St Nicolas CE Primary School, Abingdon

Learning Excellence

Meet the Governors

Eluned Hallas - Chair of Governors / Safeguarding

(Foundation Governor – appointed by the Diocese)

As a Foundation Governor I have a particular interest in RE and the spiritual ethos of the school. I wish us to be fully inclusive while also reflecting our status a Church of England School. I work as an administrator and am a former parent at the school. I am a member of the Resources Committee and the After School Club management Committee, and I have also recently taken on the role of Safeguarding Governor

Mark Halstead - Vice Chair of Governors & Acting Chair of Resources Committee

(Parent Governor – elected by the parent body)

I have been a parent at St Nicolas in 2009 and became a Parent Governor in 2012. I love the breadth of education that our children get at the school, and firmly believe that education isn't just about passing tests. As a Parent Governor, I am there to provide a voice for the 900 plus parents, carers and guardians supporting their children at our school, and for ensuring that their views are considered in the decision making process of the Governing Body. Unlike many Governors, I don't come from a professional education background - I qualified as a Chartered Surveyor, and am now the Director of a local Project Management consultancy. This gives me a unique perspective, both to be able to ask the obvious questions, and to offer the benefits of my wider business experience. I currently chair the Resources Committee, tasked with operational and financial oversight for St Nicolas.

Hugh Price - Chair of Performance and Standards Committee; Pupil Premium

(Local Authority Governor – appointed by the LA)

I started on the Governing Body as a community governor in September 2011, and when that role was discontinued, converted to a Local Authority Governor . My connection to the school was through the boys from St. Nicolas who went on to Abingdon School, where I work in year 7 and 8 as a tutor, so I have seen ex-St. Nics’ boys growing up.
I have lived in Abingdon for 11 years and worked at Abingdon School all that time. My sons are at primary school, though sadly not St. Nics! I see my role of LA Governor as a friendly voice from outside the immediate school community; I sometimes appear in a capacity where it might be awkward for staff or parent governors to be serving. As a teacher myself, I contribute to monitoring the academic performance of the school, on the Performance and Standards Committee, and I am the Pupil Premium 'Champion' who monitors the school in their provision of support for pupils.




Rev Paul Smith - Special Educational Needs

(Co-opted by the Governing Body – Team Vicar)

I am Team Vicar in the Parish of Abingdon-on-Thames and have served on the Governing Body since I came to Abingdon in 2010. I lead assemblies and end of term services, and I count it a privilege to have the role I do in school. I am also SEN Governor, working closely with Liz Mathers, the SENCO.  Given my own personal experience as someone who suffered a birth injury, resulting in Cerebral Palsy, I am passionate about children with any kind of additional challenge: their inclusion, appropriate care and support, that they make the best possible progress in the whole of their development.


Kate Wigley

(Parent Governor – elected by the parent body)

I have been a parent governor since Spring 2013 and am part of the Performance Standards committee, as well as being Governor link for English/Literacy. My children are in Year 5, Year 3 and our youngest started in Reception this September. I work at King Alfred's Academy in Wantage, teaching secondary English, but also supporting six local primaries with their literacy interventions.


Fulya Saner Markham

(Parent Governor – elected by the parent body in July 2017)

I joined the Governing Body in September 2017 as a parent governor. I am a member of the Performance and Standards Committee and the link Governor for Modern Foreign Languages. My background is in economics and social policy and I worked in various roles in private and public sectors on research and analysis, strategy and policy development, governance, project management and commissioning of public services. I currently work for Oxfordshire County Council.


My son, Robin, is in year 1. I have been a class contact since he started reception last year and thoroughly enjoyed being a part of St Nics community! I am passionate about little people and look forward to working with everyone for continued success of our school.


Robert Swan - Chair of Resources Committee - Parent Governor .


Await Profile 

James Broadbent - Parent Governor - await profile

Jon Waldock (Foundation Governor – appointed by the diocese)

I have been a foundation governor since spring 2018 and am part of the Performance and Standards committee, where I am able to use my professional skills to support and challenge the school in their academic performance. I have been working as a teacher at a primary school in Oxford since 2013 though know St Nicolas and its community through living in Abingdon. Outside of school I enjoy running and being creative through woodworking.

Andrew Spooner

(Headteacher Governor – by right of position in school)

I became Headteacher of St Nicolas in September 2015 after spending 8 years as deputy head at Windmill Primary School in Headington. The school is always looking to improve and every member of the school team understands this. We celebrate the good times and we support each other when times get quite demanding, continuing to learn and develop along the way. When I’m not in school, I have two lovely sons who always look forward to spending time with their Daddy and a very supportive and wonderful wife. Away from school dynamics, performing in a band for 19 years has been the perfect tonic in remembering to find time for myself. 

Tim Stead - Staff Governor elected by teaching staff  - await profile 


I have been teaching for 14 years, both in the UK and abroad.  In 2012 I joined St Nicolas as a Year 6 teacher.  In 2014 I took up the Key Stage One Coordinator position and moved down to teach Class 5 in Year 2, where I am currently teaching.  In my 8 years at St Nicolas I have been lucky enough to coordinate Literacy throughout the school.  It remains an absolute pleasure to work with the fantastic pupils and dedicated staff at St Nicolas.  I live in Abingdon and have two primary age daughters of my own. I enjoy music and cricket.

Lorna Page

(Staff Governor – elected by the teaching staff)

I joined St. Nicolas in 2008 as a year 1 teacher. I have since taught in different year groups which has given me the opportunity to get to know the children and school well. I am currently the Deputy Head, responsible for Pupil Premium and assessment across the school. St. Nicolas is a fantastic school with a great community and children who are happy and hardworking. I feel lucky to work with such committed and supportive staff and parents. As a staff governor I am involved in working with others to continue the schools improvement. I live in Wantage where I enjoy running and walking my dog in the surrounding area!



Liz Mathers (Deputy Headteacher)

Karen Beasley (School Business Manager) 


Clerk to the Governing Body 

Evie Lonsdale 

Governor Parent Communication:





Governor Category

Term Start Date

Term End Date

Register of Business Interests



Hugh Price

Local Authority Governor – appointed by the LA




Teacher, Abingdon School, Abingdon OX14 1DE


Mark Halstead

Parent Governor – elected by the parent body






Eluned Hallas

Chair of Governors/Safeguarding – appointed by the Diocese






Trinity Church - Employee, Abingdon on Thames – Church Warden
& St Nicolas Church, Trustee


Fulya Saner Markham

Parent Governor – elected by the parent body






James Broadbent Parent Governor – elected by the parent body 01.09.2019 31.08.2023         7/12

Rev Paul Smith

Co-opted by the Governing Body – parish vicar






Kate Wigley

Parent Governor – elected by the parent body










Teacher, Vale Academy Trust 


Robert Swan Co Opted -  Governor 




01.04.2022 Husband of teacher Mrs B Swan, St Nicolas School 


Jon Waldock Foundation Governor – appointed by the diocese 01.04.2018  01.04.2022 Teacher 


Andrew Spooner

Headteacher Governor – by right of position in school




Headteacher - st Nicolas School 


Lorna Page**

Staff Governor – elected by the teaching staff




Deputy Head - St Nicolas School 


* Post lock down all Governor Meetings (initially designated as Full Governors, Resources or P&S) were Open. The number of possible Meetings which a member might have been expected to attend thus differ according to the Committee on which they sit. ** started/left mid year



Annual Governance Statement 2021