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Meet the Governors

Last Updated: November 23, 2018


My name is Diane Davidson and I am the Chair of the Governing Body here at Holmer Lake Primary School. I live in the Lawley area of Telford and am a retired HR Manager having worked for over 20 years in the railway industry. I now enjoy taking care of my 2 lovely German shorthaired pointer dogs, sewing, reading and spending time with my granddaughters, Ruby-Mae and Georgia who both attend Holmer Lake Primary School.



My name is Emma Weaver and I am a Parent Governor here at Holmer Lake Primary School. I live in Dawley and have worked as a Team Leader in a life Assurance office in Telford for over 15 years. My son Oliver age 6 goes to Holmer Lake Primary School and we are expecting a brother or sister for him in December. In my spare time I enjoy taking our dog for a walk, reading and baking.


My name is Heather Churm and I am the School Administrator at Holmer Lake Primary School. I have worked at Holmer Lake Primary school since 2006 and prior to this worked in a similar role in a Junior School. Before working in schools I worked for Telford and Wrekin Council for many years in a secretarial role. I enjoy my job within Holmer Lake Primary School and have decided to take an even keener interest by becoming a Co-opted Governor within the School. My link class is class 3/4P. I am very proud of Holmer Lake Primary School and the children who attend it.



My name is Olivia Briggs and I am a recently retired teacher having worked in the Youth Service, primary, secondary and special education. My interests are cooking, walking, gardening, swimming and music. I have recently taken up golf and belong to a patchwork and quilters group. My husband and I enjoy travelling, especially in France and we have one son, who works in IT in Telford. My experience in special education will hopefully enable me to be a valuable S.E.N.D Link governor. I enjoy working with, and meeting new people and I am looking forward to making a valuable contribution to Holmer Lake School and community.



I took up my post at Holmer Lake Primary School as Headteacher on 1st May 2006. The school has changed a lot since then. I think we have the most amazing children, staff and parents and I thoroughly enjoy my job every day. Before I worked in Telford and Wrekin I taught in the North East of Scotland, where I ran a nursery and worked in a very large primary school teaching Primary 7 pupils. I then moved to live in London and worked in Southall in West London; where I taught at the Blair Peach School. I worked in a school with over 500 pupils, almost all of whom were Asian. I really enjoyed learning about all the different cultures and religions. When I am not at work I love to spend time with my husband Colin. We go out walking or work in the garden or on our house; which has taken nearly 11 years to finish! I really enjoy cooking and love having a house full of people to cook for. My family are very important to me and I really enjoy spending time with them. At Christmas everybody comes to our house for two days, usually 20 of us and we all sit down and a meal together (thank goodness there are lots of people to help with the washing up!). I enjoy travelling; I like going to France and have travelled to America, Croatia, Bosnia, Italy, Spain, Jamaica, Domincan Republic, Prague and Budapest.

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My name is Lou Collins. I am married and have 2 children who are now both attending Holmer Lake. I run my own personalised clothing business from home and also work voluntary at Shropshire Community Project. I wanted to be a school parent governor to be a small part in helping the school be the best it can be for my children and the others who are attending.



I took up my post at Holmer Lake Primary School as Deputy Headteacher in April 2003, after working at another primary school in Telford. I love working with the amazing children and the wonderful team of adults. During my time as a teacher I have taught children from Reception to Year 6. My current roles include Deputy Headteacher, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities as well as Maths. When I’m not at work I enjoy spending time with my family. We enjoy walking and going on holiday together, especially to Greek Islands. I have a son, who began his schooling at Holmer Lake and is now studying for his A Levels. I spend time supporting him in his various sporting ventures, mainly in the role of the taxi driver and kit washer. I have recently joined a gym and try to go at least twice a week, although this can be challenging during term time.




Hi my name is Sam Brothwood and I currently work within Holmer Lake Primary School as a Teaching Assistant in the reception class. I am a staff governor with responsibility for the EYFS. I am married and together we have two little girls Ruby-Mae aged 8 and Georgia aged 6 who both attend Holmer Lake Primary School. I also have a little dog called Henry who, as a family, we take for lots of walks and enjoy spending quality time together as a family going swimming, out for dinner and going to parks.



My name is Barbara Williams and I have lived in this area and been associated with schools in our community for over 40 years (scary but true!) This has included roles as a parent (both my children attended Holmer Lake when it was a First School, then went on to Brookside Middle School and  Stirchley Upper School ) a teacher, governor and most recently, after my retirement, as a volunteer. For the last few months my life has been enlivened by helping some pupils at Holmer Lake improve their understanding and enjoyment of books and reading. I have been particularly impressed with the high expectations of both engaged students and dedicated staff. Everyone I have met at Holmer Lake lives and works by the excellent set of values displayed around the school. I like children, I am very interested in the ability of education to open up horizons for everyone and I believe a school should be a very important part of its local community.


Hello my name is Clarissa Woodcock. My introduction to school was several years ago when I was involved in setting up and supporting the Holmer Lake initiative: Team Safeguarding Voice.It was always a pleasure being in school and working with the children who rose to every challenge and excelled. Resultantly I am delighted to be back serving as the Safeguarding and Vulnerable Children Governor. Professionally, my life has been rich and varied: serving in the Army as a Major and travelling the world, various jobs in educational and organisational management, safeguarding and currently health and wellbeing. I am also a volunteer SSAFA Mentor, supporting injured service personnel. My favourite things are Reiki, tennis, the sea, walking, photography, simplicity, integrity and kindness. Top life achievements: playing tennis at Wimbledon, being guardian to Mac Bracken – a delightful cairn terrier, meeting the Dali Lama and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Relishing being involved with the Holmer Lake Family once more and serving the school community.


My name is Yvonne Bennett and I’m delighted to be appointed a Governor of Holmer Lake Primary School. I’ve spent over 35 years working in various industries, with the last 14 specifically in high risk markets including; construction, manufacturing and utilities such as water, Oil & Gas. My specialism is culture transformation & engagement in the areas of Health, Safety, and Quality & Environment; having developed and delivered training & coaching programmes in the UK, Australia, Canada and Ireland. I am (proudly) the WISE Award winner (Women in Science & Engineering) 2016 for the use of NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) in construction safety. As a Master Practitioner in NLP and a 1:1 performance coach, having ‘trained’ adults, I would now like to introduce our children to the possibilities in STEM subjects, whilst developing their self-esteem (nothing is impossible!); at the same time, I’d like to provide support to the teachers, governors and parents of Holmer Lake Primary. My passions are people, travel, music and cooking as well as spending quality time with my friends and family (especially my godchildren).

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