Meet the Governors

 Shannon Carr-Shand – Parent Governor and Chair of Governors – Health and Safety Governor

Shannon joined the Governing Body in Autumn 2015. She has one child at the school, and wanted to become a Governor after her son’s overwhelmingly positive introduction to the school – his comment at the end of his first day was “Why is everyone in Swainswick so kind?”. She is interested in how we help children to develop the skills they will need for an increasingly complex World, and passionate about the positive power of the natural environment and the rhythm of the Seasons in the lives of children.

Her professional background includes consulting, with a focus on process improvement and managing change on large scale business transformation projects. She subsequently went on to complete a Masters in Leadership for Sustainable Development, and worked with a number of organisations to understand their environmental and social impact, and develop projects to deliver a meaningful positive impact through their core business activities.

Jacqui Sanders – Co-Opted Governor & Vice Chair of Governors

Jacqui joined the governing body in Autumn 2014. She brings with her knowledge of the community, having lived in the village for 18 years, an enthusiasm for quality education for all and extensive experience at a senior level in communications consultancy.

Robert Shackell – LA and Health and Safety Governor

Robert is the Local Education Authority Governor, having previously had children at the school. He lives and farms in the Swainswick Valley and is on the Swainswick Parish council. These close links make Robert particularly interested in the well being and future of the school. Robert was very involved and supportive during the review of primary schools when the future of Swainswick School appeared to come under threat. He is a also trustee of the Oriel Hall in Larkhall.

Anna Grayson – Foundation Governor and Whistleblowing Governor

I am a Foundation Governor. I am a retired Head teacher and teacher having spent forty two years full time in Primary Education. I am a part-time TA at Swainswick helping individual children from Key stage 2. I also organise and run a bobbin lace class at the school. I have recently retired as clerk to the Governors which I carried out for eleven years. I attend training courses when appropriate.
I am committed to Small Schools having organised a Small Schools Group in B&NES and South Glos for many years. In the past, for a time, I was an OFSTED Inspector and Minuting Secretary for the local Head teachers Group.
I regularly attend Swainswick Church and also serve on the Parochial Church council with responsibilities for the Duty Rota, H&S and the Conservation Area. I am the Education Rep on the School House Charity Trust that gives grants to the School, Church and Swainswick residents to further their education.

Rich Watts – Co-Opted Governor – Safeguarding Governor and joint SEN Governor

Rich has two children at Swainswick and lives with Jessie and their third baby in Larkhall. They moved to Bath in 2012 after several years in London, though Jessie is originally from the south west.

Rich’s work is in public services, particularly working with the NHS, social care and the welfare system to support disabled people of all ages. His work is mainly based around Whitehall, though also involves meeting lots of different people who use the care system and professionals who work in it across the country.

Rich has previously been a governor of a primary school and a trustee of various disability charities.

Richard Burke – Parent Governor

Richard moved to Bath in 2011, having spent time in the South East and Midlands previously. He has two children and divides his time between family life in Larkhall and working for a law firm over in Bristol. When he’s not in either of those places, chances are he can be found somewhere between the two, cycling on the Railway Path.

Nicky Lewis – Parent Governor

Nicky has lived in the village of Upper Swainswick for 15 years and has been a parent governor since September 2015. Nicky currently works for the Premier League as a Professional Skills Mentor and previously worked at the University of Bath (Team Bath) for 12 years. Nicky has extensive experience of higher education, elite sport and sports development.

Jennie Gardner – Clerk to Governors

Claire Robinson-Bane – Foundation Governor and joint SEN Governor

Claire has been a parent at Swainswick school for 11 years and worked at the school as an SMSA. Claire attends Swainswick church and got married there in 2015, this was a church, school and community event! Having lived and worked in several places in the UK and Europe, Claire brings those enriching experiences to her role as Foundation Governor.

Claire Davies – Parent Governor

Claire has two children at Swainswick School, so appreciates what a special place it is for children and parent’s. Claire lives in Lower Swainswick and enjoys being part of the Swainswick/Larkhall community.  Claire works as a General Practitioner on the other side of Bath and has experience in the health and wellbeing of children and families.


The following governors are part of a Governance Working Group reviewing the situation and opportunities related to acadamisation

Shannon Carr-Shand, Jacqui Sanders, Anna Grayson.


Governors who have served on the Governing Board in the last 12 months

– Claire Worthy (previously Parent Governor) – resigned Sep 2016
– Brendan Rouse (previously Staff Governor) – resigned June 2016
– Ben Williams (previously Co-opted Governor, Chair, Chair of Finance Committtee) – resigned June 2016
– Mavis Trask (previously Foundation Governor) – resigned April 2016