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Members of the Local Governing Body are drawn from parents, school staff, and the community. They oversee the management and leadership of the school. 

Our Governors

Helen Dawes Co-opted Governor and Chair of Governors
Helen Della Nave Parent Governor
Janet Fletcher Co-opted Governor
Lisa Gardner Co-opted Governor
Nathan Gee Co-opted Governor
Kimberley Jones Co-opted Governor
Alastair McKenzie-Kerr Parent Governor
Tim Perkin Co-opted Governor
Richard Riordan Headteacher
Philip Rowe Co-opted Governor
Sarah-Jayne Speed Staff Governor
Cathryn Butler Clerk to Governors

As well as the Local Governing Body (LGB), there are other governor committees: Finance Committee, Admissions Committee and Pay Committee.

The Local Governing Body and Finance Committee meet six times a year each; the Admissions Committee meets three times a year; and the Pay Committee once.

For more information about our governors, and the work they do, please visit the Governing Body Information page.

If you would like to contact the Chair of Governors, please write to The Chair of Governors, c/o Portishead Primary School or email the Clerk on

Governor Vacancies

We will have a vacancy for a Parent Governor in June 2022.  The role and how to apply are described in the Parent Governor Vacancy Letter.  The application deadline is 6.00 pm on Wednesday 8 June 2022.

Please also read the governor role description and the ineligibility information to which there are links a little further down this page.


We also have three co-opted governor vacancies currently.  If you're interested in contributing to the ongoing success of our school as a governor, we would be pleased to hear from you, particularly if you are from beyond the immediate school parent community.  If that's you, please read the information below about the role (and ineligibility), and arrange to speak with Helen Dawes [Chair of Governors] by emailing

If you have any queries about the governor appointment process, please contact Cathryn Butler [Clerk to Governors] by emailing

Governors are appointed for a four-year term of office.  In appropriate circumstances, they may serve a subsequent term.