Lainesmead Primary School and Nursery

Strive, Achieve, Excel; Believe in a Limitless Future.


Governors - What We Do

We are very fortunate in having an excellent Governing body. Governors are very actively involved in the school on a regular basis through their monitoring and evaluating visits, attendance at school events, governors meetings and help in the classroom. They are not involved in the day to day running of the school but have an important role in providing a strategic direction for the school. What we call " Focussing on the big picture" . It is their responsibility to promote high standards and quality teaching and learning experiences for the children.


Our Governors come from all walks of life. They include school staff, parents and volunteers from the community.


Governors - Who We Are

Governing Body

Alan Mulrooney - Chair of Governors - email:
Rev Norma McKemey - Vice-Chair - Co-opted Governor
Lorraine Walker - Clerk to Governors
Eirian Painter - Headteacher
Caroline Smith - Staff Governor
VACANCY - Parent Governor
Mel Hay - Parent Governor
Alyssia Mepstead - Co-opted Governor
Sandra Muir - LA Governor

Andrew Lowson - Co-opted Governor

Esther Hogg - Co-opted Governor


Chair of Governors, Mr Alan Mulrooney

I work in the education sector so get to see first-hand the impact quality teaching and a good school can have on academic and social development. When my child joined early years in September 2017 I felt it was the perfect opportunity to put my skills and experience to good use and joined the governing board.


Rev Norma McKemey - Vice-Chair of Governors

‘Having been a teacher for most of my working life, I have a keen interest in education. When I became an associate minister at Christ Church with St. Mary’s, Old Town it seemed quite a natural step to become a governor for one of the schools in our parish and Lainesmead was the one who took up my offer. I have been a governor for several years now and it has met all my expectations. It’s a great school – staff (teaching and non-teaching) and pupils are a delight to work with and I am extremely proud to be a governor.’


Caroline Smith - Staff Governor

During my time at Lainesmead, I have thoroughly enjoyed my role as class teacher, Year Group Leader and Subject Co-Ordinator for E-Safety and now History and Geography. I was keen to become Teacher Governor as I wanted to expand my passion of teaching and learning beyond my own classroom to support the wider ethos of the school. I look forward to providing my continued support in order for all Lainesmead pupils to strive, achieve and excel to reach their full potential.




Mel Hay - Parent Governor

When the eldest of my 2 boys started at Lainesmead in September 2018 I realised I would be involved with the school for the next 10 years, so jumped at the chance to become involved and make a contribution. Working together with the staff and parents within the school community, I want to ensure our children have every opportunity to learn and develop to the best of their abilities.




Alyssia Mepstead - Co-Opted Governor

'I am very proud to be on the Governing body for Lainesmead as a co-opted governor. I attend the Curriculum committee where I share with governors all the wonderful things the children do as part of a broad and balanced curriculum as well as delving into the data to identify strength and areas for improvement.
I have been a teacher for thirteen years and have been part of Lainesmead’s governing body for several of these. As a class teacher, I was a staff governor. While working at another school, I remained on Lainesmead governing body as I have always felt passionately about the education of the children at this school. I am very happy to once again be a governor now that I am Deputy Headteacher.'


Andrew Lowson - Co-Opted Governor

I live in Old Town in Swindon and work for Nationwide Building Society. At Nationwide I am an IT Engineer and manager. I graduated from the University of Hertfordshire in 2016 with a degree in Physics with a year abroad. I am new to being a governor but will give the role my full passion and interest. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, running, cycling and going for walks around Swindon.


Esther Hogg - Co-Opted Governor

My family and I moved to the area in 2019 and love it! I have two children at Lainesmead, and am pleased to be able to serve this school and community as a governor. I work for the council, supporting families and in my free time I like to be outside walking, on a bike, or with friends.


Sandra Muir - Local Authority Governor

‘I am Headteacher at Lawn Manor Academy, the local secondary school close to Lainesmead. I have been Headteacher there since 2015 and worked in the school since 1999. I know the local area very well and enjoy working within this community. I have a background in music and I am still a keen musician in my spare time.’


Lorraine Walker - Clerk to the Governors

My name is Lorraine Walker and up until May 2017 I worked at Lainesmead Primary School and Nursery as a Teaching Assistant. I had over 17 great years there. Both of my children went to Lainesmead and now my 2 grandchildren. In October 2018 I became a School Governor which I thoroughly enjoyed. In April 2020 I took over the role of Clerk to the Governors and, although challenging, find it a very worthwhile role.


Governors Contact Details

If you wish to contact the Chair of Governors, please write to them care of the school office or email them at


Governors Scheme of Delegation

Governors Scheme of Delegation outlines the policy for the delegation of financial powers and the duties of the governing body.

Governors - Minutes of Meetings