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Governors Profiles

Thorpe Lea Primary School, Governing Body


Caroline Wright, Chair of Governors       

Caroline is a Surrey Additional Skills Governor and as such has been Chair and Vice-chair of Governors of other Surrey schools. Before having her daughters, now aged 18 and 15, 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 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.




Peter Bernard, Staff Governor

Peter is the governor elected by the staff of the Thorpe Lea Primary School in October 2017. Peter has been the Year 5 teacher at Thorpe Lea since September 2016 and is in his fourth year in teaching and at Thorpe Lea. He currently heads the Computing, Maths and P4C Curriculums in school, looking at the teaching of and provision of these subjects across the different Key Stages. Peter also looks at how e-safety is taught throughout the school. For the governing body, Peter is on the Premises Committee, looking at the school environment and how it can be improved and made safe for all who use it.


Jaz Malhotra

Jaz is a parent governor appointed to the Governing Body of Thorpe Lea Primary School in October 2016 and is the lead governor on Safeguarding.

Jaz has a daughter who attends the school and has spent a lot of time getting to know her role as the safeguarding governor. As the governing body is quite new, Jaz is enjoying the responsibilities surrounding her role. Jaz is a Team Manager in a female prison and loves being in the school with the children, which is a pleasant change of environment from her day job!








Stuart Wingate 

Stuart is a parent governor appointed to the Governing Body of Thorpe Lea Primary School in February 2017 and is the chair of the resources committee for the Governing Body.

Stuart has three children in both key stages of the school. He has spent a significant amount of time within the school getting to know the children and his nominated year group. Stuart is an Operations & Communications Manager for Guildford Borough Council, Licensee and an Incident Liaison Officer for Surrey County Council. Stuart enjoys engaging with the pupils and staff and discovering something new each time he visits Thorpe Lea.


Janet Franck

Janet is a co-opted governor who was 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 first term of office as a governor and has found it challenging but enjoyable and very rewarding.



Alan Gardner

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

Alan Gardner, in addition to being a Co-opted Governor of Thorpe Lea Primary School, 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. He has been a school governor for 12 years and is a Surrey Additional Skills Governor (ASG). He is currently Director/Trustee of the Goldsworth Trust, a member of the Interim Executive Board (IEB) at Wey House School. He has previously been a member of the IEB at Ripley CoE Primary School, an ASG at Town Farm Primary School and Nursery, an ASG followed by a governor at the Knaphill Federation Of Schools, Ongar Primary School, and St Paul's Primary School.

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.



   Sarmila Bhal
Sarmila was appointed as a co-opted governor in November 2019.

Sarmila is a governor for 2 other primary schools and also 1 Secondary school. 

She is a mother of 2 children age 11 and 8 years old. She graduated with a Law degree but decided to pursue her passion in beauty and become self employed in order spend more time with her children.


Sarmila decided to become a governor as she wanted to learn more about how schools work and also help next generation to be better. Her hobbies are spending time with her family, doing archery and watching movies. 



Joshua Parker

Joshua is a co-opted governor who was appointed in November 2019. 

He works in the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods industry as a Brand Manager and has worked across a range of brands, including currently working on Russian Standard & Zubrowka as the Global Travel Retailer Brand Manager. Since graduating, he has stayed involved in education by visiting schools to provide career advice, undertaking business projects with students, and supporting with applications to higher education. Joshua is delighted to join the governing body and looks forward to getting to know the school better in the coming year.



 Gavin Fuidge

After living in the area For over 40 years Thorpe Lea has always been a massive part of my life, from being a student to having my own children attend I have always had some involvement with TLPS, Over the years I have seen many changes and some amazing improvements to enable our children to flourish and achieve. I look forward to being part of the future of our wonderful school.



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 nearly 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.

Lynette works part-time supporting the senior management team at an exam board.

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