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Meet the Governors

Welcome to the Governors' section





Category of Governor 

or Associate Member 

Positions held

Business Interests, Trustees

or Governships or any 

potentially relevant interest

Term of Office
Derek HicksLocal Authority Governor

Chair of Governors 

Member of C&P and B&F committee

Named Governor for E-safety

Member of Governing Body of University of West London

Trustee of Contemporary 

Dance Trust

10.7.18 to 9.7.22
Gareth JonesEx-officio by virtue as Headteacher

Executive Head

Member of C&P and B&F committees

Trustee of Triple H Trustongoing
Sheena StewartAssociate MemberMember of C&P and B&F committeesNone





Associate MemberMember of C&P and B&F committeesNone



Mel BoundParent GovernorChair of C&P committeeDirector of This Mum Runs24.1.19 to 23.1.23
Ruth FergussonCo-opted GovernorMember of C&P committeeNone13.10.20 to 12.10.24



Parent GovernortbcNone7.5.21 to 6.5.25
Sarah LutherCo-opted Governor

Named Statutory Governor for safeguarding

Member of C&P committee

Probationary Trustee of BS3 Community17.12.19 to 16.12.23
Jon NormanParent GovernortbcNone7.5.21 to 6.5.25



Staff GovernorMember of B&F committeeNone23.10.20 to 22.10.22
David SawyersCo-opted Governor

Member of C&P Committee

Named Governor for e-safety

None9.3.19 to 8.3.23
Peter SellCo-opted Governor

Chair of B&F Committee

Vice-Chair of Governors

Named Governor for Health, Safety and Wellbeing

None9.3.19 to 8.3.23
Sue WallerParent GovernorMember of B&F committee

Employee of Bristol 

City Council

4.12.19 to 3.12.23



Governors who have left in the last 12 months  


NameCategory of Governor Positions Held

Business Interests, 

Trustees or Governships or any

other potential relevant interests

Term of Office
John FootParent Governor

Vice-Chair of B&F Committee

Member of B&F Committee

None24.1.19 to 17.12.20



To contact the governors you can leave a message at the school office or email the Chair, Derek Hicks


Lucy Williams is the Clerk to Governors for the governing body. 

The governing body consists of 15 governors including parent governors, co-opted governors, staff governor, local authority governor, and the Executive Head Teacher. The Heads of School are associate members appointed to the governing body but do not have voting rights. The body has the overall responsibility for governance at Ashton Gate Primary School, and meets at least 4 times a year.


The core strategic functions of the governing body are: -

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • holding the Executive Headteacher to account for the educational performance of school and pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure money is well spent


The governing body carries out much of its business through committees. The governing body decides the constitution, membership and terms of reference of the committees, and reviews these annually.


The Curriculum and Personnel committee consists of at least 4 governors and has elected Jessica Birch as Chair of the committee. The primary focus is to advise the governing body on all matters relating to the National Curriculum, in conjunction with the Executive Headteacher, Heads of School and teaching staff. They are also responsible for HR matters, such as recruitment. They are also responsible for monitoring the effectiveness of safeguarding policies and procedures in school.


The Buildings and Finance committee also consists of at least 4 governors and have elected Peter Sell as Chair. The main function of this committee is to advise the Executive Headteacher and governors on general financial matters, including setting and monitoring the school budget. It is also their function to monitor the effectiveness of health and safety.



Each governor has responsibility for a subject and/or specific aspect of the school's work. This role involves keeping up to date with relevant legislation or OFSTED criteria and an annual Governor Learning Visit (often observing a lesson). The governor then reports back to the rest of the governing body. A list of which governor has which responsibility is in the attached document. 

Attendance at Meetings 2020-21 (rolling totals - updated 24.5.21)


Name of GovernorAttendance at FGBAttendance at Committee
Mel Bound4/42/2
Ali Donaldson3/45/5
Ruth Fergusson4/42/2
John Foot (left 17.12.20)2/21/1
Gareth Jones4/44/5
Derek Hicks4/45/5
Sarah Luther4/42/2
Darsy Patel4/42/3
David Sawyers4/41/2
Peter Sell


Sheena Stewart4/45/5
Sue Waller4/43/3
Anna Lagerdahl1/1 
Jon Norman1/1 


Attendance at Meetings 2019-20 (rolling totals - updated July 2020)


Name of Governor

Attendance at FGB Meetings

Attendance at Committee Meetings
Jessica Birch (left 24.3.20) 3/3 1/2
Mel Bound 3/5 3/3
Alistair Donaldson 3/5  
Ruth Fergusson 4/5 2/3
John Foot 2/5 4/4
Derek Hicks 5/5 6/7
Gareth Jones 5/5 7/7
Darsana Patel 4/5 4/4
David Sawyers 5/5 3/3
Peter Sell 4/5 4/4
Jenny Shaw (left 24.3.20) 2/3 1/2
Sheena Stewart 4/5 6/7
Sarah Luther joined 12/19 3/4 0/1
Sue Waller joined 12/19 3/4 1/1