Who are the Governors?

 Didi Nicholson – Foundation governor – Chair of Governors
                                                                                        Responsibility: Safeguarding, Inclusion (including SEND)

Class link: Years 3 and 4

I have three children, and have experience of ten very differing schools, both in the UK and abroad. I bring a strong church commitment and I ran a Sunday school for five years. I trained as an editor and worked in the travel guidebook business for many years. My family has been closely connected to this area for a very long time.

Lorraine Ireland – Foundation Governor – Vice Chair
                                                              Responsibility: EYFS Inc. Pre-School Liason

I am delighted to be joining the team at Brighstone School as a Foundation Governor. I moved into the village 4 years ago and feel very fortunate to have joined this community. Having now retired I have time to contribute to our School. In undertaking this role I will draw upon some of the skills I gained whilst working as a Children’s Nurse and as a University Lecturer in Nursing, providing education for undergraduate and postgraduate students. My roles have required developing, delivering and reviewing the quality of educational programmes. My passion lies in making learning stimulating and promoting the potential of each student. I know from mentoring University students that early educational experiences have been very important in shaping their futures and I want the children at Brighstone School to have the very best start.

  Teresa Fox – Headteacher
Headteachers are automatically governors on an ex-officio basis; however they can choose to decline the governance role.

A headteacher governor has the same functions as any other member of the governing body; to attend all full governing body meetings and committee meetings.

The headteacher can bring a whole-school perspective and day-to-day context to these meetings and governing body discussions that would otherwise be absent, ensuring that all decisions are informed and relevant.

 Peter Boyle – Foundation Governor
Curriculum Link: Science

I have a Maths degree from Imperial College and have worked in finance for several years. We always planned to move to the West Wight when we had children as we feel it is such a wonderful place to bring them up. Our children love being at Brighstone School, so I feel honoured to be able to bring some of my skills and experience to the governors board.

  Janet Craig – Parent Governor
  Curriculum Link: Music, PE

We have lived in Brighstone for nearly 9 years. When we first moved to the island and started searching for where to settle there was no comparison to Brighstone and I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. Two of my three daughters attend Brighstone Primary and my third will when she’s old enough. I am constantly amazed at the progress they are making! I have no experience in teaching but have worked for a number of years at HMP Isle of Wight as a facilitator delivering cognitive behavioural based treatment programmes. This has given me a good understanding of how children’s beliefs develop about themselves, people and the world, the impact their experiences have on them and what is important in developing good emotional management, problem solving skills and positive interpersonal relationships. I hope to be able to use some of this knowledge in this role. When not at work I can generally be found attempting to instil these skills into my brood!

 Rory Fitzgerald – Foundation Governor
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Curriculum Link: Humanities, RE

Responsibility: Health & Safety,

Brighstone Primary School was one of the principle reasons that our family chose to to settle in beautiful West Wight. With our three children now thriving at the school and preschool, I was happy to be asked to join the board of governors to help support such a great school. Having worked as a lawyer and journalist in places as varied as Dublin, Brussels, Cork, Melbourne and London, I now continue do so on the Isle of Wight. I believe that Brighstone Primary is a very special place for children.

Steve Fairclough – Foundation Governor – Chair of Finance Committee 
Responsibility: Finance, IT/Website

We moved to Brighstone in July 2017 from rural Derbyshire. I have been a teacher for the past 25 years , the last 15 of them , as a Headmaster. I am now retired but keep myself busy, I am Governor at St John’s College, Southsea, a Trustee of  Wight Community Access Ltd (FYTbus). I work at Ryde School as the 1st X1 Hockey Coach , and I tutor students for A level and GCSE Science and Maths. My wife teaches at St George’s School and we have one daughter who is studying at Cambridge University. I am passionate about education and I am looking forward to working with Brighstone Primary School.

Fiona Graham – Parent Governor
Fiona Graham Responsibility: Early Years Foundation Stage

Class link: Years R, 1 and 2

As a parent of one children currently at Brighstone, I have a real vested interest in the school and the local community. In 2013/14, I worked in the school office so I hope to be able to bring differing perspectives from both within the school and as a parent.

Michele Lincoln – Staff Governor


I have taught in a variety of educational settings during the past 20 years, working in a pre-school, on a college course for young adults with special needs,  and as nursery nurse in a Foundation Stage class, in addition to being a class teacher and SENCo. My current post as SENCo at Brighstone is informed by those experiences and I am enjoying the challenges this role brings.  My interests outside of education are gardening, cooking-especially baking, history and coastal walks.  I have two adult children, a husband and a cat.
Boni Reeks – Foundation Governor – Chair of Standards & Progress Committee


Curriculum link: Numeracy.

Responsibility: Development and Training Governor.

Class link: Years 5 and 6

I have chosen to become a governor as having retired four years ago from a long, varied and successful teaching career in London, I now feel ready to offer my significant experience and skills back to schools.
I especially want to do this for our local community which I love, having now lived in Brighstone for three and a half years.

Reverend Clive Todd – Ex-Officio Governor


As Rector of the Benefice, I am ex-officio on the Governing Body and will seek to support every aspect of the life of the School. I am delighted to be invited to participate in Collective Worship and will seek to uphold the Christian Ethos and values of the school at all times. I have had considerable experience as a Governor having had responsibility for Church of England Primary Schools throughout my church career.  I am particularly impressed by the strong relationship the school has with the church and look forward to promoting that throughout my time on the Governing Body.





Governing Body Information:

Brighstone Governor Interests 2017-18

Governors roles and responsibilities 2018-19

Brighstone Governor’s Code of Practice 2018-19

Brighstone Instrument of Government 2018

Brighstone Full Governing Body terms of reference September 2018

Brighstone Scheme of Delegation 2017-18

Brighstone Governor attendance 2017-18