Welcome to the Board of Governors for Ashlands CofE Primary School


Roger Evans – Chair of Governors
Responsibilities: Safeguarding, Pupil Premium & Finance Committee

I am a company Director and have 10 years of experience as a school Governor and 7 years as Chair. I bring significant experience of finance and headteacher performance management. I am also the link Governor for Pupil Premium and Safeguarding and bring further experience of SIAMS having been Chair of a local school which achieved an “Excellent” rating in 2019. My passion is helping every child to achieve their potential and to enable them to bring their whole selves to school.My aspiration for the school is to develop closer ties with the local church through greater representation on the Board. 



Liz Clemow – Vice Chair
Responsibilities: Finance committee, SEND, Quality of Education 

I have been a governor at Ashlands for 8 years and both my children have profited greatly from attending the school.  My son when it was a first school, and my daughter, who is currently in KS2, as it transitioned to primary.  As such, I have a strong interest in the school’s continuing success.  As a Company Director of a small local company, I am involved in all aspects of its day-to-day running and management.  Before this, I was a languages teacher at secondary level which gave me a good understanding of the education system.  My passion is providing a full and varied range of educational opportunities to all, and my reward is seeing children able to achieve their personal potential. 



 Kelly Millet – Staff Governor 
 Responsibilities: Health & Safety

I have been working at Ashlands for over 10 years as a HLTA and I work mainly across KS2. SEN is one of my passions and I love working with children on their speech and language and with children who need extra support to improve their skills in a variety of areas. Being a Staff Governor has enabled me to  ensure our children have an inspiring curriculum that enriches and helps them to be confident in themselves and with the skills they have learnt.



Dominic Lawrence – Co-Opted Governor

Responsibilities: EYFS

I am a primary school teacher currently teaching year 1 in another school and a leader of Computing and Design Technology subject areas. I attended Ashlands as a child when it was a first school and as a governor, I wish to ensure that the school continues to provide a quality education for future generations. As a primary school teacher I bring significant experience of the primary curriculum, subject leadership, and knowledge of the early years in primary schools. We all go into teaching because we care about the outcomes of the children and I believe that all children have the potential to be successful. 


 Nic Preston – Co-Opted Governor

Responsibilities: Finance Committee, HR, Mental Health & Wellbeing

I am a co-opted governor and very much cherish this role at Ashlands.  I believe that the wellbeing of our young people is of paramount importance; enabling them to thrive and meet their full potential.  I have been working in schools since I completed my teacher training in 1992.   I have held a number of posts in a range of settings but have specifically focused on pastoral leadership roles for the past twenty years.  I am currently employed as an Inclusion Manager in a local secondary school, heading a team who support students with SEMH needs.    I am a nurture practitoner; a mental health first aider; and, hold a counselling skills qualification.  Young people can only thrive if the adults around them also have their wellbeing needs fully met.  To that end, I have held positions in the past which have advocated for, and supported, education staff.  I hold an Employment Law Diploma and have experience working with HR; negotiating and consulting with employers; developing policy; and, working on equality matters. 


The Governor’s role at Ashlands CofE Primary School .

View the most recent Ofsted Report/Data Dashboard.

“The role of the Governor is largely a thinking and questioning role, not a doing role.”

As a member of the largest voluntary body in the UK school governors have three core functions in order to provide the highest standards of education:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school(s) and its pupils
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school(s) and ensuring  financial probity

A Governor’s role is to advise and support the Headteacher and other members of the Senior Leadership Team and act as a ‘critical friend’.

Why become a Governor?

If you have an interest in helping the school become the best school possible in terms of providing education from EYFS to Year 6, then offering your services as a Governor will allow you to contribute directly to this end.

If you had a good experience of education you may be driven by wanting to contribute to a similar experience for today’s young people; equally if your experience was less than good you may wish to contribute to improve the educational experience of students today.

The Full Board of Governors of the Crewkerne & Misterton Federation

Governor Roles

If you are interested in the role as a Governor of the School, please contact us using one of the methods below. It is, if course, not always possible to offer a post to volunteers if particular skill set or experience already exist within the Board and other subject experience is missing. CONTACT email: Office@ashlandsprimary.school  adding ‘GOVERNOR-INFORMATION’ in the subject line. There are other committees that meet as necessary to consider issues such as parent complaints, staff dismissal, pupil discipline and the Headteacher’s performance management. From time to time working parties are formed for specific, time limited work. On rare occasions when parents feel they have a complaint that cannot be resolved within the School, there are procedures in place to ask for Governors’ assistance. This is outlined in the Complaints Policy. All Governors are contactable via the School Office: Office@ashlandsprimary.school  and by post. Links to Key Governor Documents here Governor Attendance for 2019-2020 Academic YearGovernor Handbook 2017-19Governor Induction Policy V1The Role of GovernorsWhat Governing Bodies should expect from School LeadersGovernor Website:http://www.nga.org.uk/Home.aspxSLP Link to Governor Section: https://slp.somerset.org.uk/sites/governorservices/SitePages/Home.aspx