Meet the Governors
Gareth Hughes: Chair of Governors
I’ve been a member of the Swanwick Primary School Governing body for around 10 years now. I started as a Governor as I am passionate about education and in particular, as a former pupil myself, the schools in our village. During my time as a governor I have been Chair of the RMC committee, looking after the financial, staffing and facilities aspects of the school as well as being Chair of the full governing body. Outside of Governors, I work in IT for a large US firm and I like to bring my experience in this industry into how we work as governors. I also have a big love of music, particularly playing in a number of local bands so really enjoy the opportunity to come in and see the creative things our kids have been up to!
Tracy Gilbert: Vice-Chair of Governors
I have been a Governor now for 10 years and continue to enjoy supporting the school in this role. Both my children were pupils at this primary school. I believe it is important to support the school and to offer appropriate challenges where needed, acting in the best interests of the school, staff and most importantly the pupils. In my professional life I work for the NHS where I support services in a strategic business and commercial capacity working from Board to Operational level.
Mandy Fogg : Head Teacher
Having been an educator for 30 years, I started my journey as Headteacher at Swanwick Primary School in January 2020. Prior to this I have worked in many schools and for Derby City Council and Derby Teaching School Alliance, supporting School Improvement from Nursery all the way through to working alongside developing Student Teachers, Newly Qualified Teachers and Recently Qualified Teachers.
Latterly, I was an Advanced Skills Teacher, Specialist Leader of Education, Deputy Head teacher then Head of School in a large junior school in Derby. During my time there, I co-ordinated Music, Gifted and Talented education, Thinking Skills, Teaching and Learning and Learning to Learn. My time in schools in New Zealand, Moscow and Adelaide sparked a passion for teaching and learning and ensuring that children become lifelong learners through a varied and rich curriculum.
I love musical theatre and have experience of performing, producing and musically directing many shows - both with adults and children. I enjoy travelling all over the world. You can often find me in cemeteries at the weekends, searching for graves of my ancestors.
It is a privilege to be the Headteacher of Swanwick Primary School to work with the team of children, staff, parents and governors to ensure that each child reaches their potential - whatever that may be.
Judith Wing: Co-opted Governor
I have been a Governor for a few years now & continue my interest in education in my Governor role to seek the best for our children's education and future. I am a qualified Primary school teacher (music) and thus have had some past teaching experience. I am currently teaching music and do supply cover for Watchorn Christian School.
Rebecca Cressey: Co-opted Governor
I have been a Governor at Swanwick Primary for a couple of years now and every day is a school day, there is always so much to learn! I really value the positive approach to progress and development at the school, throughout all staff and governors. It’s absolutely essential we get safeguarding and education right for each and every one of the children at Swanwick Primary, this is what inspires me to continue as a governor. This role has enabled me to see an opportunity for my future career, and next year I will start a teacher training course.
Mike Cutts: Co-opted Governor
I have been a governor for a couple of years now, and am passionate about making a difference to the educational outcomes of children. I have a background in Finance and IT, and try and bring this skillset to my role. I enjoy being part of the governing body as it gives me the ability to influence the future direction of the school.
Wayne Allsopp : Co-opted Governor
Wayne Allsopp Co-opted Governor I am an experienced leader and manager that has worked in the public sector for the last 31 years. The last 14 of which have been within education. I am an ambitious individual used to operating at Board level who creates strategic alliances with organisation leaders to create effective partnerships that support the delivery of key initiatives. From working at a strategic level, I have extensive knowledge of the education sector, the key stakeholders, their strategies and their key performance indicators. I have facilitated a number of organisational changes to make national strategy work locally through empowering partners, leaders and people to make a difference. My twin daughters attended Swanwick Primary School and I joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor initially to support the staff in moving the school towards outstanding. I remain committed to this cause despite my daughters having moved on to Secondary Education. I am also an external Governor at Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College in Leicester. This is a 3000 plus student further education provider in the heart of Leicester. I am very passionate about making a difference to young people’s lives and enabling them to be the best that they can possibly be. This is fuelled by my huge interest in all sport. I am fortunate to have also worked in the sport sector for a large part of my career which I have thoroughly enjoyed.
Adam Walker: Co-opted Governor
I joined the governing body to support the school I attended as a child and that my son now attends. Having grown up in the local area I see the role the school plays in our community and it’s a great opportunity to give something back, support the continued success of the school and the professionals who run it on a day to day basis.
Sharon Matan: Co-opted Governor
I have been a governor for 2 years and served on the CaLC committee. I have a 2 grandsons at the school. I teach part time at SSSC and I am really interested in education – in its widest sense.
Jenny Wright: Teacher Governor
As a current member of Swanwick Primary School Leadership and Teaching Team, I have a keen interest in making the school a continued success. In addition to school roles, I am a Specialist Leader of Education- specialising in The Early Years. Through this role, I continue to support other schools in developing their Early years provision and ensuring all children are able to reach their full potential.
I hope my understanding of the lower KS1 and Early Years will support conversations during our meetings to ensure we nurture the very best environment and curriculum for our children, I have been involved in developing policies, communication and in school transition.
Stuart Morris: Co-opted Governor
I am currently a class teacher for Year 3, Assistant Head Teacher, and Team Leader for Year 2 and Year 3. I oversee the management of Phonics in Reception and Key Stage 1. I am the school’s EVC – Educational Visit Co-ordinator.
Varinka Strong : Clerk to Governors
CURRENT VACANCIES :
1 Parent Governor - Election process to be held when all pupils have returned to school;
1 Co-opted Governor
If you would like more information on the above vacancies please do not hestitate to contact school on