Home Page

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

Elected by:Term of Office
Derek HicksLocal Authority Governor

Chair of Governors 

Member of C&P and B&F committee


Member of Governing Body of University of West London

Trustee of Contemporary 

Dance Trust

Governing Body10.7.18 to 9.7.2026
Gareth JonesEx-officio by virtue as Headteacher

Executive Head

Member of C&P and B&F committees

Trustee of Triple H Trustn/aongoing
Laura DowlmanAssociate MemberMember of C&P and B&F committeesNonen/a





Associate MemberMember of C&P and B&F committeesNonen/a



Ruth FergussonCo-opted GovernorMember of C&P committeeNoneGoverning Body13.10.20 to 12.10.24



Parent GovernorMember of B&F committeeNoneParent Election7.5.21 to 6.5.25
Sarah LutherCo-opted Governor

Named Statutory Governor for safeguarding

Member of C&P committee

Probationary Trustee of BS3 CommunityGoverning Body17.12.19 to 16.12.23
Jon NormanParent Governor

Member of B&F committee

Health, Safety and Wellbeing Governor 

NoneParent Election7.5.21 to 6.5.25
David SawyersCo-opted Governor

Chair of B&F committee


NoneGoverning Body9.3.19 to 8.3.23
Sue WallerParent GovernorMember of B&F committee

Employee of Bristol 

City Council

Parent Election

4.12.19 to 3.12.23

Pen WilliamsParent GovernorMember of C&P committeeNoneParent Election1.12.21 to 30.11.25




Governors who have left in the last 12 months


Name of GovernorCategory of GovernorPosition Held

Business Interests,

Trustee or Governorship

or any other potential relevant 


Elected by:Term of Office
Darsana PatelStaffMember of B&F CommitteeNoneStaff23.10.20 to 22.10.22



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 up to 6 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 Sue Waller 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 David Sawyers 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 2022-2023 - rolling totals - updated 14 October 2022


Name of GovernorAttendance at FGBAttendance at Committee
Ali Donaldson1/12/2
Laura Dowlman1/12/2
Ruth Fergusson1/11/1
Alex Hawkins1/11/1
Derek Hicks1/12/2
Gareth Jones1/12/2
Anna Lagerdahl1/11/1
Sarah Luther1/11/1
Jon Norman1/11/1
Darsy Patel0/10/1
David Sawyers0/11/1
Claire Tiernan1/11/1
Sue Waller0/10/1
Pen Williams1/11/1







Attendance at Meetings 2021-2022 - updated 20th July 2022


Name of GovernorAttendance at FGBAttendance at Committee
Mel Bound0/1 (left after Term 1)1/1

Ali Donaldson 



Laura Dowlman 


Ruth Fergusson3/53/4
Derek Hicks5/57/8
Gareth Jones5/58/8
Anna Lagerdahl4/52/4
Sarah Luther5/53/4
Jon Norman5/53/4
Darsy Patel3/54/4
David Sawyers5/54/4

Claire Tiernan


Sue Waller 4/54/4

Pen Williams

joined Dec 21