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Val Holland - Co-opted

12/03/2015 - 11/03/2019

Chair of Governors (November 2016)

Attendance 2016/2017 - 1/1 Resources Committee 1/1 D&P Committee 1/1 Full Governors


Val started as a Parent Governor over 11 years ago and has continued as a Community Governor ever since.  She formerly owned a day nursery in Mapperley so has a good business and curriculum background.

Val is the safeguarding governor and represents our governors on the school forum.

To keep active within the school she washes the fruit for the children each morning and runs the school fundraising activities and fayres.

Val enjoys camping and being a taxi service for her two teenage daughters and supporting them in their love of dance.


Mark Gay - Parent Governor

Vice Chair of Governing Body

Chair of Resources Committee

Attendance - 1/1 Resources Committee 1/1 D&P Committee

1/1 Full Governors


Mark was elected as a Parent Governor in 2016.  He has two daughters at Westdale; one in Foundation and one in Year 2, his youngest child is still a couple of years out.

Mark works with data and analytics in marketing and media and works between an office at home in Nottingham, the business in London and with clients around the world.  He is hoping to bring his business experience to hand on the Resources Committee and is also interested in how performance data is collected and used within school - relating his day job to the governor role.

With three young children other interests seem hard to come by, but he enjoys all sports as a spectator, has always been interested in politics and current affairs and likes to cook (well burn meat on a barbecue!).

Clare McKenna - Staff Governor


Clare has been a teacher at Westdale Infants since 2014.  She has two young children and is currently on maternity leave. 

Clare is the Curriculum Leader for Physical Education in school so is also the PE link on the Governing Body.

Louise Ashby - Local Authority Governor

30/09/2016 to 29/09/2017

Member of Resources Committee

Attendance 2016/2017 - Apologies given to Resources Committee

1/1 Full Governors


Louise works for Gedling Borough Council in Economic Development and before that she spent five years at the Big Lottery Fund which is responsible for distributing the good case money from the National Lottery to organisations for community projects.  It was her work on projects delivered to schools that made her apply to be a school governor at Westdale. 

She has been a governor for nearly 7 years; originally at a Junior School and this being her 4th year at Westdale. 

Not originally from Nottingham, Louise attended university at Nottingham Trent and never went home.  She has now settled in Mapperley and has three children, one of which attends Westdale. 

She is the link governor for pupil premium.

Gemma Boyd - Parent Governor

Attendance 2016/2017 -  1/1 D&P Committee

1/1 Full Governors


Nicola Dickinson - Co-opted Governor

03/03/2016 to 03/03/2020

Chair of Development & Planning Committee

Attendance 2016/2017 - 1/1 D&P Committee

1/1 Full Governors


Nic began in 2013 as a Parent Governor.  She is an accomplished secondary school teacher with management experience and a good understanding of current education policy and assessment.

She has now been teaching for sixteen years and has a special interest in 'Gifted & Talented' and SEND. 

Nic has three children, one of which attends Westdale and her two older children are now at the local Junior School.  She has lived in the community for the last twelve years.

Suki Tonks - Parent Governor

05/06/2014 - 04/06/2018

Attendance 2016/2017 -  1/1 Resources Committee, Apologies given to Full Governors


Suki is a parent governor and has two children at Westdale and an older child at the Junior School.  Suki is a full-time commercial property solicitor with over 10 years experience and is also involved in business development for her firm.

Through her work Suki enjoys spending time with her young family, seeing friends and getting involved in charity work whenever possible.

Rebecca Leigh - Parent Governor

December 2016 - December 2020


I'm Rebecca, I am mum to Josephine who is in foundation Class 2. As I'm new to the Garent Governor role I'm really looking forward to getting involved and taking part in ensuring Westdale Infants is the best it can possibly be. I have worked in the third sector for 14 years and I'm currently an Assistant Director for P3 Charity, managing services for a wide variety of people including those experiencing homelessness, mental health issues, addiction and excluded young people. I am passionate about making a difference for our clients and believe everyone has potential. I enjoy being a mum to my two girls and spending quality time with my family, especially when we're all on holiday! 

Rebecca Lewis - Staff Governor

Deputy Head at Westdale


Rebecca is the Deputy Head at Westdale and is also a full time class teacher currently in Year 2. 

Picture 1 Charlotte Clarke

Attendance 2017-2018

Apologies to Resources Committee 0/1

Picture 1 Lee Freeley

Attendance 2017-2018

Resources Committee 1/1

Our Governing Body Structure


Resources Committee: Responsible for finance and staffing issues


Chair: Mark Gay

Emma Estell (Headteacher)

Rebecca Lewis (Deputy Head)

Suki Tonks

Sally Fletcher

Lee Freeley

Charlotte Clarke

Val Holland (Chair of Governors)


Development and Planning Committee: Responsible for strategy and curriculum


Chair: Nicola Dickinson

Vice Chair: Sally Fletcher

Emma Estell (Headteacher)

Rebecca Lewis (Deputy Head)

Val Holland

Mark Gay

Gemma Boyd

Louise Ashby

Clare McKenna


Discipline Committee:  All Governors


Pay Committee:  Approving pay awards


Sally Fletcher

Nicola Dickinson

Welcome to the Governors' page.

Westdale Infant School governing body is made up of 13 people – parents and carers, a teacher representative and members of the local community. 


Those governors have the legal duties, powers and responsibility to ensure that Westdale is organised efficiently and effectively and doing the very best for all children.


The full Governing Body meets once a term to monitor the progress of the school, with smaller committees meeting to monitor and discuss issues connected with finance, strategic development, personnel and pupils.


Parents can find out more about governors by looking on the school website and various governing body reports are available in the entrance foyer. 


As part of their efforts to keep in touch with the school, Westdale governors hold coffee mornings throughout the year, as an informal way of meeting and listening to parents/carers. Look out for dates in the newsletter and come along for a chat.


Any issues relating to school should of course be taken to the Headteacher in the first instance, but if you needed to contact governors more formally; letters should be addressed via the school office.