The role of the Governing Body

Our membership is made up of parents, staff, members of the local community and governors nominated by the Local Authority. Together with the Head teacher and Senior Leadership Team, governors are responsible for making sure the school provides outstanding education for all children.

We work together to make decisions on the overall direction of the school and set policies, targets, development plans and more. We also decide how to make the best use of the school budget for the benefit of the children’s education.

As governors we work as a team, deciding on things jointly and sharing responsibilities for the decisions we make.

The Full Governing Body meets six times a year. We receive reports from the Head prior to each meeting and gain an overview of the school’s development. The bulk of the Governing Body’s work is done by our three committees: the Children, Families & Curriculum committee, the Personnel, Finance & Resources committee and the Admissions Committee which each meet regularly throughout the year.

Governor Code of Conduct

Governor Allocation – April 2018

Governing Body Membership – April 2018

Governor Attendance – St Werburgh’s Nursery

Pecuniary Interests – April 2018


How can you contact us?

The Governing Body has a range of legal responsibilities, so being a governor is an important commitment and new governors should be willing to attend training to help them learn what is entailed. If you would like to know more about the governing body or may be interested in becoming a governor please contact either the Headteacher or Chair of Governors through the school office.

All governors are volunteers and do not receive any payment for their work, however they do play a vital role in the running of the school. Being a governor is demanding and challenging but extremely rewarding.


We have one vacancy available. Please ring the school office if you’re interested.


Chair of Governors

Rebecca Nelson

Chair of Governors

I have been a co-opted governor and Vice Chair of governors at St Werburgh’s Park nursery school since 2016 and Chair of Governor since the start of March 2018. I have a grandchild in Yellow Room and another grandchild has recently left for ‘big school’.

Much of my career has been in education, in various roles, and I now work part time as a Research Associate at UCL Institute of Education.

Rebecca Nelson : Chair of Governors

Vice Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governors

Debbie Spearman

Children, Family & Curriculum committee and FGB
Debbie Spearman : Children, Family & Curriculum committee and FGB

Nicki Morle

Co-opted Governor

Hi, my name is Nicki, I am a grandmother of 3 boys. I am from a nursing background, and have many years experience of working in the NHS. Most recently as a nurse prescriber and specialist nurse in a GP practice where I also managed a team of nurses and was part of the executive management team of the practice.

I am currently working in my own business assisting General Practice teams with healthcare professional development.

The skills that I hope will be of help in my role as a governor include effective communication, team working, staff training, support and development, facilitation of teams, collaborative working and mentoring.

I recognise and value the wonderful ethos and work that goes into making this nursery a very special place for young children to grow and develop. I have 3 Grandsons who are passing through the nursery currently.

Nicki Morle : Co-opted Governor

Alžběta Machová

Co-opted Governor
Alžběta Machová : Co-opted Governor

Frances Giampapa

CF&C Committee Chair

My name is Frances Giampapa. I have been a Co-opted Governor at St Werburgh’s Park Nursery since 2010. I am a Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Bristol.

One of my areas of expertise is in children’s multi-lingual learning in Early Years. I am currently the Chair of the Children, Family & Curriculum Sub-Committee.

Frances Giampapa : CF&C Committee Chair

Jon Rogers

Co-opted Governor

Jon Rogers has been a governor at St Werburghs Park Nursery since 2005. Two of his children attended the nursery in the 1980s. Jon was a GP for over 30 years and was a local Bristol City councillor for 8 years, He cherishes seeing children receiving the best possible start in life, on their way to lead happy and fulfilling lives; learning, playing and being nurtured.

Jon Rogers : Co-opted Governor

Clare Gardner

Children, Family & Curriculum committee and FGB
Clare Gardner : Children, Family & Curriculum committee and FGB

Parent Governors

Yasar Iqbal

Parent Governor
Yasar Iqbal : Parent Governor

Ngaio Bowthorpe

Parent Governor

Ngaio is a Parent Governor with a young child at St Werburgh’s Park Nursery School. She has been a Public Relations professional for over fifteen years. For the first half of her career she worked in the promotion of the British film industry, before moving into the charity sector where she worked for a national deafblind charity and most recently as Head of Communications for an international development charity. Both had working with families at their core.

Ngaio Bowthorpe : Parent Governor

Staff Governors

Liz Jenkins

Head Teacher
  • BA (HONS)
  • PGCE
  • FPS Early Years
  • National Leader of Education
  • OFSTED inspector
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead
Liz Jenkins : Head Teacher

Mandy Collier-King

Deputy Head Teacher and Lead for Inclusion
  • BA HONS English Literature
  • PGCE Early years
  • MA Raising Achievement in City Schools
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mandy Collier-King : Deputy Head Teacher and Lead for Inclusion