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Governor Biographies

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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.

Ginnie Beale

From January 2020, I am the interim Headteacher for St Matthias Primary School.  I qualified as a teacher in 1999. I was employed by St Matthias in  2007 as a teacher, I became the Deputy Headteacher in 2009 and the Designated Safeguarding lead 2015. I lived in Malvern with my parents until purchasing my first house in Ledbury. After a few years I moved back to Malvern to be nearer my family. 

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.

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’.

Elizabeth Bessant

I work in Higher Education which gives me a knowledge and interest in all areas of education. Working within educational development, I can offer skills in data analysis and work on projects focusing on inclusion and participation, particularly facilitating effective transition between educational stages.

I am a parent of two children at the school and fiercely committed to their education and development, I feel our school has the potential to excel and would like to offer my assistance in the role of governor to support in any way I can as the school works towards the results we all desire. 


Jenny Batelen

I was appointed as a foundation governor in October 2019.
Now retired, I spent a career in primary education as a classroom teacher, head teacher, Ofsted inspector and school improvement partner. I am a foundation governor (ex-officio) of a Worcester City school, chairing the sub-committee which focuses on the personal development of the children.
I am an active member of my local church, having just finished serving 7 years as churchwarden. I regularly lead plan and lead services. I have been the Parish Safeguarding representative for 14 years.
In my spare time I enjoy music –choir, clarinet and piano; reading; theatre-especially links with Birmingham Royal Ballet, walking and gardening.
I am keen to support St Matthias as it navigates its way through the current challenges while enabling the children to achieve their best at all time.