River Mead School Governors

River Mead School is part of The Mead Academy Trust. The responsibility for the strategic management of the school is shared between the Head of School, The Board of Directors and the Governing Body.

The Governing Body supports River Mead School and has a general responsibility for the strategic management of the school. It is not expected to take detailed decisions about the day to day running of the school – that is the function of the Head of School.

The Governance Team

Helen Holland Chair of Governors at River Mead
Helen Holland

Chair of Governors

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I have been a governor at the school since 2010 and I have seen many changes. I wanted to become a governor to learn more about the school and what education was available to my children who both attend the school. As my children are young, education was all new to me and it has changed considerably since I went to school. Becoming a governor was a good way of looking inside out and providing my views as a parent on how the school can improve and I could use my experience to initiate these changes. I bring experience of working with people, good organisational and communication skills and put them to good use by representing the parents fairly and supporting their views within the governor forum. I will work closely with the staff at River Mead School to ensure that the best education is provided for all our children.
Nicki Henerson - Ex-Officio Governor at River Mead
Karen Austin

Ex-Officio Governor

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I am the Head Teacher of River Mead.
Lyssy Bolton Ex-Officio Governor at River Mead
Lyssy Bolton

Ex-Officio Governor

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I am the Executive Head Teacher for The Mead Academy Trust.
Rob Wilsher - Co-opted
Rob Wilsher

Co-Opted

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“I have a background in Finance and am a qualified Accountant. The decision to support the team of Governors at River Mead was driven by my working life in Swindon, being quite separate to home life and family in Bradford-on-Avon. I wanted to get involved more locally using the skill sets I have. Being a school Governor is a new adventure for me, and I look forward to the challenge” Rob’s specific Finance/Accountancy skill set and experience will provide a necessary link between River Mead Governing Body and the TMAT Resources Committee, supporting the financial requirements for The Mead Academy Trust, and achieving compliance with the Education Funding Agency Regulations.
Viki Bennett
Viki Bennett

Community Governor

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I use my professional skills in education to support children at River Mead to reach their potential. My career in education started as a teacher of Reception and Y1 where I learned that children are fantastically competent learners who seek fun, inspiration and challenge. Since then I have had quality improvement posts in Wiltshire and Bristol, supporting teachers, practitioners and managers to develop effective practice. I have gained valuable experience working with early years settings through the processes of monitoring, change and reflection. I lecture in Early Years education at Bath Spa University and also recently researched professional development for Teaching Assistants, who play a crucial role in enabling children to succeed.
Helena Armstrong - Co-opted
Emma Larkham

Co-Opted (No Voting Rights)

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Emma is a Deputy Head Teacher at River Mead.
Kip Airey - Co-opted
Kip Airey

Co-Opted

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 Kip spent a fabulous 35 years working with Sainsbury’s working his way from a graduate, through all levels of store management with his last role being Impact and Investment Manager for Sainsbury’s Locals division.  He has had the privilege of managing and leading large diverse teams of people as well as working on highly focused projects with small teams of specialists within the business.  During the last few years of his career with Sainsbury’s he led a massive expansion programme opening over 350 Sainsbury’s Local stores for the company across the length and breadth of the UK. As a result Kip is highly attuned to change management and coaching teams to be the very best they can be, often in new and challenging business environments.

Retirement finds Kip doing all the interesting jobs around the house that he never had time to do whilst working. More importantly the evenings that used to be spent commuting back from London are now taken up with his love of the live music scene in Bath and Bristol.

He is married with two grown up sons with families of their own, which means lots of time spent with his three grandchildren.

Clare Dimond - Co-opted
Claire Mills

Co-Opted

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 My name is Claire Mills and I am a Community Governor at River Mead School. I am the subject link governor for science. At the end of my maternity leave I decided not to return to work but I wanted to still use my skills and experience in enhancing STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) education in some way. Becoming a governor was the perfect opportunity to do this. It also enabled me to become more familiar with how a primary school works as well as an opportunity to support the local community. I chose River Mead School because I felt it would be a rewarding experience to help the school develop and improve which so far it has! 
Kip Airey - Co-opted
Phil Holihead

Co-Opted

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35 years as a Royal Navy officer to the rank of Captain, and a second career as a senior UN officer with the International Maritime Organization directing a multi-million dollar, multi-national programme to counter piracy in the western Indian Ocean have given Phil a wealth of management, leadership, and communication experience.

Leadership roles include command of the Maritime Force assigned to the UN peace keeping force in Cambodia in the early 90s, and leading initiatives in 21 regional countries to develop counter-piracy capabilities. He has chaired UN sponsored international meetings and spoken at a wide variety of international maritime events.

Now working as a maritime governance consultant from home in Chapmanslade he recently undertook a detailed review of the EU’s maritime crime programme in the Indian Ocean. He is also a Parish Councillor and Speed Watch coordinator as well as a coordinating member of the Yemen Safe Passage Group which provides impartial advice and pressure to HM Govt’s policies in that country.

Married with 4 grown up children and a dog, Phil plays clarinet and tin whistles, and is a biased arm chair rugby enthusiast whose playing days are long gone.

Stephanie Davis
Stephanie Davis

Appointed SEND/Safeguarding Advisor

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I have responsibility for Special Educational Needs and Child Protection and work closely with Mrs Jamieson to support the school in these areas. I have 2 children who both started in reception and are now at secondary school, so I feel I have been through a lot of change with the school. I enjoy being a Governor as I feel I can give something back to the school which is giving my children so much..
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