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Our Governors are all volunteers and help to lead the school. Their role is one of strategic leadership, leaving the day to day management of the school to the Headteacher. Declarations of pecuniary and non-pecuniary interests are a standing item on Full Governing Body meeting agendas.


There are four categories of Governors: 

  1. Parent Governors - we have 2 of these who are elected by the parents and serve for 4 years.
  2. Foundation Governors - we have 7 of these who are appointed by the Parish and the Diocese.  Some of these people are also parents and the Vicar (Mr. Nichol) is an ex-officio officer. They serve for 4 years too and can be re-appointed.
  3. Local Authority Governor - we have 1 of these and s/he is appointed by the Local Authority, serves for four years and may be re-appointed.
  4. Staff Governor - there is 1 of these, representing the teachers and non-teaching staff.  They are elected by the staff and serve for 4 years. 


The Headteacher is also a Governor.

To contact the Governors please email our clerk Mrs Alison Wright


Meet our Governors

Revd Paul Folland – Foundation PCC Governor, Chair of Governors

My name in Paul Folland and I am currently the Chair of the governing Board. I am a qualified teacher, and currently work at Regents Theological College which is part of the Elim site next to the school. My role involves supporting the Early Years area against the School Development Plan, and leading the governing team in the work we all do. 


Mr Nick Brown - Foundation PCC Governor, Vice-Chair of Governors

I joined the Governor team is 2018, after being proposed for the position by the St. James Parochial Church Council which I am a member of, also being a regular in the St. James congregation. I have been living in Malvern for ten years, and take a keen interest in the local community. I sit on the West Malvern Social Club committee and have been running the local monthly charity quiz for the past five years. I bring a broad business background to the team, utilising the skills I have develop through work across many companies in the UK and in Europe, where I specialised in helping businesses implement change in organisation, systems, processes, and products. I am married, with seven children and four grand-children, so know a bit about kids! I enjoy walking and can often be seen walking the hills with my dog. 


Mrs Gilly Maxim – Foundation PCC Governor
Gilly works for the Diocese of Worcester's Education Department with responsibility for governance, land, buildings and school organisation. She has just completed an MA in Theology and Leadership and is now undertaking research for the Church of England Developing Education Leaders Programme. Gilly has four children who all attended St James' and are now thriving at secondary school.


Revd Geoff Richardson – Foundation DBE Governor

I have lived in West Malvern with my wife, Helen, since 2009 when Regents Theological College relocated from Cheshire.  I retired from the College in 2016 having worked as Lecturer and Pastoral Dean for 21 years.  Prior to that I was a pastor and before that an HR Manager in the engineering industry.  Much of my life has been in education, and four of our five children are teachers, so I have always been passionate about learning.  I look forward to serving St. James’ School, focussing on Religious Education, Worship and Christian Values.

Geoff Richardson (Revd.) BA, MTh


Mrs Gywn Klee – Foundation DBE Governor

After a lifetime of interest on and in Education in High Schools and Colleges, a Senior Examiner in English for a number of years and still teaching foreign languages, I am now discovering the foundations of all teaching and learning. It is a privilege to have access to these and to understand how crucial they are to our children. I am the lead Literacy Governor. 


Mr Jerry Tudge - Foundation DBE Governor

I was born in West Malvern and a pupil at the School from 1950-56. My
working life was in Building Surveying and this included looking after
across Worcestershire. I have been involved in fostering and working
with disadvantaged children for over 35 years and have been a Foundation
Governor at St James for the last 10 years and pleased to see my
Christian faith being lived out in the School.


Dr Liz Bridges – Local Authority Governor

I am Dr Liz Bridges, Director of External Operations for Aston Medical School.  My son is an ex- pupil of St James, now in the 6th Form at The Chase.  As a local member of West Malvern Community I wanted to give back to the Community, and as a parent felt I had valuable experience I could offer.  In my professional career I have experience in governance, quality assurance, and education review and feel this is valuable experience I can bring to the governing body of St James.



Mrs Gemma Tomkinson – Staff Governor

I am proud to represent the staff as a governor. I work across the school in both support and teaching roles covering a wide range of curriculum areas. I am also lunchtime manager, appointed first aider and mental health champion in school. These various roles allow me to have a wide scope of the day-to-day running of the school and in addition, allow me to work with all of the children and staff. This high level of interaction promotes engagement with both teaching and support staff, which provides them with plenty of opportunities to raise concerns or celebrate successes that can then be passed onto the governing body.


Mrs Naomi Turner – Parent Governor

My name is Naomi Turner and I am a newly appointed Parent Governor. My background is in Mental Health Nursing and I have had children at the school since 2015. My role is to support and challenge the leadership of the school so that every child is given the opportunity to reach their potential.


Mrs Catherine Smith – Parent Governor

I am Catherine Smith a parent governor since May 2019. My main role is the safeguarding lead. This involves regularly monitoring the school to ensure they are taking all the appropriate steps to safeguard our children.


Amanda Cassell – Associate Governor


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We have no employees at our school with a gross annual salary of £100,000 or more

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