St Mary's CE Primary School

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Our Governors

Welcome to the Governors of St. Mary's School

The Governors of St. Mary's are a hardworking and dedicated team who have the future of the School, Staff and Pupils uppermost in their minds. We have seen the school flourish under the expertise of a very dedicated and hardworking Head and her Teachers. We look forward to going further in the future.

Our Chair of Governors is Cath Campbell.  She can be contacted on or via the school office.


Name Role Term of Office
Sophie Westerwijk Head Teacher
Eloise Sinclair Staff Governor 01/05/2017 30/04/2021 Resigned 14/10/2020
Liz Beacon Vice Chair/Foundation subjects 11/03/2019 10/03/2023
Bob Sommers Science  04/01/2018 03/01/2022
Cath Campbell Chair/Collective Worship/H&S 01/09/2018 01/09/2022
Craig Thomson Safeguarding 09/11/2016 09/11/2020
Helen Cave Maths/English 18/09/2019 17/09/2023
Tor Zakaria SEN 01/09/2018 31/08/2022
Rev'd Astrid Tiesema-Sampson Ethos/RE 21/08/2018 20/08/2022

Michael Tarlton

Finance 18/09/2019 17/09/2023

Zoe White

Elected Parent 16/10/2020 15/10/2024
Claire Wheeler Clerk Start: 01/09/19


Cath Campbell (Chair)            Chair                     Community Governor

Liz Beacon                               Vice Chair
I have one child at St Mary's and am keen to challenge it to be the best it can be. I work as a journalist, and I don't shy away from asking challenging, and often difficult questions in our meetings. 

What I love about St Mary's is the way it feels like a big, caring family. Everyone knows each other and supports each other. Year 6's love having their reception "buddies". Being a governor, one gets the opportunity to help shape the school, and encourage improvement. We work as a real team, happily giving up our time to do our best for the school community. 

Bob Sommers                                                      Foundation Governor

I am a Foundation Governor and Chair of the Learning and Standards Committee. I have been a Governor at St Mary's for 5 years. I have lived in Portbury for 12 years. I am retired but am currently a member of the Panel for North Somerset that advises on the appointment of Foster Carers for Looked After Children.  Prior to this I was Headteacher of Gordano School, in Portishead for 12 years and helped train potential Headteachers for the National College of School Leadership.
Before training to become a Science teacher I was in Sales and Production for a Packaging Company in Liverpool. After gaining my teaching qualification I taught Physics and Maths at three schools in Bristol and a secondary school in Botswana

Craig Thomson                     Safeguarding    Parent Governor

I live in Portbury village with my wife and our children, a daughter and a son.  I became a parent Governor in 2017 holding the safeguarding role.


Rev'd Astrid Tiesema-Samsom                    Foundation Governor

I am the Rector of St Mary’s Church, the church next door to the school. There is an established connection between the school and the church that is of benefit to the children’s development into the best people they can be.  My role as a Governor has a focus on RE but within the whole picture of learning and flourishing.  I am also a Trustee of Wellspring, a counselling service for teenagers and young people in North Somerset.

Tor Zakaria                           SEND             Community Governor

I became a governor at St Mary’s in September 2018. I have two children at the school and have lived in Portbury for 7 years. I am an Assistant Head in a primary school in Clevedon and lead on Inclusion. I am able to bring my 18 years of school experience to the governors at St Mary’s. I am enjoying being part of a strong team of governors at St Mary’s and ensuring the children at the school can thrive and reach their potential. 

Helen Cave                                                Parent Governor (Appointed)


Michael Tarlton                                         Parent Governor (Appointed)

Zoe White                                                  Parent Governor (Elected)

I am a local business woman, living in Portbury with one child at St Mary’s school. I have many years experience in business and thought that some of my expertise could be useful in the role as Governor and I can give back in the area that’s most important to me, being my child's education.


Clerk            Claire Wheeler             



Attendance Register 2020/21 for St Mary's LGB Meetings
Meeting Dates
Governor Name 28/09/2020 30/11/2020 26/01/2021 15/03/2021 10/05/2021 05/07/2021
Sophie Westerwijk (Head)
Eloise Sinclair x
Liz Beacon
Bob Sommers
Cath Campbell
Craig Thompson
Helen Cave
Tor Zakaria
Rev'd Astrid Tiesema-Sampson x
M Tarlton
Zoe White
Claire Wheeler (Clerk)