Meet our governors

Welcome to our Governors page

The governors of the school meet at least twice a term and their guiding work is of great importance to the smooth running of the school even though much of their work is unseen by the public. They are responsible for the school building and grounds, the curriculum in school, the appointing of staff and school financial management and parts of expenditure.

They consult with the head teacher in formal meetings and also through more frequent informal visits to school adopting the role of ‘a critical friend.’

Diversity statement

As a school we recognise that a diversity of thought, voices and perspectives is essential to good governance and the effective running of any organisation. We regularly collect diversity information from our governors and, depending on current data, can use this to:

  • target recruitment to address gaps in experience and diversity
  • develop and adapt board practices to ensure full participation
  • prioritise training and awareness-raising in identified areas
  • address potential ‘blind spots’ through seeking wider advice and perspectives on current and upcoming opportunities, challenges and risks
However, we are unable to publish this information as it would mean that individual members of our governing body are identifiable. 
  • Jo Lee

    Chair of Governors

    I’m delighted to be the new Chair of Governors at Belton, and as one of the newer members of the board, thought I would introduce myself properly. I live just outside Ashby-de-la-Zouch, with my husband and two teenage daughters.
    By day, I am an executive coach, with two specialties that are both relevant to school life: Working with leaders with overwhelming workloads and high levels of stress, to help them get back in control of their work and work-life balance. Helping people with neurodivergences to develop strategies and identify adjustments that enable them to fulfil their potential and succeed at work.
    When I’m not working, you’ll usually find me either relaxing with a cup of strong black coffee, playing board games with my family, getting muddy in my garden, reading a book, swimming laps of a pool…or doing something governance related.
    I’ve been involved with the governing body at Belton since December 2021. Initially I joined the team as an associate member for a year, to support some specific aspects of governance development. But by the time we reached Easter, I was hooked! I quickly found I loved the ethos within the school, and was impressed at the dedication of the head and staff to making the school a really welcoming, rewarding, warm and stimulating place for the children to be. So, when a permanent vacancy on the GB arose, I jumped at the chance to become involved for a longer period.
    Although I’ve only been a governor at Belton for a short period, I’ve been a school governor for almost 13 years, including more than seven as either chair or co-chair at Donisthorpe Primary School in NW Leicestershire. In that time I’ve been involved in almost everything a governor could become involved in, but I have particular interests in staff and pupil wellbeing, SEND provision, developing long term strategy, and finance management.
    I’m really looking forward to leading the governance team here at Belton, as we continue our journey with staff, parents and pupils to ensure all the children get the best possible start to their education and are set for successful and enriching lives.

  • Mr James White

    Parent Governor Safeguarding Governor

    I became a parent governor in 2022 as I believe the need for partnership between school and parents has never been more apparent or critical to success and I am extremely keen to give something back to ensure the school goes from strength to strength. I have a daughter who attends Belton C of E School and have been incredibly impressed with the school atmosphere and range of opportunities provided. I currently work within the criminal justice system and have held various leadership positions meaning I bring skills in strategic thinking, risk assessment, sound financial management, negotiating, influencing and stakeholder management. I am also a trustee of ACT One which is a local youth theatre group for children.

  • Dr Roger Light

    Co-opted Governor

    Hi, I'm Roger light. I became Parent Governor in 2019. I have two boys at Belton C of E school and another two who will attend when they are older, so I am keen to help the school carry on maintaining its good standard. Until recently I was a university lecturer in electronic engineering, and have an interest in STEM subjects. I now work primarily as a software developer.

  • Mr Nick Threadgill

    Vice Chair, Chair of Standards Committee

    Hello, my name is Nick Threadgill and I am the Local Authority appointed governor for Belton C of E School. I have been a governor at the school since 1994 and in that time I have been Chair of the governing body and Chair of the Finance Committee. Currently, I am Chair of the Strategic and Standards Committee. Both of my children attended the school. I am a Chartered Civil Engineer and my main areas of professional expertise are: business improvement, audit, project and commercial management.

  • Mrs Denise Boulton

    Foundation Governor, Designated governor for Anti-Bullying

    I was born in County Durham and went to Houghton-le-Spring Grammar School. I then studied Russian and Italian at the University of Birmingham and lectured at the University of East Anglia for eighteen years.
    I have lived in Edinburgh where I worked as a fundraiser for Crusaid to raise money to build a hospice and accommodation for drug addicted mothers with children. I worked as a producer for the Edinburgh Music Theatre Company, a pro-am company performing large scale musicals and operas and worked at St Giles’ Cathedral running the shop and restaurant.
    I have spent time living in Norwich where I ran the Sunday school at St Andrews Church and wrote and produced plays for children.
    I now live in Belton and my interests are sailing, gardening, theatre, science, the environment and local community. I have two daughters and two grandchildren.

  • Mr Mark Edwards

    Parent Governor

    Hello, I'm Mark Edwards, and I am extremely pleased to have been voted in as a parent governor. I am a managing director for a private company with over 30-years in senior management. I am sure my leadership acumen, honed through decades of experience, will contribute to the governance team.
    I became a Fellow of The Institute of Leadership and Management in 2015, to support the growth and professional development of the Institute’s community of members and have never looked back.
    I am sure my knowledge and strategic insight, my dedication to fostering excellence aligns perfectly with the responsibilities of a parent governor. I hope my passion for education, combined with my professional achievements will be a valuable asset to the school.

  • Rev Louise Corke

    Diocesan board

  • Mrs Emma Wood

    Co-opted Governor

    Hi, my name is Emma Wood and I became a governor in late 2021. I have two children who attend Belton C of E Primary School and as a parent I think that it is a great school. I was keen to become a governor so I could contribute to the ongoing success and development of the school. I am a Chartered Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor and run my own business so I hope to be able to bring my knowledge of health and wellbeing and business skills to the board. I am currently Chair of Belton Playgroup Committee so also have experience in helping to lead and make management decisions in an early years setting.