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Who are our Governors?


Justin Philcox



I was appointed Headteacher of Churchfield Church School in September 2017, having previously been Principal of an Outstanding all through special school near Bath. My teaching career has spanned nearly 30 years and I have taught on the Isle of Wight, in East and West Sussex and for 5 years led the Regional Development team of the SSAT. During this time I worked closely with schools across the country and directly with the DfE. 


I have also been the Chair of Governors of a large primary and special school in Somerset. One of my sons has additional needs and as a consequence I have a very keen interest in SEN and autism. Outside of school, I enjoy living in a village on the edge of the Somerset Levels, taking an active part in village life; playing in ukulele in the village band and serving on the church PCC. Since 2018, I have developed a passion for beekeeping and enjoy the challenge and frustration of trying to keep bees.


Alison Murkin

MAT Appointed Governor

Chair of Governors



Francis Frost

MAT Appointed Governor

Joint Vice Chair of LGB



After leaving school I trained as an aircraft electrician in the RAF. I assimilated general instruments and was then appointed a trade training instructor. I was living in Wales when I left the service and became self-employed working on house and commercial electrics, domestic appliances and audio/television repairs. I returned to Somerset to work in factories on production, maintenance and quality control.


Moving away from engineering I worked for the probation service as a skills tutor, community service supervisor and an assistant warden in a bail hostel. I moved on to another homeless unit as a supervisor responsible for key working with individuals and took on the health and safety responsibility for the association. A few years later I was offered the opportunity to manage a young people’s unit in Highbridge and stayed there until that association was taken over.


I moved back into factory work and not long after this returned to the flexibility of self- employment as an electrician. I ran a small business mainly undertaking breakdown work on machinery in various factories as well as some domestic work.


I decided to retire early and was encouraged by my family to apply to my daughter’s school to be a governor. I was appointed as a parent governor at Churchfield School after the amalgamation and I took on responsibility for health and safety. When the school was taken over by the Mat and took on academy status I was retained as a governor with responsibility for child protection.


Helen Meager

Joint Vice Chair of LGB

Elected Parent Governor



I have recently returned to work as a secondary school Maths teacher, having previously taught Maths and PE in schools as far apart as Leeds and Cornwall.  I was elected a Parent Governor in 2016 and both my boys are at Churchfield. I really enjoy being a Governor as it has given me the chance to see a school from the other side - it is  real privilege to be able to work alongside the staff whilst supporting and challenging them to move the school forward so that all of our children have the best opportunities to learn and develop their experiences. I'm a member of the Ethos committee and am really keen to see the school develop stronger relationships with the local community to benefit everyone.

Outside of school I enjoy a variety of sports, mainly outdoor sports including walking, climbing and surfing and I'm trying hard to ensure that my boys enjoy them just as much.


Alison Ridley

Elected Parent Governor

SEN Governor



Peter Selby

Elected Staff Governor

Ethos Committee Member



Elizabeth Malaiperuman

MAT Appointed Governor



I started my career over 10 years ago pursuing a specialism in human resources, I currently work for a national charity covering the West of England.  Working for a charity has enabled me to develop a strong understanding of managing services on a tight budget, something that is reflected in the role of Governor.

I have lived in Somerset for over 25 years and love the community in Highbridge and surrounding area, we have a lot of great places that I enjoy including Apex Park, the beach, quantocks and mendip hills.  I am keen to make a difference to the local community as a Member of Burnham On Sea Community Church and Girlguiding I engage with many in the local area.

As a Mum of 2 children in nursery and school I love to see the children developing and gaining skills, experience and confidence through quality teaching, spending time in the school has helped me develop a better understanding of education.  I am delighted to have the opportunity to be Governor and look forward to working with the Board and school to ensure it continues to improve.




1 x MAT Appointed Vacancy


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