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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section.

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

We have also provided Register of Governor Interests forms and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.

We have a very active and dedicated group of competent Governors at the school. They play a wide-ranging role in the life of the school.  We operate as a Full Governing Body, but also have smaller 'working committees', thus ensuring that all teachers support the principles embodied in a Church of England School and ensure that the school is performing to a high standard.  You can find out a bit more about our Govenors below.










Mrs Diana Sale (Dee) -

Foundation Governor, Chair of Governors and

Health and Safety Governor

FGB and Ethos - full voting rights

Appointed by FGB

18 January 2016  - 17 January 2020 


Dee qualified as a State Registered Nurse and latterly as a Nurse Tutor. Her most senior post in the NHS was as Chief Nurse for West Dorset Health Authority. On leaving the NHS she worked as a Healthcare Consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers.


She has also worked for the King’s Fund and the Audit Commission and later set up her own business, 1066 Consultancy. Served as a non-executive on North Dorset  PCT. She retired in 2013. She was a founder member of Joseph Weld Hospice and as Chairman over saw the merger of three hospice/cancer care charities to form Weldmar HospiceCare Trust, and is currently a Vice President and serves on their udit Committee. 


Dee was chairman of Life Education Wessex, a children’s charity, for ten years and is currently the Vice President. She is also a member of the Board of 

the Friends of Blandford Community Hospital. She is a published author of several books on Home Nursing,  Professional Development, Quality Assurance and Clinical Governance (Publisher MacMillan).


She has been a governor since 2013 and chair since the summer term in 2015.






Mrs Sue Le Riche - 

Ex-Officio Governor and Chair of the Ethos Committee

FGB and Ethos - full voting rights

Appointed by Salisbury Diocese

7 February 2017  - 6 February 2021 


Sue moved to Dorset from Jersey in 2008 after retiring as a Lay Worker in the Methodist Church. Prior to working in the Church she worked as a private client executive for Barclays Private Bank and Trust.


Working in Offshore Trust and Company Administration and Management. Gaining a Certificate in Offshore Administration and the Jersey Company and Trust Administration Certificate. She is also a member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) which means that she has attained a higher qualification in Probate and Estate Management.


Having spent a number of years working as a lay minister for the Methodist Church, Sue now works within the Anglican Church as a Licensed Lay Minister (LLM) for the Okeford Benefice. She started her ministerial training in 1999 at the Southern Theological Education Training Scheme, Sarum College, Salisbury, and gained a Diploma of Higher Education in Christian Ministry and Mission from the University of Surrey. She has since completed the remaining modules for a full degree in Theology.


Outside of church and work, Sue was, for 20 years, a Scout Leader for the 3rd Jersey Scout group, a Cub Scout leader, and Group Scout Leader. She also trained new Scout Leaders in safeguarding. Along with the above, she has been a foster carer.





Mrs Lydia Cook - Parish Priest - Foundation Governors

​FGB and Ethos - full voting rights

Appointed by FGB

8 December 2016 - 7 December 2020






Ms Louise Smith - Vice Chair of Governors/ Foundation Governor

​FGB - full voting rights

Appointed by FGB

18 January 2016 - 17 January 2020


Louise Smith was appointed a governor in the Spring of 2016. Her career to date has been based in education management, in particular marketing, development, fundraising and events.


She lives in rural North Dorset and outside of work her interests are painting, theatre, and walking. 







Mrs Sarah Browne -

Foundation Governor and Safeguarding Governor

FGB - full voting rights

Appointed by FGB

14 July 2015 - 13 July 2019


Sarah is a Mother of two, a Grandmother of three, and

has lived in the village for 13 years, after having moved

from Huddersfield, where she had lived for 30 years.


Presently she works with autistic men, who are at the high end of the spectrum, have learning difficulties and live locally in a residential setting. She recently stood down as Clerk to the Governors to hopefully serve the School in a different way, as a Governor.


For the last 13 years she has worked in a voluntary capacity as a Complementary Therapist, Bereavement Counsellor (having qualifications in these areas),

transcriber and driver for Weldmar HospiceCare Trust. She also reads/scribes for certain pupils needing support when taking their GCSE’s or A Level examinations.


Sarah began her working life as a Cookery Demonstrator for the National Dairy Council and Electricity Board (in the days when there were such beasts!), having a Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition. After 2 years as an au-pair,

she worked in outside catering in Rugby, ran her own off-licence and delicatessen in Great Bookham, Surrey, and after moving to Yorkshire, set up her own outside catering business, working from home.


Once the children were at school, she retrained, obtained her Cert-Ed and taught for 20 years at Huddersfield Technical College teaching Communication Systems to a whole range of learners aged between 16 and 116. She set up a Flexible-Learning Centre, which housed 70 networked PCs and a video-conferencing area, thus enabling students to bring IT into the classroom.


Sarah loves to be out in nature, either walking or working on her allotment. Being a member of the NFSH, continuing her healing practises is an important part of her life; as is singing with the Bristol Georgian Choir.










Mrs E Peters: Head Teacher

​FGB and Ethos - full voting rights

Appointed by School

April 2018 - 









Mr Shane Davies - Co-opted Finance Governor

​FGB - full voting rights

16 July 2018 - 16 July 2022 

Bio and photograph to follow.



Mr Jamie Legg - Parent Governor 

​FGB - full voting rights

Elected by Parents

25 September 2017 - 24 September 2021


Hello, I am 27 years old and currently work as a supervisor in the transport industry for Damory Coaches. Before this I worked in retail for 8 1/2 years. I currently have 1 child attending the school.

I wanted to be a parent governor as it is our role to make sure children have the access to the best education and resources they can be offered. I am looking forward to the opportunity to help us grow.



Mrs Sonia Knight

Clerk to Governors

​- No voting rights


I moved to Okeford Fitzpaine, from Frome, in June 2018 and started working at the school as a School Secretary. When the role of Clerk to Governors came up I was keen to see how I could further help the school to succeed.   


Governors Stepped down  

Rhiannon Tidby -Acting head of school

Appointed by school, stepped down in March 17

Elaine Weaver -Acting head of school 

Appointed by school, stepped down in July 17

Jessica Bacon -Principal

Stepped down March 2018 after 8 months

Sally Faraday -Foundation Governor

Stepped down August 2018 after 8 years

Jonathan Charmin -Staff Governor

Stepped down August 2018 after 1 year