Revd. Chris Swift
I am the parish priest of St. Nicholas, Shepperton. Both my children attended the school, and I am excited to see how much it has changed and developed. I am involved in three of the Governing Body’s committees – Admissions, Resources and Staffing & Pay, and every week I am also in the school to lead assemblies and worship. I feel a huge responsibility to continue the vision that led one of my predecessors to begin the school, to serve the children of Shepperton and to ensure that every child reaches their fullest potential. It is one of the most important and joyful things that I do in any working week.
Dr Steve Ellison
Steve Ellison joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in 200. He stayed with the school as an LDBS appointee after both children moved on, after a happy time at St Nicholas, to secondary school and then to university. As a Governor, he chaired the Standards committee for several years before becoming Chair of Governors in 2009. Steve is a qualified chemist, and has done and managed research, analytical and forensic chemistry, consultancy, and training, and done a stint as the laboratory computing manager. He is currently lead statistician at a large analytical chemistry organisation, and contributes to international standards for laboratory assessment and data analysis. Outside work, he is active in sports administration and coaching - his sport is Target Archery. In administration, he likes to see people properly consulted, and looks for consensus wherever possible. In education he wants to see everybody reach their potential, and believes St Nicholas is good at supporting that and always improving.
I have been a governor for many years and have enjoyed every minute of it. Watching the children progress from reception through to year 6 is amazing. I used to be the literacy governor and now I have a much wider view of their education. I currently chair the Admissions Committee. I spend a fair amount time in school, the teachers are an amazing team and make the children's learning environment, a safe and happy place. I am also able to support them in assemblies and nativities.
Nick lives in Chertsey with his wife and two teenage children and was first appointed as a governor at St. Nicholas School in 2010. He qualified with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in 1995 and is an FCMA CGMA Fellow and currently works as a Finance Director sitting on the board of several UK companies. Nick’s interests include outdoor activities such as kayaking and mountain biking, in 2017 he climbed to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, and since 2009 he has been a youth football coach at Abbey Rangers F.C. Nick is currently Chair of the Staffing & Pay Committee.
Robin is married to Katie, a school nurse, and has two sons, both at St NIcholas. They have lived in Shepperton since 2010. He is a senior auditor in a large multi-national energy company and has previously worked in management positions in large financial services institutions. As well as risk and audit, Robin has 15 years of experience in various information technology roles. Outside of work, Robin enjoys sport (both he and his sons are season ticket holders at Charlton Athletic) and is a minis coach at Weybridge Vandals. Robin was appointed as a governor in March 2017 and is both the vice-chair of governors and the chair of the Resources sub-committee.