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Governors Profiles

Thorpe Lea Primary School, Governing Body



Caroline Wright, Chair of Governors

Caroline is a Surrey Local Leader of Governance and as such has been Chair and Vice-chair of Governors of other Surrey schools. Before having her daughters, now at university and in sixth form, Caroline was a Senior Forensic Scientist for the Forensic Science Service giving expert evidence in court on a range of evidence types. She first became a governor in 2012 when she was elected as a parent governor.

Caroline was asked by Surrey to join the board at Thorpe Lea for a year in 2019 as an additional governor to strengthen governance. She has enjoyed working with the school so much that, with the support of the Governing Body, she has now become a full member of the board as the Governor appointed by the Local Authority.



Pete Bailey, Headteacher 

Pete began teaching in 2005 after completing his four-year Bachelor of Education Degree in Plymouth. Since then he has taught in all Key Stage 2 year groups and held several roles of senior responsibility. Having spent his entire career in Bracknell Forest, Pete moved across to Surrey to take up his first Headship at Thorpe Lea Primary School and Nursery.

He is committed to the education, safety and well-being of all stakeholders and is immensely proud of the school and its community.



Nick Dolby, Staff Governor

Nick joined Thorpe Lea as the Year 3 teacher in 2019 and is now the Year 4 teacher in his third year at the school. He was appointed Staff Governor in September 2021. He graduated from the University of the West of England with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History in 2016 and completed his QTS and PGCE the following year at the University of Reading. Nick began his career in Bracknell Forest in KS1 where he was also a staff governor. He is an ambitious young man and is eager to work with the governing body to ensure the school continues to be run as effectively as possible, whilst representing his colleagues at each FGB meeting.


Janet Franck

Janet is a co-opted governor who was originally appointed in November 2016 although her connection with the school goes back many more years through her work for the NHS as a community paediatric physiotherapist. She retired from secular employment in 2013 and then in 2014 she was ordained deacon and joined the ministry team at St Paul’s Egham Hythe. She was priested in 2015. She is married to Tim and has 3 grown children and 2 grandchildren.

Janet is in her second term of office as a governor. She feels privileged to be part of the team at Thorpe Lea as she continues to learn more and to enjoy both the challenges and the rewards this important work it brings.



Alan Gardner

Alan is a co-opted governor who was appointed in July 2019

Alan, in addition to being a Co-opted Governor of Thorpe Lea Primary School appointed in July 2019, is a Director/Trustee of Bowles Rocks Trust Ltd an experiential learning centre for young people. He previously worked for BT both nationally and internationally and then ran his own business consultancy. Alan has been a school governor for 14 years and is a Surrey Local Leader of Governance (LLG). He has previously been deployed as an Local Leader of Governance to several Surrey schools including on Interim Executive Boards.

Alan’s motivation to be involved in school governance is that education opened many doors in his life enabling social mobility and he wants to help the next generation of children to be well educated to increase their opportunities in life. In addition to family life, he plays tennis, golf and bridge and is interested in astrophysics; in particular, the characteristics of black holes.




Co-opted Governor                                                    



Claire Bolton, Co-opted Governor     

Claire is a Co -Opt Governor joining the board in March 2022 

Claire lives local to the school and has 2 children, one currently in KS 1 education and one in Pre-school. 

Claire has extensive experience within a HR capacity, working in corporate business to develop, recruitment, social value, diversity & inclusion, and performance & development strategy. 

This is Claire’s first role as school governor. 


Ian Downer, Parent Governor

Ian is a parent governor appointed to the Governing Body of Thorpe Lea Primary School in October 2020. 

Ian has two children at the school; one who is currently in Key Stage 1 and the other in Nursery.  Ian has many years’ experience working within HR, he is currently the Senior Recruitment & HR Manager at LEGOLAND Windsor Resort. This will be Ian’s first role as a governor and he has been working on getting to know all the staff and pupils as he supports the school to ensure the vision and values set out are met.  Ian has a passion for sport and is currently Lnk Governor for PE and Sports Premium.



Adam Swift

Adam Swift is a parent government appointed to the Governing Body in January 2022. He has 2 children currently at the school – in Year 2 and Reception and this is his first role as a Parent Governor.  

 The majority of Adam’s career was spent in the Print and Design Industry. Starting via an apprenticeship at the age of 16 he began work on the factory floor as a Printing Engineer and then worked his way over to Management and Sales, after which he started his own company and ran it successfully for many years. In this process he developed a range of skills that led him into many other roles such as Site Manager for the RSPCA. He is passionate about supporting children to access the various paths available to them in their academic journey in order to achieve their full potential. This will inform his role on the ‘Children and Learning Committee’. Currently, Adam balances his role as a full-time Dad with managing a property portfolio and is excited to play a part in promoting the best that Thorpe Lea can be.  


Robert Hall

Robert was appointed as a Co-opted governor in January 2021. He has lived within the village for the last 20 years and brings with him experience as a parent governor at The Magna Carta school for the last 2 ½ years. Robert’s background is in sales and marketing but his key interests are in the area of SEN and health and safety for which he has taken on the position of link governor. Rob looks forward to serving our school and you and your children over the next four years and along with my fellow governors and staff at TLPS continuing the great work that the school do to prepare our kids for their futures.



Rachel McRae, Deputy Head, Associate Member

Rachel started her Thorpe Lea journey as a Newly Qualified Teacher in Nursery after graduating from Roehampton with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Primary Education. Over recent years, she has taught many of the children at Thorpe Lea through both class teaching and PPA cover. She gained a master's equivalent qualification from Kingston University in 2018 which supports her work as the current SENCO. Rachel has also been a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer for several years and recently became the Designated Safeguarding Lead with her role as Deputy Head.



Lynette Davies, Clerk to Governors

Lynette is the professional clerk to the Governing Body. Her role is to provide advice to the governing body on governance, constitutional and procedural matters, ensure the board is properly constituted, to provide effective administrative support to the governing body, and to manage information effectively in accordance with legal requirements.

Lynette has lived in Surrey for over 30 years and was a governor for 17 years starting as a parent governor when her youngest daughter started junior school and then moving on to be a co-opted governor when she left.   She served on various committees, held a number of different governor positions and was responsible for child protection and safeguarding.

Lynette started working as a clerk in 2005 supporting a governing body in a struggling school, using the experience she had gained from being a governor.  In addition to Thorpe Lea Lynette now clerks two other schools - an academy in a MAT and the school and Trust Board in a diocesan MAT.

She has seen the role of the clerk and the governors change and evolve over the years and enjoys the challenge this poses.