Chard School Governors

Neil Mayfield (Chair)

Neil taught English as a foreign language many years ago and now runs a Financial Services business in Crewkerne. Neil has a son who has been at Chard School from Reception and is now in Year 6. He has been actively involved with the Friends of Chard School for some time and joined the Board of Governors in 2018.  Neil was recently appointed as the Chair of the Board of Governors.

Sylvie Dare FCMI (Vice Chair)

Sylvie is the Vice Chair of the Board of Governors. She spent 10 years working in Finance in Zambia. On her return to the UK she joined a South West Charity helping people start up their own business and also co-owned a care home for 20 years. Sylvie was a Governor of the Park School for many years before joining the Board of Governors at Chard School in 2015. She is the Treasurer for her local church, a Financial Controller for her son’s business and acts as a Business Advisor for the Prince’s Trust. Sylvie was Head of the Finance Committee for the Board of Governors from 2015 to the start of 2021.

Mark Ferland

Mark was a pupil at Chard School between 1960-65 and joined the Board of Governors in 2016. His background is in Education and he is a retired Headteacher. After taking early retirement Mark went on to work at Stansted Airport hunting for lost luggage! He is a keen organ player and also enjoys repairing organs.

Edward Colgan

Edward joined the Board of Governors in 2015 and was Chair until the end of 2020. Edward’s background is in the NHS where he was Chief Executive of Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and he has over 20 years’ Board level experience in the NHS. He was also Chair of the Board of the NHS South West Leadership Academy which is responsible for the professional and personal leadership development of staff working across the NHS in the South West. He is now retired and lives locally to Chard.

Mr Nick Child

Nick joined the Board of Governors in 2019 and is the newly appointed Chair of the Finance Committee. His background is in Finance having worked for a number of US banks for best part of 40 years. Nick has now relocated to the Bridport area and is delighted to be part of the Board of Governors.

Mr Tom Moran

Tom  has lived in the Chard area for over 40 years and joined the Board of Governors in 2019. He is a retired Solicitor who had a career initially with a firm in Chard and then went on to work for the Land Registry in Weymouth. Tom has family who have attended Chard School.

Anna Lightfoot

Anna has two children currently at Chard School. She has worked in Publishing and more recently as an English Teacher. Anna is keen to help the future success of the school.

Emma Sherman

Emma joined the Board of Governors in 2018. She worked for Camelot the operator of The National Lottery for 10 years as a Retail Development Executive after completing a BA (Hons) in Business at the University of Plymouth. Emma currently has business interests in the Education, Care and the Property sector in the local area. She has two children who have attended Chard School for a combined 15 years and is passionate about the Safeguarding Governor role within the school.