Governor Profiles


Anne Bark

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.

Melissa Craven

Melissa Craven

I am an elected Parent Governor serving a 4-year term which concludes in 2021.

I grew up in Bridport and now live with my husband and two daughters. My eldest started school in 2016 and my youngest was born in the same year.

I've really enjoyed meeting staff, pupils and other parents, and it's been lovely to see what the children get up to when they're at school.

I work in PR and marketing and am currently with Dorset County Council. During my time there I've been fortunate to work mostly with children's services, including a number of schools.  I volunteered to be a parent governor simply because I wanted to help.

Helen Farmer

Helen Farmer

I have had links with Bridport Primary since 1994 when I worked in the old school building as a clerical assistant and reception class teaching assistant. It is lovely to re-join the school so many years later as Headteacher.

Lesley Galpin

Lesley Galpin

Hello, I am Lesley Galpin and I am very excited to take on a co-opted governor role at Bridport Primary School. I am serving a 4-year term which will expire in 2021.

As a family we have lived in Bridport since 1986 and all of my children and now some of my grandchildren have all come to the school.

It will be a privilege to give something back to the school and my main focus will be SEND.

Adam Gough

Adam Gough

I am really excited to be the Deputy Headteacher at Bridport Primary school. I have lived and taught locally for all my teaching career and undertook my initial teacher training with the Dorset SCITT. Prior to working here I was the Deputy Headteacher at a small village primary near Sherborne where I also sat on the governing body.

Being a part of this dedicated group of volunteers is a real privilege and the challenge and support they offer the school is vital. I look forward to working with the team in the years to come.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Sally Spencer

I am an elected Parent Governor serving a 4-year term which will expire in 2020. My family and I moved to Bridport from South East London in 2011. I have two children at our wonderful school. From the time my daughter started at the school I was overwhelmed by the support network between parents, carers, staff and children. It made me want to be a part of something special. I am passionate about helping to make Bridport Primary School the great school that it is.

Justin Walton

I am a co-opted Governor serving a 4-year term which will expire in 2021. I moved to Melplash just over 3 years ago and just love it. I run an outdoor clothing company which I started 30+ years ago but found that I had some spare time on my hands and decided that helping out at a local school was right up my street. I was co-opted onto the BPS governing body back in September and am currently the Year 4 link governor and am very much looking forward to helping Debbie and the rest of the Leadership Team.



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