Governors - Pen Portraits

Richard Crook (Foundation Governor since February 2015)

Sue and I moved to Offenham in 2011 from Studley where we lived for 30 years. We have two children and one grandchild (we also have a dog, a cat and seven hens).
I was honoured to be invited to join the governing body and hope that I can make a significant contribution to the governance of Offenham CE First School over the coming years.
I am an architect and have been a sole practitioner for over 25years working mainly on housing although I do specialise in historic buildings and I am the inspecting architect for five churches within the Diocese of Birmingham. I have also recently been involved in the renovation of Offenham Village Hall.
My interests include hill walking, sailing, ballroom dancing and classical music. I am an amateur musician and I play 1st violin in a local orchestra.

Liz Daniels (Teacher Governor since 2003)

For much of my life I have lived with my family in the Vale of Evesham apart from the 4 years while I studied for my degree in teaching at Oxford University. I am married and I live in Pershore with my husband Simon and son Joseph. I became a governor in 2003 and became Assistant Head Teacher in 2009. My role on the governing body is to complete the link between the staff and the governors and to bring an insight into the life of the school. I am a member of the Raising achievement Committee and the Building and Grounds committee. I have worked at the school since September 2000 and have taught all classes throughout the school. Since the arrival of my son I have returned to work part time in Cotswold Class.

Lisa Farmer (Parent Governor since November 2013 - elected Vice -chair October 2017)

My husband Marc and I moved into Offenham around the time of our first wedding anniversary, nine and a half years ago. We both settled to village life quite quickly - especially after all the drama of the huge flood that summer! Abigail, our eldest, was born a year later which brought me more into the life of the community and even more so when Aidan was born five years ago. Aidan attends Offenham CofE First School and Abigail has moved onto Middle School.

I have since become greatly involved with the church through a variety of roles; member of the PCC, Parish Representative (checking DBS applications and ensuring access to the appropriate training), CSO (Church Safeguarding Officer), Secretary to the ‘Friends of St Mary and St Milburgh who fundraise for our Church, member of the ‘Open The Book’ team and co-running the group B.A.G.S’s of Fun (originally a toddler group at the church and now an afterschool club).

I was elected as a Parent Governor just over two years ago and bring to the role my professional experience as a Primary School Teacher, a strong link with our Church as well as the voice of a devoted parent. I have experienced from both sides the importance of the partnership between the school and parents supporting a child through their education. I am a member of the Safeguarding and well-being Committee and Standards and Progress Committee.
I take pride in my role and consider myself to be proactive. I also take any opportunity to play a part in school life through regular Governor visits, listening to readers, delivering Open the Book assemblies, co-running B.A.G.S’s of Fun and helping out on school trips and special events.

My main hobby is running and I have no doubt you will have seen me jogging round the village and often kitted out in sports gear at school drop off!

Rev Philip Morton (Foundation Governor since September 2016)

I am currently the Priest in Charge of two Church of England Benefices in the Vale of Evesham - ‘Badsey with Aldington, Bretforton & Offenham’ and ‘Cleeve Prior & the Littletons’. I took over this role in March 2016 to oversee the joining together of these two groups into one United Benefice of the East Vale & Avon Villages.
My theological training was completed at Cranmer Hall in Durham before I was ordained in 2012. I served my curacy in Sutton Coldfield in the Diocese of Birmingham after which my wife, Ruth, and I moved to the Vale. This is my first appointment as a Foundation Governor and I’m very much looking forward to contributing what I can to the life and well-being of the school.
When I’m not out and about 'vicaring' I enjoy going to the theatre, archery and bat conservation.

Jayne Nicol (Headteacher appointed April 2016) 

I have had the privilege of spending most of my teaching careeer at Offenham CE First School and in April 2016 I was thrilled to be appointed to the role of Headteacher at this wonderful school.

Many visitors to our school comment on the warm welcome that they receive and the friendly atmosphere that exists in our school. We have a caring and committed staff who hold fast to the vision and values of our school. Our staff value all of our children and their families, and work very hard to give our children a rich and fulfilling school experience; helping them become the very best that they can be.

We are blessed to have an extended team of parent helpers and members of the wider community who come into school to support children's reading and language development, to lead Open the Book assemblies and after-school clubs. We have a very active and successful PTA and a greatly supportive Governing Body.

I am married to James who is a Secondary School Philosophy and Ethics teacher and we have a son Ethan, aged nine. We enjoy spending time together - going to the theatre and cinema, camping, walking and cycling. I also enjoy playing the piano and singing. 

