Local Governing Body

What is it?

All schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school.

Byron Primary School converted to become an academy in January 2016 and is part of The Westbrook Trust.

Who are your governors?

 Our governing body consists of:

  • The head teacher
  • 2 parent governors
  • 4 co-opted governors
  • 1 elected staff governors

The governance structure of The Westbrook Trust can be viewed here.

The standard term of office for a governor is four years. The chair and vice-chair are elected annually at the first meeting of the academic year.

The chair of governors is Miss Lilian Gould.  Messages for her can be left at the school office or emailed via  byronoffice@thewestbrooktrust.org

Local Governing Body - Byron Primary

*Table below updated 02/02/2021


Date Appointed

Term Ends

Attendance at meetings this Academic year*

Mr Jon Carthy - Head Teacher




Miss Lillian Gould - Co-Opted Governor




Mr Graham Chantler - Co-Opted Governor



VACANCY - Co-Opted Governor




Miss Sarah Nuttall - Staff Governor




Mrs Michelle Simpson - Parent Governor




VACANCY - Parent Governor




Mr Graham Gorvett - Co-Opted Governor





Previously a Governor (Past 12 months)

Mr Jim Smith - Term ended 19/04/2020

Mr Ben Gaughran - Term ended 31/08/2020

Biographies of the Local Governing body at Byron


Miss Lillian Gould - Chair of Governing Body
Co-opted Governor

“Lillian is a lifetime resident of Gillingham, being educated in the area before going to Rochester Grammar School for Girls. On leaving school she joined KCC and had a variety of posts within the Education Department until retiring in 2003. These roles gave her regular contact with schools, parents and professionals in education, health and social services. She holds a Diploma in Municipal Administration. Whilst working Lillian was based in various parts of the county, but upon retirement felt that she wanted to return to her roots, becoming a school governor some 10 years ago, and also volunteering for other community organisations in Medway.”


Mr Jon Carthy - Head Teacher

"Jon started his career as a TEFL teacher in a Hungarian Primary School, teaching Business English and working as a residential course Director for The British Council. He returned to the United Kingdom in 1999 and continued his career teaching and leading in primary schools as well as directing summer language school programmes in Kent. Jon has a particular interest in school recovery and has a strong track record working with schools in challenging circumstances as part of the leadership team of a highly successful primary school and Sure Start Centre in Medway. He continues to be a member of this team in addition to leading Byron Primary School.  He has also been a school improvement consultant for Medway Council and a school governor since 2005 (various schools)."


Mr Graham Chantler
Co-opted Governor



VACANCY                                                                                                                                                                                            Parent Governor


Mrs Michelle Simpson

Parent Governor



Mr Graham Gorvett - Vice Chair of Governors

Co-Opted Governor

“Born and brought up in South Wales, Graham came to the Medway Towns in 1983, when he joined the Kent County Council, Careers Service. Graham was initially based at the Divisional Council Offices at Kingsley House, Balmoral Road, Gillingham. Graham worked for the Careers Service in Kent and Medway for 21 years, progressing from Trainee Careers Adviser to the Senior Management Team. In 2003, Graham joined the staff at Mid-Kent College, where he was responsible for students with additional learning support needs. During 2005, Graham took on a new role at the University of Kent, where he was initially, Student Services Manager at the Medway Campus before becoming Head of Student Support and Wellbeing, for all campuses of the University. Graham took early retirement from the University in 2015. Following early retirement, Graham has worked for two charities, in the Medway area; ‘Kids’ and ‘Carers First.’ He is currently a volunteer at Carers First and Spadework; a garden centre / plant nursery, which provides life skills training and work experience for people with learning disabilities.
Graham is also a part-time student, attending horticulture courses at Hadlow College. He has just taken over an allotment at the Hempstead Road / Chapel Lane site.
Graham has been involved with education and educational support for most of his working life and is keen to be involved with the Byron Primary School community.
Graham has a personal connection with Byron Primary - his son-in-law was a pupil between 1991 and 1998.”


Miss Sarah Nuttall
Staff Governor

"Sarah has lived in the Medway Towns for 11 years.  Before deciding to retrain as a teacher, Sarah worked in the financial services industry.  Part of her work involved supporting pension scheme Trustee boards in areas including compliance, administration and finance.  A lot of the skills Sarah gained through this work have been transferable into her Staff Governor role.  Sarah has worked at Byron since 2014 and is the Lower Key Stage 2 Phase Leader.  She is passionate about ensuring all children at the school have access to a broad, exciting and inspiring education which will prepare them for life in secondary school and beyond."