Governing body

The Governing Body of the school is comprised of the following categories of people who give their time, skills and expertise to voluntarily assist the head teacher and staff team in the running of the school: 

  • Foundation Governors (representing the Diocese and United Reformed Church, Holt) 
  • Staff Governors 
  • Parent Governors (elected by parents) 
  • Local authority governor
  • Co-opted Governors (skills-based appointment by the Governing Body) 

The full Governing Board normally meets at least once a term, as do the 2 committees: 

  • Resources, covering finance, premises, grounds etc
  • Curriculum and Standards

Further information on the role of governors can be found by clicking on the “Terms of Reference” tab to the right of this page.  This includes:

  • The instrument of government 
  • Governor’s Code of Conduct 
  • Governors’ attendance record 
  • “Who’s who?” – Showing specific responsibilities of individual governors 


Governors also produce periodic newsletters and these can be found by clicking on the tab to the right of this page.

The current governors, as at 14th September 2021, are:

1. Jo Hodge – Head teacher 


2. Louise Blackman – Staff governor 


3. Steve Wisher-Davies – Chair of governors (2021/22)  

Parent governor, elected by parents/carers. Current 4-year term started on 1 October 2019. Declared business interests: None

My wife and I are fortunate enough to have 2 boys currently attending Holt school with a third a few years away from starting.  Since moving to the village 6 years ago I have been impressed with how the school has operated and how well it integrates into village life.  Since my children have started at the school, I have begun to appreciate how much the staff put into helping the children.  I have over 15 years’ experience as an Engineer working in the manufacturing and metrology industries.  I hope to be able to use some of the skills I have gained during this time to help the staff and the rest of the governing body to continue to keep up the good work that the school does.  (Updated 12/10/19) 


4. Simone Evans – Vice-chair of governors (2021/22)

Parent governor, elected by parents/carers. Current 4-year term started on 1 October 2020. Declared business interests: None 

I have previously served as a Parent Governor for 4 years at North Bradley School in Trowbridge whilst my older 2 children attended. The end of my 4-year term coincided with these 2 children leaving. I currently have children in Reception and year 1 at Holt. During my term of office at North Bradley, I served on the Finance and Premises Committees so have a sound understanding of the governors’ responsibility towards budgeting and the review processes that are undertaken. Due to my project management background, I helped manage the process of building the school extension at North Bradley, which was necessary to allow the expansion from 6 to 7 classes. I currently work as a Gymnastics Coach in Frome, teaching a range of children from 4 to 19 over a variety of skill levels from recreational through to those on the Elite pathway.  Prior to this I worked as an Engineer and Project Manager across various industries including Automotive, Aerospace and Water.  (Updated 1/11/20) 


5. Martin Allsop Chair of resources committee (2021/22) 

Parent governor, elected by parents/carers. Current 4-year term started on 1 September 2019. Declared business interests: Director / Owner of Marshwood Financial Services 

My wife and I have 3 children; 2 of whom currently attend the School, one in year 2 and the other in year 5.  Hopefully our youngest will start in September 21.  The School has provided a safe and secure environment for both of my children that attend and the staff have played their part, nurturing their love of learning. I was particularly impressed by the dedication and support the School’s hardworking teachers and Governing body both before and during my time as a member of the Governing Board.  I welcome the exciting opportunity I have been provided with, to become more involved with the School, to help maintain & where possible improve on the current fantastic work of all the staff. The work that the Governing body undertakes ensures that the School remains welcoming & nurturing for future generations; I look forward to being a part of that process. I currently run my own Financial Advisory firm based in Chippenham and have done so for more than 20 years. (Updated 1/11/20) 


6. David Warren Member of resources committee (2021/22) 

Local Authority governor, appointed by the Local Authority. Current 4-year term started on 25 January 2019. Declared business interests: Director of Perspect Ltd, construction industry consultancy 

We have lived in the village since 2001 and my wife Lucy and I have two boys, with the youngest Caspar, greatly benefiting from being a pupil at this school. I believe that Holt Primary and its staff are one of the village’s greatest assets and volunteering as a governor can really help to support not just the school, but also benefit the wider community. As a Chartered Surveyor and sole Director for my own consultancy business, I offer a broad range of property and construction related experience to my role as chair of the Premises & Safety Sub-Committee. Being a governor can often mean being very hands-on across a diverse range of situations, something I personally find both challenging and rewarding in equal measures. (Updated 6/11/19) 


