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In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, school governors are members of a school’s Governing Body. In state schools they have responsibility for raising school standards through their three key roles of setting strategic direction, ensuring accountability and acting as a critical friend. They are the largest volunteer force in the country.


Bryn Offa School Governors

Chair – Mr Julian Liddiatt 

Vice Chair – Reverend Kathy Trimby 


Membership of Governing Body at Bryn Offa

Responsibilities are in brackets


Headteacher – Mr Thompson (Ex Officio member)

Staff Governor – Mr Jones

Foundation Governors – Rev Trimby (RE, Collective Worship, Christian Distinctiveness, Leadership and Management) + Vacancy

Parent Governors – Mrs Darlington (Curriculum and English) and Mr Lee (PE and Sport)

Co-opted Governor – Mr Liddiatt (Chair, Science and Governor Development)

Community Governor – Mrs Walpole (Special Educational Needs, Safeguarding, Health and Safety)

Local Authority Governor – Miss Davies (Finance and Maths)

Associate Governors – Vacancy


Statutory Committees


Pupil Discipline – Julian Liddiatt, Jo Darlington, Kate Davies and Mat Lee

Complaint – Kathy Trimby, Mary Wapole, Mat Lee and Jo Darlington

Salaries, Performance Management & Employment Issues – Kathy Trimby, Julian Liddiatt, Mat Lee and Mary Walpole

Appeals – Kate Davies, Jo Darlington

Staff Discipline and Appeals – Julian Liddiatt, Kathy Trimby, Mat Lee and Mary Walpole

Staff Dismissals / Appeals – Kate Davies, Jo Darlington




Governor’s Profiles

Julian Liddiatt (Chair)

I became Chair in March 2015 and joined the Governing Body in June 2014

I have 2 children Robert and Charlotte at Bryn Offa and want to do the best for them and all the other children at Bryn Offa during my time as a Governor.

I currently work as an Account Manager for Ricoh who manufacture photocopiers and printers


Kate Davies

I became the new  Local Authority Governor in July 2015.

I am the Parish Clerk to two Shropshire Parish Councils which gives me a wide understanding of Local Government at both local Parish and County level, working in partnership with Shropshire Council and the local Council Members. I understand the challenges of resource constraints for all public services and the need for difficult decisions.

Prior to working in Local Government I worked for Midland Bank/HSBC for 15 years, working my way up to branch management level, with line management responsibilities.

I have two daughters.  Laura, 12, has just left Bryn Offa and Catherine, 8, is in Class Four. I know the school and many of the staff and parents extremely well. I work from home, so I drop off and collect from school every day, which means that I normally know what is happening at school from a parents perspective.

I am now looking forward to the challenge and steep learning curve to becoming a proactive member of the Governance team at Bryn Offa.


Ms Joanne Darlington

I am on the governing body at Bryn Offa as a  parent governor with two children, Violet and Molly in school. I have a background in fundraising and project development for charities.  I am currently Fundraising Manager at Cheshire Wildlife Trust and lives in Pant.  I have over ten years experience in senior management roles in small and medium size charities, developing my skills and experience in organisational strategy and planning, financial planning and control and team working.


Mary Walpole

I thoroughly enjoyed my career as a teacher at a variety of schools. During my time at Bryn Offa I gained a Post graduate qualification in specific learning difficulties and a National Professional Qualification for Headship.
I worked particularly with Early Years with specialisms in Music, piano playing and taking the choir and recorder groups.
I was Deputy Head at the school and for a period of 12months I was the acting head and this included the leading of the school through an Ofsted Inspection and achieving a ‘very good’ assessment.
Since retiring I have become a member of the local W.I.
Member of the Local Parochial church Council
I sing in a local choir, enjoy walking and gardening and watercolour painting.


Register of Business Interests

From 1 September 2015, governing bodies are under a duty to publish their register of interests on their website. The register should set out the relevant business interests of governors and details of any other educational establishments they govern. The register should also set out any relationships between governors and members of the school staff including spouses, partners and relatives. ‘None’ should be recorded on the entry on the register by governors who have no interests to register.


Governor Business Interest Relationships to Staff Members Date
Mr Julian Liddiatt (Chair) Photocopy firm None 13/9/17
Rev Kathy Trimby (Vice Chair) Nil None TBC
Mrs Mary Walpole Nil None 13/9/17
Ms Joanne Darlington Nil None 11/10/17
Mrs Kate Davies Nil None 13/9/17
Mr Mat Lee Nil None TBC
Mr Gareth Jones Nil None 13/9/17
Mr Paul Thompson Nil None 13/9/17


Attendance at Meetings


Date Of Meeting 13/09/2017 11/10/2017 08/11/2017 13/12/2017
Appologies Mr Mat Lee  Mr Mat lee  Mr Mat Lee  Mr Mat Lee
  Ms J Darlington  Rev K Trimby  Ms K Davis  Mrs J Darlington
Attended Mr Julian Liddiatt  Mr Julian Liddiatt  Mr Julian Liddiatt  Mr Julian Liddiatt
  Rev K Trimby  Mr P Thompson  Mr P Thompson  Rev K Trimby
  Mr P Thompson  Mr G Jones  Mr G Jones  Mr P Thompson
  Mr G Jones  Ms J Darlington  Ms J Darlington  Mr G Jones
  Mrs K Davies  Ms K Davies  Rev K Trimby  Ms K Davis
  Mrs M Walpole  Mrs M Walpole  Mrs M Walpole  Mrs M Walpole



Date Of Meeting 17/01/2018 14/02/2018 14/03/2018
Appologies  Mr Mat Lee    Mrs K Davis
   Ms K Davis    Mrs J Darlington
Attended  Mr Julian Liddiatt    Mr Julian Liddiatt
   Rev K Trimby    Rev K Trimby
   Mr P Thompson    Mr P Thompson
   Mr G Jones    Mr G Jones
   Mrs M Walpole    Mrs M Walpole
   Mrs J Darlington    




Date Of Meeting 18/04/2018 16/05/2018 13/06/2018 11/07/2018