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.
Martin Belfrage, Headteacher
Charlotte Ellis, Staff Governor
Charlotte began teaching in 2015 after completing a Postgraduate Degree in Education in Bristol. Since then she has taught in Early Years and KS1 in the South West of England and in the South East. She has held several roles of responsibilities as a Subject Leader, Key stage and Year group Leader. Charlotte moved to Thorpe Lea to take on a new position of
Co-opted Governor vacancy
Alan Gardner, Co-opted Governor
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.
Karla Hanna, Co-opted Governor
Karla is mother of twins in Year 8 (boy and girl) and a 17 year-old stepdaughter attending 6th Form College. She’s lived in the area for 6 years with her husband Leigh and recently welcomed two new additions to the family, twin Labrador retrievers.
Karla works in the private sector as a Commercial Director for a Global mailing and distribution company and has held various senior management roles including Customer Services, IT and Projects Manager.
She has a keen interest in education and giving back to the community. She held the position of Chairperson of Manorcroft Primary School PTA (Sep 2017 – Oct 2021) and has been a Parent Governor at The Magna Carta School since March 2022.
Karla is really pleased to be joining the governing board of Thorpe Lea and looks forward contributing to such a great school.
Co-opted Governor vacancy
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 Key Stage 2. Ian has many years’ experience working within HR, he currently is working within the Group HR function of VUE International as Group Recruitment Manager. 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.
Rhys Hayward, Parent Governor
Rhys has one child in the school in key stage 1. Rhys works in the NHS as a Physiotherapist with many years’ experience. He is head of professional development for rheumatology physiotherapy within the United Kingdom and sits on two other national committees. His passion is development of all children, particularly ensuring there is fair access and opportunity across the school. This is his first governor role; he is working toward understanding the school to ensure the standards and visions are upheld.
Co-opted Governor vacancy
Adam Collin, Associate Member
Adam has been teaching for nine years and has experience working in years 5, 6 and most recently year 2. He has been working at Thorpe Lea since 2019 and after taking on some new roles and responsibilities as Standards Leader, took up the role of Deputy Head, SENCO and DSL in September 2022. He is passionate about the school and its community and looking forward to gaining experience on the governing board.
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.
She has seen the role of the clerk and the governors change and evolve over the years and enjoys the challenge this poses.