Meet our Governors

  • Ben Gowers

    Chair of Governors

    Ben.gov@marlborough.cornwall.sch.uk

    As a parent of three children attending Marlborough, I have watched them progress and benefit from the school's ethos and approach to learning. As a representative of the wider school community I hope to help the school preserve these values in an ever changing education system.

    I joined the governing board as a Parent Governor in 2014, was elected as Vice Chair in 2016 and from July 2018 am serving as Chair. I sit on the Behaviour and Safety and Finance and Leadership committees.

  • Bride Patterson

    Parent Governor

    I am an oncology nurse and mother of three children, two of whom have gone through Marlborough school. My third started this year. I have felt privileged to send my children to a school setting where they have thrived, flourishing academically as well as emotionally. I believe this to be as a result of the holistic approach and ethos of Marlborough school which seems to get the best out of the children though encouragement and support, igniting a passion for learning which takes them right through the education system.
    When I first looked around Marlborough the thing that really struck me was the fact that every class room had a role play area, a mark of how Marlborough manages to incorporate some creative thinking in an increasingly academic curriculum. I also found the personal and open-door approach which each teacher has fostered to be invaluable in managing the children’s time at school.
    I am passionate about this unique ethos and am eager, as a governor to see it continuing for many more, working to help balance Marlborough’s core values within the ever-changing landscape of education.

  • Marie Hunter

    Co-opted governor

  • Louise Gall

    Staff Governor

    I have worked at Marlborough since 2004 when I was a teaching assistant in Key Stage 2 after working at another local primary school. I studied for my degree in education part time when my children were small and eventually undertook the Graduate Teaching Programme (GTP) at Marlborough. I qualified as a teacher in 2010 and have been here ever since. Marlborough is a great place to work and learn and I am happy to be a part of a creative, supportive team.
    I have been staff governor since September 2017.

  • Abigail Squibb

    Ex Officio

    head@marlborough.cornwall.sch.uk

    As headteacher, I am a member of the governing body ex officio or by right of office. I attend all Full Governing Body meetings and sit on all three committees (Finance; Achievement, Teaching and Learning and Behaviour and Safety).

  • Simon Brown

    Vice Chair of Governors

    With a BSc(Hons) in Human Biology and Exercise Science I have for the past 11 years taught secondary science in large inner city schools until moving to Cornwall in 2016 and have had various roles both academic and pastoral. I have a great understanding of the many things schools must do as well as the challenges faced and relish the opportunity since being elected as parent governor of working to ensure the future success of Marlborough School as an inclusive learning environment that "raises the expectations and achievements for all."

  • Jonathan Christie

    Parent Governor

    Having studied a degree in Sociology at Portsmouth University I went on to complete a postgraduate qualification in Careers and Vocational Guidance at Reading University and began my professional career with Hampshire Guidance and Careers Service, working in a range of inner city schools in Portsmouth.
    After five years of working in secondary schools I developed a keen interest in researching long distance mountain routes in the Himalayas and took a career break to travel around India and Nepal with the aim of retracing the steps of the 1951 expedition to Everest base camp. After three separate month-long treks I returned to the UK to work once again in careers guidance but this time with unemployed 16 to 19-year olds in Southampton, the New Forrest and the Isle of Wight.
    During the four years I worked with this challenging but rewarding group of young people, I successfully introduced adventurous activities into the programme and regularly took groups sailing on the Solent and Climbing at Calshot activity centre. This encouraged each individuals to take control of their destiny and overcome say to day problems.
    Moving to Cornwall in 2002 I took up a new role setting up a Careers and Employability Service for Falmouth University and the University of Exeter. Throughout numerous restructures my role has developed and grown within the University.
    I have two children who both attend Marlborough School in years 2 and 6 and I have been an active parent throughout this time in the Marlborough Mariners.

  • Amy Richards

    Co-Copted Governor

    I grew up in Cornwall and after a completing a BA in History at Cambridge University I worked in publishing, communications, and fundraising in Oxford for a number of years. I moved back to Cornwall in 2016, choosing to live in Falmouth due to its vibrant community scene. I currently work as Appeal Manager at Cornwall Air Ambulance, coordinating all of the activities in a major campaign to bring a state-of-the-art air ambulance helicopter to Cornwall.

    Both my husband and my brother are teachers, so I am constantly aware of the continual changes to education policy and the impact this has on teaching staff and children alike. I am passionate about ensuring that children discover a real love for learning that will guide them throughout their lives.

  • Jeremy Kirk

    Co-opted Governor

  • Liz Brand

    LA Governor