Welcome to the Local Governing Board  - September 2020-2021

Carole O'Donnell

Chair of Governor and FRP committee

My family have had connections with Coaley C of E Academy for over 50 years. I attended the school and all three of my children have also.
I am and always have been a regular churchgoer and am a member of the Parochial Church Council at St Bartholomew’s and Lay Chair of Wotton Deanery Synod.
Professionally I have worked in the nuclear industry for the last 21 years as a Procurement officer and previously in local government. I have experience in governance, processes and procedures.
Outside of work I am District Commissioner for Cotswold Vale Scout District, overseeing 120 leaders and nearly 500 young people. Safeguarding, health and safety, communications and training as my focus in this role. Working alongside the school curriculum Scouting helps to provide young people with skills for life.
I have a keen interest in the running of the school and it’s future development.

Carole holds the responsibility of safeguarding and Looked After Children governor. She sits on the FRP committee.

Mr Richard Lucas

Head Teacher

My name is Richard Lucas and I have been a Headteacher for over 10 years, and the Headteacher at Coaley since September 2019. I started teaching more than 20 years ago and absolutely love my job. Working with children and being a Headteacher is such a privilege. Being able to improve children’s lives and make a difference is what makes my job so special and being a part of the school’s journey to improve is very exciting. I am a passionate supporter of Forest Green Rovers (and Arsenal), which I supplement by playing 5-a-side once a week – badly! I also play the drums in two rock bands and record and gig quite often. I love walking my two crazy dogs with my family and I find cooking strangely relaxing.

Charlotte Johnson

Parent Governor

Charlotte lives in Coaley with her husband and two daughters, the eldest of which attends Coaley Academy, with the youngest due to join shortly. Charlotte is a Chartered Engineer and a passionate supporter of all things STEM. She is a Civil Servant, qualified Lead Auditor and a recognised expert in Maritime Safety. Charlotte joined the board of governors in February 2019 as a Parent Governor.

Charlotte is the chair of the Standards and Ethos committee.

Mr Kenneth Hitchings

Ex-officio Governor

I was born and bred in Dursley and have always lived locally.
I have spent most of my working life as a photographer working for both newspapers and as a wedding photographer. For many years I owned a photographic studio in Dursley.

I now live with my wife in Cam and have two grown up children, both married. My daughter lives in Coaley and has two children who both attend Coaley Academy. My other son lives in Nottinghamshire and also has two children.

I am a Diocesan Reader at St. George’s Church, Cam, and have been involved with many local activities. I have been chairman of Dursley Cricket Club, Dursley Operatic and Dramatic Society and founder member and Chairman/Trustee of Kingshill House Arts Centre.
I joined Relate Gloucestershire and Swindon twenty years ago and served for ten years as their CEO. I also served as a Director/Trustee of the Relate National Charity.

I am so proud to be a Governor of Coaley Academy. It is an inspiring place to learn with totally dedicated staff and fantastic children. I hope to play a small part in the future growth and success of the school.

Ken holds the responsibility of Special Educational Needs governor and sits on both the FRP and S&E committees.

Clair Oxley



I became the Clerk in September 2019. I have three children, two at Coaley and one at secondary school.
I am a nurse and a health visitor by trade but wanted to do a little extra to help the school out.
I also work in the school office as an administration assistant one day a week. I am from Essex originally and lived in the area since 2015.

Mrs Becky Hancock

Staff Governor

I landed on my feet in 2019, joining Coaley school at a time of change and growth. I am passionate about Early Years education and am delighted to have the opportunity to teach my class for three years, watching as they grow and flourish through the EYFS and Key Stage one, within our small, nurturing Coaley family. I am a mum of two grown up children and spend my spare time running up and down the many hills around Stroud, walking my two dogs, looking for my cat and keeping up with friends and family.

Becky is a member of the E&S committee.

Mrs Anne Cheshire

Co-Opted Governor

I moved to Gloucestershire from Leeds in 1980 and have subsequently lived in Coaley since 1981. Here we raised our son who attended Coaley school. During his early years I became a registered childminder and also a childminder coordinator for Stroud until 1986 when I returned to work. I also helped run the brownie pack in Coaley for a number of years.
Whilst my son became involved in football I became an avid supporter and ultimately Chairman of Everside youth football. I was also the first Child Protection Officer for Stroud Youth League.
The majority of my working careers has been in finance roles most recently Commercial and Treasury Manager for a local manufacturer and then Finance Manager for a telecommunications company.
I have always supported Coaley school and I am very keen to get involved in the development and progress of the school.

Anne is the chair for the FRP committee.

Mrs Francine Jackson

Co-Opted Governor

I live in Dursley and have two children, both of whom will soon be in secondary school. I was a governor for 5 years at another local school and enjoyed being part of a small team working towards a shared vision so, when I was approached to be a co-opted governor in late 2019, so I was happy to agree to join the board at Coaley. I work in Cheltenham for an academic publishing company, so I am involved at the opposite end of the education experience. I am passionate about the idea that education is the key to aspiration and opportunity.

Fran sits on both the E&S and FRP committee

 Welcome from our governing body. Minutes of the meetings can be obtained via the clerk. 

We have one Local Governing Body (LGB) meeting per half term and two committee meetings per half term. These are the Ethos and Standards (S&E) committee and the Finance, Resource and Property (FRP) committee. 
For any other information or if you wish to speak to the LGB please contact Clair Oxley Clerk to governors  at: