Governing Body

About our Governors....

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and are involved in the appointment of other staff. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the head teacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.

Each individual governor is a member of a governing body, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing body. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body.

The role of the Governing Body is a strategic one, to help the school provide the best education for the pupils. It does this by:

    • setting the aims and objectives for the school

    • setting the policies for achieving those aims and objectives

    • setting the targets for achieving those aims and objectives

    • monitoring and evaluating the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives

    • being a source of challenge and support to the Head Teacher (a critical friend).

The Head Teacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body.

How much time is involved?

This will vary depending on the number of governing body meetings and the amount of committee work governors choose to do. Governors work as a team and as such the amount of time that each governor can give to the role will vary. In addition to meetings, governors need to get to know their school. This will be done by visiting the school for events, focused visits and attend the more informal activities taking place in school, for example open days, assemblies, school fetes and concerts. Meetings take place after school at 3.45pm.

To see the governing body attendance record for 2020 - 21, please click here.

Why become a school governor?

By becoming a school governor you will;

    • Help ensure that every child at the school reaches his/her potential

    • Play a vital part in raising standards and achievement

    • Make an important contribution to your community

    • Have an opportunity to gain new skills

    • Work as part of a team

Name and Role

Year Group Link

Type of Governor and Appointment Date

Statement of Interest

Victoria Burton

Chair of Governors

Health and Safety Governor

Victoria Burton

2013 intake


27th August 2014

I am a Foundation Governor appointed by the Oxford Diocesan Board of Education in 2014. I currently hold the position of Chair of Governors and also serve on the Finance committee.

Having enjoyed being a governor at a higher education college in Birmingham until leaving the post in 2010 to move back down to the Milton Keynes area, I was keen to offer some of my skills once again in a governor role. Having a primary school near to my home made me think I would like to volunteer my time once again. I was attracted to the local, small, village school and I was keen to support it. I am keen to support young children achieve the best of their abilities and this is one way I can help.

Pam McBurnie


Pam McBurnie

Staff Appointed

1st September 2014

I have been a member of the Governing Body for a number of years, initially representing colleagues as a Staff Governor in my previous role as Assistant Headteacher. Since becoming Headteacher I attend all governor meetings and sit on both the Finance and Curriculum and Personnel Committees.

As Headteacher, my role is to drive the school forward, working in collaboration with governors to develop a vision and strategic view for the school to ensure every child gets the best possible education in a caring and stimulating environment.

Deborah Brownhill


Development Governor


12th November 2015

I am a Foundation Governor appointed by the Diocese of Oxford, with my term office ending in November 2019. In my current role of Vice-Chair of Governors, I attend all full Governing Body meetings and am a member of the Finance and Premises Committee, Personnel and Curriculum Committee and also have the role of Development Governor.

I have no relevant business interests but have some knowledge of building and building services which is useful to the Finance and Premises Committee.

I was attracted to becoming a Governor of Bow Brickhill School as I passionately believe that small village schools can deliver an excellent education to their pupils. My own daughter has progressed very much better in the smaller environment of Bow Brickhill than in her previous (much larger) primary school.

I consider the strong link with the Church and the teaching of Christian values to be exactly the ethos I wanted my child to experience.

I am semi –retired at the moment but have worked in the field of sustainable buildings for many years reaching high level management positions. I am happy to bring both my technical and my managerial skills to the table if I can help the school.

Katherine Adams

2012 intake

Parent appointed

April 2017

I have been a parent at Bow Brickhill School since September 2010, my younger child still attends the school and my eldest child left year 6 with the confidence, skills and positive attitude to make a seamless transition from primary to secondary school.

I became a parent governor in April 2019, I attend Full Governor meetings and Curriculum and Standards meetings. I am a qualified teacher and was classroom based in a primary school for 17 years. I recently changed my teaching focus and joined a children’s charity in Milton Keynes as a School Liaison Officer.

I became a governor so I could support the school to achieve the best learning experiences, enabling children to reach their full potential.

