Nelson Infant School – Governing Body 2015/16


The Governing Body has many responsibilities as the school is locally managed. They meet regularly, at least twice a term and also have two committees, which meet regularly.

People Buildings and Money

Strategic and Curriculum

Each year the Governors have to set a budget which meets the spending criteria of the Local Education Authority. They are closely advised by support agencies and of course, the Headteacher

Minutes of their meetings are available in the school office.

From time to time vacancies arise and they are always keen to hear from any parent/person with parental responsibility who wishes to stand for election. It can be rewarding voluntary work and free training is available on appointment through the Governors Support Services.

The Governors have a special responsibility for Health and Safety and take these matters very seriously. We have a detailed Health and Safety policy, which can be seen in the school office.



Elizabeth Cheesbrough – I am Elizabeth Cheesbrough, I have been a governor at Nelson Infant school since Autumn 2011. I was elected when my youngest son was attending the school and began my governorship as a parent Governor. My son had an extremely good start to his education at Nelson and in my role as a Governor I wanted to invest my time to support the staff and pupils to continue to foster a safe and healthy learning environment. In doing so I have gained increased insight into the impact on children’s’ lives and have been able to offer my own knowledge and experience in social work and working in the local community to contribute to development and planning at Nelson Infant School. It is a rewarding role and I have the privilege of working with very professional and committed staff and stakeholders.

Kerensa Healy – I have taught at Nelson Infant School for nearly 7 years and I am currently teaching in Year 2. As well as being a class teacher I also lead English.  Before teaching in Norfolk I taught in schools in Manchester and Salford. I am committed to continuously improving standards within the school and it is a privilege to be part of the Governing Body at Nelson Infant. It is a great opportunity to be involved in developing positive steps in the development of the whole school community. My interests mostly revolve around education, but alongside this I enjoy reading, listening to music and running.

Alex Knight –  I become a Governor at the beginning of 2016.I have been at Nelson Infant School for six years in a variety of roles including volunteer, M.S.A. and Teaching Assistant.I have two children that attended Nelson Infant School both of which had many positive learning experiences.As a member of staff I always aim to provide the best support I can to the children I work with and hope to be able to continue to do this in my role as a Governor.

Jacqui Mackay – I have four children, two have recently been pupils at Nelson Infant, one currently is and another will be in 2017! I became a governor because I wanted to contribute to a school community in which all children are so clearly valued and respected. It is a school which helps to instil a true love of learning and I wanted to support the entire staff team who create this. My job is coordinating a charitable organisation called Banana Link. We work to Make Fruit Fair in partnership with the small farmers and plantation workers in  Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean who grow the bananas and pineapples that are sold in our supermarkets. Our aim is to ensure that all involved in growing, picking and packing the tropical fruit we eat are treated fairly, have their rights respected and earn enough money to support their families.I also like to run (slowly) and read (when can)!

Andrea Mearing – My first experience of being a governor was at Avenue First and Avenue Middle Schools in 1983. When I retired I became a governor at Henderson Green Primary and Nelson Infant Schools. Being a governor now is very different! I taught in secondary schools in Dereham and Hellesdon before joining adult education. I was involved in adult and family learning in Norfolk. In 1998, I left Norfolk to work for the Basic Skills Agency in London as Director of the Adult and Community Learning Fund and then moved to the DfE’s Adult Basic Skills Strategy Unit as Regional Director for the East of England. I enjoy playing badminton and have just completed my hundredth Parkrun at Eaton Park. I help Junior Parkrun, the Salvation Army soup run and Chatterbox (the talking newspaper), and I try to keep up with five grandchildren who range in age from 5 to 10.

Helen Ryan – Hello I am Helen Ryan a parent governor. I have two children at the school, one in year one and one in reception. I feel very passionate about children’s learning and I enjoy being involved in the school. I am also on the Friends of the School Committee, who help to fundraise for the school. In my spare time I love to pop to the gym.

Paul Wickens– I have been a Governor at Nelson since 2013. I have worked in education in Norfolk from 1999, first as an English teacher, then a trainer of unemployed 16-19 year olds and since 2007 as an education adviser running a team that delivers educational programmes including the Norfolk Children’s University.  I have 2 children- 1 at Wensum Junior School , and 1 who is currently in reception at our school. As a parent I have seen how much my children have benefited from attending Nelson Infant, and I joined the Governing Body so I can support the school to continue to provide a wonderful education experience for all children. I am a keen runner and also enjoy playing the guitar and attending gigs.

Sheila Wigg, Chair of GovernorsI have been a governor at Nelson Infant School since September 2011 and Chair of Governors for two years. I completed the National College of School Leadership course on ‘The Role of the Chair of Governors’ in May 2013 and I am currently part of the Norfolk Governors Leadership Group. As someone who has spent many years in education as a Teacher, Headteacher and LA Adviser I continue to be passionate about learning and teaching. During my career I have had the opportunity to visit schools in Sweden, Italy, Vienna, Spain and Lithuania. I am married with two grown up children and currently work with trainee teachers across Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. My interests include family, reading, theatre, swimming and I have also been a season ticket holder at Carrow Road for many years! It is a privilege to be part of the school’s development and I thoroughly enjoy it.

Marc Wiseman – I am a relatively new governor to Nelson Infants School, having started in Spring 2015. I wanted to contribute and to support the school to further improve the education and learning of all the children that attend. Having the opportunity to become a governor ticked all of these boxes. Every child should be given every opportunity to have the best possible education even from a young age, to enable them to flourish and grow as an individual. I feel very lucky to be given the opportunity to help support and develop Nelson Infants School. For my day job, I work as an IT consultant for local government. I am married with two young children and live locally. Hobbies and interests include playing the guitar (badly!) and I am a keen cyclist.


Governors Governor Type  Term From Term To  Resigned Community 
Elizabeth Cheesbrough (Vice Chair) Co-Opted 01/01/2015 30/12/2018
Kerensa Healy Staff 01/01/2015 30/12/2018
Tim Humphreys Co-Opted 28/02/2015 28/02/2019 18/12/2015
Neil Jacques Co-Opted 01/01/2015 30/12/2018 01/01/2016
Alex Knight Staff  01/01/2016 30/12/2019
Jacqui Mackay Parent Governor 13/10/2013 12/10/2017
Sam Mealings-Mills Clerk  30/10/2015  n/a
Andrea Mearing Authority 01/01/2015 30/12/2018
Helen Ryan Parent Governor 05/01/2016  04/01/2020
Paul Wickens Parent Governor 03/05/2013 01/05/2017
Sheila Wigg (Chair) Co-Opted 01/01/2015 31/12/2018
Marc Wiseman Parent Governor 29/04/2015 28/04/2018
Nigel Wood Heateacher 01/04/2013

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