Potterhanworth School

School Governors

Debbie Challinor

I am the Head Teacher at Potterhanworth School.  My specialisms are Early Years, Drama and English Literature. I am very proud to lead such a dedicated team of staff and governors.

Julie Parry

I was originally elected as a Parent Governor. I am now an Associate Governor. I have strong community links, having lived in Potterhanworth for over 25 years, and been involved in various ways (eg as Parish Councillor).
Both of my children attended Potterhanworth School. I care deeply about equal opportunities for all children, and recognise the school’s important position at the heart of the community.

Thurston Taylor

I am a serving officer based at RAF Waddington, and I joined the board as a Parent Governor in February 2013; following reconstitution I am now a Co-opted Governor. My three children attended the school until the end of the 2014/15 academic year, when a job change necessitated a change of schools.
I am committed to supporting the Head Teacher to provide the best support for the head teacher and staff.

Alex Machin

I was elected as a Local Authority Governor on 8 Feb 2022. As a Local Authority Governor I am a representative of the local authority and provide an ‘LA viewpoint’, however I also participate in the same way as the other governors.

An RAF Officer by profession, I have 2 children who attend the school. I have a keen community spirit, also being a Trustee and Treasurer of the Potterhanworth “Culfrey Lands Charity”.

 I look forward to supporting the School and Children in any way that I can.

Richard Gilding (Chair)

I have lived in Potterhanworth since 2006. My child has attended the school since 2009, and I was elected Parent Governor in November 2013.
My role is to represent parents on the Governing Body, and I support the school with the broad knowledge and experience gained through my 25 year career as a retail manager.
I have a strong sense of community and civic responsibility. I support the school as often as I can to support the children, (eg accompanying them on school trips, invigilating in exams and helping with DIY).

Laura Collins Teacher Governor.

I have worked as KS2 leader within school since September 2014 and have been a teacher governor since January 2015 and am part of the Personnel and Standards sub-committee.
Within my role as a teacher governor, I am able to inform the rest of the governing body about the day-to-day implementation of the School Development Plan, as well as update them on new initiatives being used within everyday teaching.

Val Abram

I became a Foundation Governor in 2014. I am a retired Secondary school teacher with 35 years’ experience. My children attended Potterhanworth School.

Sarah Bassett

I have been a Governor since April 2014. I am a registered nurse with 3 young boys, who all attend the school. I am delighted to be part of the continuing growth of the school and its integral part of our community. I support in any way I can and have completed a number of Governor training courses.

Graziella Soulsbury

I was elected Parent Governor in 2018. I was delighted to join the Board, as I have a strong commitment to ensure that our school is a place where every child achieves their potential. I have three children attending the school. As a Scientist, and someone who has moved country to pursue a career in higher education, I appreciate first-hand what a difference a good education can make to someone’s future prospects.

The Rev’d Lorna Brabin-Smith Ex Officio Governor

I moved here to become Rector of Branston with Nocton and Potterhanworth last spring. I have had a varied career – my last ‘proper job’ was as a marketing manager with a local authority. Then, having studied in one of the Cambridge theological colleges, I served my curacy in Leicester. After that came seven years as Team Vicar in the Fosse Team, I am now enjoying working with our local schools and churches.

Megan Machin

I have 2 children who attend the school and was elected Parent Governor in 2020. I subsequently became the Parent Governor Representative on the Children’s and Young Person Scrutiny Board (CYPSB) as well as the Overview and Scrutiny Management Board (OSMB) for the Lincolnshire County Council. I am also Chair of the Friends of Potterhanworth Primary School (FOPPS), a serving member of the Royal Air Force as well as a STEM Ambassador. I feel privileged to be in a position to influence the continuing development of the school and support school staff in any way possible to continue to provide a safe, happy environment for the children to learn.

Sandeep Christian