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Dr Steve Ellison

Steve Ellison joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in 2000. 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.


Ann Squire

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.


Sylvia Carter
Sylvia joined the governing body as a Foundation Governor in February 2021.  She has lived in Shepperton since 2005 and is a regular congregant at St Nicholas Church, serving on the PCC and a past Churchwarden.  Sylvia has worked in the global media industry for 30+ years and is a specialist in Operations, Project Management and both People and Systems Development.  Sylvia's interests include art, theatre, singing in local choirs and travelling the world to gain a greater understanding diverse cultures.  She is a member of the Staffing & Pay Committee.


Vicky Cunningham

Vicky is currently studying MSc Applied Clinical Psychology at the University of Bath after graduating with First Class Honours in BSc Psychology from Royal Holloway (Egham) in the Summer of 2021. She hopes to secure a place on the Clinical Psychology Doctorate in the near future. She has experience of working with a wide range of people within the fields of Clinical and Educational Psychology including with children on the Autistic Spectrum. She has also delivered over 70 resilience building workshops to young people, a programme for which she is now the region coordinator. Vicky joined the governing body as an LDBS Foundation Governor in January 2021 and looks forward to bringing her unique experience and perspective to the governing body.


Louise Hirst
Louise joined St Nicholas as a co opted Governor in December 2020 but has been involved in Governance for many years. Growing up in Spelthorne, she went on to follow a career in education, teaching music to children with multiple special needs. Louise’s interests include Choral singing, cooking and travel. She is a member of the Standards and Staffing committees.




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