Governing Body Accountability 

Chair of Governors: Mrs Emily Mayne 

Vice Chair of Governors: Mr Mario Claydon and Mrs Katherine Sinclair 

The Governing Body is corporately responsible for all its decisions, regardless of delegation.

• Teacher, staff and parent governors are representative teachers, staff and parents within the Governing Body. They are not representatives of delegates.

• Every governor is free to vote in accordance with their own views but decisions must be taken in the best interests of pupils.

• Effectiveness of the Governing Board is assessed by Ofsted

Lickey Hills Terms Ref booklet Sept 2022 -23 – updated April 23

LHPSN Governor Impact Statement – 2023

AnNual report from Governors To Parents 

Annual Governors Report to Parents and Carers for 2022 -2023 

Annual Governors Report to Parents and Carers 2021 – 2022

Annual Governors Report to Parents and Carers for 2020 – 2021

Annual Governors Report to Parents and Carers for 2019 – 2020

Annual Governors Report to Parents and Carers for 2018 – 2019

Lickey Hills Primary School & Nursery Governing Board Membership and Terms of Reference 

All about your Governors

Governing bodies have three main roles: to provide strategic direction for the school; to act as a critical friend to the headteacher, who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school, and the school team; to ensure accountability. The governors meet as a full board four times a year. In addition each of the three sub-committees ( see below) meet three times a year. 

How to contact the Governors

 Governors can be contacted by letter. Please address it for the attention of the Chair of Governors LHPSN and put in a sealed envelope marked private and confidential. This should then be passed to the school office. 

How the Governing body is made up

The governing body includes parents, staff from the school, people chosen by governors from the local community, people appointed by the Local Education Authority (LEA).

Some of our key objectives 

1) In conjunction with staff and parents help to improve the performance of the school and the experience of its pupils.

2) To ensure that the management and financial systems are as effective and efficient as possible.

3) To improve communications between stakeholders (pupils, parents ,staff , governors and the local community).

Link Governors for school improvement 2022/2023

English; including Phonics, Writing and Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar – Mrs Barbara Eastgate

Maths – Mrs Katherine Sinclair 

Non Core Curriculum – Mrs Diane Hanke 

Safeguarding – Mrs Barbara Eastgate 

SEND – Mrs Diane Hanke 

EYFS – Mr Mario Claydon

Governor links to monitor funding and resources management 2022/23

PE and Sports Grant – Mr Mario Claydon

Pupil Premium – Mrs Katherine Sinclair 

Looked After and Post Looked after children – Mrs Katherine Sinclair 

LHPNS Governing Body 2022- 23







Community Governor

A qualified chartered accountant who leads the Governing Body on financial matters and is Chair of Governors for LHPSN. I have volunteered as a Governor since Autumn 2013 and enjoyed being able to play an active role in developing the school and ensuring that we are on our journey towards delivering outstanding education for all pupils. Working for a National Accountancy Firm, I bring extensive public sector experience to the Governing body as well as having a personal interest with a daughter in Key Stage 2. Outside of work and school I play in a string quartet and enjoy reading, baking and gardening. Read on to find out about our skilled and talented governing body…….

Mario new photo






Vice Chair of Governors: Mr Mario Claydon

Co-opted Governor

A professional engineer who joined the governing body as a parent in 2011. During this this time I have held several different roles, including Chair. 

My experience in leadership and management helps me to support and challenge our team of governors and school management. I am passionate about standards and thrive on driving change and improvement. 

In my spare time I enjoy sport and the outdoors.

Vice Chair of Governors: Mrs Katherine Sinclair 

I was elected as a parent governor in April 2021. I am currently co-vice chair of the governing board.  I have three children, all of whom have been or are still at the school and I live in Lickey so I have a vested interest in the success of the school. I am passionate about education and particularly about unlocking the keys to learning and creating opportunities for all children.  My professional background is as an employment law solicitor.  Prior to that I worked in sales and marketing. I have previous experience in governance as a trustee of a multi academy trust in the past. When I am not doing any of the above, I love a bike or run in the Lickey Hills, pilates, music and a good gin and tonic.

