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Our dedicated team of Governors


The William Lilley Governing body us made up of eleven members, this includes one Local Authority governor, five co-opted governors, three parent governors, the headteacher and one staff representative.  There are currently no vacancies.  Please see further details below:


M Marriott - Chair of Governors, LA Governor

I am really proud that I can help to keep William Lilley a brilliant place for our kids to learn together as the LA Governor. I’m father to three – Alfie and Noah, both who had their 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.


B Cameron - Vice Chair and Co-opted Governor

I am the Vice Chair of the governing body and the finance and wellbeing guides Governor. I worked for Nottinghamshire County Council in children’s Services for 30 years in areas ranging from Special Educational Needs. Data and Performance and Pupil Place Planning/School Support. I managed a number of large budgets and staff teams. Following my retirement I applied to be a governor at the school hoping my experience would be useful. I worked with William Lilley and loved the school, the friendliness of the staff and the nurturing atmosphere.  I was born in Stapleford and feel very passionately about making sure that all children in the locality get the chance to fulfil their dreams. I have four cats and a dog that keep me busy when I a not seeing friends and family or shopping. 


J Jenkins - Co-opted Governor, School Business Manager


A Billingham - Co-opted Governor

I have had the extraordinary privilege of not only teaching at William Lilley for a year, but now also serving the school as a Governor. Though I am new to being a Governor, I'm so excited about the different ways I can support all of the amazing learning that everyone at William Lilley does! My background has been really diverse, teaching, baking, philosophy, and French and I'm hoping that this flexibility will allow me to embrace the changing needs of the school and community effectively. Currently, I'm stepping into the role of Health and Safety Governor to help make sure our learning environment is safe and secure, but feel free to approach me with any thoughts or questions that you might have! Here to help!


A Tainton - Parent Governor

I am delighted to be a parent governor at William Lilley, I was previously a parent governor at my older children’s primary schools and I enjoyed the opportunities that role gave me to support them as a small school. William Lilley is a school that shares the same values as our family and therefore it encouraged me to want to dedicate some of my time and experience to help them grow and succeed.

My full-time job is at a charity that prioritises safeguarding, education and prevention. This role has developed my experience in these areas over the last 12 years and I bring these skills with me as a parent governor and it helps me to be a supportive critical friend.

William Lilley is a small nurturing school, and it is this focus on each child that makes me motivated and passionate to support them.


K Denham - Parent Governor


J Slater - Co-opted Governor


T McMahon - Staff Governor

Since joining the team at William Lilley Infant and Nursery School in 2016 as Deputy Head teacher and Staff Governor, I am proud to be part of the school’s development and the clear successes that we are working so hard towards. I have a very clear focus which underpins every role I undertake within school and that is to ensure that every child reaches their potential. Through my role as SENDCo, I ensure that necessary adaptations are made for each child to thrive within our school. I strive to ensure that I lead by example in the classroom, through a creative approach and am a direct link between the staff and the Governors within school. Being on the Governing Body allows me to have well rounded understanding and further drive towards the strategic direction that the school is heading in, whilst ensuring this is fully embedded into the staff roles through our aims and policies.


Mrs S 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. Our school is a tight community and we have many strengths which hold us in high regard in Stapleford and beyond. As a 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 way.

The Role of the School Governor


The role of the school governor is demanding but very rewarding and is a good way to give back to the local community.  School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set our school's aims and policies. 


Key roles of governors:

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.

  • To hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.

  • To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent.


 They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include: 

  • Determining how the school's budget is spent.
  • The appointing and dismissing of staff.

  • Hearing appeals and grievances.

  • Forming policy on the school's curriculum and collective worship.

  • Setting standards for pupils' behaviour and discipline.

  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe.

  • Setting and monitoring the school's aims and policies. 


Governor Minutes