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St Nicholas at Wade

Church of England Primary School

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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

Our Governing Body


The key role of the Governors is to support the school as critical friends, providing a strategic overview and ensuring accountability. They are unpaid volunteers who represent the community the school serves.  As a Voluntary Controlled C of E School 3 of the governors are Foundation governors.


If you wish to contact the governors all communication should be addressed to Miss Hannah Simpson, the clerk, via the school office.

The governing body is made up of 12 governors as shown below:

  • 2 parent governors; appointed by parental election.
  • 1 LA governor; appointed by the local authority.
  • 1 staff governor; elected by a vote of the staff
  • 1 Headteacher
  • 3 foundation governors
  • Up to 4 co-opted governors, appointed by the governing body to fill any gaps in their skills base.


Mr James McAuley - Vice Chair
Term of office expires: April 2023
Learning & Development & Strategy committee

Since graduating from the University of Kent, I have spent 20 years working in the education sector, firstly in Further and Higher Eduction and then training as a secondary teacher in 2004. My experience includes a range of roles including leading international marketing strategies for universities and colleges, being a Lead Practitioner for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (aiming to improve the quality of teaching in schools across the country) and pastoral and academic leadership in a large secondary school.

I also have two children who have attended St Nicholas-at-Wade Primary, who have both loved the many opportunities it has provided them with.

I believe that it is my responsibility as Chair of the Learning and Development Committee and as Vice-Chair of the Governing Body to both assist and challenge the school to continually improve the quality of education which it offers to its pupils. Thus ensuring that the very best level of service is offered to the local community despite the increasingly challenging financial constraints faced within education.

Mr Malcolm Whitelaw - LA Governor
Term of office expires: November 2022
Learning & Development committee

I am a Civil Servant and work for the Ministry of Justice as an educational specialist. I have worked in education for over 40 years as a Teacher, Head Teacher, University Lecturer and The British Council, in Great Britain and abroad.

In my present role, I manage and supervise education and non education contracts, delivering learning, qualifications, personal development and progress to adult learners. I believe that I can't teach anybody, anything, but I can help them learn. Neither, can I change anyone, but I can provide an environment, where change is possible. In becoming a Governor at St Nicholas-at-Wade, I hope to help the children develop themselves and their abilities, knowledge and self-worth.



Mrs Lois Gunn - Parent Governor
Term of office expires: October 2022
Learning & Development committee

My husband and I have two children at the school. I am a qualified primary school teacher with many years experience teaching children with Autism and special educational needs. I have a BSc degree in Social Psychology and am interested in psychology and promoting positive mental health generally.

I also attended the school as a child and now live in the village so I am very aware of issues that present themselves to a small village school. In my current role as a teacher I have led my school to gaining the Gold level UNICEF Rights Respecting School Award. We have found that teaching children about their rights has been an incredibly valuable experience and made them more aware of not only their own rights as young people but also national and global issues that affect others.

As well as my background in education I am creative and have a small online shop selling handmade jewellery and art. I enjoy sports and play netball in the Thanet league.

I am a sensitive person and think deeply about issues that affect our children in this ever changing world, I strive to help people and make things better, I am approachable and friendly and hope that I can contribute to the future of the school through being part of the governing body.

Please feel free to stop me at drop off or pick up for a chat if you would like to.

Mother Karen Gooding - Ex officio Governor
Term of office expires: January 2116
Learning & Development committee

I am mother of five adult children and for many years I was a music and primary school teacher and Early Years lecturer. I have trained for ordination in Lincoln and have subsequently worked in London parishes and as a school chaplain.

St Nicholas Church stands open to welcome everyone all daylight hours. My passion is to enable everyone to feel that they have a place in God’s heart. Church is one of the very few places left in society where people of all ages and varied interests can gather and find this to be enriching and excitingly true!  

Mr Peter Paul - Foundation Governor
Term of office expires: April 2021
Resources & Strategy committee

I was born in the village and attended this school, as did most of my family including my father, sister, wife and daughter. I have been a Diocesan appointed governor for a long time (over sixteen years) and at present I am Chair of the Resources Team (which keeps an eye on finances, premises etc). 

Mr Harvie Palmer - Co-Opted Governor
Term of office expires: February 2023
Resources committee

My name is Harvie and I am currently the Trust IT Manager for Viking Academy Trust. I have previously worked at St Nicholas on a contracted basis for my previous company so know the school & staff well. 


I feel my IT knowledge and previous experience as a Finance Governor enables me to give advice & recommendations to the school governing body with regards to IT and communication systems, ensuring the school is as up to date as it can be where the budget allows. 


Children are at the forefront of all we do in education and being able to assist in ensuring they have a learning environment equipped to prepare them for the future is one of the main reasons I decided to apply to be a governor at St Nicholas.


Mrs Lisa Shaw - Parent Governor
Term of office expires: April 2023



Mrs Cheryl Pearce - Assosciate Member
Term of office expires: April 2021
Learning & Development committee


Please see below for more details of our current governing body.