Meet the Governors
Our Governing Body
Tony Neal – Chair of Governors - Co-opted Governor (Term of Office expires 23/03/23)
I am a Community Governor on the Resources Committee, and now Chair of Governors. I have been a governor since November 2012 and come from a background in business and project management. I also have skills in finance and HR/personnel, and have learned lots about premises and health and safety in connection to the school! My school related interests are in development planning, ICT in school, pupil premium, and catering/school meals. My wider interests include music, arts and gardening.
Teaching & Learning Committee:
Erin Blake - Vice Chair - Parent Governor (Term of Office expires 01/04/23)
I was delighted to join the Bow CP team in November 2018. I have three children, one of which is at Bow CP. I wanted to join the governing body, as I want to help make Bow CP the best school it can be for both my children and the rest of the community. With business experience in several industries and a drive to achieve the best I am looking forward to the challenges ahead. My background is mixed and varied; I was studying primary teaching in New Zealand prior to meeting my husband. On moving to England I entered the insurance industry and managed a small brokerage. After having children I started my own business working with children in the creative arts, promoting creativity and problem solving, an area, which I am particularly passionate about. I am also a dairy farmers wife, our family farm is milking 600 cows and majority of the time I can be found helping run the office side of the business.
Anna Fay - Staff Governor (Term of Office expires 14/01/23)
I am the class teacher for Foxcubs class, which is our Reception and Year One class.
Kathryn Taylor - Co-opted Governor (Term of Office expires 20/09/25)
Bella Westlake - LA Governor (Term of Office expires 30/11/24)
I was very happy to join the governing board as a co-opted governor in October 2020. I have lived near Okehampton all my life and am currently doing a Masters degree at UCL. I hope to bring my own recent experience of education to the board and gain an insight into the strategic development of the school. I am delighted to be able to give back to a local rural community and look forward to my time at Bow.
Melanie Bishop - Co-opted Governor (Term of Office expires 12/11/22)
I have been a governor since November 2018 as a Co-opted governor. I have 3 children, my eldest Harry started Bow school in September 2018. Having worked for a bank for the past 20 years with fairly extensive knowledge in HR and personnel I wanted to try and be involved in the school to help and support as much as I could. Sharing my knowledge and helping the school to be the best it can be, for not only my children but also for the community. When I am not at work or looking after my children I am usually doing something sporty triathlons, netball, running or horse riding.
Richard Drake - Parent Governor (Terms of Office expires 27/01/24)
I am a dad to Abigail and Thomas. In my career background I am a dairy farmer's son and spent much of my teenage years working on the farm whilst studying up to A-levels. I gained 17 years of local government experience in the Estate Departments of several Councils. I started at apprenticeship level and progressed to become a qualified building surveyor and also gained considerable departmental management experience as Property Maintenance Manager which included budgeting, day to day management and HR tasks.3 years ago I made the decision to have a career change and became an active partner in my wife’s family’s artisan cheese making business and that is where you will find me today. Aside from work and family duties my interests include rugby, cricket and cycling. I also coach 5 -11 year old children to play cricket. I hope my broad experiences can add value to our schools governing body and Bow Community Primary School to be the best that it can be.
Megan Heath - Clerk