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Out dedicated team of Governors


Mike Marriott

 Chair of Governors

Hi, I’m Mike, and I’m really proud that I can help to keep William Lilley a brilliant place for our kids to learn together as a parent governor. I’m father to three – Alfie and Noah, both who had his three years and moved on to Fairfield now, and little Sophie who will be a pupil here in years to come, so I really want to help everyone at the school - pupils and staff - to do the best they can!

I have worked with children and teenagers with emotional difficulties for many years, and now lecture in psychology at Nottingham Trent University, so I hope I can bring some useful skills to my role at the school. Please always feel free to approach me if there is anything that you would like to say about the school, good or bad – I promise to do everything I can to help. 

Kevin Snow

Vice Chair of Governors

Co-Opted Governor


Hello and thank you for visiting our website. 
I became a member of the Governors' team in 2004 and have had the huge privilege of being the Chair of Governors since 2008 to 2017. Throughout this time I've seen many changes, but I'm pleased to say that the school's core values of having fun, respecting others, being happy, safe and successful have remained, making William Lilley a fantastic school to be involved with. 
I  lead responsibility for health and safety and emergency planning, and sit on the Finance Committee and the Strategic Development Committee. I find that being a William Lilley Governor is often busy but very rewarding as we are always welcomed in school and our work is greatly appreciated. 
My two daughters attended William Lilley, initially in Nursery and then Infants, some years ago. It was seeing at first hand the incredible dedication of the school staff that made me want to do something in return and become a governor - something I've never regretted. Both my daughters are now at George Spencer Academy but still fondly remember the wonderful times they had in the early stages of their education.
I hope you enjoy reading the profiles of our very dedicated and friendly team of governors. Please don't hesitate to to have a chat with any of us if you would like to know more. We can be contacted via the office if you can't find us in school. 

Dave Pearson

Co-Opted Governor 

Hi, I'm Dave Pearson.  I have been a Governor at William Lilley since 2006.  I was born in Stapleford in 1949 and I am a former pupil of the school.  I am a graduate of Leeds University, where I gained a degree in Electronic Engineering.  I have also worked in several North London Secondary Schools, where I taught Mathematics and Science. 

Since becoming a Governor I have been involved in Monitoring; S&D Committee and Performance Management and have also served as Complaints Governor for a period.  I was also involved throughout in helping the school achieve the Stephen Lawrence award.  I passionately believe in this school and believe its most important feature is the school ethos, which permeates throughout the school, the pupils, the staff and the Governors and fosters a wonderful learning environment. 


Caroline Bartliff

Local Authority Governor 

Hello, I'm Caroline. I have a daughter who attended William Lilley and love the community feel this school has. I qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2001 working with both adults and adults with learning disabilities. As communication skills and language are so important, it is these key areas I'll be interested in as a member of the strategic development and pupils committees. I hope my training and experience can help the school continue the great work it does with and for the children. We're passionate about supporting families too, so please do sign up for Share if you can.

William Kent

Co-Opted Governor


Melissa Lewis

Parent Governor


Nathan Henshaw

Parent Governor


Chris Shaw

Parent Governor


Matt Smith

Parent Governor


Sally Beardsley

Head Teacher

I joined William Lilley in September 2010 as Deputy and since joining the team, I have taught children from Reception to Year 2 whilst also supporting in the strategic development of the school.

I feel incredibly privileged to now be leading the school forward into our next chapter.  Out school is a tight community and we have many strengths which hold us in high regard in Stapleford and beyond.

As school we are always looking at how we can enhance our provision in order to provide the very best education for every child and I am vigilant in driving forward improvements with our dedicated staff team.

My role on the Governing body enables me to share and consolidate this vision, ensuring that all children achieve their potential in an enjoyable yet fun way.

Trudy McMahon

Staff Governor 


Jacqueline Jenkins

Co-Opted Governor

School Business Manager