Meet our Governors

Caroline Crosdale

 

I am the Headteacher, of an ‘Outstanding’ Academy and have been part of leading, supporting and shaping the school on its journey to Outstanding. I understand the role of a governor as a critical friend to the leadership, whilst offering experience, support and appropriate challenge where needed.

 


 

Mary Parker

A governor at Nelson for 8 years initially as a parent governor and now as a community governor, determined to support and challenge Nelson to provide a safe and inspiring learning environment both inside and outside, to help attain positive progress and high standards throughout the school. Also a governor at a local secondary school and interested in the transition and journey beyond Nelson Primary.

Working as an architect on projects from housing to airports I am able to contribute to aspects of the school from Health and Safety to the whole school environment.

 

 


Sian Ward

I was appointed Head of School in September 2021 and was previously the Deputy Head. I have worked at Nelson School for over 12 years and have an incredibly strong commitment to the pupils, the staff and the community. I have a passion for raising standards and improving outcomes. It is a huge privilege to be part of the Nelson community where I have already developed positive relationships with children, parents and staff.

 

 

 


Meg Wiggins

Meg Wiggins is a co-opted community governor, appointed in October 2019, but her history is as a parent at Nelson for 9 years. During that time, she was Chair of the PTA for several years and experienced firsthand both the joys and challenges of Nelson’s journey. Meg is a senior researcher and lecturer at the UCL Institute of Education.

Through this work, she has conducted research in many English primary schools and has skills in collecting, managing and interpreting data relating to teaching and learning. Meg hopes to bring both her personal and professional experience to the role of governor, to provide support and insight to the Nelson staff, students and parent community.

 


 David Algie

David Algie was appointed as a Governor in 2021. I want Nelson to produce confident, happy children with the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in whatever field they choose to pursue. Alongside my son, we have two younger children who will keep our family involved with Nelson for at least ten years.

My intention is to support positive progress in the short term while never losing sight of the long term. My background in marketing and communications will contribute to working with the key stakeholders including children, parents, staff and the wider local community to continue and progress Nelson’s developmental journey.

 


Katie Harlow

 Having served on the PTA Committee for several years, I joined as a parent governor in 2021 with the intention of supporting – and challenging – the school to continue its journey of     improvement. I have extensive experience in the hospitality and HR sectors and hope to be able to use those skills to help Nelson develop further. I have three children at the school, including one in reception.