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Governors 2018-19



Type of Governor

Skill Set

Clare Banks

Chair of the Governing Body Link Governor for Maths & Community

I became a Parent Governor at Vaynor in October 2013 when my son was in Year 3 and my daughter was in Reception.  I was appointed Chair in April 2016 and had something of a baptism of fire going straight into Ofsted.

I work as the Head of Technology and Business Change for the Facilities Management Division of a large multinational company and have lots of experience in project management, assurance and governance which assist me in supporting and challenging the school in the quest for delivering the best possible learning for our children.

I am the Maths link Governor and as part of the role I regularly meet with the Maths lead and get to talk to the children and see them learning, it is always a joy to hear how much they love their school and learning environment.

As Chair of Governors, I and the vice chair meet with the Head Teacher on a monthly basis to understand the successes and challenges in the school and to support both the Leadership team and Staff in meeting these challenges as well as celebrating the wins.

One of the best elements of my role is that I can attend any assembly or school event that my diary permits and I try to make an effort to attend as many as possible so I can see first-hand the results of work of the staff and children.

I believe Vaynor is a great school and I am proud to be part of the team.

Parent Business

Belinda Clayton

Link Governor for PE

Hello, I am Belinda Clayton. I became a parent governor in November 2014 when my daughter, Evie, started in Reception. My younger daughter, Isla, starts her Vaynor School journey in September 2016. I wanted to join the governing body to support Mrs Dunstan and her team in building on the progress the school as made in recent years. Originally from Wolverhampton, I have lived in Redditch for 13 years and enjoy being part of this fantastic community. I have been a secondary school teacher in Birmingham for 15 years and feel very passionate that all children should receive an outstanding education. As well as spending time with my family, I enjoy keeping fit by attending fitness classes at David Lloyd gym and going on holiday to explore new places.

Parent Education

Nikki Wnuk


Leigh Nicholls

Link Governor for Safeguarding, Pupil Well being & Inclusion (inc PP & MA)

Hi!  I am Leigh Nicholls and I was accepted as a co-opted governor of The Vaynor First School in September 2015.


I am 60 years old and until recently have worked in the engineering sector primarily in marketing, HR and estates management. In my last position as Operations Director for a Research and Development company I was responsible for a wide range of functions including the recruitment of over 250 engineers taking the company from 6 employees to nearly 300 in a four-year period. Prior to that I worked for 5 years for Tata Motors, working with my colleagues in Pune, India for 50% of the time.

Having taken early retirement to spend more time with our 3 grand-daughters, I wanted to do something that would allow me to contribute to our local community. Becoming a Governor at Vaynor First School, which my step-children attended over 30 years ago and which my eldest grand-daughter, Lauren, now attends, seemed a great opportunity to use my varied skills and experience to help the school continue to develop and build on the excellent progress that has been achieved to date.

Co-opted Human Resources

Tom Slater

Vice Chair of Governing Body

Link Governor for Maths

Hi, I am Tom Slater. I joined the governing body in January 2016 as a Parent Governor.   I have two children at Vaynor. I have lived in Redditch for a little over 31 years. I originally put my name forward for the role of Parent Governor as I regard the school as a very important part of our local community, and I was very keen to play a part in the continued development of the school and help build on the progress achieved in recent years. I am a Money, Banking & Finance Graduate from the University of Birmingham and have over 13 years’ professional experience, holding a number of Advisory and Management roles for two of the UK’s largest and most reputable financial institutions. When I’m not at work I enjoy spending time with my family, exploring new places,  and I really enjoy sport. I play golf at club level and until very recently played amateur football for a local team.

Parent Business



Helen Colcombe

Deputy Head Staff Education

Sal Dunstan



Ex Officio & Accounting Officer


Leadership and Education

Russell Slater






Lorna Young

Link Governor for EYFS

I was appointed to the Governing Body in January 2017.

I am qualified in Human Resources and a Chartered Member of the CIPD. For the last 10 years I have worked providing HR advice to schools in Worcestershire, which I believe will allow me to bring valuable skills to the Governing Body.

I  have two children at The Vaynor First School. 

The enthusiasm and dedication of the staff at the school is so apparent and it is always wonderful to see the children happy and engaged in their learning.

As well as meeting with the Governing Body, I am linked to EYFS and regularly visit the school. This allows me to speak to the staff and see the progress of elements of the school development plan relating to EYFS. I am passionate about supporting the school and really value the opportunity to be part of the process which helps The Vaynor to continuously improve.

Co-opted Business