Governor Profiles


Christine Bath

Chris Bath

I have been a Local Authority governor at Bridport Primary school since 2007. As a mother, grandmother and retired teacher I remain truly interested in the education of the future generation. The well being, happiness and educational fulfilment of the children are at the heart of my motivation to be a governor here.

I chair the Curriculum committee and sit on the Personnel committee. I am also the link governor for Special Educational needs and Inclusion.

I am lucky to live in beautiful Dorset now, where I enjoy keeping fit, painting, the garden and singing in a choir. This, along with grandma duties, just about leaves time for governor work. It is a privilege to belong to the dedicated team at BPS.

Sarah Kilcoyne

Sarah David

I grew up in Beaminster but moved away from the area aged 18 to study and work. I returned to West Dorset about 20 years ago and now live in Bridport. In my leisure time I am a keen tennis player and I enjoy spending time with my family on country walks and bike rides. I am also a member of the Friends of BPS and feel proud to have the opportunity to be involved with the running of the school.

Pat Neale

Pat Neale

I became a Governor for BPS in 2010 and have been inspired by the approach and vibrancy of the school. Before my retirement I worked with the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, as a training consultant travelling all over the country to deliver training.  I have also run my own training business developing management and teams for many different organisations. Prior to setting up my business I had worked in local Government, Further Education Colleges, in research and spent time working overseas.  I enjoy walking, riding, painting and living here in Dorset.

Debbie Brown

Debbie Brown Acting Headteacher

Hi, I am thrilled to now be substantive Headteacher at BPS as of March 1st 2012.

I have worked at BPS in several roles aver the last 10 years (with a little gap to work for Dorset County Council as a consultant). As Assistant Head, Deputy and now Headteacher I feel I have a really good feel for a school I love and a community I am very happy to belong too. My family and I live in Bridport and count ourselves lucky to be part of this vibrant place.

The governing body is an essential group who support and challenge the Headteacher to ensure the school is running effectively and gives good value for money for all the families it serves. 
Our growing team is clearly focused on improving learning and giving every child the best opportunity for success that we possibly can.

Canon Andrew Evans

I am currently the Rector of the Bridport Team, the Church of England churches in Bridport.  I trained to become a teacher in Weymouth, where I met my wife Chris.  We have two daughters, one of whom lives in Bridport, and two grandchildren with another expected imminently.

I taught for seventeen years, finishing my career as a Deputy headteacher of a comprehensive school before joining the Church. I was delighted to be invited to join the Governing body of Bridport Primary, the seventh school at which I have been a governor.   I am also a governor at the Sir John Colfox School.  I was made an honorary canon of Bristol Cathedral in 2005 for services to education.

I have a passion for life-long learning and think primary education is the key stage to establishing that love of exploring our world.  My own interest is history and I have just completed a Master's degree in Local History with the Open University.

Chris and I enjoy live music and theatre.  I give talks to various groups and am a guest-speaker for several cruise lines.

David Powell

Barbara and I live in Burton Bradstock. We have two daughters, Elisabeth and Josie who live and work in Bristol and Bournemouth.

I have been the headteacher of three schools, the first in High Wycombe and the others in Dorset. In my last five years in education I have been Dorset’s Senior and then Principal Primary Advisor, responsible for developing creative approaches to leadership, teaching and learning across all Dorset schools. I am an accredited School Improvement Partner currently supporting 6 Dorset schools. This involves me in keeping abreast of all local and national developments, such as changes to OfSTED inspections and the National Curriculum. I have a clear understanding of the cycle of school improvement, linking data capture and analysis to development planning and staff development, training and performance management. Over the past year I have supported schools in England, Spain and Mumbai in this process.

I have helped develop and have promoted the UNICEF Rights Respecting School award. I am qualified to train and accredit schools at both levels of this nationally recognised award.

Anne Bark

I moved to Bridport in October 2013. Previously we lived in Buckinghamshire. We have two daughters - one living in Dorchester and the other in Australia.

My career has been spent in education including headteacher of two new primary schools. I also worked for a Local Authority as an Improvement Partner.

I was delighted to be co-opted onto the Bridport Primary School governing body in February 2014. It is good to part of a thriving school community again.

Emily Kingston

I have been living in Bridport for 6 years and teaching at BPS for 2 years now. Before joining this school, I worked as Year 1 class teacher, English Lead and Staff Governor at my previous school in Weymouth. I enjoyed being Staff Governor there and so when the opportunity to join the Governors here presented itself,  I jumped at the chance!

Iain Cowper  

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