The St Nicholas Local Governing Board currently comprises of 9 members - 6 Foundation Governors  1 Parent Governor, 1 Community Governor and 1 Staff Governor.

The Local Governing Board meets once per term and convenes working groups to look at items such as Standards, Admissions, Curriculum and the Catholic Life of the School.

We are supported as a Local Governing Board by our MAT Central Team at Plymouth CAST who provide advice and support for Governors as well as additional training and updates on legislation, Ofsted and other education areas.

The aim of the Local Governing Board of St Nicholas is to support the Senior Leadership Team in the strategic direction of the school and meet regularly with Teachers and Support Staff to offer support and guidance. Governors interact with Students and Staff to obtain a clear picture of the workings within school and help to ensure the progression of the school in accordance with the Mission Statement.


Governor's Strategic Vision

To be recognised as the School of Choice for children, parents and staff by:
  • providing outstanding learning for all children
  • celebrating the Catholic ethos of the School
  • providing innovative and diverse learning opportunities
  • enabling staff to help children reach their full potential
The Clerk to the Governors is Ali Brocksom  who can be contacted on 

Who are the Local Governing Board?

  • Mr Luke Robinson

    Chair of Governors / Foundation Governor

    Elected governor from 21/10/15. Expiry of term of office on 20/06/2023. I joined the governing body in 2015 and have been Chair of Governors since October 2018. I have previously chaired the Resources Committee and am interested in all aspects of school life. I have 3 children at the school. I am a CIMA-qualified accountant and have worked in NHS finance for nearly 17 years. I speak French which was my degree subject at Exeter University. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, cycling and watching local sport.

  • Mr Alex Hill

    Vice Chair of Governors / Community Governor

    Elected from 25th May 2017. His second 4 year term expires on 24th May 2025.

    I am a community governor and vice chair with responsibility for HR. I have 2 children at the school. I have worked in retail management for the John Lewis Partnership for over 20 years. In my spare time I enjoy running and cooking.

  • Dr Frankie Phillips

    Plymouth CAST Foundation Governor

    Expiry of 4 year term of office on 21/05/25.

    Dr Frankie Phillips has been a Foundation Governor since Summer 2013 and was vice-chair of Governors between 2016 - 2018. Frankie has four children and two are current pupils at St Nicholas school. Frankie is lead governor for the Catholic Life of the School and is actively involved in the' Drop in , Drop off' group welcoming parents and carers on Friday mornings. Frankie is a self-employed HCPC registered dietitian with expertise in child and public health nutrition and often comments on print and broadcast media stories related to nutrition.

  • Mrs Angela Bosley

    Plymouth CAST Foundation Governor

    Governor from 20/07/15. Expiry of term of office on 19/07/23.

    I am a Foundation governor with a daughter in Year 5. I am a named governor for Teaching and Learning. I work as a pharmacist for the NHS in care homes and in my spare time enjoy gardening, cooking and playing guitar.

  • Mrs Frances Dennehy

    Plymouth CAST Foundation Governor

    Plymouth CAST Foundation Governor. Term of office expires 5/12/2024.

    I’m a foundation governor and have a son at the school currently in year 2. I’m a named governor for safeguarding and the Catholic life of the school. I am currently studying for a Diploma in Counselling having spent over a decade working in the NHS in the Fertility Clinic in Exeter.

  • Mr James Cookson

    Plymouth CAST Foundation Governor

    I have been a Foundation Governor since Spring 2019 to support the staff and pupils at St Nicholas Catholic Primary School. I work for the NHS at Kernow CCG and enjoy exploring the Devon countryside.

  • Fr Jonathan Stewart

    Ex Officio Foundation Governor

    First term as Governor started on 19/01/2021. Parish priest of Blessed Sacrament Church in Heavitree.

  • Mrs Sarah Osbond

    Parent Governor

    I am Parent Governor and have two children at the school and a little one at home with me. I am a primary school teacher and have spent the last 8 years living in the US where I taught forest school in the Pacific Northwest and spent my spare time hiking in the mountains with my family. I enjoy adventures in nature with muddy boots and hot coffee.

  • Miss Cathy Lowry

    Executive Headteacher

    Ex-officio Foundation Governor

  • Miss Kelli Reynolds

    Head of School

    Ex-officio member of Governing Body.

  • Miss Jemma Standen

    Staff Governor

    Staff Governor from 30/3/22.

Governors who have left in the last 12 months
  • Mrs Denise Sparkes

    Staff Governor

    Elected from 05/11/18. and left 17/02/22

  • Mrs Angela Folland

    Executive Headteacher

    Ex-officio member of Governing Body. Left 31/12/21

  • Mrs Suzanne Pollard

    Parent Governor

    Parent Governor for a term of 4 years ending 30/10/2021

  • Mrs Lucy Wills

    Community Governor

    Elected from 25th May 2017 for a 4 year term which expired on 24th May 2021.

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