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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.

We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.

Our Governors

Ms Christine Raper - Chair of Governors

I have been a Governor at the school since 2003, initially as a parent governor and currently as a Local Authority Governor. I sit on the Behaviour, Achievement and Progress Committee and am the link Governor for the Foundation Stage, where I work closely with Mrs Savill.   I am a qualified Nurse and Teacher and was an Associate Dean with Staffordshire University. My role in higher education enables me to value the learning given to pupils at this school in preparing them so well for their continuing education and lifelong learning.
Co-opted Governor
Appointment Date: 2 October 2003 Appointed to Chair of Governors September 2015
Appointed by Governors
Term of Office End Date: 31 December 2022

Mr Neil Reeve - Vice Chair of Governors

I am excited to have the opportunity to become a Governor and work with such an outstanding school as Lilleshall Primary. We currently live outside of the local area and are fortunate enough that our daughter has been able to secure a place in Year R. As a senior business manager working for an independently-owned national company, I will be looking to use my skill set and experience to support the school wherever possible during my term. Initially I will be using my finance and management experience to reinforce the Finance and Health & Safety Committee, and I look forward to working alongside the leadership team during my time here


Parent Governor

Appointment Date: 4th December 2019

Appointed by Parents

Term of Office End Date: 3rd December 2023



Mrs Christobel Cousins - Head Teacher

Mrs Cousins has been the Headteacher at Lilleshall Primary School since April 2011. She had previously worked as a Teaching and Learning Specialist for Literacy and ISP Consultant (Intensive Support Programme) with a focus on raising standard in Telford and Wrekin schools. She is currently an Attached Advisor for the Severn Teaching School Alliance.


Staff Governor

Governor by virtue of post



Mr Graham Platt

"I have been a resident of Lilleshall village for over 30 years with both my children (both now well grown up) attending the school. I was a Parish councillor for eight years and am still a member of the Lilleshall Memorial Hall Management Committee. A good primary school education is, I feel, vital for children’s continuous progress into the challenging world beyond the school gates. Although now retired I spent thirty five years in the cycle industry, the last 21 running my own business. I believe this experience can be put to good use within the school".

Co-opted Governor
Appointment Date: 12 January 2011. Re-elected 13th November 2018
Appointed by Governors
Term of Office End Date: 31 December 2022

Mrs Vanessa Savill

Mrs Savill has worked at Lilleshall Primary School since 2000 and is the lead for Early Years and Key Stage 1.  She is also SENCO. She supports and develops the work of these teams within school and also leads phonics, EYFS and assessment developments in school, monitoring and evaluating impact. She also works for the Local Authority as a Specialist Leader in Education supporting schools and leading professional development meetings for other Foundation Stage teachers.


Staff Governor

Appointment Date: 1 September 2010. Re-elected 13th November 2018

Appointed by School Staff

Term of Office End Date: 31 December 2022



Mr Barry Talbot

I joined the Governing Body in 2018 and sit on the Finance and Health & Safety Committee.  I have always lived in and around the area and we moved into the village in 2015 primarily to secure a place for our daughters to the school.  I am a qualified accountant and will hopefully use my experience and knowledge to effectively help the Governing Body.


Parent Governor

Appointment Date: 10 January 2018

Appointed by Parents

Term of Office End Date: 9 January 2022



Mrs Kim Platford

I have been a Governor at Lilleshall Primary School since Novermber 2010 initially as a parent governor and now as a community governor. Both my children attended Lilleshall Primary School and they both thoroughly enjoyed their time there. I currently teach at a Pupil Referral Unit for students with medical needs in Wolverhampton and prior to that I have been a SENCo as well as teaching PE for more years than I care to remember!  My role at Lilleshall  includes being the Link Governor for vulnerable groups and PE.


Co-opted Governor

Appointment Date: 22 November 2010. Re-elected 13th November 2018.
Appointed by Parents
Term of Office End Date: 31 December 2022 



Miss Ruth E Handley

I have recently joined the governing body as parent governor in 2019.  My role includes safeguarding. I am a registered mental health nurse and I teach at a local university to nursing and midwifery students. I hoping to use my skills and knowledge in my role as parent governor and offer a valuable contrition to the governing team.  


Parent Governor

Appointment Date: 11th February 2019

Appointed by Parents

Term of Office End Date: 10th February 2023



Mrs Heidi Wroe

I have lived in Lilleshall for around 14 years and have two children at the school. For over 13 years I have worked as a specialist conflict management / personal safety trainer and work nationally to help teams deal with behavioural conflict and physical intervention scenarios. I specialise in EYFS and Primary settings. Prior to this I worked as a Creative Director for many years. I hope to bring a variety of skills to assist the SLT in maintaining the high calibre of our school. 


Parent Governor

Appointed Date: 01 February 2022

Appointed by Parents

Term of Office End Date: 31 January 2025



Mrs Pam Millard

LA Governor

Appointment Date: 1 December 2010, Re-elected 13th November 2018
Appointed by Governors
Term of Office End Date: 30 November 2022
Stepped down as a Governor: 3rd May 2022



Mrs Cheryl Grass

Associate Member (Previously a Governor)
Appointment Date: 2nd November 2015
Appointed by Parents
Stepped down as a Governor 1st September 2021 - now supporting the Governors as an Associate Member