Gotherington Primary School

The Lawns, Gotherington, Cheltenham, GL52 9QT

Governance  »  Meet the Governors


Name and Role: Mike Mintram, Chair of the Governors

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 and Role: Sally Lawrance, Vice Chair

Type of Governor: Parent

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

Committees: Finance,

Panels: Pay Panel

Responsibilities: tbc

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

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 one child 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 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.



Shaw Goodwin

Name and Role: Shaw Goodwin, Safeguarding Governor

Type of Governor: Appointed

Term of Office: 4 years (Appointed January 2021 – Office term ends 31/12/25)

Committees: tbc

Panels: tbc

Class Responsibility: tbc
Pen Portrait: Following thirteen years in the IT industry leading a large team of technical staff developing software for the retail industry, I retrained as a teacher. Within seven years I had the privilege of becoming the headteacher of a medium sized rural Church of England Primary School. Having stepped away from direct school leadership, I am currently the Operating Officer for a Multi-Academy Trust in Redditch supporting its schools and their headteachers. I hope to share my experiences and skills with Gotherington so as to challenge and support in equal measures; ensuring all its pupils flourish and that its wider school family and community are proud of the school.


Hayley Kent

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.I was elected as Staff Governor in 2020


Name and Role: Tracey Poole, Finance Manager

Type of Governor: Associate Member

Term of Office: Office Term ends 18/9/21

Committees: Finance

Panels: None

Pen Portrait: I have worked at the school for the past 19 years. I have been Finance Manager for 6 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: N/A

Term of Office: N/A

Committees: N/A

Pen Portrait: I joined Gotherington administration team in 2014 and became Clerk to Governors in 2020.