Board of Governors

HeadteachersMr Ralph Plummer and Mr Nick Norgrove
AuthorityMr Patrick Wintour
ParentMrs Sarah Slater
Mr Chris Brake
Co-opted Governor

Mrs Trish Chilton (Chair)
Mr Simon Weston (Vice Chair)
Mrs Nicola Walton
Miss Anne Kubik
Mr Mark Carter
Mr Paul Wilson

 Mr David Tregilgas
ClerkMrs 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 have been elected for another year in the role of Chair. I look forward to continuing 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.”
Mr Paul Wilson
(Co-opted Governor)
I am excited, as a resident of the area since 1994, to be appointed as a 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 David Tregilgas
(Staff Governor)
I am delighted to have been elected to the role of staff governor at Abbeyfield School in January 2019. I am currently the Raising Standards Leader for Year 8 at the school and am a member of the PE Department. Abbeyfield is the fourth school I have taught in and I am currently in my sixth year here. Since beginning my teaching career in 2003, I have taught in three other secondary schools in Bristol (South Gloucestershire) and Bath. I have taken on a variety of roles during this time including School Sports Co-Ordinator, Head of Department/Faculty and Director of Sport. I live on the outskirts of Bristol with my wife (a secondary Modern Foreign Languages teacher) and my two daughters.
I enjoy anything and everything to do with sport. I keep fit by going to the gym and I am a keen golfer with a handicap of 11. I also enjoy travelling, listening to music and spending time with my family.
I am excited to begin the role of staff governor and I am well placed to understand the views of staff in the school. I look forward to working with the Governing Board and I hope to have a positive influence where it counts.
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.