Gotherington Primary School

The Lawns, Gotherington, Cheltenham, GL52 9QT

Governance  »  Meet the Governors


Name and Role: Mike Mintram, Chair of the Governors (Acting Safeguarding Governor) 

Type of Governor: AppointedMike Mintram

Term of Office: 4 years (Appointed September 2019 – Office term ends 23/9/23)

Committees: Finance, Personnel

Panels: Headteacher Performance Management Panel

Class Responsibility:
Pen Portrait: I’ve worked in business and marketing for many years. I’m chair of the charity that supports Westonbirt Arboretum and I also work as a business coach and mentor for the Growth Hub at Gloucester University. I’ve lived in the village for over 25 years and all our children went to Gotherington School. I’m keen that Gotherington remains an outstanding school in every way.

Name: Jan Morrow
Type of Governor: Appointed
Term of office: 4 years
Pen Portrait:
I am a trained junior/secondary school teacher and was co-owner of Garden House Nursery School for fifteen years until I retired in December 2015. I have had extensive experience of working with early years children and have had close links with Gotherington Primary School for many years. I am therefore very pleased to have been asked to become a Governor of the school.

Type of Governor: Co-opted 
Name: Mark Longland
Term of Office: 4 years (Elected 1/12/20 - term ends 01/12/24)
Committees: Standards, Health and Safety
Panels: Pupil Behaviour
Responsibilities: Health and Safety

Pen Portrait: I am an Aerospace engineer of 26 years’ experience, 22 of which serving in the Royal Air Force. I have two children in the school. My curriculum areas of responsibility are History, Science and Music. I have class responsibility for Year 4 and sit on the Health and Safety committee.

Name and Role: Sarah Maclay 
Type of Governor: Parent
Term of Office: 4 years (Office term ends )
Committees: Standards & Curriculum 

Pen Portrait: 
I have worked as a publisher for over twenty years, and am passionate about literacy and the power of reading. I live in the village and have two sons at the school. I was elected as a parent governor in 2020.

Name and Role: Sally Lawrance

Type of Governor: Parent

Term of Office: 4 years (Office term ends August 2022)

Committees: Finance,

Panels: Pay Panel

Responsibilities: To be decided

Pen Portrait: I have spent over 20 years in business, working in marketing, customer services, leadership, strategy, change management and people development. I have two children at Gotherington and was elected as a Parent Governor in 2018.


Name and Role: Hayley Kent, Staff Governor

Type of Governor: Staff Governor

Term of Office: 4 Years (Office term ends 14.01.24)

Committees: N/A

Panels: N/A

Responsibilities: Governor training

Pen Portrait: I joined Gotherington in 2016 and am currently the Year 2 teacher and a member of SLT as Curriculum Lead. I have a passion for sport and use this through my PE subject role.


Name and Role: Tracey Poole, Finance Manager

Type of Governor: Associate Member

Term of Office: Office Term ends 18/9/17

Committees: Finance

Panels: None

Pen Portrait: I have worked at the school for the past 16 years. I have been Finance Manager for three years and gained my School Business Management qualification in 2014. I support the Headteacher and governors in the day-to-day maintenance and financial management of the school. 


Name and Role: Anna Newman, Clerk to Governors

Type of Governor:

Term of Office:

Committees: None

Pen Portrait: I have worked at the school providing administration support for the past 5 years.