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Meet The Governors

Welcome from the Chair of Governors


The Delegated Governing Committee are a voluntary group made up from parents (elected by you), staff representatives,  and members of the community.  We bring a broad spectrum of skills to enable us to offer the necessary challenge and support to school leaders and staff to ensure that all pupils at Great Malvern Primary School get the best education possible.  


We value your input and want to hear your views on school issues.  How can it be improved?  What information would you like to see included? 

What does the Delegated Governing Committee do?


Great Malvern Primary School is part of Mercian Educational Trust. Information about the overarching governance of the Trust can be found here: 


Structure and Governance - Mercian Educational Trust (


The Structure of Governance

Mercian Educational Trust is a company limited by guarantee and is effectively ‘owned’ by the ‘Members’. The Members act much like shareholders in a company holding the Trustees to account and receiving the annual reports.


Formal governance of the Trust is performed by the ‘Trustees’. A full list of Trustees and Members can be found through the link above.


The Trustees delegate executive authority to the executive leadership team which is led by Dafydd Lawday, the CEO of Mercian Educational Trust, and includes the headteachers of the schools within the Trust.


Each school in The Trust has its own Local Governing Board. The Local Governors in Mercian Educational Trust are referred to as the Delegated Governance Committee (DGC). The DGC provide support and challenge to school leaders and assurance to the Trustees Board. They ensure that educational standards are continually improving  and compliance to statutory practice. The DGC are accountable to Trustees.


Delegated Governing Committee's Core Responsibilities


MET has high expectations of governing bodies. They are the strategic leaders of our schools and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education.  This is reflected in the law, which states that the purpose of maintained school governing bodies is to ‘conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school’.


The DfE Governance Handbook for governors in maintained schools, academies and free schools is a key document for governors and highlights their roles and responsibilities. In all types of schools, governing bodies should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

• ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction, and

• holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff


These functions are reflected in regulations for maintained schools (September 2013) and in the criteria Ofsted inspectors use to judge the effectiveness of a school’s governing body.


If you are interested in finding out more about school governing bodies, you might like to read:

Delegated Governing Committee  



Category of Governor

Appointed by

Term of Office



2021 - 22

Peter Hoare


Elected by parents

20.11.2017- 20.11.2025

Vice Chair of Governors5/5

Gillian Rhymer


Elected by parents





Stephen Freeman


Trust Directors

01.11.2019- 01.11.2023



Jill Eberle


Trust Directors





Nikki Selby


Virtue of office of Headteacher

01.09.2021- 01.09.2025



Kelly Davies


Elected by school staff

01.002.2022- 01.02.2026



Rachel Martin



Elected by school staff

02.03.2020- 02.03.2024



John Pilkington


CommunityTrust Directors





If you want to contact the governors, please ask at the office or email Noleen Chapman, Clerk to the Governors:  

Governor Information incl. Attendance at Meetings