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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our page. Here you will find out a little bit about each of us and what we do.  


You can make contact with any of our school governors through the school office, leaving your contact details, and we will respond as soon as possible.   


If you wish to see a copy of the minutes of our meetings, then please contact the school office.  These are available on request. Confidential information cannot be released. 

Sawley Infant and Nursery School Academy Governing body (AGB) is a committee of the Willows Academy Trust Board of Directors.  The board of directors of the Academy Trust has delegated responsibility to the AGB to fulfil specific governance functions.  These are set out in the Academy Trust Scheme of Delegation (copy available below). 


The Academy Governing Body (AGB) consists of 9 members and a clerk to governors.  Staff, parent, community and associate governors work together with a common goal; to provide the best possible school environment and education for our children here in Sawley Infant and Nursery School.


All school governing bodies have 3 main roles:

  • to provide strategic direction for the school;
  • to act as a critical friend to the head teacher; and
  • to ensure accountability.


We take pride in working to support the staff and children so that our school can provide a safe, caring and stimulating learning environment where every child can realise his or her potential.


We hold full governing body meetings at least four times during the school year and we have two committees for different aspects of school life which also meet at least three times during the school year.  We also meet as and when required to support particular needs and activities.


Being a school governor is a challenging and rewarding role and we work hard together to make our school special.  When a vacancy becomes available we advertise through Parentmail, on the website and via letter.  Perhaps you feel you could not commit to being a full governor but have skills that you could share with us?  We are always interested in welcoming associate governors who can offer their expertise to support particular aspects of school life.  


If you interested in becoming a school governor you are welcome to come and have a chat with us at any time to find out more about the role and what it entails.  Please make contact via the school office and make an appointment with the chair of governors (Diane Dakin).  I would love to meet you and talk about the opportunities that are available (no commitment required!).



Chair of Governors

Mrs Diane Dakin

Vice Chair

Current Vacancy

Clerk to Governors

Mrs Wendy Crowder

Staff Governors

Mrs Marie Harral

Mrs Rebecca Morley

Mrs Rebekah Ades

Parent Governors


Mr James Wilton

Mrs Joanne Hubbard

Co-opted/Community Governors

Mrs Elaine Tomlinson

Mrs Diane Dakin

Mr Philip Ormerod

Associate Governor

Mr Andrew Fulwood

Mr Steven Armson

Mr John Brewster


And here are our Governors...


Marie Harral – Headteacher

I joined Sawley Infant & Nursery School as Deputy Head teacher in 2004 and was appointed as Head teacher in 2008. I am responsible for leading learning in our school, making sure it is well managed and ensuring the governing body are kept fully informed and involved in the life of the school. It is a privilege to work with such dedicated and professional people to help Sawley ‘Sparkle and Shine’.

Business Interest: Staff member at Sawley Infant School

Attendance: Full Governors 2/4, Resources Committee 3/4


Diane Dakin – Chair of Governors (Co-Opted/Community Governor)

I have been a governor for 4 years – first as a parent governor and now as a co-opted governor.  I recently became chair of governors (July 17).  I am proud of our school and our children and all that we achieve together and I am really looking forward to helping to strengthen the role that our governors play in supporting the school and ensuring that all our children are able to 'Sparkle and Shine'.  I am on the resources committee and I am also the named link governor for safeguarding.   I also help in school as a volunteer, and with the School Friends group.  You can contact me at any time through the school office. 

Business Interest: Self-employed administrator to Willows Academy Trust, Director at Long Eaton Art Room

Attendance: Full Governors 4/4, Resources Committee 4/4


Elaine Tomlinson - Community Governor

I have been on the governing body as a parent governor since 2015 and I have recently been reappointed as a community governor.  Having worked in childcare and education since leaving school I am very passionate about the provision of quality learning environments for all children.  I want all children to have the best possible opportunities in life.  I currently work as a freelance OFSTED inspector and I believe this will benefit me in this role in ensuring the highest standards for the children in Sawley.  Elaine is the link governor for Pupil Premium.

Business Interest: Freelance Early Years Ofsted Inspector Pre-school Learning Associate

Attendance: Full Governors 4/4, Teaching and Learning Committee 3/3


Becky Morley – Assistant Head teacher/Staff Governor

I have worked at Sawley Infant and Nursery School for 9 years and have been on the Governing Body for 8 years.

I am part of the Finance, Curriculum, Personnel and Inclusion teams and I am committed to providing the best possible experiences for all of our children, allowing them all to reach their full potential.

Business Interest: Staff member at Sawley Infant School

Attendance: Full Governors 3/4, Teaching and Learning Committee 3/3


Rebekah Ades – Staff Governor

I started my teaching career at Sawley and have spent the last ten years as part of our very strong team. I currently co-ordinate the use of Mathematics and Computing Infrastructure in school and led the implementation of the new primary framework.

I am Chair of the Teaching & Learning committee.  I am on the school improvement team and am a committed member of the school team, who wants the very best for all our children.

Business Interest: Staff member at Sawley Infant School

Attendance: Full Governors 3/4, Teaching and Learning Committee 3/3


Phil Ormerod - Community Governor

I have joined the Governing Body in 2017, having previously been a Headteacher at another school in Long Eaton. Phil has a vast knowledge and  experience in special educational needs and is the link governor for SEN.

Business Interest: None

Attendance: Full Governors 3/4, Teaching and Learning Committee 1/3


James Wilton - Parent Governor

James joined the Governing Body in 2018 as a parent governor.  He has one daughter in the Infant School and a daughter who is now in the Junior school.  James has run his own business for the last 10 years and has a good knowledge of business organisation, planning and finance.  James is the Chair of Resource committee. 

Business Interest: None

Attendance: Full Governors 4/4, Resources Committee 4/4


Joanne Hubbard – Parent Governor

Joanne joined the Governing Body in 2018 as a parent governor and has two children at the infant school. Joanne works as a senior leader at a healthcare provider acting as an intermediary between legal, commercial and operational teams.  Since joining the governing body Joanne has taken a keen interest in the school curriculum and is now on the teaching and learning committee.

Business Interest: None

Attendance: Full Governors 4/4, Teaching and Learning Committee 1/3


Steve Armson - Associate Governor

Having been a parent governor for 4 years, I have now become an Associate Governor advising on premises and health and safety management.   I have a varied career background, having been in the RAF, airport management, a mature student and now working in construction.  I therefore have a wide range of skills to use in support of the Governing Body. 

Business Interest: None

Attendance: Full Governors 0/4, Resources Committee 2/4


Andy Fulwood - Associate Governor

I have been a Governor at Sawley for 9 years, beginning as a Parent Governor and moving to Community Governor whilst taking on the role of Vice Chair for 3 years from 2009.

I am Site Manager of the school and also work as a Teaching Assistant.  I am an Associate Governor and liaise with the governing body regarding premises maintenance and development matters.

Business Interest: Staff member at Sawley Infant School

Attendance: None


Jon Brewster – Associate Governor

I was elected as a parent governor in 2010 and became Vice-Chair in September 2012.  I was Chair of Governors from September 2013 - July 2017.  I have also been a director of the Academy Trust.  My son and daughter were both pupils at Sawley Infants.  I have now resigned due to work commitments but continue to be involved as an Associate Governor to share my skills and expertise in support of the school.

Business Interest: Employed by an IT provider

Attendance: Full Governors 2/4, Resources Committee 0/4