School Governing Body

Tim Quick

Chair & Parent Governor 
Tim is a parent governor to daughter, Mollie currently in 4. While relatively new to the Governing team in Winsley, he has been a governor for over 13 years at Peasedown St John Primary, bringing with him experience from there, of a primary school that went from Special Measures to Outstanding and has recently become part of an academy. Tim currently works in the IT industry as part of Fujitsu, working ostensibly with Service Desks in Europe, prior to that working for many years in Lloyds Bank, in branches and their Head Office in Bristol.

Adam Cockerham

Associate Governor


Having seen the enthusiasm and passion, my wife, Sophie Cockerham has put into her teaching role at Winsley, I knew it was a positive and engaging environment that I wanted to help support, however I could. As Sophie is currently at home looking after our baby boy, I’m now the one representing the Cockerham household at Winsley!

As a Chartered Financial Planner and Fellow of The Personal Finance Society, I advise and assist many individuals in the local area with their finances on a day-to-day basis. I thought I it would be great to give something back and help the school with its financial planning too at this transitional and exciting time.

Angela Symonds

Foundation Governor 

I have been working in education for many years, firstly as a primary school teacher and subsequently teaching and examining English as a foreign language.  I grew up in Africa and, after living in many different places, moved to Winsley when my husband retired from the Royal Air Force.  I have four young grandchildren, three of whom are now of school age.

I have just completed my time as churchwarden at St Nicholas Church and am keen to strengthen the relationship we have with the school.  For the last couple of years, I have been coming into school every Thursday morning for ‘Open the Book’.

Jo Candlish

Staff Governor

Following careers in arts administration and government public relations, I took a career break to concentrate on raising my family. During this time, I began working as a 1:1 teaching and general classroom assistant and ran voluntary art workshops across all primary year groups, as well as jointly chairing the local playgroup. The desire to do good and make a difference has been the key determining factor in the work I have sought and I entered teaching with this as my key principle, holding the strong belief that children deserve and need a high-quality, engaging education which was high-challenge/low-risk, delivered by professionals who truly care about children, and know that it is our responsibility to ensure that such learning is accessible for everyone.

In my teaching career so far, I have had the privilege of working alongside committed colleagues who are determined to provide the best education they can for the pupils in their charge. In January 2014, I joined Winsley Primary school to teach Years 4/5 and complete my NQT year. I am privileged to work in a school which actively welcomes and provides for, pupils with special educational needs, where colleagues communicate well and where it is evident that the pupils' best interests are at the heart of our practice. Last year, I took on the SENDCo role in my school, and this year have already begun to enjoy the strategic elements of my new Deputy Head and governor roles too.

Reverend Tessa Mann

Foundation Governor 

I am an Anglican Priest in the Church of England. Currently, I am part of the clergy team serving North Bradford on Avon, which includes Christ Church in town and the villages of Winsley, South Wraxall and Monkton Farleigh.

I moved to Winsley in October 2017 with my husband Richard, having lived and worked in Salisbury for the last 23 years. Winsley is proving a super place to live and work. I particularly enjoyed appearing as ‘Fairy Nuff’ in the village Panto in March 2018!

Schools ministry has been a very important, fulfilling and fun part of my life for many years. This has involved amongst other things, serving as a Governor in a number of Church of England Primary Schools in Wiltshire.

My current responsibilities involve encouraging the school in its identity as a Church of England School and helping to prepare the school for its regular SIAMS Inspection (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools). I offer input into Collective Worship, V2Crew (a pupil group exploring and developing the school’s values and ethos), staff wellbeing and other pastoral support where appropriate.

Prior to being ordained, I have worked in mental health community work and in school administration. I have loved being a mum to our two sons and am about to embrace being a grandma.

I enjoy dancing, poetry, baking, sewing, all things Italian and most of all being with our family.

Roger Rowe

Co-opted Governor 

My daughter attended the school in the 1980s: it was an excellent school then and remains an excellent school today.

My motive for joining the Board of Governors is very simple – to help the school in whatever way I can to maintain this impressive record.

Since my retirement from a long career in teaching, I have been a volunteer at the school, assisting in a number of ways, especially with reading, helping with sport and accompanying field trips. Drawing upon my professional experience, I have particular commitments to Teaching and Learning and children’s well-being and development.

Tom Dobinson

Co-opted Governor

I was born in Bath, I moved to London for my career and moved back to Bradford-on-Avon to raise my growing family. While in London I worked as an Art Director at design agencies working with well-known brands and companies. In 2009 I became a freelance multi-discipline graphic designer working for big brands across all collateral from television titles to websites.

In 2013 my wife and I looked around for childcare after our daughter was born and we were unsatisfied with the services available at the time. So we opened a childcare business ourselves striving to be as focused on the needs of the parents as well as the children’s development,   although we have a small occupancy we have happy customers and have been graded ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Why do I want to be a governor? I know through my own experience how tough and competitive the workplace can be, and with the population growing as it is, the next generation will have it even tougher than I/we did! Every head start we can provide the next generation from our community we must afford. I would like to contribute and do my part in the knowledge that what Winsley School offers is the best that can be delivered.

Bridgette Duncombe

Parent Governor

I was born in Essex but have lived in many places across the UK and abroad. I am a trained research scientist and worked for many years in Higher Education and for the last ten years as a teaching fellow and Director of Undergraduate studies at university-level. More recently, I left my profession in 2018 to focus on bringing up my children.

I have previously volunteered at the school to help with some science teaching as well as school trips and enjoy having the opportunity to support and help. I am keen to engage and develop the school's links to its community. Through my work as a scientist, I have experience of risk management and workplace health and safety and I have offered my skills to the roles of Health and Safety Governor and Buildings Governor.




School Governing Body 

Register of Interests 2020/21

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