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Goodrich School has a full compliment of dedicated and hard working governors who contribute many different skills and experiences to the governing body.
More information on the statutory duties of a governing body can be found on the Department for Education website.

Please click here for the Governance Handbook 2017.










A Little Bit About Us

Revd ‘Ben’ Philip BenthamFoundation. Vicar & SEN Governor
Mr N. CroftsCo-opted. Chair of Governors & Standards
Mr T. LaffordCo-opted. Resources Chair & H&S Governor
As the vicar of Goodrich with Welsh Bicknor (amongst other places) I have a role as a Foundation Governor to the school.
I have a BA in Theology, an MA in Applied Theology and a PGCE. Before entering the ministry in 1996 I was a secondary school RS teacher in Worcestershire. As a clergyman I have worked in parish ministry in rural Shropshire, southern Africa, south America, and as a school chaplain in Surrey, Kent and Co Durham. It’s a particular privilege to be able to be able to contribute the school both as a governor and as the local vicar. I take a strong interest in how church and culture meet and am interested to hear anyone’s views on this.
As for family, I have been married to my wife Lisa for 31 years. She is a secondary English teacher. We have twin 23 year old boys, Jonathan and David.
I have been involved as a Governor for a number of years at Goodrich School. Initially as Parent, then a Co Opted Governor and for the last two years as Chairman of Governors. I appreciate the opportunity to give back to the school, my two children having enjoyed this fabulous school for nearly twelve years now. I can’t praise the school highly enough and was extremely happy to be given the chance to work with the staff, children, fellow governors and parents. My personal Life experience is from a business background, having worked for large worldwide organisations in the Commercial and General Management arena and for the last eight years working for myself. I hope that some of my experience will now, and in the future, help the school in some way.
I have been a Governor at Goodrich School since 2009 and currently vice chair and chair of the resource subcommittee. I have four children all of whom have attended Goodrich school, with one currently there. I have lived in the village for twenty years. I have a degree in health and social welfare and am a qualified social worker, experienced in working with children and their families. I am also a local scout leader and have a great interest in the holistic development of children both educationally and recreationally.

Mrs E. LyonsFoundation Governor
Mrs K.Miles Head Teacher
Mr R. MutlowCo opted Governor
I am the mother of two grown up children and grandmother of two grandchildren aged eight and twelve. Previously I have been a Church Warden and I am now learning to play the clarinet.
Initially I worked as a Personnel and Training Manager (H R) then as an assessor of organisations training and development.
With a business partner, we established three Training Organisations and a Nursery in the North of England and together we owned, developed and managed these businesses.
I have a lifelong interest in the training and development of individuals and organisations and I believe in Goodrich School, its ethics and culture. My aim is to assist in its development and growth, by utilising my previous skills and knowledge.
I joined the Goodrich community in September 2013 as Headteacher. On my first visit I was instantly ‘at home’ and could see what a welcoming and nurturing environment it is. I am so lucky to have joined such an amazing team.
I was born and raised in Somerset, which is where I started my teaching career. I have taught in different schools, both state maintained and private and am driven by my dedicaton to ‘make a difference’ to the children and families I have the privilege to work with.
Away from Goodrich, I am blessed with a fantastically supportive family. I am not the best gardener in the world but I find it a retreat at the end of a busy week or a long walk with our crazy spaniels!
I grew up on a local farm which has been in the family since 1900, and being a former Goodrich School pupil, I feel privileged and well qualified to be a Community Governor. Following Agricultural College I took over the family farming business. Together with my wife, I enjoy being involved with all aspects of school life and the environment. I spent three years as Chairman of the school PTFA, have now completed six years on the management committee of the Ross Pre-School Playgroup and am heavily involved with Young Farmers having been local Chairman and Chairman of the Activities Committee for the County YFC. My two children are currently pupils at Goodrich School.

