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Our Governors play a central role in developing and supporting the school. They meet regularly to discuss every aspect of school development and improvement and bring to these roles a wide range of experience and skill. These are the people who are currently on our board of governors.


Head of School

Miss Lindsay Gabriel


Chair of Governors

Mr Dave Farrow

I joined the Governing Body in March 2014.  My family has a long connection with Wellesley Park. My partner, Sarah's children both attended the school, she  was a governor for some time whilst they were there and our two children are now in Reception and Year 1.  I has worked in and around education for the last 20 years at various times managing HR, school improvement and SEN services. 
In my spare time I enjoy cycling and on Sunday mornings I can be found at Wellington Rugby Club trying to help coach the Under 6s. On Sunday afternoons I can be found lying down in a dark room!


Teacher Governor

Mrs Fiona Doidge

I have worked at Wellesley Park Primary School for 9 years. I have two boys, one of whom is in Year 1 and the other in Year 4.  I think it's really important to have a teacher governor to ensure the staff's point of view is put across and vice versa, I can share ideas/thoughts from the governors to the staff.


My interests apart from working full time and being a mum are reading, travelling, sewing and going for long walks to tire my little boys out!  Wellesley Park is a fantastic school with some extremely hardworking staff and children and I am very proud to be a Wellesley Parker.


Support Staff Governor

Mrs June Anderson

I joined the Governing Body in July 2014 as the Support Staff representative.  I have been employed in the school office for 14 years and enjoy being able to see the children grow and develop during their time at Wellesley Park.  I am married with two grown up children who both attended Wellesley Park School and it was then that I became a member of the PTA and have had many enjoyable years serving on the committee and supporting events which I still continue to do today.

In my spare time I enjoy travelling, playing in a local skittle team, walking and spending time with family and friends.


Trust Governors

Mrs Fiona Hopkins

I joined the Governing Body in January 2013 as a Parent Governor. I have lived in Wellington for 13 years and have three children. My oldest son has now left Wellesley Park , but  my youngest son is in year 4 and my daughter is in year 2. I really enjoy being involved with the school and am proud to see how it has transformed into an Academy.
I work as a Commercial Manager for a major highways company, leading a team of Quantity Surveyors. Although I do not work in education, I have learnt a lot since becoming a governor and consider my work skills and experience transferable to the schools ongoing development. 
In my spare time, when not being 'Mum's taxi service', I enjoy gardening and then relaxing with a coffee!



Parent Governors

Mrs. Elisa Langley

My name is Elisa and I have lived around Wellington or the surrounding areas for the majority of my life. I am a stay at home mum to my four children, two of whom attend the school in years 1 and 2, and twin two year olds who will hopefully join in 2019.


I volunteered for the role of parent governor as I believe the primary years are massively important to children for both education and socialisation and I hope that in this role I can support both the school and its pupils to make the years at Wellesley Park the best they can be.

In my spare time I like to read and attempt to grow my own vegetables.

I have also got to know many of Wellesley Park’s talented, friendly and interesting pupils through my involvement in the School Council and Eco Committee. I can often be found at school and hope other parents feel that they can approach me to talk about the school and/or ways in which they can become involved.


Mrs Hilary Kimber

My name is Hilary and I have lived in Wellington for over 10 years. I have known children who have been pupils at Wellesley Park Primary throughout that time and our son started at the school in 2014 following a few years at the pre-school.
My professional experience has been predominantly in Social Work and post-trauma therapeutic work with children and families. I am currently working for a specialist treatment foster care service across Somerset.
I volunteered for the role of parent governor in 2016, and hope to use my experience to both challenge and support the school in striving for continued improvement for the education and well being of all it's pupils and promoting positive engagement with families and carers.  
In my spare time (what there is of it), I enjoy spending time with my family, walking our dog in the countryside, reading and gardening.'


Mr Dean McSweeney
My aim as a governor is to support the staff to ensure the school enhances the lives of all of the children. Wellesley Park is a happy and good school. I hope I can contribute to it becoming a happy and outstanding one. 
Before I retired I was a university lecturer, teaching politics. I enjoy gardening (enthusiastic but incompetent), studying philosophy (ditto) and wathing football, cricket and rugby (slightly more competent as a spectator than I was as a player). 


Associate Members:

Clerk To The Governors:

Mrs. C. Bailey

I first became involved with Wellesley Park School in 1981 after we moved to Somerset from Norfolk and 3 of our children started at the school.  It wasn't long before I joined the P.T.A. which I thoroughly enjoyed eventually becoming Secretary, a post I held for many years.  I was made to feel very welcome and learned so much about the school and the local community

I joined the school staff as School Secretary in September 1985 at the same time as our youngest son started school in the reception class and I held this position until I retired in 2006.  I have been Clerk to the School Governors since joining the school and continue to hold this position. 

I am a member of the W.I and love gardening, reading and enjoying the company of my 2 grandchildren.

I take a keen interest in the many and varied achievements and activities of the children and I see at first-hand how hard the staff and governors work to develop and support the school. 


Mrs Jo McLellan  

Hi. I am Jo McLellan, one of the parent governors and I have a daughter at WP. I became a Governor after the last Ofsted to try to help WP continue on its journey to become the best school it can be, making the most of the great teachers, children and facilities we have here.

With a sales and marketing background, I am currently leading a communications and marketing team, planning and delivering communications campaigns across traditional, digital and social media, as well as measuring success of those activities and overall budgeting. Many of these skills are transferable into the role of Governors.

In my spare time  I enjoy playing netball, spending time with friends and family and getting stuck into a good book.

Wellesley Park Primary School is operated by The Collaborative Academies Trust which is a charitable company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales with company number 8168307. The registered office is at The Mill House, Kings Acre, Coggeshall, Essex CO6 1NY. The trust web address is