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Governor Pen Portraits

Find out a little more about our Governors here.

Tony Matthews






I was appointed as a new Foundation Governor in July 2018

I am a retired Building Services Engineer, married with two children and three grandchildren. My wife and I moved to Malvern in July 2013.

I was a foundation governor for Oxenhope Cof E Primary School in West Yorkshire from 2009 to 2013 and I was Vice Chair of the Finance, Fabric & Facilities Committee for the last two years. I was also governor with responsibility for Health & Safety.

I am looking forward to using this experience to support St Matthias school in the challenges that lie ahead so that it may continue to serve the local community and to ensure that every child will achieve their full potential. As a practising Christian I have been very impressed by the religious and moral ethos evident throughout the school and I hope to play my part in ensuring that this continues and that the school will flourish.


Rev Phillip Johnson







I am the Vicar of Malvern Link with Cowleigh and have been involved in education for many years. I have been a governor at four schools, including Vice-Chair and Chair. Prior to ordination, I was a Deputy Head, Head of Sixth Form and Drama/Philosophy Teacher at Secondary level, as well as a University Lecturer for a number of UK Drama Schools and a US University. I am particularly interested in the development of learning styles and multisensory learning systems.


Carol Nash












Before retirement I worked at a local Comprehensive school for 16 years and then around the county for a further 2 years with children with disabilities . I loved the involvement  with the children and  the school environment.   So, to have the opportunity to be a part of St Matthias school  is very rewarding.   My responsibilities are, to monitor the ethos of the school and  to evaluate the effectiveness  of Christian Values on the life of the school  and  of the children. I also enjoy being able to encourage children in their reading skills by spending time listening to them . I am part of  the 'Open  The Book' team and visit regularly to take a weekly assembly  

I have 3 grandchildren who attended the school and  thoroughly enjoyed the variety of opportunities given to them .


Pat Lewis




I currently work withIn both the employment law sector, and Sports Coaching, the latter for the Football Association. Working within these disciplines means that I am hopefully in a good position to give something back to a school that has done so much for the local community.


Alison Sims







This is my second term as a governor at St Matthias. For 6 years I was staff governor at a large comprehensive school in West London,where I was working as the qualified school librarian.When I moved to Malvern just over 4 years ago,I thought my experience might be useful.I am an active member of the congregation in the Parish of Malvern Link with Cowleigh and the link governor for both Safeguarding and Early years provision.



Fiona Cullerne


















I am the Headteacher at St Matthias and have been on the governing body since 8.11.13.  Over the last seven years, I have been part of the Leadership Team with responsibility for Mathematics, Key Stage Two, provision management and leading teaching and learning.  During this time, I have worked closely with the previous Headteacher, Claire Davies, and the Governors in making strategic decisions to further develop the provision and vision of St Matthias.

Previously, I worked in two other schools, where I taught all year groups, led each phase and have led several co-ordinator roles including Science, Mathematics and English.   I have a wide variety of interests both in school and at home and love learning.

I am passionate about ensuring all children have the best possible education and that they have access to the highest quality of teaching and learning opportunities possible.  I have high aspirations for all our pupils, work to inspire all and wish to be a proactive part of shaping our future generation of leaders. 

I believe that by being a governor, I can use my knowledge and experience to effectively support the journey of our school.


Hannah Kent



My name is Hannah Kent. I am a parent governor since 2016. I took on the role as I wanted the opportunity to understand more about the school my children attend and support the school and its families as much as I can.


Matthew Day








I have had a long association with St Matthias, with my eldest daughter who is now at university having attended the school and my youngest still in attendance. I have served as a parent governor at several times in the past and am pleased to once again be one of those representing the views of the parent community at these important meetings.  My professional science career has equipped me with a diverse range of skills I believe can be of assistance in continuing the schools positive contribution to our children’s future.


Clare Bookham







I am Clare Bookham and I am a newly appointed parent governor, as of September 2016. I am currently having a career break whilst looking after my youngest child but previously to this I was a facilties manager/project manager for a large organisation. My reasons for getting involved with the school was mainly because I wanted to support the school going forward. To ensure, in a small way I could, that our school continues to provide our young people with an environment to thrive and reach their potential.


Helen Yorke


















I have been Chair of Governors at St Matthias CE Primary since June 2016, I am also currently Chair of Governors at City Road Primary Academy School.

I am an Associate Professor at Birmingham City University School of Education and Social Work where I am the School Lead for Partnerships and External Engagement. I teach on the Masters in Teaching and Learning programme and I teach Primary Mathematics on the BA Primary Education with QTS and the PGCE Primary Education with QTS.

During my career I have worked as a primary teacher, a Local Authority Mathematics Advisor and as a Regional Advisor for Primary Mathematics.

My main interests in primary schools are the quality of teaching and learning, pupil engagement, curriculum development and assessment, standards and progression.

The skills I have to offer are leadership and project management skills, an understanding of school HR processes, an understanding of educational law and an understanding of the current education agenda.


Lorraine Cave


















I have lived and worked in Malvern for many years and have three grown-up girls who all attended local schools. I was born and brought up in Warwickshire but moved to Worcestershire in the early 1990’s. Our family relocated to Malvern in 1999 from Evesham with my husband’s job.

I have a background in Business and Administration relating to Education starting with Warwickshire County Council assisting HMI Inspectorate with organising training events and training opportunities for teachers. I then went on to work for Hereford and Worcestershire County Council’s Education Psychology Service.

I believe, as a Governor, I can support St Matthias due to my experience of working in both secondary and primary schools. I understand school procedures and priorities alongside the importance of sound financial management that creates an environment where staff feel secure and valued. I am passionate about providing good education for the next generation and giving every child the opportunity to realise their full potential.



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