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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors' section. This is a team of committed individuals made up of parents, staff and members of the community. They help lead and manage the school, taking a major role in areas such as recruitment, strategic planning and monitoring.


As the current Chair of Governors I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your interest in the ‘community’ that is Brentry Primary School. I have chosen the word ‘community’ because the school is more than just the staff and the children but also the parents, carers, volunteers and Governors who are joined together to ensure that the pupils’ education and care is of the highest standard.


The Governing Body are all volunteers who have the ultimate responsibility for the leadership and management of the school in relation to the children’s education, finance, staffing, recruitment and the management of the school’s facilities. This all sounds very grand but the Governors can be best described as ‘critical friends’. They include parents, community representatives and people appointed by the Local Authority. They all bring specific required skills and talents to the Governing Body. Anyone who is interested in becoming a Governor should contact the school and express an interest.


The operational and daily leadership of the school is still firmly vested in the Head Teacher, who together with two members of staff also forms part of the Governing Body. Your feedback and ideas in relation to Brentry Primary School are always welcome and will always be considered and, where appropriate, acted upon. Remember we do not know unless you tell us.


If you wish to contact the Governors, please write to me via the school (Brentry Primary School, Brentry Lane, Bristol BS10 6RG) or email me via


Warm regards 

Mr Christopher Pullin

Chair of Governors



Governing Body                                  

Chair of Governors
Mr Christopher Pullin


Vice Chair of Governors
Mr Peter Ellwood


Committee Chairs
Finance & Resources – Mr Peter Ellwood
Strategic Development – Mrs Sarah Swann


Committee Vice Chairs
Finance & Resources – Mr Lee Hannan
Strategic Development - Mrs Ruth Owen


Community/Co-opted Governors  Term of Office 

Miss Claire Ransom                           09 Oct 2017 to 08 Oct 2021

Ms Frances Ripley                            09 Oct 2017 to 08 Oct 2021   

Mrs Cynthia Reynolds                         06 Jan 2019   to   05 Jan 2023                            
Mr Christopher Pullin                           06 Jan 2019   to   05 Jan 2023
Mrs Sarah Swann                               06 Jan 2019   to   05 Jan 2023
Mrs Ruth Owen                                  06 Jan 2019   to   05 Jan 2023
Mrs Lucy Matthews                            14 May 2018  to   13 May 2022       


Parent Governors                            Term of Office        

Mr Lee Hannan                                   02 Oct 2018 to 01 Oct 2022

Mrs Wendy Lacey                                02 Oct 2018 to 01 Oct 2022

Staff Governors                               Term of Office          

Mrs Lizzie Ochiltree                                  04 Mar 2018   to 03 Mar 2022


Authority Governor                         Term of Office

Mr Peter Ellwood                                 08 Jul 2018   to   07 Jul 2022


Mr Geraint Clarke is also a governor of the school ex officio


Clerk to the Governors
Mrs Joanne Hyde


Term of Office

An individual will be appointed to the governing body for a maximum of 4 years, at which time they are subject to re-election if they wish to continue.


Governing Committees


Strategic Development
Sarah Swann, Ruth Owen, Christopher Pullin, Peter Ellwood, Lucy Matthews, Claire Ransom, Geraint Clarke, Lizzie Ochiltree, Frances Ripley.



Finance & Resources
Peter Ellwood, Christopher Pullin, Geraint Clarke, Lee Hannan, Wendy Lacey, Cynthia Reynolds, Hannah Jack (Associate Governor).


Safeguarding Team

Christopher Pullin, Sarah Swann (CP), Geraint Clarke, Hannah Jack, Claire Ransom, Lee Hannan (H&S).


Link Governors

Wellbeing Governor – Wendy Lacey

SEND Governor – Sarah Swann

CIC Governor – Sarah Swann

Pupil Premium Governor – Christopher Pullin

Attendance Governor - Christopher Pullin

Prevent Duty Governor - Christopher Pullin

Computing Governor – Peter Ellwood

Numeracy Governor – Peter Ellwood

Literacy Governor – Lucy Matthews

Health & Safety Governor - Lee Hannan

Associate Governor – Hannah Jack

Reception Class Link Governor – Ruth Owen

Year 1 Link Governor – Peter Ellwood

Year 2 Link Governor – Frances Ripley/Sarah Swann

Year 3 Link Governor – Lucy Matthews

Year 4 Link Governor – Christopher Pullin/Cynthia Reynolds

Year 5 Link Governor – Wendy Lacey

Year 6 Link Governor – Lee Hannan


Additional Links

Pupil Discipline - Christopher Pullin

Pupil Discipline Appeals -  Cynthia Reynolds / Ruth Owen

Head’s Performance Review Committee - Christopher Pullin / Peter Ellwood / Cynthia Reynolds

Head’s Performance Review Appeals Governor - Ruth Owen

Self-Evaluation Panel (SEF Panel) - Cynthia Reynolds / Ruth Owen / Christopher Pullin / Peter Ellwood

Pay/Appraisal Committee - Christopher Pullin  / Peter Ellwood/ Cynthia Reynolds

Pay Appeals Committee - Sarah Swann / Ruth Owen/ Wendy Lacey

Children’s Centre Liaison Governor – Christopher Pullin

Association of Bristol Governor’s Representative (ABG) - Rotated

GDPR - Peter Ellwood

Online Safety - Peter Ellwood



Pecuniary Interest

Christopher Pullin - Chris's son in law owns the local cleaning company called Cosmic Hygene.

Lee Hannan - Lee is employed as Senior Specialist Category Contract Manager for Bristol City Council.


Instrument of Government

What a handsome bunch!

Chris Pullin - Y4 Link/Chair FGB/Pupil Premium
Pete Ellwood - Yr1 Link/VC FGB/Chair F&R/ICT/Maths
Sarah Swann - Chair Yr2 Link/Chair SDC/CP/LAC/SEND
Lee Hannan - Y6 Link/VC of F&R
Ruth Owen - Rec Link/VC SDC
Cynthia Reynolds - Yr 4 Link/SEF Panel
Lucy Matthews - Yr 3 Link/English
Frances Ripley - Yr 2 Link
Lizzie Evans - KS2 Leader and Governor
Wendy Lacey - Yr 5 Link
Jo Hyde - Clerk to Governors