Who are the Governors?

 Didi Nicholson – Foundation governor – Chair of Governors
                                                                                        Responsibility: 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
                                                              Responsibility: EYFS Inc. Pre-School Liason

I moved into the village over 6 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
Responsibility : Data 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 over 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. My three daughters attend Brighstone Primary and  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 instill these skills into my brood!

Steve Fairclough – Foundation Governor – Chair of Finance Committee
Responsibility: Safeguarding Governor, Chair of Finance Committee and Vice Chair

I retired in 2017 to Brighstone from a 25 year career in teaching ( The last 14 years as Headmaster)
I have kept busy in “ retirement”; Tutoring Maths and Science for GCSE and A level, coaching Hockey and Tennis at Ryde School and I am the Safeguarding Governor and Chair of the Education Committee at St John’s College in Southsea.
My wife,Heather, teaches in St George’s School in Newport and we have one daughter who is currently a Teaching Assistant in London.
We love being part of village life and have an ongoing passion for education.

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

Class link: Years R, 1 and 2

As a parent of children who have been at Brighstone Primary, 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.

Dilys Gladdish Kemp – Parent Governor


The beauty of the Isle of Wight has called me back for a second time and this time I wish to make roots. My son has thrived as a toddler here in Brighstone and I am pleased he has been able to start from Reception class at the school. I was keen to join as a Parent Governor to share this journey with my son. It will be a good investment of my time to give back to the community in helping facilitate further progression of this wonderful school.

Aside from the role of Parent Governor I have recently been appointed the Haematology/Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist for the island. I am passionate about improving and developing services for the island community and hope to cross over some of those skills and be a valuable member of the team at Brighstone Primary School.
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.
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:

Governors roles and responsibilities and membership of committees 2019-20

Governor Information 2019 – 2020

Full Governing Body terms of reference September 2019/2020

Governor’s Code of Conduct 2019/2020

Scheme of Delegation September 2019/2020

Brighstone Instrument of Government 

Governor attendance 2018-2019