Local Governing Body
Meet our Governors
Mrs Sue Risdon
Chair of Governors
I have been a primary school teacher for almost thirty years and I currently work as a Literacy Consultant for ‘Ready, Steady, Read with Rotary’. The leadership team and staff provide a wonderful learning environment for the children, and as a governor I want to encourage and support the school in its ongoing development.
Miss Caleigh Battishill
Responsibility: Website Compliance
I am in my eighth year as a teacher at Wilcombe. I wanted to become a school governor to ultimately raise standards for all children that attend Wilcombe. I want to make a positive difference to the life chances of the children and being a governor is another way to do this. I was also keen to find out about how decisions are made and to gain an insight into how schools work. I aim to challenge and support the leadership team and provide a voice for the staff that work at the school.
Mr Reg Gilbert
As part of my role, I sit on the Local governing body. The Local Governing Bodies in our schools play a vital role and offer both support challenge to the school. They are part of our Trust Governance Structure and offer the local voice to the Board of Directors.
Mrs Paula Westacott
Responsibility: Health & Safety
My name is Paula Westacott. I currently have 2 children in Wilcombe Primary School. I have been a parent at the school for 8 years and feel now is the right time for me to become a governor. I can dedicate more time and feel it is a very important role for parents to consider getting involved in. It’s important to me to feel I can be active in helping make improvements to school standards.
Mrs Lesley Finan
I moved to Tiverton fifteen months ago having retired in Cornwall where I owned and managed a holiday caravan park. This followed years of running a boarding kennel and cattery in Derbyshire.
I have an interest in supporting local education, more particularly with reading skills. My hobbies include reading, crown green bowling, and walking our two dogs.
Mrs Heather Connor
Responsibility: Community, Admissions & Safeguarding
My name is Heather Connor and I am a mum to three boys, one of whom has just started school at Wilcombe. I wanted to be a Governor so I can be involved and included in the decisions that will affect the future of his school. I also have 17 years teaching experience in primary schools and hope this will put me in a good position to help to make a positive impact at Wilcombe.