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Governor Pen Portraits

Find out a little more about our Governors here.


Reverend 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.

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.
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.

Fiona Cullerne

I am the Headteacher at St Matthias.  Previously, I have worked in two other schools, where I taught all year groups and, over the years, have had the privilege to  lead 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  I can use my knowledge and experience to effectively support the journey of our school.

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.
Katie Fisher

I have been the Chaplain at Dyson Perrins C.o.E Academy for just over 3 years but have been a Religious Studies and Philosophy teacher since 2005, working predominantly in Higher and Further Education.  I am married and have 3 children who attend St Matthias aged 5, 8 and 10 and I am delighted with the education and opportunities they receive.  I have good relationships with most churches across Malvern and have served on the Churches Together in Malvern Executive Committee for 2 years.  I am a keen crafter, enthusiastic reader and play netball several times a week. 

Clare Bookham I am Clare Bookham and I am a 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 facilities 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.




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