St Mary's CE Primary School

A Caring, Christian, Community, Committed to Achievement

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.

Head Teacher Governor             Sophie Westerwijk  

Staff Governor                             Eloise Sinclair


Chair of Governors                     Liz Beacon

I am chair of governors at St Mary's and took on the role after being a governor for a couple of years. As well as leading four annual full governing body meetings, I also sit on the Learning and Standards committee where we scrutinise the school's results and teaching practices. I have two children 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. 

Foundation Governor                 Carla Welsh (Ex-Officio) (Vice Chair)

I have been a Governor at St Marys for 6 years and for the past 3 have supported Liz as Vice Chair. We live locally and have two sons. Our youngest is in Priory class whilst the other has moved onto his secondary education within the Lighthouse Schools Partnership.

 I work for Lloyds Banking Group within the People function and bring this broad skills and expertise to my role as a Governor.

Foundation Governor                 Bob Sommers 

After graduating from Cambridge University, I joined a manufacturing company.  Subsequently, I studied for a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education at Bristol.  I taught Physics in Uganda and Botswana before taking up the post of Head of Science at Henbury School.  I was Head of Gordano School, Portishead from 1991-2003.  Currently I am a Trustee of 'Off the Record', a member of North Somerset's Foster Panel, and a Governor of Wells Cathedral School.

Parent Governor                         Craig Thomson

Foundation Governor                 Rev'd Astrid Tiesema-Samsom

Community Governor                 Miles Langdon

Originally and proudly born and brought up in South Devon I have lived in the Bristol area since 1985. I moved to Portbury from Portishead 7 years ago. I am married and have 3 grown up children, 2 of whom still live at home. I retired 4 years ago having worked for a High Street bank for 40 year. My involvement as a governor of St Mary’s comes solely from the prospective of a member of the village community. Whilst my experience of primary education is from some years ago I bring a business/financial experience which, I hope, makes me a useful member of the Board of Governors.

Foundation Parent Governor    Anneline Sheldon 

I live in Portbury village with my husband and our three daughters, all of whom currently attend or have attended St Mary's.  I am a chartered accountant and head up the finance function for an IT consultancy company.  I currently chair our Operations Committee and have been a Foundation Parent Governor since June 2013.  I think the entire team at St Mary's work expertly together to provide a safe, inclusive and nurturing environment for all our children to thrive in, both educationally and emotionally.

Foundation Parent Governor     Jeffrey Tan

On the completion of my PhD in Materials Engineering, I relocated to Bristol to work in aeronautical industry. The arrival of my son Freddie has given me ample opportunity as parent to think about education. I am interested in the mastery of reading and numeracy skills for children in Early Years education. I hope to make a positive difference in helping St.Mary's be a place where everyone can excel and grow at their potential, be happy and confident


Clerk            Jo Hobin