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Meet the Governors

Governor Roles for 2020/21

  • Chair of Governors - Richard Stok 

Specific Governor Responsibilities:

  • Pupil Premium – Helen Durbin 
  • Health and Safety – James Turner 
  • SEND – Alex Rylance 
  • Safeguarding/ Child Protection Governor – Alex Rylance 
  • GDPR – John Bragg 
  • EYFS – Nathalie Davy 
  • In addition to these, our Deputy Heads are all Associate Members and any member of the Senior Leadership Team may attend meetings to bring reports for Governors to review.

Richard Stok - Chair of Governors

Richard Stok

Hello, I am Richard Stok, your newly appointed Chair of Governors here at Holly Spring Primary School. I have been involved as a school governor in Bracknell primary schools for more than 30 years and have served as chair or vice chair at 4 of those. I am a governor because I believe all of our children should be given the best education possible to prepare them for the next stage in their lives, regardless of their family circumstances. I work with the school Leadership Team and my fellow governors to make our school great in the eyes of parents, children, staff and the community for the same reasons.

John Bragg

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I have been a School Governor at Holly Spring schools since 2011 when I was co-opted onto the Governing Body for my range of commercial experience, which includes Brand Strategy, Marketing and Technology. I have also directed Site and Operations, as well as running Design studios including my own. These transferable skills have underpinned my time on the Full Governing Body, supporting previous roles such as chair of the Finance and Resource committees, more recently as a member of the Working Party for the Amalgamation, and current responsibilities including GDPR Monitoring.

My focus is on supporting both the short and long-term requirements of the school, and most importantly our children, to the best of my ability.

During my time on the governing body I have also had one child go all the way through school, with another currently enjoying the benefits of being in a Primary school.

Nathalie Davy

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I became a parent governor during the 2020 pandemic.  I only moved to the area just before my daughter joined Key stage 1 last year and we live locally to the school.

I have a previous background in Early Years Education, in a leadership role. Due to this am used to education frameworks, policies and OFSTED inspections. I also was the designated inclusion representative and completed required training to be a safeguarding deputy for our setting.

I am now working for the Crown prosecution service, and throughout the pandemic I have been in a health & safety, security and facilities role, which has been rather challenging.

All these experiences have shown me how transferable all my skills can be and I want to use them to the best of my ability to help the school, and our children to have the best educational experiences possible.


Helen Durbin

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I became a governor in 2017, firstly at the Junior School as a co-opted governor, and now at the Primary School as a parent governor. During this time I have been able to acquire considerable experience - taking a lead on monitoring safeguarding, participating in the Headteacher recruitment process in collaboration with the Local Authority, and working with both Infant and Junior governors on the amalgamation in 2019. All of this was in addition to the usual business of being a school governor – it was a busy couple of years!

Both my children attend Holly Spring, one in Key Stage 1 and the other in Key Stage 2. Having previously worked at the Junior School as a Family Support Advisor, and living locally, I was keen to invest in the school and lend my time and skills if they could be of use.

Ellie Grantham

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I became a Co-Opted Governor at Holly Spring in September 2021 and I also work in the Education Sector as a Head of MFL at a Secondary School in Slough. In my role as Associate Assistant Principal at the same school, I have worked on whole school areas of focus such as Year 6 to Year 7 transition and the support of our students with SEND within the mainstream classroom.

I am passionate about improving outcomes for all young people to ensure that they have the choices that everybody should have in regard to the next steps of their life, with education being a springboard rather than a barrier for them. I am working with Holly Spring as the Governor with a focus on Curriculum – I believe that a good curriculum is the key to both social justice and social mobility for young people and I look forward to working with the team at Holly Spring to ensure the curriculum is as responsive and effective as it can and should be.

Alex Rylance

Alex Rylance

Why you chose to stand as a governor?

I was looking to get involved with a local school in a governor capacity as I felt I wanted to support a school through COVID and beyond using my knowledge and experience of external business.  

What your background/current role is?

My current role is working within Human Resources for a large retail business. I have a history of working within large businesses that have gone through growth and change. I have a Masters from the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development

What subject you are in charge of monitoring?

I have specific responsibility for monitoring safeguarding.

What is your area of interest?

As a new governor, I will be looking at how I can use my experience to support the school achieve the yearly plan

James Turner

James Turner

I am the Local Authority Governor, and have been at Holly Spring Primary school for over 5 years previously within the Infant school.  I live locally and have two children, both of which have or do currently attend the school.  My eldest is now at secondary school and my youngest is in Year 5. I have previously sat on the School Finance committee and have a keen interest in ensuring the facilities within and around the school are the best they can be to aid learning.  I am also the Health and Safety Governor. I am a qualified Civil Engineer and currently work for Bracknell Forest Council within the Highways and Transport section but before you ask, no all the road works aren't down to me! In my spare time I help run an U14's football team and I like to play tennis. You may see me around the school either in my capacity as a governor or as a parent so if you want to have a chat or have any questions you want to raise with the Governing body I would be happy to speak to you.

Paulo Pal Noni

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Hello, my name is Paulo, and I became a Co-Opted Governor at Holly Spring in May 2022. I chose to become a governor based on my experience in education. I changed schools frequently, and in every setting, I have been to, I have noticed a lack of understanding for; SEND, cultural differences, and economic struggles. Moreover, as a free school meal recipient, I felt like there was no representation and awareness for students in similar circumstances.  

Unlike the schools I have attended, Holly Spring has displayed an openness to diversity and inclusion, alongside being a place for growth and learning for all of our children. 

I am now working for Deloitte LLP, within their Audit & Assurance division, in Central London, and previously, I have served on the board of my college and university sports teams, where I had the responsibility for a large budget and made calculated decisions about which projects to fund and how money could be best spent. I also was the Mental Wellbeing and Inclusion Champion during this time, and I have completed the required safeguarding training to support our school and community. 

My current and past experiences have allowed me to obtain transferrable skills which I will use to help ensure that our school reaches both our short-term and long-term goals. I will bring an honest and hard-working approach to my work and will go above and beyond for this important role.  

I look forward to working with parents, teachers, the Headteacher, other Governors, and anyone with a legitimate interest in the school, to help provide the best chance of success for our children.

What do governors do?

Do you wonder what governors do for our school and what are the responsibilities they hold? Please see the document below, which shows how we contribute to the success of Holly Spring Primary School. There are many areas of responsibility for the Head Teacher, but she will bring reports and updates to the governing body, and we will visit the school to see evidence for ourselves.


Governor Vacancy

More Information

If you are interested in becoming a school governor please contact the clerk to the governing body at clerk@hsprimary.uk, or chair@hsprimary.uk to register your interest or gain more information. Alternatively, you can email governor.services@bracknell-forest.gov.uk for other governor roles within the borough.

Governing Body Information

This section contains statutory information for our governors. Please click on the document below for:

Instrument of Government

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