Governor Profiles

Nicola FinchName: Nicola Finch
Governor Category: LA Governor
Appointed by: Local Authority
Appointed: 19/5/14 – 18/5/18
Positions of Responsibility:  Chair of Full Governing Board, Chair of Steering Committee, Link Governor for Assessment & Pupil Progress, Head Teacher Performance Review Panel Member
Committee Membership: Learning & Achievement, Steering

I 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 GarrettName: Melanie Garrett
Governor category:
Co-opted Governor
Appointed by: Governing Board
Appointed: 22.09.14 – 21.09.18
Positions of Responsibility: Vice Chair of Full Governing Board, Chair of Resources Committee, Link Governor for SEND, Link Governor for Maths, Link Governor for Pay
Committee Membership: Resources, Learning & Achievement, Steering

I have been a governor at the school since 2008.

I have two children; one currently at the school and one a former pupil, 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 fulfill their potential and to prepare them for the challenges that lay ahead once they move on to high school and beyond.


Claire PerkinsName: Clare Perkins
Governor Category: Co-Opted Governor
Appointed by: Governing Body
Appointed: 21/9/15 – 20/9/19
Positions of Responsibility:  Chair of Learning & Achievement Committee, Link Governor for Literacy and Broad & Balanced Curriculum,
Committee Membership: Learning & Achievement, Steering

I 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.


Name: Dr Chris Harrison
Governor Category: Parent Governor
Appointed by: Parent Election
Appointed: 6.5.16 – 5.5.20
Positions of Responsibility:  Link Governor for Health and Safety and E-Safety
Committee Membership: Resources

I am a freelance business consultant specialising in technology companies and am also a salaried Director of such a business based in Manchester. I have a great deal of experience in corporate structures, equity and grant finance and the protection and commercial exploitation of intellectual property. I have established numerous technology startup businesses and worked with these companies through to commercial success and acquisition. I have held Director level positions in Higher Education Institutions with responsibility for research and innovation. In those roles I have managed large teams (50+) and held significant budgets and responsibility for project portfolios in excess of £20M per annum.  I have been deeply involved in the commercialisation of research for over 20 years and have been part of government working groups and travelled on international government missions on this subject. I hold a Degree and a PhD in Genetics and an MBA in addition to having qualified as a teacher early in my career (PGCE).

Since May 2015 I have been a District Councillor for Broadland District Council (Blofield with South Walsham ward). I have previously been Chairman of a local nursery.

I have a daughter at Brundall school and it has been a privilege to have been able to make a contribution to the School through membership of the Governing Body.


Name: Harriet Power
Governor Category: Staff Governor
Appointed by: Staff Election
Appointed: 27/2/15 – 26/2/19
Positions of Responsibility:  Attendance Governor, Looked After Children Governor
Committee Membership: Learning & Achievement

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.


Nicky TalbotName: Nicky Talbot
Governor Category: Co-opted Governor
Appointed by: Governing Body
Appointed: 19/9/14 – 18/9/18
Positions of Responsibility:  Link Governor for Stakeholder Engagement
Committee Membership: Learning & Achievement, Head Teacher Performance Review Panel Member

Nicky is a marketing professional with a background in research and project management.  She is currently working for Norfolk Wildlife Trust on the development and evaluation of the Simon Aspinall Wildlife Education Centre that is based at Cley. Nicky has undertaken the annual pupil / parent survey since 2013.  Her skills in questionnaire design, research approach and data analysis have ensured that the results are easy to read and delivered in professional manner.

Nicky regularly helps with Reception class, listens to children read and contributes to activities in the classroom.  She has two children who were at Brundall School.  Her daughter is a junior doctor in Bournemouth and her son is starting a career with Abellio Greater Anglia.  Nicky is glad to have an opportunity to provide an input to Brundall School, which provided such a great start to her children’s education.


Name: Lisa Taylor
Governor Category: Co-opted Governor
Appointed by: Governing Body
Appointed: 8/2/16 – 7/2/20
Positions of Responsibility:  -Link Governor for Pay
Committee Membership: Resources

I was appointed as co-opted governor in February 2016 having expressed an interest in being involved in the governing body.  I am currently the Office Manager at a local nursery and pre-school.   I have previously worked in the public sector where my roles involved gathering and analysing information and monitoring performance and budgets. I am also Secretary and Trustee for Brundall Memorial Hall and regularly volunteer with Brundall parkrun.

I have two children at the school and 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.


Name: Gerlinde Diehl
Governor Category: Co-opted Governor
Appointed by: Governing Body
Appointed: 25/4/16 – 24/4/20
Positions of Responsibility:  Safeguarding & Child Protection Governor

Committee Membership: Learning & Achievement

I retired a couple of 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.


Paul GravelingName: Paul Graveling
Governor Category: Co-opted
Appointed by: Governing Board
Appointed: 26/9/16 – 25/9/20
Positions of Responsibility:  Link Governor for Broad & Balanced Curriculum,  Link Governor for Pupil Premium
Committee Membership: Learning & Achievement

I have been a teacher for 9 years and a staff governor at my school for 8 years.  During this time I have developed extensive experience of the different challenges presented by governance and I hope to be able to bring some of this experience to Brundall.

As a teacher I have experience of a variety of roles including leading PE, Maths, Educational Visits and provision of Pupil Premium.  My current role at my school is Key Stage 2 Lead.

I am deeply passionate about the education we provide our children and everything I do as a teacher and governor is done with the desire to improve the provision that the children under my care are receiving.  I have recently had the privilege of becoming a grandad and my granddaughter is a very happy pupil at Brundall.

In my personal time I enjoy reading, sleeping and walking, although mostly I enjoy playing with my granddaughter and being silly!!


Name: Michelle Glover
Governor Category: Associate Governor (no voting rights)
Appointed by: Governing Body
Appointed: 16/3/15 – 16/3/19
Positions of Responsibility:  –
Committee Membership: Learning & Achievement

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