Board of Governors


Headteacher Mr Ian Tucker
Authority Mr Patrick Wintour
Parent Mrs Sarah Slater
Mr Chris Brake
Co-opted Governor Mrs Trish Chilton (Chair)
Mr Simon Weston (Vice Chair)
Mr Alan Paddock
Mrs Nicola Walton
Miss Natalie Martindale
Mr Mark Carter
Mr Mark Pierson
Associate Governor Mr Paul Wilson
Clerk Mrs Jane Hill
For Copies of Minutes of Governing Body meetings please contact Clerk to Governors on (01249) 464500 or email us from the “Contact Us” page.

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    Thank you for visiting the Governor section of the Abbeyfield School website. Here you will find brief details about our role, our responsibilities and brief pen portraits about each of us.

    I am delighted to be taking over the Chairmanship of the Governing Board after Paul Harris’s excellent tenure. I am looking forward to working with governors, the Headteacher, the staff, the wider school community and other supporters as it continues to build on its academic successes, its excellent reputation for pastoral care.

    We look forward to meeting you at one of the many school events, and hope that you enjoy your connection with your school. We are extremely proud of what the students achieve, along with the outstanding commitment of all the staff who continuously strive to ensure the best possible outcomes for all students.

    Trish Chilton
    Chair of Governors


      About our Board of Governors


      Mrs Trish Chilton
      (Chair of Governors)
      Having previously lived in Cornwall for 18 years, I recently moved to Chippenham where I am the HR Director of a financial software company. I am married and our son has recently gone to University.I have been a Governor for seven years in the secondary sector, originally as a Parent Governor, and over the last three years as Chair of Governors. During my term we experienced two Ofsted Inspections which were rated ‘Good’ and ‘Outstanding’, and I was heavily involved in the Finance and Premises/Student Curriculum Committees, plus Headteacher’s appraisal panels.Of a similar size to Abbeyfield, but with a more rural demographic, the school achieved Academy status in 2012, becoming The Roseland Academy.I am delighted to have been co-opted as a governor to Abbeyfield School and hopefully can draw on my previous experience to further enhance the already extremely high standards Abbeyfield have set for their students and staff.”
      Me Paul Wilson
      (Associate Governor)
      I am excited, as a resident of the area since 1994, to be appointed as an Associate Governor of the school and look forward to participating on the Finance and Resources Committee.  I am a Chartered Surveyor by background, mainly from an investment and finance of real estate perspective as well as the development and management of property.  I have also run businesses, served on the Boards of many UK, US and European companies primarily, but not exclusively, related to real estate investments.  I have lived and worked in the USA (16 years), Luxembourg (1 year) as well as in London, but am now recently retired, so I am delighted to be able to devote some of my new found time to Abbeyfield School.  I am married to Brenda and we have twin sons.
      Mr Simon Weston
      (Vice Chair)
      I joined the board of governors as a co-opted governor due to my financial skills and background.I have worked within the accounting profession for over 25 years. Until 2004 I worked in Chippenham, but more recently I have been based in Bristol. My role revolves around helping local businesses to interpret their results, upgrade their financial systems and plan for future growth, as well as developing my team. This includes staff of many levels from Higher Apprentices through to qualified accountants.Both my daughters attend Abbeyfield and I am hoping this is an opportunity to help the school by utilising some of the skills I have learnt over the years. In my spare time I enjoy watching cricket and many other sports.
      Mr Patrick Wintour
      I have lived near Melksham since 1982 when I was working in Bath for Christie-Tyler plc, UK’s largest furniture manufacturer.
      I have also held senior management positions in The Industrial Society and The Prince’s Trust. I was a founding director of Healthwatch Wiltshire and was Chairman of the governors of Forest & Sandridge School.
      I have been a Deputy Lieutenant of Wiltshire since 1998. I am married to Annie and we have 4 children.
      Mr Ian Tucker
      (Headteacher Governor)
      I have been a headteacher in several different schools for both Primary and Secondary age students. I began my teaching career in Bradford, West Yorkshire and live in Malmesbury with my wife and three children. I am a very keen sports fan and I go and watch Bath RFC when I can. I enjoy running and cycling as well as reading whenever the opportunity presents itself. I have been known to strum the odd guitar and play the Cornet in a brass band too!I have studied at Durham University and The University of Gloucestershire and my degree is in Religious Studies and Philosophy. I have a BA (Hons) and a PGCE.
      Mr Alan Paddock

      (Co-opted Governor)
      I have been a parent governor at Abbeyfield for about 2 years. Previously I have served on Charter Primary governing body.School governance is an opportunity to give back and support the institutions which play such a significant part in the early years of our children, and I believe as a stakeholder, I can both support and challenge the school in the role of critical friend.I have 2 children who have benefited from their education at Abbeyfield (one past, one current).By profession I am an engineer, working in the telecommunications industry in design and development of mobility systems.

