Governor biographies

Louisa Aldridge

Parent Governor
Term of office: 2 October 2017 - 1 October 2021 

I took up the role of parents governor in October 2017, my son having started St. John's in 2016.

Following my Physics degree and PGCE at Bristol University I have worked in education for over 15 years, initially as a secondary school science teacher and then in senior leadership roles across a multi academy trust. Having been an assistant head teacher in one academy I now work across the multi academy trust to improve science teaching for all students. I feel that I can use the experiences that I have had in local schools to benefit our children at St John's and I look forward to taking an active role in the life of the school.

I am passionate about excellent education for everyone and would like to support St John’s to continue being a fantastic school for students, parents and the local community.

Tom Gent

Foundation Governor
Term of office: 1 September 2015 - 31 August 2019 

I took up the role of foundation governor in September 2015, I have a girl in year 1 and hopefully my son will join the school in year R next year. I have lived in Keynsham and been part of the St John’s parish for the last 7 years.

I studied Zoology at Nottingham before teaching English abroad and then became an IT consultant in London before moving to Bristol. I joined the police, where I have enjoyed working primarily in community policing in the inner city for the last 10 years and I am currently a police response Sergeant in central Bristol.

I wanted to be a governor as I am passionate about supporting the school to deliver the best education possible for our young people.

Claire Lowe

Chair of Governors and Foundation Governor
Term of Office: 10 April 2017 - 9 April 2021 

I took on the role of Foundation Governor for St John’s Church of England Primary School in February 2013. I have lived in Keynsham since 2004 and I am married to John. We have two children – Katie started Year R at St John’s School in 2012 and Isabelle was born in February 2013. I have a DPhil in Chemistry from the University of York and after graduating I spent six years working for the British Dental Association (Policy and Research Directorate) in London and then in Cardiff.

Since having children I have taken on various voluntary roles. I am currently the Local Secretary for the Children’s Society in Keynsham and I do a small amount of work for Queen’s Road Pre-School (writing and analysing parent questionnaires). I was Chair of St John’s Church Toddler Group for two years (2009-2011) and I am currently a Sunday School teacher and a Housegroup Leader. I am also actively involved in many other aspects of St John’s Church and I am a member of the St John’s School PTA.

Jonathan Medlin

Co-opted Governor 
erm of Office: 19 April 2018 - 18 April 2022

I became a co-opted governor in April 2018, and have a daughter at St John’s.  

I was brought up in Keynsham, and also attended St John’s. I moved back with my family a few years ago having lived and worked in a number of places. Whilst away, I studied in Cardiff and London and qualified as a chartered town planner.

I mainly work in areas with growing communities, to ensure that they have the required level of infrastructure such as schools, health and other facilities. I also work with individuals, charities and neighbourhood groups to provide free or low cost access to environmental or planning advice when affected by planning proposals, and volunteer with the Environmental Law Foundation having previously been trustee of the charity Planning Aid. 

I am very interested in the role of schools in the wider community and supporting St John’s future strategic direction to enable a well rounded education for all the pupils.

Claire Graham

Term of office: Ex-officio

Jennifer O’Reilly

Parent Governor
Term of office: 1 July 2021 - 30 June 2025

My daughter is just about to complete her first year at St John’s.

Following my English literature degree at University of Warwick, I initially worked in marketing for a few years before completing my primary PGCE in 2007. Since then I worked for three years teaching in Blackburn with Darwen, and then moved to Bristol in 2010 where I have been teaching ever since. 

As my daughter is just beginning her school career, I was keen to play an active role in the life of the school and to help St John’s provide an exciting, engaging education for all of its pupils.

Joanna Powell

Staff Governor
Term of office: 22 October 2018 - 21 October 2022

Duncan Tyler

Parent Governor
Term of office: 28 November 2018 - 27 November 2022

Sandra Yeoman

Staff Governor
Term of Office: 23 February 2018 - 22 February 2022