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Dr Martin Coles - Chair of the Governing


LA Governor 25.09.18 - 24.09.21

Committees: None

Business Interests: None

Personal Interests: None

Martin retired from his post as Principal and CEO of The British School in The Netherlands in August 2015. He spent  a large part of his career as a lecturer in education at the University of Nottingham, and has also held senior posts in local government and at The National College for School Leadership. Martin moved to Tidmarsh in 2017 and hopes his education experience will allow him to offer helpful support and advice to Basildon Primary School.

Jacqueline Louise Davies –

Vice-Chair and Safeguarding Governor


Co-opted Gov, 20.11.18 – 19.11.21. 

Committees: Head Teacher's Performance

Management Panel. 

Business Interests: None

Personal Interests: None

Jacquie is a serving West Berkshire Head Teacher working with vulnerable young people unable to access mainstream provision.

She is pleased to be a governor at Basildon Primary as this gives her the opportunity to use her experience and expertise in safeguarding to support the school and ‘give something back’ to the local community.

Melissa Cliffe – Headteacher


Ex-Officio Staff Governor – 01.09.17 – no expiration date. 

Committees – Pay Committee

Business Interests: None

Personal Interests: None

Foundation Governor 19.03.18 - 18.03.22

Committees: None

Business Interests: None

Personal Interests: None



John is now semi-retired after 52 years in HR

encompassing resourcing, training and

personal development in the private and

public sectors including 27 years providing

consultancy services within a diverse range

of companies spanning a wide range of market

sectors including the armed forces.

A committed Christian, with a grandson at Basildon C. E. Primary, John is happy to lend his professional skills and experience to the strategic and practical development of the school. 

Rev William Henry Norbury Watts - Ex-Officio Foundation Governor

01.01.10 - no expiration date

Committees: Head Teacher's Performance Management Panel. 

Business Interests: None

Personal Interests: None


Rev Will Watts is Vicar of Basildon parish, so being a school governor comes with the job. However, he was a Primary school teacher before he was a vicar and is really pleased to be able to be involved in working to make Basildon CE Primary School a truly outstanding place of loving, living and learning.

Claire Doreen Ward - SEND Co-ordinator


Staff Governor  15.05.17 - 14.05.20

Committees - None

Business Interests: None

Personal Interests: None


Claire Ward is both a teacher and the SEND Co-Ordinator at Basildon CE Primary School and as such brings a wealth of experience to the governing body.  Claire loves the school because it is such a positive and nurturing environment for the children (and staff alike). 




The main purpose of the Clerk is to:

  • Provide effective administrative

       support to the governing body and

       its committees.

  • Ensure the governing body is

       properly constituted

  • Manage information effectively in accordance with legal requirements.


The main responsibilities and tasks of the Clerk are:

  • To provide advice to the Governing Body on governance legislation and procedural matters

  • Offer advice on best practice

  • Provide effective administration of

  • Administer membership records

  • Manage information, such as Governor details and minutes of meetings

  • Undertake appropriate and regular training and development to maintain knowledge and improve practice.

Parent Governor 05.07.17 - 04.07.20

Committees: None

Business Interests: None

Personal Interests: None


Emma is a mother to 3 boys and has been

a parent at Basildon CE Primary School

since 2011. Emma has been a class rep and

a staunch supporter of BSA fundraising activities. She is also one of the school’s minibus drivers!


Emma was educated in French and German up until the age of 18 when she went on to study Philosophy at Durham University. Before children, Emma lived all over the world and worked as a PR Director for some of the world’s leading luxury goods brands. Her role included managing press relations and coordinating high profile sponsorship deals with events including London Fashion Week, The America’s Cup and the Hennessy Gold Cup. Now Emma wears many hats including that of French tutor, running her own accessories business and volunteering with local organisations.

Co-opted Governor 20.03.18 - 19.03.21

Committees: Pay Committee

Business Interests: None

Personal Interests: None

Brian worked for over 35 years in the oil additives industry performing a variety of roles before retiring as a Global Marketing Executive in 2013. His skills include organisational and operational excellence, change management and people development. The role of a School Governor should provide a good opportunity for Brian to use these skills whilst contributing to the community.

Brian is Chair of the Pay Committee. 


Associate Member 25.09.18 - 24.09.19

Committees: None

Business Interests: None

Personal Interests: None

Kathryn has been a teacher at the school since 2005 and is the Senior Teacher and part of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT). She has a broad experience from having taught in every year group from Foundation to Year 6 and has responsibility for ensuring our curriculum is engaging and enriching. Kathryn has previously worked as a Staff Governor and is now working with the governing body as an Associate Governor due to her role on the SLT and as Curriculum Leader. She enjoys the exciting opportunities arising from these roles to guide and shape our school moving forwards.


Parent Governor 21.11.16 - 20.11.19

Committees: Pay Committee.

Business Interests: None

Personal Interests: None


Nikki has been a parent at Basildon CE

Primary School since moving to the village in 2011. Her son (now at the Downs School) was a pupil from Year 1-6, and her daughter is currently in Year 3.


Nikki also supports the school through BSA activities and even painting scenery for the summer plays.


Nikki has a degree in modern languages and history, and worked in non-profit sector marketing before moving overseas and having children. She is currently developing a career as a writer/illustrator.

Associate Member 25.09.18 - 24.09.19

Committees: Pay Committee (non-voting

advisory capacity)

Business Interests: None

Personal Interests: None

Having studied maths, statistics & computing,

Pam started her working life as a quality

analyst of automatic weather station data for the Met. Office.  After taking a brief career break she worked part time for a local telecoms company before joining #teambas on September 1, 2004. 

Some 14 years later, having completed two professional qualifications to develop her role, she still enjoys working here as our School Business Manager.  Pam has served on the governing body both as governor and as employee, and she currently serves as Chair of Finance and Vice Chair on her village school’s governing body. 

Pam is a committed Christian and serves in her local church where she leads and mentors worship teams; skills she brings into the mix when working our school worship team.


Basildon CE Primary School; Respect, Resilience, Excellence.

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." - Philippians 4:13