Governance structure / roles and responsibilities

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Governor Type

Date Appointed


Appointed by

Pecuniary/ Material Interest




Specific Responsibilities

Attendance at FGB 2021/22

Mrs Trudy Nazer







No relevant interests

Resources (Chair)

HT Appraisal





Revd Canon Jenny Taylor


Ex officio



No relevant interests

Christian Ethos Group (Chair)

Curriculum & Staffing

Pay Committee


RE & Collective Worship


Mr Luke Coles

Acting Head Ex officio





Acting Headteacher


Mrs Naomi Bowers






Class Teacher and  PSHE Leader


Mr Hugh Ballantine-Dykes



Vice Chair



No relevant interests


Sports and Sports Premium


Behaviour & Character

Health & Safety


Mrs Lucy Patterson




No relevant interests

Curriculum & Staffing


English and Maths



Brig Stephen Gledhill




No relevant interests

Christian Ethos Group

Policies & Curriculum



Mr Dominic Imms Foundation 24/10/2022 Diocese No relevant interests N/A N/A N/A

Ms Rebecca Poole

Local Authority



No relevant interests

Curriculum & Staffing

Early Years and Phonics

Pupil premium




Mr Aaron Rendell Parent 17/05/2022 Parent Body No relevant interests

Curriculum & Staffing

School website and compliance

Behaviour and character

Mr Harry Martin Parent 20/10/2022 Parent Body   N/A N/A N/A
Ms Susan Dyer Associate Member 10/10/2022 GB No relevant interests N/A N/A N/A

Mrs Laura Webb

Clerk to Governors


GB No relevant interests


Clerk to Governors




Governor Biographies

Trudy Nazer

My name is Trudy Nazer and I am Chair of the Governors at Coombe Bissett School. I live in Clarendon with my husband Barry. My daughter, her husband and 3 of our grandchildren also live with us. We have a grandson who is in Fir class and another grandson in Oak class. I retired from full time work in in 2015 but I keep myself very busy with the family together with being a Governor.  I am also a Duty Solicitor and an Appropriate Adult working with the police. During my career I worked as a Criminal Defence Barrister in London, Commercial Director in the Flexible Packaging Industry in Greater Manchester and an Operations Director in the HealthCare Sector also in the Northwest. When I became a Governor, I felt that my legal, commercial and sales experiences may well be helpful.  Due to the financial restraints facing all schools, particularly rural ones in the UK today, I believe that all Governing Bodies will have an extremely challenging and hardworking, but hopefully rewarding time in the future.

The Reverend Canon  Jenny Taylor

I am the Revd Canon Jenny Taylor and I have been a Vicar in the Chalke Valley since 2009. At the beginning this was combined with being Chaplain and Head of Religious Education at Salisbury Cathedral School but for the last 9 years has been full time in the Valley. I originally trained as a Physical Education teacher but now limit my sporting prowess to swimming regularly and walking our Cocker Spaniel.  I am married to Geoff and we have 2 sons, both teachers, and 2 granddaughters who are completely adored!! As the local vicar I am an ex-officio governor of the school.  I currently sit on the Curriculum Committee as well as chairing the Christian Ethos Group.   I also look after Collective Worship and I am link governor for RE and PHSE.

I absolutely love being part of our school and relish the fact it is such a vibrant part of our Parish community. One of the highlights of our Parish is the annual Baptism, Confirmation and Communion service held in Coombe Bissett church and led by either the Bishop of Salisbury or Ramsbury. They have both told me it is the highlight of their year as well!

Naomi Bowers

I’m Naomi Bowers (Mrs Bowers!).  I enjoyed my own education and can remember from a young age many teachers who were a wonderful, positive and encouraging influence along the way, nurturing and scaffolding my learning. Armed with A levels in Psychology, English Literature and Theatre Studies, I went on to Lancaster University and achieved my degree in Theatre and Literature with Creative Writing. I had a few years out after this; travelling and working with children in Pre-schools, youth clubs and on a holiday site! This was eye opening and made me realise that working with children is a huge responsibility. I saw many examples of it being done both negatively and positively. It led me to the decision that I would like to pursue teaching and I embarked on a one year PGCE with a specialism in the Early Years (ages 3 – 7). I have now been teaching for 17 years. Education has changed greatly in this time, but my passion and love for my career has never faltered. Teaching is a privilege and honour and I value every young individual I have the pleasure of meeting and teaching. I enjoy supporting them all in their individual educational journey; celebrating their successes, scaffolding their weaknesses, helping them develop their skills and encouraging their personalities to blossom. Teaching is about so much more than teaching! I am now in my 8th year of teaching at Coombe Bissett Primary School. I love the ethos of the school, the values and morals we practise that are founded in Christianity. A school has many roles, many in the background, that help the school run day to day and make it the wonderful place for children to come, feel safe, valued and support their learning. The Governors do a remarkable job of supporting Coombe Bissett in all aspects of school life and running. I am proud to be the Teacher Governor, I hope it goes a little way to show the other Governors how much we value their support. 

Hugh Ballantine-Dykes

My name is Hugh Ballantine Dykes and I am a Foundation Governor at Coombe Bissett CofE School. I have lived with my wife Fiona in Coombe Bissett for 6 years, before which we lived for 16 years near Pitton. I serve on the CB&H PCC and am chairman of the CB&H Cricket Club. I’d love to encourage more young people to take up the game. I also have a passion for singing, currently with three friends in a barber shop quartet. We have four grown-up children, three of whom work and live in London. The fourth lives locally and works for the Trussell Trust. I work at a small Biotech company on the science park at Porton Down that my business partner and I set up in 2009, to develop new veterinary and clinical lateral flow diagnostic methods. At the moment we are a developing a new and affordable test for bovine TB. Our work involves regular R&D grant applications, tight budgeting and cashflow management and scrupulous attention to health and safety, quality assurance and risk management procedures in our laboratories. For 3 years in the 1990’s I ran the Children’s Heart Federation, a national charity dedicated to supporting families with children born with congenital heart defects. Together with a new Chairman, I took it on with almost zero funds in the bank and dysfunctional management and laid the foundations and funding for it to become the national voice for heart children and their families that it still is today. I am happy bringing whatever skills, knowledge and experience I may have to the Board of Governors of the school.

