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Church of England Primary School

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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 multi-sensory learning systems.

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 time as a governor. 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 C of 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.


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.


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. 


Allan Foulds


I am a retired secondary headteacher and have lived in Malvern for over 20 years. I have 3 children each of whom benefitted hugely from an excellent state education in the town. I remain connected with the leadership of schools as a trustee of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) and I am Chair of the Board of ASCL PD Ltd, a nationally based training company. As an experienced school governor, I hope to bring a range of skills to support the future success of St Matthias, its children and its staff’.


Glyn Wise

I first moved to Malvern from Kent in 1990 to work at the then Royal Signals and Radar Establishment (RSRE). Both of my children attended St Matthias between 1991 and 2001.  I retired in 2017 after 40 years working in the Public Sector and National Health Service. I hope this experience will enable me to contribute to, and become a good governor of, the school.


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