Helen Springett Ex Officio Governor
Helen joined Winchcombe Abbey CE Primary School as Headteacher in September 2010. Prior to this she was the Headteacher of Hillhouse CE Primary School in Waltham Abbey, Essex.
Helen qualified as a teacher in 1994 after a brief career with the Civil Service and taught for sixteen years in Essex and East London. She moved to Gloucestershire in July 2010 following her husband’s move to the area. When not at school Helen enjoys spending time with friends and family especially her two daughters and walking her very disobedient retriever.
James Markwick Parent Governor Deputy Chair of Governors
James was born in London, but was brought up in Winchcombe and Cheltenham and was a pupil of the school a long, long time ago! He qualified with Geography degrees from Leicester and Nottingham Universities.
James has two children, Ben now in Winchcombe School and Alex at Winchcombe Abbey. He lives in Winchcombe with his wife, children, cat and guinea pigs. He has spent the vast majority of his career working in the environmental sector and currently works for Natural England, the government’s adviser on wildlife and countryside issues.
He enjoys walking and cycling, watching sport, quizzes, the cinema and catching live music whenever possible.
Andy Cowling Parent Governor
Jackie Pawson Co-opted Governor
Jackie Pawson has lived and taught in Winchcombe for over thirty years. She thoroughly enjoyed working as a class teacher in Winchcombe Junior School, and has worked as a part time teaching assistant and one-to-one teacher at the Primary School. Jackie still comes into school regularly, offering all sorts of practical help, most recently making felt pictures with the children. She loves accompanying Year 6 and Year 4 children on their residential visits which she has done for many years. She also spends a few hours a week teaching voluntarily at Winchcombe School.
Her two children are grown up and moved away but she is thrilled to have five grandchildren to spoil.
If you need to book the Guide hall for a function, contact Jackie for the details as, along with education, she hasn’t quite managed to give up her association with Winchcombe Guides.
Sharon Taylor Co-opted Governor
Sharon was born and bred in Doncaster and after completing her A Levels she moved to Newcastle to study Business Information Technology at Newcastle Polytechnic.
Sharon lives in Winchcombe with her husband Richard and daughter Imogen, who is now at Winchcombe School. She has worked in Warwick, for Avelo, a software company providing client relationship management software for financial advisers, for the last fifteen years and is their Client Communications Manager.
In her spare time Sharon enjoys going for long walks in the Cotswold countryside and socialising with friends and drinking the odd glass of white wine!
Linda Barnes Clerk to the Governors
Linda is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the governing body by organising meetings, minutes and training and maintaining a record of the governors. She has two boys, Walter and Albert at Winchcombe Abbey.