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PAULA BIRTWISTLE joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in 2009 and is currently a Co-opted Governor. She has three children, one if which is a pupil at Uphill Primary School.  Paula is the current Chair of the Governing Body.  She is a technical production manager in the event industry.

Declaration of interests: Spouse, Simon Birtwistle, has been employed to carry out works within the school in his capacity as a joiner. Paula has one child at Uphill Primary School.


TOBY BLACKBURN  joined the Governing Body in 2018 as a Parent Governor.  Toby is a full-time parent to three children, two of which are at Uphill Primary School, with the third following along in a few years. He previously worked in IT for over 10 years as a Technology Manager.  He is the Link Governor for both Technology and Health & Safety; and is currently the School PTFA Secretary.

Declaration of interests: Toby has two children at Uphill Primary School.


STEWART CASTLE lives in Uphill Village. He was elected as a Parent Governor over 25 years ago and is currently a Local Authority Governor. During his time as a governor at the school Stewart also served on the governing bodies of Westhaven and Broadoak schools, the latter for 12 years including as vice chair. He was the Chair of the Governing Body at Uphill Primary School until July 2016. He is a Trustee and Chair of the Uphill Village Society and Trustee of the Village Hall.

Declaration of interests: Nil Declared.


MARINA DAUGHTREY lives in Uphill Village and has three children; all of whom attend Uphill Primary School. She became a Parent Governor in May 2015 and is Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee. She is Link Governor for SEND and Pupil Premium.

Declaration of interests: Son and two daughters attend Uphill Primary School.


BECKY FRISE is a staff governor. Becky has worked at Uphill Primary School since 2011 as part of the administration team. Becky is also a Governor at a local secondary school, where she holds the position of vice chair of the Finance and Premises Committee.

Declaration of interests: Nil Declared.


SARAH GOODE has been a Co-opted Governor since 2014. Sarah teaches at the school and has responsibility for mathematics. She also has a daughter that attends Uphill Primary School. She is a member of the Teaching & Learning Committee.

Declaration of interests: Sarah teaches within the school and has a daughter who attends Uphill Primary School.


SHANE HAWKINGS became a Co-opted Governor in 2013. He serves as the Vice Chair of the Governing Body and is the Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding.

Declaration of interests: Shane has a daughter at Uphill Primary School.


LIZY JONES became a parent governor in 2018 and has two children who attend Uphill Primary School.  Lizy is a professional bid writer and works for a regional conservation and education charity. 

Declaration of interests:  Lizy has two children at Uphill Primary School.


WAYNE SUGG lives in Uphill Village and both this children attended Uphill Primary School. He became a Parent Governor before becoming a Co-opted Governor in 2006.  He is currently the Chair of the Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee. Wayne is a Corporate Bank Manager and has extensive experience of finance and business strategy.

Declaration of interests: Nil Declared


JEN WAKEFIELD lives locally and was elected as a Parent Governor in 2018.  Jen works full time at Weston Area Health Trust as an Operational Service Manager for Emergency Care and is passionate about wraparound care for school age children.  Following on from being Chair of North Somerset Partnership Board for Childrens Services whilst her son was at Preschool, Jen is keen to dedicate time to Uphill Primary School governance.  Jen is the Link Governor for Looked After Children.

Declaration of interests: Jen has one child at Uphill Primary School


LISA WILLIAMS has been employed as the Clerk to the Governing Body since 2006.  She lives in Uphill Village and has three children who have all attended Uphill Primary School.  Lisa is also the Clerk to the Governing Body at Broadoak Maths and Computing College.

Declaration of interests:  Nil Declared.