The governors at Wicklewood School are the people who work quietly behind the scenes supporting and challenging the school. They are ultimately responsible for the running of the school, although the major part of that is delegated to the head teacher on a day to day basis.

The governing body acts as a critical friend to the school, offering opinions, evaluating progress, and being part of all major decision-making.

The governors attend a termly meeting of either the ‘Operational’ or the ‘Raising Standards’ committee, as well as a Full Governing Body meeting.

They also have individual responsibilities for curriculum areas such as Maths, Literacy, Health and Safety, Special educational needs etc.

The clerk to the governors is responsible for setting the meetings, all the associated paper-work and any legal requirements.

Position Biography, Key Responsibilities and Declared Business Interests Term of

Julia Brooks


Julia has worked at the school since 2004. Initially her appointment was for a year 2/3 teacher. During subsequent years she has been promoted to SENCo, then Deputy Headteacher, then Acting Headteacher and, to date, is the current Headteacher.

Julia has a daughter who attended the school and is now at Wymondham High Academy.

Peter Meacock


Peter has been a School Governor for over 26 years, initially at a Nursery School in East London where he was in business; he then joined Wicklewood School as a Governor in 2005. He has lived in Wicklewood for nearly 19 years with his wife and two children who are now grown up.  He founded Wicklewood Cricket Club in 2003 and served as Chair until 2009, he was also a Wicklewood Parish Councillor for 3 years. Peter became Chair of Governors at Wicklewood in 2014. Peter and his wife are now kept very busy running their property company. His interests are cinema, fine dining and cricket.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Health and Safety, Science


Ed Godbold

Vice Chair

Ed lives in Wicklewood with his girlfriend Tracey and two sons, Luke, who attends Wicklewood School and Jordan who is working as an apprentice having previously studied at Wicklewood school.

He has worked at Aviva for over 30 years and in his current role he designs computer systems.

He became a Governor as he wanted to help maintain the high standards that he observed whilst Jordan was at Wicklewood.  He has first-hand experience through Luke that these are being maintained.

Since becoming a governor he has had the satisfaction of Wicklewood achieving an outstanding Ofsted rating and delivered several big projects including the long awaited new field and car park.

In his spare time he is a keen cyclist and can often be found cycling in the lanes around the Wicklewood area.  A while ago he fulfilled a long time ambition and rode on the Olympic Velodrome.


Feb 2020

Sally Bashuan


Sally has been a governor at Wicklewood Primary School and Nursery since 2014. During that time she has been on the Curriculum Committee and is aligned to Art and DT. She has also been involved in volunteering to complete or raise funds for the many projects being undertaken by the school. Sally studied Law, finishing with a Masters in Civil Litigation and now works for Aviva Investors as a Business Manager in Alternative Incomes.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Art and DT, Safeguarding, SEN


Richard Everitt


Richard is from Norwich and is now based in Wicklewood. His wife, Janine is a teacher and his son, Orlando,is in year 3. Richard is the British Council’s Regional Director for 15 country operations in Wider Europe. He has an MA in Global Diplomacy from SOAS, where he is also an Assistant Tutor. Richard studied at John Hopkins University (School of Advanced International Studies), University of Leeds and University of South Florida. Previous British Council postings include: China, USA and India as well as Poland and Colombia.  He is a fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, and given an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Institute of International Education. He was previously a teacher in Uganda and now volunteers as a manager for the YHA and FA Football Referee in South Norfolk Youth League.

RESPONSIBILITIES: History, Geography

October 2021

Chris Ingham



James Leverage


James has been a Governor since 2017.  He lives in Hardingham with his wife Helen (Primary School teacher) and his four children.  His two youngest sons attend Wicklewood in years 3 & 6.  Having graduated from the University of London, James  began a career in IT in the USA. Upon his return to the UK he qualified as a teacher, although his passion was always for IT.  He is currently a consultant for a Google Premier Partner having previously been the Head of IT for a Norfolk Multi Academy Trust.


Jonathan Morris


Jonathan became a governor in 2018. He has two grown up children and has lived in Wymondham for 22 years. Both children attended local schools. He has worked for one Audio Visual distributor for almost 15 years and has just started to work for another one, being responsible for Video Conferencing. He has a wide knowledge of audio-visual technologies.


Karl Pocock


Karl studied law at King’s College London before qualifying into the tax team of a leading London law firm.  He currently heads up the Corporate Tax team at Birketts LLP.  In his spare time he enjoys watching (and occasionally playing) football and cricket, eating out and spending time with his wife, their four year old son and their two dogs.



M Talbot



A Commercial and HR Director for a diverse international Business portfolio, in Europe and Asia.

Education has always been of great interest, and a consulting role with Pearson Education and Edexcel in some of their qualifications has been of particular interest.  She has a passion for standards in education.

She has one daughter and in her spare time enjoys music, theatre and quality time with her family.



Andrew Thurston


Andrew is a retired Farm Manager. He was a Parent Governor at Wymondham High School from 1988 to 1991.

Andrew has no interests in any companies that Wicklewood Primary School and Nursery has financial dealings with.



Chris Wolstenholme


Chris works for Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group and until recently was a member of the Armed Forces. Chris is married to Rachael, who is the school’s Nursey Manager. He has no other business or financial interests and no other governance roles in other schools.



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