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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 fulfill specific governance functions.  These are set out in the Academy Trust Scheme of Delegation (copy available below). 


The Academy Governing Body (AGB) consists of 10 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 headteacher; 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.


Details of our attendance can be found below. 


We also keep a record of our business and pecuniary interests to ensure that potential conflicts of interest are clearly identified and managed appropriately.  Details of these can be found below.


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 (James Wilton) - no commitment required!.



Chair of Governors

Mr James Wilton (provisional)

Vice Chair

Mrs Joanne Hubbard

Clerk to Governors

Mrs Diane Dakin

Staff Governors

Mrs Marie Harral

Mrs Rebecca Morley

Mrs Rebekah Ades

Parent Governors

Mr James Wilton

Mrs Joanne Hubbard

Mrs Melanie Hopwell

Mrs Laura Jones

Co-opted/Community Governors

Mr Philip Ormerod





These documents explain how the governing body operates and provide you with statutory information about our appointments and attendance.

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’.


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

I have been a governor since 2013 – firstly as a parent governor and now as a co-opted governor.  In July 2017 I became the chair of governors.  I am very proud of our school and our children and all that we achieve together and I enjoy being part of the governing body, helping to support the school and ensuring that all our children are able to 'Sparkle and Shine'.  I am on the resources committee and I am also involved in the oversight of effective safeguarding.   You can contact me at any time through the school office. 


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.


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.


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.


James Wilton - Vice Chair (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. 


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.


Melanie Hopwell – Parent Governor

Melanie was newly appointed to the Governing Body in June 2019 as a parent governor and has two children at the infant school.  Since joining the governing body Melanie has attended all governing body meetings but with her financial background has now been appointed on to the resource committee.


Laura Jones – Parent Governor

Laura was newly appointed to the Governing Body in June 2019 as a parent governor and has two children at the infant school.  Since joining the governing body Laura has been attending all governing body meetings but has taken a keen interest in the school curriculum and is now on the teaching and learning committee.