Our Governors

We are required to disclose a Register of interests past Governors are also included in this list.

 Our Governors, except the Head,are appointed for 4 years.

Barbara Beard

Foundation Governor


Member of Leadership & Management [L&M]


Andrew Hackley


Staff Governor [Headteacher]

After having spent several years working in the construction industry Mr Hackley returned to education and completed a degree in education during which he also managed a hop farm at night during the hop-picking season.
He has worked at 3 primary schools and arrived at Broadheath as Deputy Head in September 2008. Most of his teaching career has been spent teaching Year 6 pupils but has been lucky enough to teach children across all of the primary ages. He was also employed, part time, by the University of Worcester as a science lecturer in the education department.
For the past 6 years he has been involved with working with the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) in the development of the Key Stage 2 Science and Reading tests – this has helped him to keep up to date with current trends and ideas.
He looks forward to continuing to work with the fantastic pupils, parents and staff at Broadheath CE Primary School and hopes that together we can achieve our aim of ‘Happy Children, Successful Learners’. 

Simon Newton-Smith

M.Sc., LL.B. Cert Ed.

Co-opted Governor
Vice Chair
Chair of Head’s Performance & Management and
Member of L&M

Simon is retired having served for 27 yrs in a number of police forces (including West Mercia) and working for the Corporation of London as a HR Systems, Manager. He is a volunteer with the Worcester Clinical Commissioning Group and until recently the Treasurer of a national caravan club. He brings experience of HR, Finance and Adult Education and “common sense”.
He most enjoys giving out pupil awards on a Friday Morning and worries that he will not know when it is time to stop driving.

Hilary Simmons


Associate Governor

Full and voting member of L&M.

Full and voting member of Head's Panel.

Associate member with no voting rights Full Governors

Due to family commitments Hilary resigned as a Co-opted Governor with effect from March 17. Subsequently, because of her experience she was appointed as an Associate Governor.

Hilary moved to Lower Broadheath in 1991 from Brighton, where she was born and brought up. After university she worked for British Aerospace and then a major building society, designing and implementing computer systems. After a career break to look after her family, she moved into school business management and is now retired after 16 years managing a large primary special school so she brings inside knowledge of the finance and administration of primary schools in Worcestershire. This is her second time on the governing body: she was a parent governor while her son was at Lower Broadheath. She manages to fill her time with travelling, being Treasurer to the PTFA of her old school, trying to train the dog and producing (hopefully) elaborate knitting projects for her long-suffering family.

Hilary is always impressed by the maturity, good behaviour and enthusiasm of the children and by the welcome she receives from all the staff when she visits the school. 




Ian Craigan

Foundation Governor

Member of L&M

Ian is a freelance storyteller and community artist. He works in schools and community settings across the country using traditional tales from many countries, plus a few of his own devising. All this activity, along with regular fun and games with his 3 grandchildren, keeps him very close to the needs and interests of young children. In the past he has worked for Worcester City and County Councils in community development work and Early Years - he helped to set up the Sure Start programme in the county. He is an active member of Christ Church, leading services and helping to organise activity. Together with his wife Ally, he runs monthly services for the whole school. In his spare time he is a barn dance caller and a Border Morrisman.

Bryan Warnes

B. Sc., M. Sc

Parent Governor

Chairman of IPA


Bryan moved to the West Midlands from the wilds of Norfolk at the tender age of eighteen, to study Civil Engineering at the University of Birmingham. Following eight years as a Highways and Drainage Engineer with Birmingham City Council, a period as a Contracts Manager for a house building Company, interspersed with a year traveling around India, he re-entered academia. With a Masters degree in Irrigation Engineering under his belt, including a year in Pakistan, studying rice growing in the Punjab, he then worked as a Flood Defence Engineer with the National Rivers Authority.

The lure of foreign climes was too great however, and he moved to Southern Africa, with a two year contract for a British charity working for the Government of Lesotho. This involved supervising the construction of rural roads in the mountains, with a workforce of approximately five thousand women, using hand tools and labour based methods, in association with the World Food Programme.
The next ten years were spent living in Bolton and then Shropshire, managing a specialist Construction
Sub-Contractor – diamond drilling, diamond sawing and robotic demolition of reinforced concrete structures throughout the UK.Bryan moved to Lower Broadheath in 2010, having become a father at the age of fifty. He is now a full time house husband, and helps with the PTA. His main hobbies are acting as a parent helper with Class Two, being slightly grumpy and selling raffle tickets to unsuspecting parents outside the school – in all weathers.


Julie Davison

Co-opted Governor

Member of L&M


Julia Randall

Staff Governor

Julia has been teaching for over twenty years in schools in Worcestershire across all age ranges but has mainly worked with upper Key stage 2 children.  Although she has currently opted for part time work she has previously been a member of school leadership teams.  She loves working with children and in particular at Broadheath Primary School, where there is a vibrant and purposeful atmosphere with plenty of humour to see everyone through each week!

Stuart Beard

Parent Governor