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Governing Body

The governing board exists to provide strong strategic leadership to the school, ensuring accountability for its educational and financial performance. There are three core functions to the board:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent

Bentley has a governing body with 15 members and one associate member.  Each member initially signs up to a term of four years (end dates are noted below) and all members are voted onto the board at a Full Governing Body meeting.  Parent Governors remain for their four year term or until their child leaves the school, whichever is sooner. 

Full Governing Body meetings are held six times each academic year as are our committee meetings.  

Local Authority Governors

Nick Austin (Chair) June 2022


Co-opted Governors

James Aston May 2023

Natalie Drew July 2023

Paul Harrison July 2023

Dave Ibbotson May 2023

Esther van Rooyen May 2022

Laura Wellstead November 2023



Parent Governors

Emily Spicer February 2025

Mark Desborough November 2024

Foundation Governors

Yann Dubreuil (ex officio)

Trevor Nixon July 2023




Katy Pinchess


Staff Governor

Rebecca Miffling December 2024


Associates (re-elected annually)

Claire Aston July 2022



Judith Araque



Resources (Covering Finance & Buildings, Health and Safety)

James Aston (Chair)

Mark Desborough

Paul Harrison

Trevor Nixon

Katy Pinchess

Laura Wellstead


Curriculum and Standards

Nick Austin

Natalie Drew

Dave Ibbotson

Becky Miffling (Chair)

Katy Pinchess

Esther van Rooyen


Policy/Hub link

Natalie Drew


Claire Aston

Yann Dubreuil

Paul Harrison (Safer Recruitment trained)

Dave Ibbotson (Safer Recruitment trained)

Katy Pinchess (Safer Recruitment trained)

Emily Spicer

Esther van Rooyen (Chair)


Headteacher Performance Management

Dave Ibbotson

Claire Aston  


Pay Committee 

Paul Harrison

Trevor Nixon


Annual Self Evaluation and Data

Nick Austin

Should the following committees be needed, the Clerk will contact three eligible Governors in alphabetical order (excluding the Chair, Headteacher and Staff Governor) starting at the last member to serve on a panel. The Clerk will ensure that the Governors have not had prior involvement'. Capability, Disciplinary, Flexible working requests, Grievance, Pay Appeals, Redundancy, Staff Dismissal, Time off.

The pecuniary interests of the members can be downloaded from the foot of this page, along with the attendance details of the members for the last academic year.  With the exception of Yann Dubreuil, who is a governor at Binsted School, no-one else holds a governance role in any other educational institution.