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



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!

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Neil Robert



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.


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.

Matt Whale Parent 

I joined the Governing body in March 2019 and sit on the resources committee. My wife and I have 2 children, my eldest attends the Academy and my youngest is at Treetops Nursery, giving me an interest in both areas.

For the last 5 years I have worked for a marketing company in Bristol, responsible for the strategic planning and sales optimisation of a number of financial products. Before that I spent 7 years working in London in similar roles. I’m hoping I can use some of my experience and skills to contribute in building a bright future for the Academy.

Phil Wild


I joined the Governing body in November 2017 and serve on the Resources Committee. I've been really impressed by Dursley Primary Academy as a parent,and am committed to giving something back to the Academy and playing a part in the education of all the children at the setting. 

I currently work as the IT manager at Rednock School, and  support two primary schools as part of this role. I have a wide range of skills and a wealth of experience to bring to the position of parent governor. 

Jillian Mary Hemingway




I'm motivated to be a governor because I highly value education and it's a great way to be involved and make a positive contribution!  I currently chair the Curriculum & Standards Committee and am the literacy subject governor
I work part time as a nurse, I’m married and have four children, now all at secondary school or university!  My youngest attended Dursley Primary Academy for his junior school years and was very settled and happy.
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


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.

Edwina Walton

I have a long association with Dursley Primary Academy  both professionally and personally. My youngest son experienced a very happy and successful Primary School education here during the 1990s,  during which I became a teacher at the school.  My many years of teaching here in KS2 were very rewarding and fulfilling and over the years I took on a variety of roles, most recently taking responsibility for RE across the school until my retirement in 2015. Having had such a long and happy association with the school, i am delighted that my granddaughter has now started her school career at Dursley Academy m which she is thoroughly enjoying!
I am a long standing member of the Church choir at St James the Great in Dursley and currently serve as Secretary to the Parochial Church Council. As a Foundation Governor, I feel I am especially placed to be able to offer support to the established relationship between the Church and the Academy as I have strong links to both establishments.
It is an honour to now serve on the Governing Body and I am delighted to be able to continue to offer my support to such a thriving school community.