7. Samantha Swann Chair of curriculum & standards committee (2021/22)

Foundation governor, appointed by Holt United Reformed Church. Current 4-year term started on 1 September 2018. Declared business interests: None 

I live in Melksham, after living in Holt for 20 years. I’m a member of Holt URC, who I represent on the Governing Body. My two children have attended Holt Primary School and now both work, locally and abroad. They both came back to Holt Primary School to carry out work experience when attending St Laurence. Then and now, Holt Primary School feels like being part of a family. The teachers, staff and volunteers do a great job and I feel privileged to be part of the team. I work for the MoD and have done so for the last 30 years. I feel very proud to have supported the military, in a civilian capacity, during this time. I currently work in Corsham as an IT Service Manager. (Updated 1/11/20) 


8. Hannah Vaughan-Williams – Member of curriculum and standards committee (2021/22)

Co-opted governor, appointed by Governing Board.  Second 1-year term (which is renewable) started on 1 September 2021. Declared business interests: None 

From our first visit to Holt Primary School, I instantly liked the vision, values and objectives of the school and the role the school plays within the community – so much so, that my husband and I are currently planning a move into the village. I feel passionate about continuing to develop this ethos and helping to develop the school over the next few years.  

Our eldest daughter, Alma, attends the school and I have been impressed with the care she has received and the love of learning the school are building with her. My youngest will hopefully be joining her in a few years.  

Within my professional life I work as a doctor and feel that this provides me with many skills that I can bring to the Governing Body.  I am proud to work for the National Health Service and the challenges this poses. I hope to bring a different perspective to the governing body and know that this will be as equally challenging and rewarding as working in healthcare! I look forward to continuing to work with the governing body and engaging with staff, pupils and parents alike. (Updated 14/9/21)


9. Katie Jackson – Member of curriculum and standards committee (2021/22)

Foundation governor, appointed by St Katharine’s church.  Current 4-year term started on 1 September  2021. Declared business interests: None

My husband and I have 2 children at Holt school, one in year 6 and the other in year 3. We have always been impressed by the care and dedication of the staff to ensure that our children have a wonderfully rich and nurturing community in which to both learn and develop life skills. It is therefore a privilege to serve as a foundation governor, representing St Katharine’s Church. Prior to being ordained into the ministry in 2020, my background was in working with children and their families, initially in statutory settings and later within a church. (Updated September 2021)


10. Dawn FarmerMember of resources committee (2021/22)

Foundation governor, appointed by St Katharine’s church.  Current 4-year term started on 1 September 2021. Declared business interests:

I am delighted to represent St. Katharine’s Church on the Governing Board for Holt C of E Primary School and it is a real privilege to have been appointed to this role which I am looking forward to embracing and getting to know the school, staff, children and parents.  I work for the Rector of the Church, Canon Andrew Evans, and the three churches in the Benefice.  I previously worked at Bath Abbey for 13 years and prior to that a couple of banks.  I have a passion for all children to have the best possible education and opportunities that they can during their primary school years.  I have previously been a Foundation Governor at another local primary school and have led Collective Worship assemblies over several years so hope that this experience will be of benefit during my term at Holt School.   (Updated September 2021)


11. Cheryl Attrill – Member of resources committee (2021/22)

Parent governor. Current 4-year term started on 1 September 2021. Declared business interests: Practice Manager, Mitchell Law Ltd

Since moving to Holt 4 years ago, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing my son’s interaction with both the Pre School and Primary School.

My professional background as a Solicitor and in NHS and legal management has given me a set of skills which I hope will prove valuable in my role as Parent Governor. I am excited to be part of the Resourcing committee as this aligns with my experience in HR, safeguarding, compliance and the operational needs of running a regulated business.

2020/21 have been difficult years for teachers and parents but it has only deepened my appreciation for all the school does for our village and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to participate in its growth and development. (Updated September 2021)


Mark Brown was Chair of governors 2020/21

Foundation governor, appointed by St. Katharine’s Church. Current 4-year term started on 24 January 2018, but he resoigned from the governing board at the end of July 2021. Declared business interests: None, but wife works at Holt pre-school. 


The governing board is always keen to receive feedback or questions.  You can do this by: