Governor Profile

 Foundation Governors

Mike Barnsley - Ex-Officio Governor - Chair Of Governors

Mike has been a Foundation Governor at Littledean Church of England Primary School since becoming Vicar of Cinderford with Littledean in March 2011 and became Chair of Governors in November 2012. He had previously served elsewhere as a Parent Governor and a Community Governor.

Mike serves on the Values and Ethos Committee and is the link Governor for Maths and RE.

Before going into full-time ministry, Mike worked in IT in the banking industry for 25 years. He enjoys watching movies and riding his Harley when he gets the chance.


Linda Blagg – Foundation Governor Term Of Office 01/11/2016 – 30/10/2020

Linda is a Foundation Governor at Littledean Church of England Primary School. In September 2015 Linda was licensed by the Bishop of Gloucester as a Lay Reader in the Church of England to serve in the benefice of Cinderford with Littledean. Linda is very keen to develop connections between St Ethelbert’s Church and Littledean C of E School.   Linda has run Junior Church, a mid-week Children’s club and Holiday Clubs at St Stephen’s church in Cinderford during the last 25 years.

Linda serves on the Values and Ethos Committee.

Linda is a mother of two and Grandmother to five children. She is a keen gardener, bell ringer at St Ethelbert’s church and loves reading.

Local Authority Governor

Emma Nice - Term Of Office 01/12/2018 - 30/11/2022

Emma has 2 children who attend Littledean C of E Primary School. She became a Parent Governor in 2013 and became the Local Authority Governor in 2014. She is a member of the Behaviour and Safety and the Values and Ethos committees. Emma is named Governor for the Early Years Foundation Stage, Pupil Premium and Special Educational Needs.

Emma works part time as an Early Help Co-ordinator for Gloucestershire County Council and has a degree in Early Childhood Studies from University of Worcester. Through the work Emma does she has been able to gain an insight into supporting people and organisations to achieve the best outcomes for children; she will use this experience to further develop her role as a Local Authority Governor.

Her interests include reading, baking and spending time with her energetic and lively boys. 

Co-Opted Governor
Jenny Hughes - Term of Office 25/09/2019 - 24/09/2023

Parent Governors

Michael Dunton - Term of Office - 16/10/2016 - 15/10/2020

Mike is the father of two, one who attends Littledean C of E Primary School and one who has recently left on a new secondary school adventure, Mike is a production planner for a local high specification cable manufacturer. 

Since becoming a parent governor in 2012 Mike has enjoyed the role and finds it rewarding being involved with school.  He has a keen interest in the Management and Finance side of the School. 

Mike's interests are swimming, mountain biking, golf and of course spending time with his wife and children. 


James Swanson - Term of Office 9/2/2018- 8/02/2022

Jim works as a lecturer in Animal Science and Conservation Biology at Hartpury University. He has three children who attend Littledean C of E School. Jim is link governor for English, Physical Education and Sports Premium.  Jim's hobbies include:  Cycling, nature, reading and sport. Jim is passionate about learning and knowledge and committed to supporting the school in all the good work that it does and especially encouraging all the children to work hard, believe in themselves and their abilities and to be ambitious for their futures.


Kelly Hall - Term of Office 3/7/2018 - 2/7/2022

Kelly has a son who attends Littledean C of E Primary School. She works as a HR Manager/Business Partner for a FTSE 250 organisation and has a degree in Business Studies and Master’s degree in Human Resource Management. 

Kelly is committed to making the most of her personal and professional experience to benefit the school and its pupils. She serves on the Leadership and Management Committee and is link governor for More Able, Gifted and Talented. 

Kelly enjoys spending time with her son, walking, reading, music & sports.


Associate Member

Richard Prescott - Term Of Office 25/09/2019 - 24/09/2023

Richard has been a Governor (under various titles) for a very long time! He has had links with the school initially as a parent and, in recent years, through connection with the local churches in the community. Richard works in Newport and is the Regional Children’s Specialist for the Salvation Army’s South West UK Region, where he is responsible for developing children’s programmes and supporting leaders in their voluntary work with young people. Richard is married to Vivienne, who is the Salvation Army's Commanding Officer in the Forest of Dean. Richard and Viv run a weekly 'Activ8 Club' - a Kids' Church programme for children from a number of schools in the area, including Littldean C of E Primary School.

Staff Governors

Hayley Mcgoldrick – Head Teacher

Hayley started as a class teacher here in 2001 and has worn many different hats during her time here.    She worked as Co-Head Teacher for 2 years before taking over as substantive Head Teacher in 2014.  Since starting at the school Hayley has extended her studies to include gaining an M.Ed in Inclusive Education and also the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH).  Hayley has enjoyed being part of all the successes that the school can be so proud of and is looking forward to being part of the next exciting stage of the school's journey. 


Laura May Term Of Office 09/02/2019 - 08/02/2023

Laura is a staff governor and represents the staff at our school. She supports Mrs McGoldrick in reporting to the governing body on many different aspects of school life.

Laura qualified as a teacher in 2001 from The University College of St. Mark and St. John, Plymouth. After gaining her degree, she returned home to Gloucestershire where she landed her first qualified teaching job. Laura started teaching at Littledean CE Primary School in January 2002. She spent 10 years in Chestnut Class teaching the year 3/4 children before moving to Maple Class in September 2012 where she now teachers the year 5 and 6 children.

Not only is Laura a class teacher, she is also a member of the senior leadership team. In 2012 she achieved the National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination at the University of Gloucestershire.

As a teacher, Laura has enjoyed every minute of helping make our school a safe and happy place to be so that children can achieve their full potential. She intends to continue this through her role as staff governor, a role she has had since September 2011.


Clerk to Governors - Karen Jones - March 2016

Karen has three children, the youngest of which attends Littledean C of E Primary.

She has a background in early years, having managed a playgroup for 6 years. Having previously worked at Heart of the Forest Karen now works as a Mid Day Supervisor at Littledean.

She is involved in her local church and has just started the three year training to become a Reader (Lay Preacher).

Her interests include reading, films and spending time with her children before they are too old and it’s no longer cool to spend time with their old mum!