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Meet our Governors

August 2022:  Details currently being updated:  please re-visit this page soon.


Helen Adebanjo Chair of Governors (01.01.2020 - 31.12.2023)

Robert Graves Co-Opted Governor (09.09.2018 - 08.09.2022)

Tom Green Parent Governor (01/04/2022 - 31/03/2026)

April O'Sullivan:  Local Authority Governor (01.01.2020 - 31.12.2023)

Moira Anderson: Foundation Governor (30/11/2021 - 30.11.2025)



James Ledingham:  Parent Governor (16/03/2020 - 15/03/2024)

I am transformation director at a law firm, focusing on operational improvements, digital transformation, customer experience, and culture. Prior to that I spent 17 years working in operational leadership roles in the insurance and financial services sector. I have two children at Temple Guiting School and joined the governing board just before Covid-19 hit, so have had an interesting first couple of years, witnessing what an excellent job the teaching team at TG did in ensuring our children continued progressing and were impacted as little as possible.  My main focus as a governor is on our building project, where we have raised over £500,000 to replace two ancient ’temporary’ classrooms with a new, modern, and efficient building. 



Richard Tilbrook, CVO:  Foundation Governor (01/04/2022 - 31/03/2026)

I read Classics at Queens' College Cambridge before coming to Gloucestershire to work at GCHQ.  My whole career since then has been in the civil service, including several years working in international development overseeing British aid programmes in the Ukraine and Afghanistan and supporting the UNESCO Education for All programme.  Most recently my career has taken me to the Cabinet Office, where I have worked as Clerk of Her Majesty's Privy Council and the Prime Minister's Appointments Secretary, responsible for providing advice on the appointment of Diocesan Bishops, Cathedral Deans and Lord-Lieutenants.  I have lived in Naunton since 1988, where I support St Andrew's Church as captain of the bell-ringing team and occasional virger.  I am also part of the Open The Book Team at Temple Guiting School and love to meet the children at Thursday assemblies.


 Dominique Simpson















Dominique Simpson:  Co-Opted Governor (09.10.2018 - 08.10.2022)

I am a Teaching Fellow at Birmingham City University in the Primary Education department where I specialise in Early Years education and Professional Studies. My research interests are mental health and wellbeing and belonging and mattering in education. I qualified as a teacher in 1998 with a PGCE from the University of Greenwich after completing a BA Hons in History at Cardiff University. I have worked in a variety of schools both state and private, over the course of my career and before joining BCU I worked for Arbor Education supporting schools to manage and work with their data effectively.  Our son attended TGS from Reception and has recently left Year 6. I started out as a parent governor and have enjoyed my work on the Governing Board so much I have chosen to remain for another tenure as a co-opted governor. I could not contemplate severing my links with this very special school just yet!


Chris Cooper


Chris Cooper, Co-opted Governor (04.12.19 - 03.12.23)

After graduating from the University of Sussex with an honours degree in history I began a 35-year career in central government finance. I worked for the National Audit Office and qualified with the Chartered Institute of Public Finance (CIPFA) in 1986. After a period working for CIPFA I joined the then Civil Service College (latterly the National School of Government) as a trainer in public finance and governance where I advised Permanent Secretaries and Agency Chief Executives on their responsibilities as Accounting Officers. I have worked extensively in countries supported by British overseas aid helping with civil service reform and improving standards of governance and accountability.  I retired from the civil service in October 2018. I am a member of Council at Cheltenham College, chairing the Audit Committee and serving on the Finance Risk and Development Committee. I work part-time as Finance Officer at Bourton on the Water Parish Council.


Rev.  Katrina Scott:  Ex-Officio Foundation Governor (dates n/a)

Rachel Newsham: Staff Governor (05/03/2022 - 04/03/2026)


James Ledingham: Parent Governor - 16.3.2020 - 15.3.2024


Ann Barry: Headteacher 1.09.17 - present.


Tim Tasker:  Associate Member (18.01.2022 - 17.07.2023)



You can contact the Governing Board through the Clerk, Ms Rosie Green:


  • Parent governors are elected by our parents.

  • The staff governor is elected by the school staff.

  • Co-opted governors are appointed by the governing board.

  • Foundation governors are elected by the parochial church council of St. Mary's, Temple Guiting.

  • The local authority governor is nominated by our county councillor. 

  • The headteacher and the vicar of this benefice automatically become governors.

  • Associate members are appointed by the governing board and have no voting rights.



Open days for Prospective Parents -Tuesday 1st November and Thursday 17th November 9.30 - 11. Everyone is welcome to come and visit our lovely school.