Our School Governors

Full Governing Body

  • Mrs Kathy McCann


    I have taught in Dorset schools since 1996, and have 3 daughters aged between 9 and 14. I am passionate about ensuring that our young people are given all available opportunities whilst at school. This is important both academically, but also to enable them to become confident, caring and happy individuals, who know their own strengths.
    As Headteacher, I am on the Full Governing Body to be held to account for the standards the children achieve and how we use money for best value. I report fully each meeting to the rest of the Governors on how the term is progressing and how the school is performing.

Parent Governors
  • Mrs Kim Burgess

    Parent Governor

  • Mrs Ann Leather

    Parent Governor

    I’m a Mum of three children, my youngest still being at Stickland’s, the other two have moved on to Beaminster School so I have known the school for 10 years. I’ve worked in science and conservation areas including lab work, river mapping and wildlife surveys. Seeing my children move through the school over the years made me want to learn more about what goes on ‘behind the scenes’ and to learn about primary education. I try to get into school as much as I can and listen to readers on a regular basis, help in the library and go on school trips.

  • Miss Louisa Spearing

Foundation Governors
  • Mr Richard Campbell

    Chair of Governors (Foundation Governor)

    Richard Campbell MA, OBE
    After Cambridge where I gained my MA in Natural Sciences, I worked for Shell before going to the USA to be trained as a management consultant. I then worked helping many companies re-organise their systems in UK, Germany, Ireland and South Africa. Returning to UK in 1972, my wife and I made a radical change and started farming in West Dorset, a mixed farm with pigs, sheep and beef cattle. I became a magistrate in 1983 and served as Bench Chairman for 7 years. I also represented Farmers with the NFU and became a Commissioner of MLC. Now “retired” and living in Evershot I became a governor to help the contact between the Church and School, then soon became interested in the wider concerns of improving and retaining primary education in rural villages. I am now privileged to chair the Governing Body at Sticklands.

  • Mrs Jax Comyn

    Foundation Governor

    Jacqueline Comyn, a relative ‘new comer’ to West Dorset, has lived most of her life abroad. Whilst moving around as a ‘trailing spouse’ she was always involved in education. She worked as a teaching assistant in reception whilst in Kuwait; taught humanities and science (SATs level 2) in Addis Ababa and taught English as a foreign language in Istanbul. CELTA trained, she loves how education can be so transformative if it’s done well, and her current passion is ‘Bushbells’ – a little organisation that sells bright colourful kikoy cottons to raise money to build classrooms and buy books in rural Watamu, Kenya. Being a governor gives her the opportunity to continue to be involved with education at a local level and she’s very keen on village schools in the community.

  • Mrs Anne Knox

    Foundation Governor

    Anne Knox – BA(Hons) M.Ed. We came to live in Halstock in 1968 when my husband was in the Royal Navy. Halstock then had its own village school, I have taught in schools and colleges locally and in London. I believe in supporting Church Primary Schools and for some years have been a governor of a larger multi ethnic church school in a deprived area of London. I am now pleased and privileged to be able to support Sticklands School.

  • Mrs Katharine Singleton-Smith

    Foundation Governor

  • Mrs Charlotte Townshend

    Foundation Governor

  • Rev Linda Wilcock

    Foundation Governor

CSA Governor
  • Mr Kevin Roberts

    CSA Governor

    I have lived and worked in Dorset for over 30 years. I am married to Rose, a teacher, and have 3 grown up children. As a recently retired primary school Headteacher it is a privilege to be a member of the Governing Body and be able to give something back to education and the lives of the children of Stickland’s Primary School. I sit on the Performance and Standards committee as well as the Full Governing Body. In my “retirement” I enjoy travelling, both in the UK and abroad, singing in a local choir and rejuvenating our garden, which could take some time!

Staff Governor
  • Miss Ruth Adler

    Staff Governor


    I live in Sherborne with my partner Christopher, we have 3 children; 2 girls and 1 boy.
    I have taught at Stickland's for over 10 years ; I teach year 1 and 2 and am also deputy head and SENCO here.
    Being a governor enables me to have a compete overview and understanding of the school, it's developments and achievements.
    I am very proud to work at Stickland's.

Associate Governors
  • Mrs Sadie Watson

    Associate Governor (Senior Teaching Assistant)

    I have been at Sticklands for 12 years now and have worked with every year group. I am a senior teaching assistant who now works in Woodpeckers where I think you see the most rewarding progres over the 2 years. I love working on interventions to help boost and enable pupils to access the curriculum better and enjoy teaching whole class PE across the school.
    I myself am a keen sports women and in particular hockey where I still regularly play at a high level. I have 20 year old son who suffers from fragile X syndrome which keeps me on my toes but he is the happiest and laid back young man ever.
    I wanted to be governor so that I could help contribute towards discussions and possibilities on giving our children the best education possible at Sticklands!!