David Dathan 

I have been a qualified teacher since 2004 and worked in a range of schools, teaching children from age five to sixteen. I volunteered as a Governor in my children’s primary school for 4 years and supported in the monitoring of teaching and learning, safeguarding and the appointment of a new Headtecher. I have worked on Senior Leadership teams as an Assistant Head and Deputy Head for the last ten years and have a wealth of experience of strategic leadership throughout all areas of school.. Outside of work I have a love for cooking, exercise and the outdoors. I live locally and am often out on the Clent or Lickey Hills at the weekend. 






Co-opted Governor

I am the Deputy Head Teacher here at Lickey Hills Primary School and Nursery and a member of the school governing body. I have been teaching at the school for 20 years with experience in all Key Stages.  Within school  I am the SENDCo and Language base lead and, among others things, I have responsibility for overseeing behaviour, safeguarding, staff CPD, and I lead the pastoral learning mentor team.  I have two children, one of whom attends Waseley Hills High School and one who is studying medicine at Newcastle University. I work with Mr Dathan to ensure standards of teaching and learning are of the highest possible standard with a continuous drive to move our school forward. We want all of our children to have the best possible education, encouraging them always to ‘Dream, Believe and Achieve’

 Catrin Williams 

Staff Governor 

I am a new member of the Governing Body and have been teaching at Lickey Hills Primary School for 4 years. I lead Reading and Music and teach Year 6. Out of the classroom, I enjoy walking, travelling and playing the violin.







Barbara Eastgate

Co-opted Governor

Originally from Halifax, I have lived in the Lickey/Barnt Green area for over 30 years. 

My background is in law and I worked for several years as a solicitor before taking a break to raise  our three children, all of whom attended Lickey School in the 1990’s. I then changed direction, gaining a BA in humanities and also a qualification in teaching English language to adults. I currently teach academic English as part of a project with the NHS to retrain healthcare professionals from oversees (mainly asylum seekers and refugees).

I have previously served as a school governor at a secondary school and gained insight into and experience of the issues involved in school management and in being a ‘critical friend’ to the school. I am able to put my skills and experience to good use at Lickey.

My hobbies include reading, theatre and gallery visits, gardening, photography, walking and travel.


Rohit Behl 

Co-opted Governor

As a parent of a 3-year old Boy; Alexander, I recently joined Lickey Hills Primary & Nursery School as Co-opted Governor in February 2023 to play a part & contribute to the school’s development & our children’s education in our local community. As a Security Management professional, I have a wealth of experience in Operational Delivery, Business Strategy, Risk Management, Coaching & Mentoring & Finance Management where I can support the school’s Governing body. 
Outside of work & family life, I have a keen passion for cooking, fitness, running; taking part in ultra-marathons & the outdoors. 

Rev’d Louise Beasley 

Local Authority Governor 

I was elected as a Local Authority governor in October 2023.  I have been Curate of Holy Trinity Church Lickey and St Catherine Blackwell since June 2023.  Before my ordained role within the Church of England, I was a primary school teacher for nearly 20 years, where I held various leadership positions.  I am passionate about ensuring that pupils are inspired in their learning and achieve their best through receiving high-quality teaching.  My main hobbies are running marathons and participating in Ironman distance triathlons, in which I have competed in many events and races across Europe.  I also enjoy holidays abroad and geocaching with my family. 


Bryony Robinson 

Parent Governor 

 Diane Hanke

 Co-opted Governor 

I was delighted to be invited to join the governing body in July 2021 having lived in the area
for more than 25 years.
My background is in education with a wealth of experience both as a classroom teacher and
as manager of a specialist service which promotes good practice in schools to meet the
needs of children with special educational needs and disabilities. I feel strongly that all
children have the right to access the very best education and am keen to support the
positive and inclusive ethos at LHPSN.
I enjoy a busy home life with the time now to enjoy the company of family and friends as
well as indulging in a wide range of hobbies and interests.