Our Governors

Photo Name Type of Governor Pen Portrait
 Paul Brian Daniels Principal

I have worked in primary education for the last 25 years. I believe this has given me the experience to know what makes for a happy and succesful place of Learning. I have worked in schools in inner city Nottingham and London before moving to Gloucestershire and having the pleasure of leading three wonderful schools. I have been Principal of the Dursley C of E Primary Academy since January 2011.

Dave Hedley

Wright

Co-opted

I have been a primary teacher since 1988, working first in Kent then since 1992 in Gloucestershire, gaining a range of experience in town and country schools. Before that I had experience of several other jobs, including working on cross-channel ferries.

Dursley Academy is my fourth school, not counting a term of supply teaching and I have been Vice-Principal here since joining in January 2012. I am currently also the SENCo. I particularly enjoy helping children overcome barriers to their learning, getting to know them as people and trying to find out what makes them tick!

Dawn Delmaine Staff

In my teaching career of almost 18 years, I have taught in schools in South Yorkshire, Hertfordshire and Gloucestershire. I joined Dursley in October 2014 where I currently teach 2 and a half days a week in the Year 5/6 team and lead literacy across the academy. The rest of my week is spent as mum to my two amazing daughters who also attend the academy. These roles mean I care deeply about the Dursley Primary Academy community and I enjoy serving as a governor to play my part in ensuring it continues to thrive.

Neil Robert

 Grecian

Foundation

I am probably known by many of you, as I taught at Rednock School before retiring in 2012 and I hope my experience of many years in Education are of value to the school. My wife Jane and I live in the area near the school and both our sons James and Robert attended here. We all appreciated their happy time at a good primary school. Jane also served as a member of the school PTA and we both have memories of helping at school events.

Over the years I have been involved in the community as: a school governor at Rednock School, on the committees of various groups, as a member of the Gloucestershire Advisory Committee for Religious Education (SACRE) and as a Methodist Local Preacher.  I also serve as one of the members of Dursley Town Council representing the Highfields area.

 I am the current Chair of Governors, the link governor for SEND and also chair the Resources Committee. It is an honour to work with such dedicated staff in such a caring school.

Michael

Graeme Cozens

Foundation and Ex-Officio

I am married to Gill who is a secondary school teacher and we have two children; a daughter who is also a teacher and a son who is just completing a sports science degree.  We moved to Dursley in 2014 when I came to be priest-in-charge at St James and St Mark’s.  Before that I worked for 17 years in parishes in Cheltenham.  As priest-in-charge I am automatically a member of the Governing Body, also serving as vice-chair and chair of the Ethos Committee.  I also take a part in leading our whole school worship on Monday mornings.

Brendan Patrick Skelton Foundation

After leaving school at the age of 14 I served a four year apprenticeship as a carpenter and joiner and gained many trade qualifications including the national Apprentice of the year Award in 1965 aged 18. After exploring a wide range of trade experiences including building timber houses in Denmark, surveying for Bristol Council and a period building wind tunnels at Bristol university, I moved on to teaching, qualifying in 1976 and eventually becoming head of a school House, head of Technology and Arts subjects and outdoor activities at secondary level.  In 1990 I left teaching to work with the Gypsy Traveller community as an officer working for South Gloucestershire Council. Three years later I was transferred to work in housing as a housing surveyor and housing officer on the lettings and estates team. Today I am retired and wonder how I ever found the time for paid work.

Ian Paul

Unsworth

Foundation

I am a communicant member of St James’ congregation, PCC member and Captain of the bellringers.I spent the majority of my working life teaching mathematics in Gloucestershire secondary schools and was an Assistant Head when I retired in 2004. My main areas of responsibility were:

  • management of the pastoral care systems and liaison with support agencies;
  • management of systems to support good behaviour and formal      disciplinary processes;
  • developing and delivering a PSHE curriculum;
  • assisting with admissions.

Since retirement I have been involved with monitoring school attendance and as clerk to school admission appeals panels.

Claire Ruth

O'Connell

Parent

'I have been a parent governor since January 2015 and am a member of the 'ethos' group.  I also support the academy in their focus on promoting mental health for all who work and study at the academy, and in the help and support the staff provide for children and families who are experiencing a period of poor mental health.

I enjoy my role as a governor as I am able to contribute towards making our academy the best environment possible for the learning and development of, both my children and the children of our community.

I have 2 sons who are pupils at the academy; they are currently in year 1 and 4.

My family and I have lived in Dursley since October 2013 and have been carrying out extensive renovations of our home since then.

I am a nurse and I work with homeless people in Bristol.'

Jillian Mary Hemingway

Basu

Parent

I'm motivated to serve as a governor because I highly value education.  I currently serve on the Curriculum & Standards and Resources Committees and am the literacy subject governor.

I'm married and have four children, Oscar at school here in Year 4 and three older children who are all at secondary school.  I work part time as a nurse, my specialty is Accident & Emergency.

I feel that Dursley Primary Academy is a very special school community that for me is an honour to be part of and to serve.

 

Jonathon Heath

Parent

I have been a parent Governor since November 2016 and am a father of 4, all of whom I hope to attend Dursley Primary Academy.  My oldest child started school in 2012 after several years at Tree tops Nursery and my youngest child due to start school in 2021.  In my professional life I am a Director of Civil Engineering and Chartered Civil Engineer for a consultancy firm specialising in large scale land development projects.  My work is generally based around the South West of England and I manage teams in Bristol and Taunton.  I started my career doing a part time BEng degree in Civil and Structural Engineering in Nottingham, during my time in Nottingham I was fortunate enough to work on several School construction projects under the Governments Schools for the Future Programme.  Based on my experience in engineering I sit on the resources committee as well as participating in full governors meetings.

Charlotte Emma Crosbee Co-opted

I have been a Co-opted Governor of the Academy since September 2014.  One of my primary roles is as Safeguarding Governor, but I also sit on the Ethos committee.  I am a school teacher myself, previously being Head of Drama at Westonbirt School and currently teaching at Beaudesert Park School as a Drama and Dance teacher.  I am also a parent of three children at the Academy and so I have a good understanding of how the academy works and a vested interest in its future.

 

Vacancy

Co-opted