Welcome to our Governors’ section.
Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
Mrs Powell-Gill is our Clerk to Governors and will be happy to help should you wish to contact one of our governors.
Meet Our Governors
My name is Clara Wood and I currently have 2 children attending Oake ool in years 3 and 6, my eldest left in 2018. I am currently a co-opted governor having previously been a parent governor since 2015. I trained as a secondary music teacher but now work as a peripatetic singing teacher in Taunton. I also work for Somerset Music as a Singing Leader, running a singing festival and helping teachers to implement more music into their daily curriculum.
My name is Natasha Ballardie and I’m a Parent Governor at Oake, Bradford & Nynehead Primary School. I Graduated from the Urdang Academy of Ballet & Performing Arts-London, I have been teaching in various schools and colleges. I lived in Istanbul, Turkey for 12 years and had the fantastic opportunity to work with some of Turkeys elite dancers and choreographers. I returned to the UK and I freelance around Somerset teaching dance of different genres.
I was invited to be a Trustee for Taunton Festival of the Arts, and I run the annual Dance Festival and Taunton Junior & Young Dancer of the Year competition.
Along my husband we run a car garage in Wiveliscombe and a busy household.
Hi, I’m Chelsea Scarlett and I’ve been a Parent Governor since 2017 and Vice Chair Governor since February 2020.
My role as a parent governor is to bring a parental perspective to the issues discussed at meetings, however not to speak on behalf of parents or raise parental grievances.
I became a governor to support the school in giving our children the very best primary educational experience.
My specialism is Early Years. I have a long history with the school, spanning back to 2012 as a first year university student studying Early Childhood Education. I was then employed and worked across both Key Stages as both class and 1:1 teaching assistant.
I left in 2015 to have my three sons. Two of whom now attend the school, one in preschool and one in Year 2. I am currently working as a Parent and Family Support Advisor for the Taunton Valley Partner
Sue Davies – Local Authority Governor
Each school governing body is required to have one governor nominated by their local education authority – and that is me! However, whilst I represent Somerset education department, I do not represent a political view but act in the best interests of the school and wider community.
My children previously attended Oake and Bradford Community Primary School, before the amalgamation with Nynehead School, and I served for several years on the Governing Body as a Parent Governor, ending as Chair during the amalgamation process and the building of the current school. I aim to bring this experience and an objective view to discussions and decisions to ensure the children receive the best education and opportunities possible.
My name is Julia Trigg I was educated at Taunton School and the Royal College of Music, London, where I studied violin and singing. I have taught in a wide variety of schools throughout my career, both independent and state, and to all ages. I have always believed in the importance of children being introduced to musical instruments, and have been glad to take a violin club at this school.
My name is Mairi McCulloch and I am the current manager at Little Acorns Pre-School which is attached to OBN Primary School. I have been a staff governor since 2017. I took on the position in January 2017 after being a pre-school assistant the previous year. I graduated as an Early Years teacher in 2014 from the University of Plymouth and have worked in a few different primary schools in the South West. Being originally from Scotland I spend time in the holidays visiting family up there and enjoy swimming in the sea.
My name is David McCann. I am Chair of Governors
I was a GP in Wellington for 25 years, retiring in 2012. I volunteered to be a governor five years ago when my grandson started at the school. I did so because I believe that my own years at primary school were the most important part of my education enabling me to become a doctor. Being a governor is my way of saying thank you to my teachers.