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Chair of Governors
Co-opted Governor

Bridgette Chandler

I have been working in the voluntary sector for several years and also volunteering in my local community. I am Chair of my Parish Council and Chair of NW Area of Town and Parish Councils. I hope to use my experience in community engagement and governance in a strategic and positive way to ensure continuous development while providing a safe learning environment for all pupils, staff and stakeholders.

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Vice Chair

Local Authority Governor

Rosie Weaver BEM 

Having worked in the NHS for many years I retrained as a Workplace Mediator about 10 years ago. This has taken me all over the country.

I have lived in Meriden for 30 years and I am an elected Parish Councillor for Meriden. My knowledge of the local community can help the school build stronger links with local groups, business and activities.

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Lucy Anderton

I have been the Headteacher at Meriden since September 2010.  Prior to my appointment here I worked in Warwickshire schools, teaching throughout the primary age range. I feel very privileged to be Headteacher at this wonderful school; our Christian vision, shared by all staff, underpins everything we do for our children and families. Strong partnerships between pupils, parents, staff and governors ensure that pupils thrive in a safe, caring and stimulating environment.

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Foundation Governor

Matthew Clipsham

I am a teacher with responsibility for data management at a secondary school in Nuneaton and I have been teaching Psychology for nine years. I have lived in Meriden for seven years and have worked in schools in Birmingham and Coventry. I am a regular attendee at St. Laurence Church and was confirmed there in November 2019. I have a young family and am passionate about learning throughout all stages of education. I believe that education is most effective when based in the ethos of faith and have been supporting Meriden in my role as foundation governor for almost two years.

Parent Governor

Robert Spencer


In the day job I am an Associate Director of Operations at a Mental Health and Learning Disabilities NHS Trust. I have worked in the NHS for over 15 years in both Acute Hospitals and across Community services. 


I moved into the Meriden area with my wife 7 years ago and we've since had 3 children, 2 have already joined the school and are in Key Stage 1. 


I joined the school as a Parent Governor in 2022. I am keen to support the school in continuing to provide outstanding education to our students and ensuring the school achieves its goals and aspirations. 


Parent Governor

Laura starkey

I’ve lived in Meriden for six years and both of my children attend Meriden. I hope that as a parent governor I can make a positive difference for them and the whole school community. I’m a former secondary school teacher but have worked in digital content and communications for around 15 years. I also write creatively; my first novel was published in September 2021. Perhaps unsurprisingly I have a special interest in developing and improving children’s literacy, and also in ensuring that the conversation between home and school is as effective and constructive as it can be. In addition, I’m passionate about inclusivity, equalising opportunity and widening children's access to enriching experiences. 


Staff Governor

Rebecca Massey

I have recently been appointed Acting Deputy Headteacher at Meriden CE Primary after working at the school for the last 3 years. In previous schools across Coventry, I have taught across the Primary age-range as well as taking on roles including phase leads, core subject roles and Assistant Headteacher. I have also served on governing bodies as well as for an Academy. I feel very privileged to work at Meriden as I also live locally, and both of my own children attend the school. I feel working closely with the school's governing body ensures that the children in our care receive the very best education we can offer.

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Ex-Officio Foundation Governor

Rev Kevin Flanagan

I moved to Meriden in February 2023 with my wife Jayne, and am delighted to be the Vicar of St Laurence Church.

This will be the third church in which I have served since being ordained.

Before training for the ministry I had a variety of jobs, including seven years as a Primary School Teacher, and most recently eight years working for World Vision UK as an Aid and Development Officer. This included covering projects in Eastern Europe, Africa and South America.

It is a great pleasure to be able to serve Meriden CE Primary School, both staff and pupils in any way that I am able.


Co-opted Governor

Jonathan Jefferies

I am a Senior Category Manager working for the UK Utilities managing commercial activities for specialist and capital projects. I have worked in Procurement for 20 years but started off studying Computer Science and graphical programming before moving into purchasing.

Moved to Meriden 12 years ago and have a daughter who is currently attending school in year 2. Looking to support and have a positive impact as a Governor since I believe that having the right foundations in early life and learning is essential.

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