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Meet the Governors

Sara Dawson

Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor

Term of office 22.10.14 - 21.10.18

I am a qualified accountant working in a Nottingham firm of Chartered Accountants that I jointly own and manage.  Most of my working life has been spent in Nottingham and I originally come from Mansfield.

I have been a governor pretty much since my son started in Foundation in 2011.  When the vacancy came up I was first in the queue to get involved.  Having lived around the corner from the school since 2004, the farm and the Eco-ethos of Edwalton has always appealed to me; this was where I wanted my children to learn.  My youngest child still attends the school (the eldest having moved on to secondary school) and I am also now proud to say I help contribute a little bit!

My current role is Chair of the Governing Body and I also support Steve Ellis as Vice-Chair of the Finance Committee.

Lucy Shanahan

Chair of Curriculum and Pupils Committee

Parent Governor

Term of office 21.11.13 - 20.11.17

I am a parent governor and I am the link governor for literacy along with being vice-chair of the curriculum committee. I have two children who both attended Edwalton and I work as a production manager for a large food manufacturer. Outside of Governors and work I like cooking, reading, decorating and camping!

Liz Godber

Support Staff Governor

Term of office 1.9.13 - 31.8.17

I have been a staff Governor since 2013. Both of my children attended Edwalton - my daughter Alex is currently studying chemistry at The University of Leeds and my son James is a Marine Engineer working in Portsmouth. I am a teaching assistant in Foundation and part of my role is to support the transition from pre-school to school. It is so rewarding to see our new children and parents settle into Edwalton school life. As a previous parent and now staff member I have a solid understanding of the schools ethos and culture and my aim is to represent this on the governing body.

Jennie Le Mare

Parent Governor

Term of Office 17.12.14 - 16.12.18

My name is Jennie Le Mare and my background is in alternative and special needs education, inclusion and the arts in health. I am a Parent Governor and the Link Governor for SEND and PSHE. My youngest child is still at Edwalton and I have two now at Rushcliffe.  

Outside of being a Governor, I also volunteer as the club welfare officer for Edwalton Cavaliers Football Club, sing in a Cuban Orisha choir and enjoy lots of outdoor adventures with the family.

Laura Whitworth

Co-opted Governor

Term of office 23.11.16 - 23.11.20

My daughter started in Foundation in September 2016 and I was delighted to become a co-opted Governor shortly afterwards. 

The school has lived up to my expectations and my daughter has settled in well in to school life, which is very reassuring. From day one, I was very impressed with the school, not only with the welcoming and friendly atmosphere, but the school's ethos and emphasis on environmental and sustainability issues.

I am a qualified Solicitor, specialising in employment law, and I currently work in Nottingham. I also grew up and was educated in Nottingham and three years ago I moved back after living and working in London for seven years. I believe that I can offer experience and commitment to my role as Governor and that I can make a positive contribution in supporting the school.

I have previously served as Non-Executive Director on the board at the Radford Care Group.

Steve Ellis

Co-opted Governor

Term of office: 29.11.17 - 29.11.21 

 My name is Steve Ellis. I was born in Nottingham and have lived in the area all my life other than 3 years at Sheffield at University. I have lived in Edwalton since 2015 and have two young children. I am a qualified Chartered Accountant and I am a director at a large regional accounting practise providing accounting and business advice to companies in a wide range of sectors. I have also played a key role in the management of a team of 80 people in recent years.

 I am delighted to be in the role of co-opted governor and be able to support the school and local community to ensure the school provides the best possible environment for the success of all the children.

Adrian Savage

Parent Governor

Term of office: 18.10.17 - 18.10.21

I have been involved with Edwalton Primary School since my son started in foundation in September 2015.  It is a privilege to be able to serve as parent governor at such a wonderful school and I recognise the importance of the role and the responsibility that it brings.

Since 2000 I have worked as a law lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, teaching on a wide range of undergraduate, post-graduate and vocational courses.  Prior to this I worked as a Commercial Litigation Solicitor for a major international law firm in London.  I aim to use my varied skills and wide experience in my role as parent governor; I know that the headmaster and staff have high ambitions for the school and I will contribute whatever I can to help them achieve those ambitions.

Emily Talbot

Co-opted Governor

I am pleased to be a co-opted Governor. I grew up and went to school in West Bridgford and have been keen to support Edwalton Primary School and its unique ethos and environment since my daughter started in Foundation at the school in September 2017.

I work as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist within the Paediatric Neuropsychology Service of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. My role involves working with children and young people with acquired brain injury and other neurological conditions, and their families, across the East Midlands region.  This includes working alongside other health, education and social care professionals to support young people with additional needs.  I hope that this experience proves to be beneficial in supporting, and being part of, the school’s governing body. 

Michael Skinner

Parent Governor


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