Mr T. StoneParent Governor
Miss C. WatkinsClerk to Governors
Mrs W. WatlingStaff Governor
I have been a Parent Governor at Goodrich Primary School since July 2017. My son attends the school and my daughter will hopefully follow in a couple of years.
I participate on the full Governor’s board and also as part of the Resources Committee.
My background is in Finance, Commercial and General Management, with particular experience of the Housing and Construction industries. I currently manage a large construction business based in South Wales.
I am pleased to bring my experiences and skills to use in attempting to assist towards the ongoing development and success of the school. I have been hugely impressed with the dedication and selfless commitment of the staff, governors, PTFA and all other volunteers who put so much of their own time and resources into supporting the school, it really makes a huge difference and has inspired me to also get involved.
Goodrich is a school that many people are proud of, and rightly so. It’s a great place for children to learn, develop and grow and hopefully I can help in some way to supporting this continuing long into the future.
I live with my family in Goodrich, having moved here 3 years ago. Outside of work, when not chasing around after our children or pets, we all enjoy getting outside and making the most of the fantastic areas which surround us.
I am employed by Herefordshire Council overseeing Governor Services. I will been in this role 18 years and I have been clerking governing body meetings for over 30 years. I am an experienced clerk to the governors and support the collaboration. My outside main interest is that I am a qualified musician and have played electronic organ professionally for over 20 years. I am to retire in a couple of years and go on to help autistic children learn how to enjoy music. I also am a member of the British Goldpanning Association (as a sideline).
I have been closely associated with Goodrich Primary School for nearly 20 years. Both my daughters attended the school and my husband, Graham, was chair of the PTFA for several years. I was naturally very involved as well!
Before joining Goodrich School as a teaching assistant in the Reception class in 2012 I was play leader at Walford Pre-School for 10 years. This gave me valuable Early Years practical experience building upon my Diploma in Pre-School Practice and BA (hons) Business Studies degree.
I have now worked in all classes in the school and developed a useful understanding of teaching in both infants and juniors. I am at present teaching assistant in the Owls class supporting Mrs Jones and the teaching of KS2 maths – a role I thoroughly enjoy. I also carry out small group work and one to one support mostly in the juniors, but I’m always happy to help out where needed throughout the school.
Throughout my time at Goodrich School I have gained experience as both a parent and a member of staff and as such, as a Governor, I am able to appreciate all points of view.


D Williams
Mrs R. Webb–  L.A.  Vice Chair of Governors
Mr D. WilliamsParent.  Safeguarding & LAC Governor
Since my son joined Goodrich Primary School in 1999 I have enjoyed my involvement with the school including succeeding Graham Watling as Chair of the PTFA.  In 2004 I became the voluntary administrator of the Goodrich School Meals Association which provides meals for the majority of our pupils. For forty years I have been involved with the Monmouthshire County Show, more latterly organising the Craft and Shopping Marquees and over the years have been Chair of the Management Committee and ‘stand in’ Management Secretary for a year.

I enjoy working with and looking after animals and currently have two World Horse Welfare rescue horses.

My job as a self-employed bookkeeper and administrator has given me useful, transferable skills for school governance since my appointment in 2010 and I am time flexible enough to accommodate the various duties expected of us.

I have been elected twice as a Parent Governor and currently have two children attending Goodrich School, with one having already left. I work at Monmouth Comprehensive School as a teacher of Physical Education and also hold responsibility as Assistant Headteacher for Professional Skills, CPD and Performance Management; Deputy Lead for Safeguarding.   With twenty years’ experience in education everything I say and do is enacted with the best interests of the pupils at heart. I echo this in my work as a Governor for Goodrich and this is reflected in the tight-knit team of Governors who also reflect this sentiment.  


I continually use my own experience to collaborate with the Governing Body as we strive to produce innovative strategies in order to develop and grow the school. I am open and interested in learning new things, moving outside of my comfort zone and challenging/questioning our own ways of working.


I strive to remain resilient and calm under pressure and promote that as a governing body, we behave in a manner that is in line with the school’s values, even in trying situations.