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Meet the Governors

Michael Skinner

Joint Chair of Governing Body

Term of Office from 15.12.21

Parent Governor

Term of Office from 10.7.19

Hi, having previously been a governor at a local secondary school I was delighted to be elected parent governor at Edwalton in 2019. My wife and I moved to Edwalton in 2011 and we have two daughters at the school. We chose Edwalton based on its ethos as well as the unique teaching environment being able to incorporate the farm and woodland. I am a qualified Chartered Accountant and work for a large local company within their Global IT Services team. Outside of work I am also supporting the formation of a musical Charitable Incorporated Organisation for which I will become a Trustee. 

As a Governor my aim is to support the school leadership team in maintaining a high standard of education whilst supporting each and every child’s needs. As a Parent Governor my aim is to represent the parent population to the Head Teacher and Governing Body in all discussions. Please feel free to get in touch if there are any matters you feel need to be raised. 


Emily Talbot

Joint Chair of Governing Body

Term of Office from 15.12.21

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. 

Laura Whitworth

Co-opted Governor

Term of office from 23.11.16

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 from 29.11.17 

 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 from 18.10.17 

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.


Chris Emm

Co-opted Governor

Term of office from 17.3.21

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Hetvi Parekh

Co-opted Governor

Term of office from 14.7.21

I am a qualified social worker and currently work as an Independent Reviewing Officer for Nottinghamshire County Council. 
I also work as a casual tutor and independent practice educator wherein I tutor social work students and supervise them whilst they are on placements. 
I am  heavily involved with voluntary work wherein I am the lead co-ordinator of the charity Sewa Day in Nottingham,  Facilitator for Practical Preparation for Parenthood course at the Twins Trust and a committee member at EPSPA. 

Good well rounded education makes a massive difference in a child’s life. I am passionate about ensuring that every child at Edwalton Primary experiences a positive learning environment with the right support. I want to give back to the community- the community where I live and the community where my children are growing up.  I believe that with my experience and skills, I can contribute positively to support the school,  in enabling the children to attain their maximum potential. 

Alex Cazabon

Parent Governor

Term of office from 16.3.22

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Liz Godber

Support Staff Governor

Term of office from 1.9.13

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.