Lucy Paterson

I am Lucy Paterson, one of the Foundation Governors at Coombe Bissett Primary School. I have always been passionate about education and was excited to join the governing body of such a wonderful school three years ago. I am a qualified teacher and have had experience teaching in an infant school for 8 years before starting my own family. I am now a full-time mother to five children, three of whom joyfully attend Coombe Bissett! I am the Literacy and Maths link governor and sit on the staffing and curriculum committee. As well as enjoying life with a young family my husband and I have been renovating our listed Victorian home in Wilton for the past six years and counting! If I have any spare time, I like to spend it reading or baking. I am also lucky enough to come into school on a regular basis to read with the children.

Brigadier Stephen Gledhill

I am a Foundation Governor of Coombe Bissett School and live in Homington with my wife Gill. We have two grown-up children, one of whom attended Coombe Bissett School back in the 1990’s when we lived in Wilton. Our other daughter is now a Teacher in a Primary school in Bristol. I was a career soldier for 30 years, during which time I served in numerous places and had a wide variety of jobs and responsibilities, including being Director of Army training.  For three years I was also Chair of Governors of both a Service Children’s Primary and Secondary School in Germany. On leaving the Army I became chief executive of a Charity dedicated to helping ex-service personnel find employment and build second careers; a job I retired from two years ago. As well as being a Foundation Governor, I am also a Councillor on Coombe Bissett Parish Council, a Member of the Coombe Bissett with Homington Parochial Church Council and Trustee of a number of Charities. My aim in becoming a Governor is to use the knowledge, skills and experience I have gained to support the School in delivering the very best education to our children.

Dominic Imms

Hello, my name is Dom Imms and I am a Foundation Governor here at the school. I have two children enrolled at Coombe Bissett and we all live together in the village with my wife and Labrador Max. Somehow despite our proximity to the school we are always in a rush to get in for registration on time! In my professional life I am an Investment Banker for a French bank in London. I work with large corporates both nationally and internationally via arranging syndicated strategic funding solutions for mergers and acquisitions,  material capital expenditure projects as well as funding for working capital purposes. Prior to this I ran my own business in Salisbury between 2011 and 2015. Outside of work I am a big rugby fan and volunteer as a rugby coach for the minis at Salisbury Rugby Football Club. I enjoy encouraging the team and teaching them new skills - it's a good run about for me too! The school is a very special place and in my role as a governor I hope to build strong working relationships with the management team and other governors at the school in order to achieve and maintain our shared vision and purpose. 

Rebecca Poole

I am Rebecca (Becky) Poole, one of the parent governors of Coome Bissett (CB) Primary School. From September 2022 I will have one daughter at the school as my eldest comes to the end of her CB journey in July 2022.

It has been an absolute pleasure and privilege to act as the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Link Governor for the past 4 years.  During which time I have seen the early years provision go from strength to strength, led by our amazing staff. As my new term begins,  I am excited to be moving on to the challenge of the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Link Governor position.

I have tried to be as active as possible within the school community and continue to be involved with the Friends of CB School, helping raise essential funds for the school. 

My professional background is in biological research, having spent many years undertaking lab-based research followed by post-graduate teaching, experiences I hope provide skills that I put to good use as a Governor of our school. In my spare time I can be spotted singing with a local choir or chairing Salisbury's Cafe Scientifique.

Aaron Rendell

I am Aaron Rendell, one of the parent governors of CB Primary School. I have two children at the school, with a 3rd starting in September!

In my early days at the school, I was involved with the ‘Friends of CB’. I hope being a governor, will not only be a great challenge but also a fantastic addition to supporting our school.

By day I am an IT Professional, working closely in the technical world of Microsoft. I hope my skills are put to good use as a Governor of our school! By evening and weekend, I’m an avid DIY’er; you’ll find me close to a DIY store or planning the next house extension!

Harry Martin

I am Harry Martin, one of the parent governors of Coombe Bissett Primary School.  It’s a privilege to be offered the opportunity to support the school, it’s pupils and staff.

My professional background is as an aviation engineer in the Royal Navy, though I’ve been seconded to the government’s defence procurement organisation in Bristol since December 2021.

I’m married to Nikki and we live in Harnham, Salisbury.  My eldest, Toby, joined the school in September 2022 and has a younger brother, Sebastian, who we hope will follow in September 2024.  I’m not organised enough to have much spare time, but most of it is spent running with our Cocker Spaniel, Meg.

Sue Dyer

I am Sue Dyer and I am an Associate Member.  During my career I worked for various Government Departments and Consultancy companies in the private sector.  During that time, I undertook a variety of roles and responsibilities, mainly relating to IT and Business Process development.  My last post was with the Defence Scientific Technology Laboratory at Proton Down, where I was the Infrastructure Portfolio Manager, responsible for managing programme and project scheduling, budgets and progress. 

Although I have worked and lived in different places, my permanent home has always been Coombe Bissett and I attended the school.  I left full time employment to spend time travelling.  I now work part time in the village pub and, with help from a team, produce the CB&H Express, every two months.  I am also a trustee for a local charity.  I enjoy walking, gardening, ringing the bells at Coombe Bissett Church and travelling to new places. 

I hope my previous experiences and skills can be put to good use in my role as a Governor of our school.