Meet our Governors

Here are our dedicated governors that make
St Werburgh’s Primary what it is today….

Mandy Collier-King

I became an Associate Governor to the school this September 2018. I am currently the Acting Head teacher of the Nursery School. I have been part of the St Werburghs Nursery Team for almost 5 years now and am excited about our growing links with the Primary School. I feel both schools share the same vision and ethos which is important to the success of the children.

Helen Faulkner


I have been the Headteacher at St Werburgh’s Primary School since February 2018. I have worked at the school for 10 years -previously in the role of Deputy Headteacher and Special Educational needs co-ordinator.  I am passionate about providing a high quality and enriching educational experience for all of our children and very much enjoy being part of our fantastic school community.

Paddy Johnson

Chair of Governors 

I became a Governor in 2017 and became chair of the Finance and Premises Committee in July 2018. I currently work for the Department for Education overseeing finances in Academies across the South West and was formerly a secondary English teacher. My daughter attends the school and I am an enthusiastic champion of the education that she and others receive here!

Viv Kuh

I became a parent governor in 2016, and my son currently attends St Werburghs on Willow Site. I sit on the Standards Committee, and take a particular interest in curriculum development, science and equalities. I work at the University of Bristol helping researchers to connect with the public about their research. I really value the approach to learning, child development and community at St Werburghs, and I am proud to do my part as a governor to support our excellent school.

Carmel McCormick

Mark McGeown

I have been a co-opted governor since Sept 2016 and I am a member of the Finance & Premises Committee. I believe strongly in the power of education to change lives and I draw on my experience gained in management roles in the public and charity sectors to help St Werburgh’s give children greater opportunities

Sophie deMenthon

Staff Governor

I became staff governor in September 2018. I am currently in my second year as the Year 6 teacher at St. Werburgh’s Primary School. Before that, I worked as the Year 5 teacher at the Fox Ashburnham Federation in London. I have a particular interest in Literacy and am embarking on my second year leading Writing, Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling across the school. I have previous experience leading MFL and EAL. I have also just begun sharing the role of Phase 3 Leader (Year 4, 5 and 6). I very much enjoy making a positive contribution to this wonderful school community.

Esther Williams

Michelle Purdie

Chair of Standards Subcommittee

I am a parent governor with two children on Silver Birch site.  I became a governor when my eldest was still in Reception, in 2016, and became Chair of the Standards subcommittee in July 2017.  I am currently a part-time bookkeeper and I have a degree in nutrition and dietetics.

I am really enjoying being part of the Governing body at St Werburgh’s and working with such a passionate and committed group of people, both governors and staff.  I hope to help the school to continue to provide the best experiences for all our children and the community as a whole.

Dayna Sierra John

I became a co-opted governor in October 2017 and a member of the Standards committee. I’m also a parent at the school. I taught Reception and Nursery for two years and now I’m an Early Years homecare provider, I also teach a weekly fitness class. I love working with people and engaging with our community. The school has a wonderful community of people and I look forward to being part of the journey that continues to see the school grow.