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Trinity Anglican Methodist

Primary School

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Meet our Governors

Mrs Sandy Nickells - Headteacher

Term of Office 31st October 2017 - Ex-officio

Sandy became the substantive Head teacher at Trinity in March 2018. She had previously been a head teacher in another local primary school within the Bath and Wells Multi Academy Trust. She brings a wealth of leadership experience across many schools; she is committed to school improvement and providing the best education for the children so they flourish in mind, body and spirit.

Mrs Jo Coulon – Chair of Governors

Safeguarding Governor

Foundation Governor for Anglican

Term of Office 7th August 2023 - 6th August 2027

Appointed by Foundation

Staffing and Resources Committee

Jo joined the Trinity Governing body in April 2019 as an Anglican Foundation Governor.  She serves as Safeguarding Governor, and sits on the Staffing and Resources Committee. Jo is an active member of St Peter's Church, where she helps with the Pebbles group (for 4-11s). She has worked in public sector governance and scrutiny roles for the past 15 years, bringing experience which she hopes will make a valuable contribution to Trinity through her role as governor. Steve Pratt -

Foundation Governor for Methodist

Term of Office 16th October 2020 - 15th October 2024

Appointed by Foundation

Staffing and Resources Committee

Steve joined Trinity board of governors in 2012  and has been a member of the Staffing and Resources since that date. He is also the link governor for training opportunities for the Trinity Governors. He has recently retired after 40 years in banking and internal auditing across building societies and more recently the charity sector.

Rev Nick Moxon

Foundation Governor for Methodist

Term of Office 12th September 2023 - 11th September 2027

Appointed by Foundation

Ethos and Learning Committee

Nick is the minister for Portishead & Redcliffe Bay Methodist churches. He has been a Methodist minister for 20 years and prior to that worked in the printing trade. Nick is dad to 4 girls. He joined the governing body in September 2019 and is keen for all children to grow in body, mind and spirit. He has a special interest in supporting families who foster or adopt. Nick is link governor for Collective Worship and is a member of the Ethos & Learning committee.

Mr Ed Broyd -

Foundation Governor for Anglican

Term of Office 27th September 2022 - 26th September 2026

Appointed by Foundation

Ethos & Learning Committee

Ed moved to Portishead with his young family in 2017. He is a Deputy Headteacher at another local primary school and a member of St Peter's Church. As well as being involved with the local running club, he also helps to organise a monthly playgroup for fathers and their young children. He brings experience of working across different roles in primary education.

Jane Phillips - Foundation Governor for Anglican

Term of Office 11th November 2022 - 10th November 2026

Appointed by Foundation

Staffing & Resources Committee

Jane has lived in Portishead since 1997. She was married at St Peter’s church and her son, now 20 and at university, was baptised there. She was on the children’s Pebbles team at church for nine years. Jane has been a secondary school teacher (11-18) in Kent and Bristol. She believes that a good foundation education provides children with a sense of value and self-worth as well as an understanding of the world around them. She has a long family history of rectors and Methodist ministers.

Beth Hobbs - Foundation Governor for Anglican

Term of Office 13th October 2023 - 12th October2027

Appointed by Foundation

Ethos and Learning Committee

Beth joined the Trinity LGC in October 2023 as an Anglican Foundation Governor where she currently sits on the Ethos and Learning Committee. Beth is a mum to three small children and works for a local tech company in a predominantly administrative capacity. She is an active member of the St Peter’s Church community. Beth has previously worked in secondary education, and in a number of customer service roles in both the public and private sectors. She is passionate about supporting the pupils at Trinity to achieve their full potentials.


Jayne Packer - Foundation Governor for Methodist

Term of Office 19th July 2023 - 18th July 2027

Appointed by Foundation

Ethos and Learning Committee

Phil Warner - Parent Governor 

Term of Office 29th April 2021- 28th April 2025

Elected by Parents

Ethos & Learning Committee

Phil has lived in Portishead with his wife since 2005. They have two sons who attend Gordano School after seven happy and successful years at Trinity. He has seen how critical the role of primary education is in providing the solid foundation which not only empowers children to fulfil their potential, but also supports confident and happy lives. This is even more apparent after a year of homeworking while supporting his children with their home learning.

He is head of Regulatory Development and Policy at a Bristol based financial services company. He is also a Pension Scams Industry Group board member. 

Mr Richard Drew - Parent Governor

Vice Chair of Governors 

Term of Office 23rd July 2022 - 22nd July 2026

Elected by Parents

Staffing and Resources Committee

Richard is an experienced project manager currently working in the public sector and is used to engaging with a wide range of people and organisations across all sectors and at all levels. He is also a leader with a local Scout Group and member of the Group Executive committee which runs all aspects of the group including budget control. Richard believes this background will be useful in the role of parent governor. Gemma Palmer - Admissions Lead Governor

Staff Governor

Term of Office 1st September 2021 - 31st August 2025

Elected by School Staff

Staffing and Resources Committee

Gemma joined as a staff Governor in Autumn 2017 and brings a wealth of experience with almost 12 years experience in education. Gemma started her career at a nursery following the EYFS, developing her knowledge of early stages of child development. She then worked for nearly 7 years at Portishead primary school as a full time Teaching Assistant (TA) as well as a key member of the Governing Board where she loved making a difference by improving standards for pupils education. Gemma is now a part time TA at Trinity, a proud mother of two, and feels passionately about supporting children at Trinity to maximise their academic achievements.

Mrs Sheryl Ellis - Clerk to the Governors

Sheryl has worked at Trinity School as Admin assistant since it opened in 2008. She is married with two grown up children. She is an member of a church in Nailsea and runs a children's group (Year 3-6) every Friday. 


Together we inspire, through our Christian values, unique individuals who believe they can achieve more than they ever thought possible in mind, body and spirit. Through nurture and challenge, we provide a firm foundation to enable all to thrive, to lead and serve in their life long journey as local, national and global citizens.