Governor Profiles

Nicola Finch

Nicola FinchI have been a Governor at Brundall since 2009 and held the post of Chair of the Governing Body  since September 2011.   I am a senior manager in an international marine services company with responsibility for HR as well as working closely with the Board on strategic and corporate matters. Alongside this, I am involved with a local charity, The Mason Trust, which I helped my employer to establish in 2008, and was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2015.   The Mason Trust, works with 12-25 year olds across Norfolk and Suffolk to help raise their aspirations and support them to achieve their ambitions. In addition the Trust helps forge closer links between education and industry to enable young people to make informed choices about their future by understanding the opportunities available to them.  My association with Brundall school started when my son joined in Reception, and even though he has moved up to High School I remain committed to my governor role at Brundall. I am very proud to be involved with such a great team all working to ensure that every child who comes through our doors, is able to flourish and develop socially, emotionally and academically and is supported to achieve their potential.


Melanie Garrett

Melanie GarrettI  have been a governor at the school since 2008.

I have two children; both former pupils, both now at high school. I am a Chartered Accountant and, work part-time as an assistant manager in the medical team at a local accountancy firm, dealing with GP practices and medical consultants.

My association with Brundall School started when my oldest child joined Reception. I am proud to be part of the school community, which is working to help each pupil fulfil their potential and to prepare them for the challenges that lay ahead once they move on to high school and beyond.


Amy Gould

I am a parent governor, elected in November 2018. I have two children who attend Brundall primary school; my son is in key stage 1 and my daughter is in key stage 2.

I am a Doctor, with a keen interest in mental health. I have looked after many children in the community and their mental health is key to their overall well-being and their ability to achieve and create.

Training and working as doctor in the NHS has meant I have to work with stretched resources whilst aiming for the best patient care. I have experience in scrutinising research findings, generating audit data, identifying weakness in care, and applying this to our population. This promotes continuous improvements in healthcare. Working as part of a team also helps to generate the best patient outcomes.

I am grateful for the opportunity to the work in a very successful governing body at Brundall primary school helping to support the school in striving to provide the environment where our children can flourish and which helps them prepare for the next stages in their lives.


Clare Perkins

Claire PerkinsI am a Co-opted Governor being appointed in September 2015. I work part time as a Celebrant Registrar for Norfolk County Council as well as having two children, one of which attends Brundall Primary School.

I am originally from near Great Yarmouth and recently moved back here after studying, working and living in London for 14 years and then 8 years in Birmingham. I have had a variety of roles from President of my student union, Customer Service Manager of an online company to Project Manager for a Business Improvement District. Previous roles have seen me take responsibility for governance and constitutional papers in varying forms including the updating and application of said documents.

I have always had a keen interest in educational matters and want to contribute to the Governors at Brundall Primary School to continue the good work already being carried out.


Harriet Power

I have been a Governor at Brundall since 2015 and I am the Year 6 teacher and maths subject leader at the school.  I have worked at the school since 2010. In 2015 I completed my Masters as a Primary Maths Specialist. I was a Parent Governor at my children’s Primary School for eight years, six years as Chair.  I have found this experience invaluable as a teacher and as a Staff Governor.


Lisa Taylor

I was appointed as co-opted governor in February 2016 having expressed an interest in being involved in the governing body. I recently worked as the Office Manager at a local nursery and pre-school looking after the financial side of the business and dealing with property issues. Previously I worked in the public sector where my roles involved gathering and analysing information and monitoring performance and budgets. I also regularly volunteer with Brundall parkrun.

I have 2 children; one left Brundall in 2018 to go to High School and the other still has a couple of years to go. I have been pleased with their educational and social development thanks to the school’s ‘whole child’ approach. It is great to be able to give something back by being involved with the running of the school and helping with its future development.


Gerlinde Diehl

I retired a few years ago after a number of years as a Secondary Teacher of German and French, and feel that my experience of teaching and of the changing demands on schools will be beneficial in supporting Brundall School.  Since my retirement I have become involved with several voluntary projects in Brundall and Norwich including NIYP (Norwich International Youth Project), where I have been a Trustee since 2014. NIYP provides a drop in centre to support and integrate unaccompanied asylum seeking children and refugees.

My daughter attended Brundall School and very much benefitted from being in such a caring and nurturing environment. I’m delighted to have the opportunity now to make a contribution to the school as a Governor.


Lee Taylor

I am a fully qualified Accountant and  work for Flagship Group, a registered Housing Association based in Norwich, as the Head of Finance Business Partnering. I have worked in a variety of industries, which has enriched my experience and enhanced my skills. In an ever-changing world full of uncertainty, I aim to utilise my experiences to constructively challenge processes to achieve continuous improvement.

I have three boys, two of which attend Brundall Primary School. I have been extremely pleased and impressed with the approach and delivery of learning within the school and enjoy the fact that my children are happy within their school surroundings.

I am grateful for the opportunity to become a governor and am very proud to be part of such a successful and dedicated team. I always aim to use my qualifications and financial knowledge to support the school in providing the best possible environment for all its pupils.