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Meet the Governors

Role of the Governing Body

The role of the Governing Body is to ensure that the school is continually reflecting on and improving its practice in order to create a learning environment in which all the children can achieve the best possible outcomes.

Mrs Beverly Cherry, Chair

Beverly is a co-opted governor


Since moving to Malvern in 2007, I’ve been proud to be part of the school as a mum to my two children and more recently as the Secretary to the Friends’ Committee. I have a scientific background, having worked as a science journalist in London in engineering and environmental magazines before moving to Malvern where I now work part time as a senior medical editor. In my spare time, I love to cook Italian food, walk in the hills and help out with my local Sunday School.



Mr Peter Hollick, Vice Chair

Peter is a Parent Governor


As a Parent Governor I am very keen that the school continues to be both academically successful and provides a happy, supportive environment for our children. I have one son at the school and I am usually in the playground a couple of mornings every week, which helps me keep in touch with school life. My work as a Chartered Engineer involves leading small teams to solve problems within a limited budget. Hopefully this gives me skills and experience that will be useful to the governing body. In my spare time I like to spend as much time outdoors as possible. 


Mr Jonathan Chenevix-Trench

Jonathan is a Foundation Governor appointed by the Parochial Church Council of the parish of Guarlford with Madresfield and Newland.


My wife’s family have always been based in Madresfield village, and we ourselves moved to Madresfield from London in 2012. I have been a Governor of the Royal Ballet School in London for nearly ten years, and was keen to see if I could help at Madresfield Primary School also. My background is in financial services, and I am therefore a member of the school Finance Committee.


Rev. Gary Crellin, Rector of Madresfield Church


As a Governor, I will sit on the Full Governing Body and provide subject support for RE. I am keen to encourage a distinctive christian ethos for the school. I regularly visit the school, as the local vicar, for assemblies and class room discussions with the children. I am keen to ensure that the Church and School work well together, and the church building, over the road from the school, is a place of education and welcome. I was installed as the new Rector in June 2018 and live in Colletts Green. I am married and have three growing up children.

Mrs Julie Greenwood - Head Teacher


As Head Teacher, I am automatically a member of the Governing Body. I am also a member of all the sub-committees and, alongside Mrs Shuard and Mrs Cherry, I decide on the agendas for the main governing body meetings. My main focus is standards of teaching and learning and data analysis. I keep Governor colleagues up to date on a termly basis with regard to pupil progress.




Mrs Pippa Hughes

Pippa is a Foundation Governor appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education.

I trained as a nurse in London and worked in hospitals in both the UK and South Africa before I married Peter. We moved here in 1978 when Peter took the job of Resident Agent to the Madresfield Estate and subsequently had two sons, Tom and Ben who both attended the school. 
I worked as a school nurse for many years before setting up my own Guardianship company helping to look after children from overseas who come to school in the UK. I have done a variety of voluntary jobs working for the Prince's Trust and GAP and was responsible for sending young volunteers all over the world to work in third world countries. Recently retired, I have handed the business over to my son.


Mrs Cheryl Lester

Cheryl is a Foundation Governor appointed by the Parochial Church Council of the parish of Guarlford & Madresfield with Newland.


I am a local authority solicitor in Gloucestershire having also worked at high street, regional and international law firms. I live in the Parish and, with my daughter attending the school, became a Governor in November 2016.


Mrs Helen Owen

Helen is a Foundation Governor appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education.


Entering my ninth year at Madresfield school I have been thrilled to be involved on both the Friends committee, of which I was chairman for six years, and now as a governor. Having seen my eldest child go through the whole school I think this puts me in a good position to aid the governors and parents with helpful advice where needed. Outside the school I run my own events company which keeps me very busy.


Mr David Radley

David is a Foundation Governor appointed by the Worcester Diocesan Board of Education.


After retiring as a GP in Malvern 2 years ago, I became a volunteer reader at Madresfield School. As a result of this, I became more involved with the school and became a governor in September 2017. My particular responsibilities are the premises and PE.  




Mr Martyn Speakman - Deputy Head Teacher

I joined Madresfield Primary School in January 2006 when I was appointed Deputy Headteacher, and immediately became teacher representative on the Governing body. Since moving to Worcester in 1996 I had always wanted to work at Madresfield and I now feel privileged to be a part of our friendly hardworking team.
I began my working life as a kitchen planner before qualifying as a teacher in 1991 and I've worked at schools in Manchester, Birmingham and West Malvern.
I live with my wife and two daughters in St. Johns. In my spare time I enjoy walking, gardening, tinkering on computers and real ale.


Mrs Sarah Titmuss 

Sarah is a Foundation Governor appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education.


I have always lived in Worcestershire, moving to Madresfield in 1997. My three children attended Madresfield CE Primary school, two of whom needed support with learning. My interest in SEN provision prompted me to become a Governor. I have a medical background, lastly working as a GP in Tewkesbury. Subsequently I have helped with my husband's company which provides computer software for education.



Mrs Christine Warner
Christine is a Parent Governor


I was born and raised in West Malvern and have lived in the surrounding area all my life. I trained as a legal cashier and worked in local solicitors’ offices for several years until 2004 when I took on a new role working in the accounts section at the head office of a group of nursing homes. I have now given up work to be a full time mother to our two children.
I have undertaken a number of voluntary roles and currently help out at a local Scout group in the Beavers section. My main interests are knitting, crafting and playing in a brass band when time permits, having learnt to play several instruments whilst at school.