Our Governing Body
Dave Crook - (Chair of Governors) - Trust - [Governor responsibility for Pupil Premium]- David has served as a governor of the School for the past eight years. During this time he has undertaken a variety of responsibilities. During his forty years service in education he held range of teaching and management roles in various parts of the country. Prior to his retirement he served for twelve years as Deputy Principal to one of the largest further education colleges in the Eastern Region.
Neil Mindham - Headteacher - Mr Mindham has several years of experience working in senior leadership roles in a variety of primary settings, including an executive position over three schools within the West Norfolk Academies Trust. Mr Mindham has been Headteacher of Gaywood Primary since October 2017.
Lee Stevens - Trust - [Governor responsibility for SEND & Attendance]- Currently director of an education consultancy business following 28 years as a headteacher. Lee has also worked as a School Improvement Partner, Academies Improvement Associate for the Diocese of Norwich Academy Trust, a system leader working with a teaching school and is currently a mentor for trainee teachers.
Sue Lunnun - Trust - Retired, successful Primary Headteacher for 16 years including the last 7 years as an Executive Head. Sue was involved in a number of National College for School Leadership programmes including being a Consultant Leader on Primary Leadership programmes and an accredited School Improvement Partner. She is currently a Schools’ Support Officer for the Norwich Diocese, working with a number of local Church schools.
Carly West-Burnham - Trust Appointed Governor - [Governor responsibility for Curriulum]- Carly has recently been appointed as a Parent Governor at Gaywood Primary. Her desire to be involved with the school stems from the belief that all stakeholders have a role to play in ensuring that all children get the best education and opportunities whilst at school to enable them to grow, develop and reach their potential. Carly has two daughters currently in the school and lives and works locally.
Katie Docherty - Trust Appointed Governor - [Governor responsibility for Safeguarding and Prevent] - Katie has 12 years experience in Social Housing and enjoys working in a sector where she can make a positive impact on peoples’ lives. Katie believes that Social Value is effected by the experiences children have during their school years and wants to be able influence the success of the school so its pupils can reach their full potential. Katie has a particular interest in Safeguarding and brings experience from her working role to ensure the school is compliant and proactive in managing Safeguarding.
Iain Taylor - Trust - [Governor responsibility for School Website Compliance]- Iain is a local businessman who has worked in the area for over fourteen years. His eldest daughter attended the school and his youngest is there now and being a governor has meant that he can give something back to the school and its pupils.
Helen Payne - Staff Governor - Helen has worked at Gaywood Primary for nine years and has worked in a wide range of different schools, starting her career in London. Helen loves working at Gaywood Primary as says that she finds the children, staff and parents to be very friendly and supportive. Helen is looking forward to the challenges and opportunities this role of staff governor brings. She loves working with children and wants to do whatever is in her power to ensure them the best start in life.
Mark Johnson - Parent Governor - After many years of working in high end, award winning restaurants across the country, Mark was appointed as Executive Chef for the West Norfolk Academies Trust. Mark has a passion for improving the culinary and educational provision for young children in West Norfolk and has worked with children to take part in competitions at national level. Mark has a daughter at Gaywood Primary and a son who attends Springwood High School.