      Mrs Nicola Walton
      (Co-opted Governor)
      I am thrilled to be to joining the Governing Body as a Co-opted Governor at Abbeyfield School and consider it a privilege to be involved in the school and local community in this way. I will also be joining the Finance and Resources Committee. I strongly believe in the difference that good governance can make to the success of a school and I believe that my enthusiasm, experience and range of skills will enable me to make a positive contribution. I am a Chartered member of the Institute of Personnel & Development (MCIPD) with 20 years’ experience in HR. I currently lead the HR operations team at Wiltshire College and I am a member of the College Management Group. I have previously held HR management roles in the NHS and private sector. In particular, I have substantial experience in managing change within complex / governed environments, policy development and performance management. I was brought up in Swansea and went on to study International Business and Modern Languages at Aston University. I worked and studied in France, Dublin and the South East of England before settling in Wiltshire in 2002. I now live in Calne, am married and have one son at Abbeyfield. In my spare time, I am actively involved in Calne SMaRTT running and triathlon team. I also love exploring new places and take the opportunity to do this as much as possible – in person or in a book!
      Mr Chris Brake
      (Parent Governor)
      I was delighted to be elected as a Parent Governor in November 2016 – thank you; I will work hard to live up to the trust placed in me.I was a Royal Air Force Officer for 20 years before serving as a Chief Officer in both UK and US companies – I provided strategic guidance and oversight of corporate governance, risk management, financial compliance, information security, and health & safety. I then became a director of my own company before retiring. I have an IT degree and an MBA, majoring in strategy and finance. Additionally, I am a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. I am a Wiltshire Online Digital Champion, and recently qualified as an Ambulance Service Community First Responder.Some of my spare time is spent on Call of Duty, Netflix boxsets and electronic music production, where technology and enthusiasm compete with a lack of musical talent.
      Mrs Sarah Slater
      (Parent Governor)
      I am a new addition to the Abbeyfield Board of Governors joining in November 2016 and very much look forward to serving as a parent governor. I am passionate about education and the life chances a good education can provide for children.I currently work at a secondary school in Wiltshire so have experience of school policies, expectations, the curriculum and working with children and parents. I also understand the need for discretion, confidentiality and loyalty and I have recently joined the safeguarding team.As a parent I have a keen eye for opportunities to make improvements and promote excellence and strongly believe that Abbeyfield School is a wonderful place that really has its students at the heart of all that they do.I have 2 children one already at Abbeyfield in Year 8 and one at primary school. I like to bake, although I am certainly not in the Great British Bake Off league, spend time with my children, keep fit and socialise with friends.
      Mark Carter
      (Co-opted Governor)
      I am currently working as a teacher in Swindon and have responsibility for managing the academy’s assessment and examination data. I firmly believe that every child deserves the best education possible and within my role as governor, I will use my educational skills, knowledge and experience to help Abbeyfield School fulfil its vision. As a teacher, I fully understand the pressures placed on schools and have developed a set of critical analysis skills grounded in educational research through my Master’s degree in Education and my professional development by gaining my NPQH.Outside of education, I am a keen runner, having raised money for Shelter by running in the Berlin Marathon. I have competed in many local running events, especially the Chippenham Half Marathon. I am also a keen mountaineer, exploring North Wales and the Lakes with my family.I have lived and worked in Kenya for 2 years in a private international school and spent 6 weeks living in the jungles of Belize researching ant behaviour and diving in the coral reefs. My love of mountaineering and exploration drives my role as a volunteer for the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and I have been involved with the D of E since I gained my Gold in 1993, where I had the pleasure to meet HRH The Duke of Edinburgh the first time and most recently again in 2014 when receiving recognition of our centre’s work with young people.
      Miss Natalie Martindale
      (Co-opted Governor)
      I am pleased to be joining the Abbeyfield School Governing Body as a Co-opted Governor.  I am looking forward to the opportunity to be involved within the school and local community using skills I have developed throughout my working life.I am a Civil Servant currently working within the regulatory environment in the UK Space Agency, licensing large Satellite Constellations. I have previously held a regulatory role within the Defence Safety Authority and a procurement role for Defence Equipment and Support procuring items for Air Support teams. Prior to this I held management roles within a variety of retail establishments. I feel this variety of roles has furnished me with skills that will be valuable in supporting a secondary school environment.When not in work I enjoy reading, baking and walking my energetic Black Lab Basil. My partner and I are currently preparing to welcome our first child due in October.
      Mr Mark Pierson
      (Co-opted Governor)
      I am also a new addition to the board of governors joining in July 2018 where I am looking forward to learning about how schools function and are managed – as it was said to me recently every day is a school day. I relocated to Chippenham two and a half years ago from Ascot; I am married to Sara and have two daughters, Isabelle and Alice. I have worked within aviation for 25, spending 20 years at British Airways doing various roles both overseas and in the UK. Many of these roles meant overseas travel and gave me the opportunity to see some amazing places, and work with people from many different backgrounds and cultures. I now work for the TUI group as Deputy Director of Flight Operations where I am responsible for circa 1100 pilots based across the UK and Scandinavia. I have significant experience in operations and customer service, specifically in negotiation with suppliers and trade unions, performance management both operational and people, in particular grievance and disciplinary. Outside of work I am a sports fan, spending time watching rugby, cricket and golf, I also enjoy being in the kitchen cooking up culinary delights for friends and family to be savoured with a good glass of wine.