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:

Term 1 Minutes 14-10-21; Term 3 Minutes 27-01-22; Term 5 Minutes 05-05-22

2020-21: Term 1 Minutes 15-10-20; Term 3 Minutes 27-01-21; Term 4 Minutes 25-03-2021 ; Term 6 Minutes 07-07-21

2019-20: Term 1 Minutes 17-10-19; Term 3 Minutes 30-01-20; Term 5 Minutes 02-04-20; Term 6 Minutes 02-07-20

2018-19: Term 6 Minutes 27-06-19;    Term 5 Minutes 16-05-19;    Term 4 Minutes 28-03-19;    Term 3 Minutes 14-02-19;    Term 2 Minutes 06-12-18;    Term 1 Minutes 18-10-18

2017-18:  Term 6 Minutes 12-07-18;     Term 5 Minutes 10-05-18;     Term 4 Minutes 22-03-18;     Term 3 Minutes 08-02-18;     Term 2 Minutes 07-12-17;     Term 1 Minutes 12-10-17

2016-17:  Term 6 Minutes 13-07-17;     Term 5 Minutes 18-05-17;     Term 4 Minutes 06-04-17;     Term 3 Minutes 09-02-17;     Term 2 Minutes 12-12-16;     Term 1(b) Minutes 20-10-16;   Term 1(a) Minutes 15-09-16


Mr David Bryson – Chair and Foundation Governor

I live in Malmesbury with my wife and two children, and am a founding Director of a renewable energy company with operations on several different continents. I was keen to become a governor at St Joseph’s for several reasons, from being able to have an input into how the school is run to simply having an understanding of all that goes on behind the scenes. 

The experience I have gained, in both my private and professional life, enable me to provide a valuable voice on the board of governors. I am committed to ensuring that St Joseph’s provides each and every child with the foundation to grow not just academically but also personally. Each pupil should be given the skills to leave the school as confident, motivated and independent young people.


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 17 years and my wife, Nicola, works in admin at the school. My main focus is maintenance of the school premises/land. Over the years I have worked closely with the school 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, and laying a new path to re-open the walkway. I also work with a small, dedicated team helping to maintain areas of the grounds and the buildings.
– 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.
– Instituting a HACCP Food Safety System in the new kitchen.


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, whilst still maintaining the school’s ethos and values. I bring my creativity and communication skills to the Board, while looking at every aspect of each situation. I work as a florist in Cirencester and my creativity links in very well with being Link Governor for Art, Music & DT.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and I’m obsessed with gardening… it’s definitely the way to relax!

Mr Steve Croft – Parent Governor

I was very honoured to be re-elected by the parents of St Joseph’s to serve a second term as Parent Governor in 2021. I currently have two daughters at the school and a son looking forward to joining them. I passionately believe that there is no better foundation in life than a good education and will dedicate my time as a Governor to ensure that St Joseph’s provides your child with the best possible start in life they deserve.

In my spare time I am a keen nature lover taking full advantage of the wonderful surroundings we are blessed to live in.

Lorna Howarth – Foundation Governor

I was appointed as a Foundation Governor in September 2021 having recently relocated to Malmesbury from St Andrews (Scotland). I was drawn to St Joseph’s as I believed it to be a nurturing educational setting, underpinned by a strong ethos with values that will enable my children to thrive. I am keen to participate in the strategic development of the school and believe I have gained sufficient insight throughout my career to act as a critical friend on the governing board.

Having completed a PhD in Biogeochemistry, I started my career as an Environmental Scientist. I have always been interested in understanding how academic ‘know how’ can be applied to address ‘real life’ problems. I’ve spent over a decade working on collaborative open innovation research and development projects in both the UK and the Middle East. I am also a professional coach and mentor to early-career researchers. I love being outside and I enjoy spending my spare time exploring new places with my family. I am also the section leader for 1st Malmesbury (Friday) cubs.

Mrs Helen Lever – Staff Governor

Originally from Cumbria, I trained as a teacher at St Martin’s College, Lancaster and began my teaching career at a Catholic primary school in Bristol. A couple of years later, my husband and I relocated to the USA where I had the experience of  teaching in a Catholic school in Beavercreek Ohio. On our return (with a toddler, a baby and a cat!) I worked part-time in primary schools in Tetbury and Bradley Stoke, always widening my experience as a subject leader and, eventually, a Senior Leader of EYFS and KS1.

I began my role as Assistant Headteacher at St Joseph’s in September 2020 and I am very pleased to have the opportunity to serve as the Staff Governor too. I am committed to having a positive impact for St Joseph’s, and will endeavour to work with drive and passion to use my educational experience, knowledge and skills to enthusiastically shape St Joseph’s for an excellent future.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, walking my dog, playing the piano, reading, and treading the boards with a local musical theatre group.

Mrs Sue Woods – Headteacher and Staff Governor

Born and raised in Bath, I am pleased and honoured to have the role of Headteacher at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School.

I started my teacher training at Nottingham Trent University, teaching across the age ranges. My first post as a newly qualified teacher (NQT) was at a Catholic school in Salisbury. After a couple of years, I moved northwards to Hereford where I worked as a Reception teacher in a large two-form entry school. I worked my way up to Assistant Head, but after eight years – during which time I got married and became pregnant – it was time to return to my roots. I loved my time in Hereford, however the South West was where my heart was and where my family were based. So, with new babe in arms, we relocated back to Bath. In the following years I held positions at schools in Bath and then Trowbridge.

Most recently I have been the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) and Senior Leader at a large Catholic school in Trowbridge.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, going to the theatre, travelling, reading books and watching the odd football match live!