Churchfields Governing Body

Who’s who on our governing body.

Ed Latimer-Sayer

Chair of the Governing Body

In my role as Chair of Governors I aim to support and encourage the senior leadership team to continue to raise standards whilst maintaining the supportive and friendly atmosphere that permeates throughout the school. I’m very lucky to have an experienced and motivated team of governors to support and guide me in that task.

As a Co-Founder and Director of a small technology company since 2003, I have spent many years working within the IT industry. This includes developing and delivering large scale web projects as well as experience in QA and risk management for an ISO accredited company.

Helen Forsyth

Vice Chair of the Governing Body

I am a co-opted governor and joined the team late in 2016. 

As a parent at the school, I have taken the opportunity to join the governing body and actively contribute my skill set to support the school’s development and direction. My background is largely within the publishing sector, working on the commercial development side with sales and marketing teams. 

I feel passionately that Churchfields’ two bases both offer a beautiful, unique and diverse environment for our children to learn, explore and grow. Working with the governing body team, I aim to ensure that the schools profile reflects the outstanding school that it is.

Rev Jane Palmer

Ex-Officio Foundation Governor 

Jane is the minister for St Michaels, Atworth and All Saints, Shaw.

Keith Svendsen

Management Committee Chair

I’m a co-opted Governor and joined the Governing Board in 2019. My 2 sons attend the Atworth base with the eldest being in year 6, so I’ve plenty of knowledge and experience of the school.

I run a local Insurance Business and have been involved in planning, strategy and financial management for many years.

I intend to take an active role and fully involve myself in the Governing Body and am excited about leaning from the school system, legal requirements and how everything runs.

Lynne Spencer

Educational Standards Committee Chair

I became a governor five years ago. I am by profession a radiographer and worked for many years in the NHS. When my children were young I transferred to education, working for years as a Science Technician in two Bath secondary schools, being a governor in one for several years. As a grandmother of young children I am also very interested in primary school education.

Since moving to Atworth I have been very involved with St Michaels & All Saints Church and I am, at present, Church Warden. The area of education in a Church of England school is one I am keenly interested in, feeling that both educational standards and Christian ethics must be of the highest quality. Churchfields is a wonderful school that maintains these standards and I wish to continue to work with the staff and other governors to give our children an outstanding ethical education.

Cheri Fayers

Member of the Educational Standards Committee

Maria Genner

Member of the Educational Standards Committee

Andrea Liddiard

Member of the Educational Standards Committee

I am a part-time teacher of Woodpecker Class at the Atworth base, but I have also taught at the Monkton Farleigh base, and I am the Science Leader and the Forest School Leader – delivering Forest School sessions for all classes across both bases.

I have been a teacher for over 25 years and taught in a wide range of schools. Over the years I have held several different subject leader roles, including SENCO (Special Education Needs Co-ordinator) and senior teacher, and taught across the whole primary age range.

I love working in a school which is at the heart of two busy village communities. I sit on the curriculum committee and am keen to ensure that the school offers our pupils an exciting, broad, balanced and creative curriculum this is designed to give the child a set of skills to last a lifetime.

David Pritchard

Member of the Management Committee

I am a parent governor and joined the Governing Board in 2020. My son attends the school and is currently in reception.

I am a qualified accountant and have been involved in advising on financial matters, forecasting and record keeping throughout my career.

I am enthusiastic about the role and hope, from observing how the school currently runs, that I can provide insights and support.

Barry Warrington

Member of the Management Committee

Hannah Duffy

Raising Standards and Data Governor

I am the local authority governor and joined the governing body in November 2016. 

I live in Monkton Farleigh and take a keen interest in the local community.

I am a Year 6 teacher and head of maths at a junior school in Wiltshire and feel that my skill set can greatly support the Churchfields team. I currently serve as a staff governor too so fully understand the importance of a well-organised and active governing body.

I appreciate the challenges facing schools in the current educational climate and hope to support the Monkton Farleigh and Atworth bases to ensure the children are engaged and inspired in the classroom and reach their full potential. 

Simon Futcher


I’ve had the enormous privilege of being the Headteacher at Churchfields since January 2014, and as the Headteacher, I also automatically become a Governor of the school. 

I have worked in a number of schools and taught every primary age group from nursery to year six, and my previous roles have included leading a number of curriculum areas, Key Stages as well as Deputy Headship. 

I have also served as a Governor in three schools for a total period of 15 years, so I’m fully aware that the relationship between the Governing Body and Headteacher is pivotal for ensuring the ongoing success of any school. This takes the form of the Governing Body being a ‘critical friend’ to support yet challenge me, and ensure Churchfields provides the best possible education for its pupils.

Julia Kirwan

Clerk to the Governing Body
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