Fiona Hodgkin

Chair of Finance

Fiona Hodgkin

2014 intake


30th December 2015

I am a foundation Governor and have been a governor at the school since my eldest daughter was in Reception – she is now at University! I originally became a governor to understand more about the education system my children were going through and to understand how the school they attended operated, but found that I still wanted to contribute to the governance of the school when they left, which is why I am still here.

I am the Chair of the Finance Committee and also the Numeracy Governor to utilise my skills as a Chartered Accountant.

I work with the School Business Manager to approve budgets and monthly financial statements and help the governors understand the financial aspects of running the school.

Georgy Holden

Child Protection

Safer Recruitment

Health and Safety Governor

Georgy Holden

2011 intake

Local Authority

9th June 2015

I am a Local Authority Governor, appointed by Milton Keynes Council in May 2015 (previously Foundation Governor). I am a member of the Finance Committee and am also a Safeguarding Governor.

I became a governor at Bow Brickhill because my daughters attended the school and had a very positive experience. For several years, as a parent, I chaired the Friends of the School Committee and, when my girls had moved on to their next schools, I moved to be a governor. I am a Christian and support the values and ethos of the school. I have seen the school encourage many children who leave happy, confident and ready to take the next step in their education.

Rev John Waller


ex officio

1st January 2016

Suzanne Cook

2015 intake


6th May 2020

I have recently been appointed as a Foundation Governor at Bow Brickhill. My eldest daughter joined the school in September 2019. As a family, we were attracted to the Christian ethos of the school and the warm, nurturing environment that was apparent from our first visit and throughout our experiences to date.

I am a primary school teacher myself at a school in Central Bedfordshire and am passionate about providing great learning opportunities and experiences for all children. I am excited about having this opportunity to contribute to the development of my own daughter’s school as part of the wider community.

Andy Malleson

RE and Collective

Worship Governor

Andy Malleson

2016 intake


1st January 2016

I became a governor in 1995 after retiring from being a headteacher of a local primary school. I live in the village and my children attended the school many years ago.

I am a Diocesan Governor appointed by the Oxford Diocesan Board of Education and my term of office terminates in December 2020.

I am a member of the Personel and Curriculum Sub-committee and have a responsibility for Religious Education. I am also a member of the subcommittee for the Headteacher performance management.

I see my role in supporting the Headteacher and staff to achieve the best possible education for the children.

Richard Edwards

Parent appointed

December 2017

I became a parent governor in December 2017 and I attend all full governor meetings and Finance Committee meetings.

I am a Director of an engineering consulting business which provides advice to businesses on strategy, competence, organisational structure, leadership, culture, assurance, audit, governance and finance.

I have also recently spent 3 years as the President of an international professional institute which is a voluntary role in which I was responsible chairing the Board and Council of the institute and for governance. This has given me experience of working in a voluntary capacity and the different dynamics and skills this requires.

I became a governor as my children are beginning school and I would like to put my experience to use in helping the school to achieve its goals.


Clerk to the Governors

Elinor Wiemer

Staff Appointed

30th November 2020

I am employed in school as the School Business Support which entails setting the school budget and ensuring that the school needs are met within the set annual financial plans as well as taking into account any longer term projects within the School Development Plan. I serve on the Finance and Premises Committee and the full Governing Body as a staff representative. Previously I worked in the school as an LSA primarily in the year 5/6 class.

I enjoy the variety of my job which involves a great deal of interaction with the pupils and staff as well as liaising with parents and outside agencies. The school is a caring and nurturing environment where we truly believe that every child has the potential to achieve their best and it is a pleasure to see them develop during their time at Bow Brickhill.

Claire Kemp

Assistant Headteacher

Claire Evelyn


18th April 2016

Having previously completed my teacher training at the school a number of years ago I returned in the capacity as Assistant Headteacher in 2014.

I currently teach in the Foundation Stage but prior to this worked in key stage one. I am a staff governor and represent my colleagues within the school. I have been on the Personnel and Curriculum Committee since January 2015.

A summary of governor attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings during the last academic year can be found by clicking here

The governors of Bow Brickhill CE Primary School do not have any business or financial interests in the school.