Laila Cielava (parent governor appointed September 2016)

I joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in September 2016. I am thankful to be a small part of the Offenham CE First School "family” that I can get to know school better and make a small contribution to the governance of Offenham CE First School over the coming years.

I first came to the UK in March 2005 as a seasonal worker. I kept coming back for seasonally for the next few years. I got married in 2009, and moved to Offenham permanently. I'm still working for same farmer, but now I am full time, growing vegetables and fruits. I have a two wonderful children - a daughter in year three and a son who will start Reception class in September 2019. I have loads of hobbies and interests. Some of them are knitting, crocheting, baking, gardening, puzzles and playing volleyball.

Rich Arthur (Parent Governor appointed September 2016 - elected chair October 2017) 

I have a daughter in Year four at Offenham First School, and my son is in Year one.

I joined the Governing body as a Parent Governor in September 2016, and am privileged to be able to play a small part in helping Offenham C of E First School continue to maintain its very high standards in childcare and Education. I have seen at first hand through my daughter’s first two years at the school how welcoming it is and the outstanding support and opportunities it has to offer to its children, their families and the local community.

I have lived close by in Evesham for the past 19 years, save for my 3 years spent at University in Manchester, and have a very real awareness and understanding of the importance of the local communities in the surrounding villages, especially within Offenham.

I have experience working as a data analyst in legal, compliance and regulatory environments with a keen eye for detail and a “critical thinking” approach, which will hopefully stand me in good stead for whatever comes my way as a Parent Governor.

I enjoy my “down” time by spending time with my family and by exercising frequently. I can often be found in my running shoes pounding away for mile after mile in and around Evesham or taking in the stunning local countryside on offer in Worcestershire and our surrounding counties with a ride on my bike.


Jean Wardle (Co-opted Governor since November 2017)

My childhood was spent in Chipping Campden and we moved to Grantham in Lincolnshire when my husband and I married in 1961. Our two children were born in Grantham and it was there that I trained as a Primary School Teacher.

My first teaching post was in a CE Primary School in a village near Grantham. On moving to Milton Keynes a few years later I taught in a large urban First School. Milton Keynes was in the early stages of development at this time and we were lucky enough to be there to witness the growth and enjoy the provision of many facilities. I later joined another CE First School as Deputy Head.

In 1985 we moved to Badsey and I began teaching at Offenham CE School, again as Deputy Head. This was a time of both excitement and apprehension as the move to the new school and the introduction of the ‘new curriculum’ were both imminent. I took over as Headteacher in September 1993 and retired in August 2002.

I now have a much more leisurely life style and enjoy reading, music and travelling. I also belong to a local walking group.

I was delighted to be invited to join the Governing Body and it has been very interesting and enjoyable getting to know the school again and to see what a happy and welcoming place it is.


Andrew McGrann (parent governor since June2018) 

I moved from Birmingham to Evesham to be with my girlfriend (she grew up in Offenham and went to Offenham First School when she was a child). We got married in 2010 and since then we have had two children who both go to Offenham First School. The reason I wanted to become a Governor was to help the school to continue its success.

I work as an Asset Recovery Manager for Close Brothers Brewery Rentals which takes me all over the country, I have been doing this job for almost nine years now.

I volunteer at Evesham RFC and I am the assistant backs coach for the senior teams. My hobbies include rugby, cycling, reading and shooting (.177 Target)


Pauline Clarke (clerk to governors since June 2018)

I was appointed Clerk to Governors in June 2018. I have a lot of experience in Local Government administration and have been a Clerk to Governors to several other schools over the past few years and hope to bring my expertise to the role.

My association with Offenham school began in early 2017, when I started as a peripatetic piano teacher.

I live locally in Hampton with my little dog and two new kittens and I have two grown up sons.

My spare time is spent helping at the local Phoenix youth theatre group and I also play the trombone with Bretforton Silver Band.

I find Offenham First school a very happy and inspirational place, and it is a pleasure to work as Clerk to Governors.


Regular Committees:


  • Richard Arthur 
  • Jayne Nicol
  • Vincent Wright
  • Angelika Newton - finance only - no voting rights
  • Richard Crook
  • Laila Cielava

Standards and Progress:

  • Lisa Farmer (Chair)
  • Philip Morton
  • Liz Daniels
  • Jayne Nicol
  • Jean Wardle

(If required a member of teaching staff can be co-opted who is not a governor - they have no voting rights)


Safeguarding and Well-being:

  • Jayne Nicol 
  • Lisa Farmer 
  • Philip Morton
  • Laila Cielava
  • Liz Daniels