Governor Profiles

abi-aspin-150x176Mrs Abigail Aspin, Co-opted Governor

  • Term of Office: 2013 – 2021
  • Co-opted Governor elected by the FGB

Having served as a parent Governor since 2013, my hope then was to still be a Governor when my daughter started school in 2017.  She has just started in the Hive and I’m still a Governor. I’ve learnt so much in the past four years, as the school has been on the journey to get to Good and have relished my part in helping get there. I’m now excited to support the school in the next stage of our journey and to ensure we do the best for all children who come to Kempsford Primary School.

Mr Alex Ballard, Parent Governor

  • Term of Office: 2017-2021
  • Parent Governor elected by the parents
  • Member of Resources Committee

I have two children in The Hive, one in Reception and another in Pre-School. I have spent ten years working in education in a Lecturing and Management role and am now a Performance Manager working with Team GB. I’m committed to supporting the staff, Governors and pupils at school and particularly interested in the further development of Sport, Music, Arts and Drama.

adoherty-150x150Mr Andrew Doherty, Vice Chair of Full Governing Body

  • Term of Office: 2014 – 2018
  • Local Authority Governor appointed by the Full Governing Body

I became a Governor at Kempsford in 2006 and was Chair of Governors from 2012 until 2017. I have long-standing family connections to primary education and when my eldest daughter started at Kempsford Primary School I wanted to become more involved in the school. A child’s first experience of school instils a love of learning and establishes the key skills that they will use throughout their life; primary education is vital and it is a privilege to be part of that at Kempsford Primary School.

Mrs Ann O’Hara, Foundation Governor

  • Term of Office: 2017-2021
  • Foundation Governor elected by the FGB
  • Member of Ethos and Resources Committees

I have lived in Kempsford for over 24 years and have helped at the school on a number of occasions, as a parent, as a local resident with useful skills and more recently through Open The Book and the Parochial Church Council. I am delighted to be a Foundation Governor, working with the staff and Governors to help children develop a love of learning and appreciation of Christian values. In my professional life, I have been a Headteacher, Ofsted Inspector, Local Authority Adviser and Independent National adviser working with staff and Governors of schools across the country, education bodies and Local Authorities. I hope my professional experience and Christian beliefs will be useful to my fellow Governors and staff.


Mr Darren Jeffrey, Chair of Full Governing Body

  • Term of Office: 2013 – 2021
  • Parent Governor elected by the parents
  • Ex-officio Member of the Ethos and Resources  Committees

I was elected as a Parent Governor in May 2013 before becoming the Chair of Governors in September 2017. My roles include the SEND Governor and I’m a member of the Resources Committee. My sons are pupils at school, in Years 3 & 6.  I decided to become a Parent Governor as I’m committed to helping the school get the very best out of the children, whilst maintaining the school’s values and ethos and being a focal point for the community. As a serving member of the RAF I’m also keen to ensure the provision of high quality pastoral care for Service children who attend Kempsford Primary School.

lynn-hayler-150x176Rev’d Lynn Hayler, Foundation Governor

  • Term of Office: Started 2015 (no term length applies)
  • Member of the Ethos Committee
  • Ex-officio foundation Governor appointed by the Gloucestershire Diocesan Board of Education

I accepted the invitation to become a Foundation Governor in July 2015 and sit on the Ethos Committee.  I am Team Curate for the South Cotswolds Team Ministry with specific responsibility for Kempsford with Whelford Parish.  In this capacity I am in school weekly taking Collective Worship with the children as well as supporting the staff in delivering the RE Curriculum.  The school often join us in church to celebrate the main Christian festivals.  I am often to be seen loitering at the school gate at the end of the day and would be delighted to say hello to you.

rosemary-andrews-150x176Mrs Rosemary Andrews, Foundation Governor

  • Term of Office: 2012 – 2020
  • Member of Ethos Committee
  • Foundation Governor appointed by the Gloucestershire Diocesan Board of Education

I came to live in the village of Kempsford in 2009, following the retirement of my husband from the Army. I have worked in various educational establishments both in UK and abroad and in later years worked in a number of Wiltshire primary schools. As a Foundation Governor I continue to help support the school in developing the potential of every child to be a full person imbued with the Christian values that have underpinned the life of the school since its foundation.

ruth-gray-150x176Mrs Ruth Gray, Parent Governor

  • Term of Office: 2015-2019
  • Chair of Resources Committee
  • Parent Governor elected by the parents

Community life is very important to me.  I hope to use my experience of village life, my involvement in the school as a parent and my previous professional experience as a Solicitor to assist and support the school, its staff and the governing body.  I have 2 children at the school and we have lived in Kempsford since 2002.  Since then, I have been actively involved in the community as a member of the village hall committee and a member of the Weymouth Educational Trust.  I currently teach French at Kempsford School in a voluntary capacity.

Co-Opted Governor – 2 x VACANCIES

  • To be appointed by the Full Governing Body

We are currently seeking 2 motivated people to work alongside us at Kempsford Primary School to fill our  2 vacant Co-opted Governor posts.  If you are interested please email our Chair of Governors at: orcontact our Clerk at:

Staff Governors

richard-mendum-150x176Mr Richard Mendum, Head teacher

  • Term of Office: Ex-officio role (no term length applies)
  • Ex-officio Member of Ethos and Resources Committee

I have been Headteacher at Kempsford Primary school since 2014. It only seems like yesterday, but things have changed enormously since then. Every day is different; I love leading the school and challenging and supporting both the staff and children to be the best they can be. We have a great team of teachers and support staff who all work exceptionally hard to help and guide the children to achieve and be a part of our RISE vision.  I value our school community with both parents and governors giving support to what we do. Their commitment to the school really does make a big difference.  More than anything though, it is the success of every child in this school that makes my role as Headteacher such a rewarding one.

Mrs Andrea Jordan, Inclusion Manager

  • Term of Office: 2016 – 2020
  • Staff Governor elected by school staff

I am currently in my third year at Kempsford Primary School as Inclusion Manager.  I also work in 3 other Primary schools in Gloucestershire carrying out the same role.  My passion is to make a difference to the children and this extends to being on the Governing body; it gives me an opportunity to get to know all the stakeholders involved in our children’s education and the wider community.  I feel privileged to be part of such a committed and caring team and am looking forward to another exciting academic year meeting the aspirations of our children.

Previous Governors

Governors who have stepped down in the last 12 months:

  • Mr Martin Burgess
  • Mrs Claire Huish
  • Mr Adrian Burt