Louise Chamberlain – Chair of Governors
Having started my work life as a reinsurance broker, I changed my career and completed the PGCE training to become a teacher. I have worked in a range of very different Somerset schools, and finally spent eleven years as the head teacher of the large primary school at North Petherton. On retiring from that post, I spent five years working for the Somerset Initial Teacher Training college (SCITT) as a tutor for graduates working to achieve their PGCE qualification to become teachers. I have also carried consultancy work supporting headteachers and schools, and have planned and delivered school training programmes.
I remain passionate about education and ensuring high expectations for all children!
I live in Dinnington and am a mum, a grandmother, a gardener and a dog lover!
Jane Gifford – Vice Chair of Governors
I trained as a teacher and taught in a number of primary schools in the North East and the Midlands. I taught all year groups from nursery to Year 6. I became a head teacher of a primary school with a nursery and having completed a Master of education degree, was appointed by the Queen in Council to be one of Her Majesty's Inspectors of Schools (HMI). This role required me to inspect schools both state and independent throughout the country.
On retirement I worked for an independent inspectorate specialising in the inspection of small schools in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. Currently, I edit school inspection reports for the School Inspection Service.
Barry Tyler – Co-opted Governor
I have been a governor since 2017. I was an accountant but I am now retired. I have lived in the village since 1982. I started and ran Lefktro UK Ltd since 1996 and it is now run by son. I have a special interest in school finance.
Lucy Voss - Parent Governor
I am a mum of two children, aged 12 and 9 both of whom attended Hinton First School.
I have been an active member of the school PFA during my children's time at the school. For the past 4 years I have been Chair of St George's Preschool which has a strong association with the First School.
Jane Wheeler – Co-opted Governor
I retired from the profession of Financial Planning 3 years ago and am now enjoying retirement . My interests include gardening, travel and family. In the past I have been involved, in a voluntary capacity, in a variety of professional, educational, service and charity organisations. I have lived in Hinton St George for more than 5 years and enjoy being involved with the community.
Derek Esp – Local Authority Governor
I have had a long career in education, including working as the Director of Education in Lincolnshire; researched head teacher training in Europe and the County Council Education Chair for Somerset.
I was awarded an MBE in 2015 and have published and contributed to many books and journals nationally and internationally.
All three of my children attended Hinton St George First School and I have been a governor here for many years.
Rev Bob Hicks – Ex Officio, Incumbent of Hinton St George
I am a Church of England priest. My wife Julia and I job share the role of Rector for the parishes of Merriott, Lopen and Hinton St George with Dinnington.
We moved here from Bridgwater in September 2011 and I have been a Governor at Hinton School ever since. Prior to being ordained I have worked as a geologist, environmental scientist, missionary, intelligence analyst, charity fundraiser and as a sales assistant in a wine shop! When not working as a governor or Rector, I enjoy walking, gardening, travel, reading and photography.
Sarah McEvansoneya - Co-opted Governor
I have been an Education Welfare Officer for the past 4 years and prior to that have been an Adolescent Support Worker and a Senior Social Work Assistant. I have worked for the LA for the past 14 years and am a serving Magistrate.
Currently I am the Education Welfare Officer for Hinton St George C of E First School as well as being the Education Welfare Officer for another 38 schools across Somerset. I have been associated with the school since 1977 when I first attended the school, my children also attended between 1995 and 2001 and still speak very fondly of the school and their time there.
It is important to me that the school continues to thrive due to my long association with it and I believe that I can bring positivity and creativity to the role.
Jenny Pithers - Parent Governor
I have three children, two who attend Hinton, Fletcher in year four and Teddy in year one. We moved to the area just over three years ago.
I work as a support worker in the community. I have worked in schools in the past in the role of special educational needs assistant which I really enjoyed and it gave me a real interest in education and how schools are run.
I look forward to being part of the governing body in the role as parent governor, helping the school to maintain its high standards for our children.
I'm friendly and approachable and look forward to getting to know those of you who are new to the school. The school has a lovely community where we all like to help each other and the school. I hope to be part of continuing that all together.