Holbrook Primary School, Trowbridge

Inspiring, Nurturing, Challenging every learner to achieve their full potential



Governance Statement 2020-21

Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor. Our governors can be contacted at

Vicki Cottrell - Headteacher

As the headteacher of Holbrook Primary School I sit on our Full Governing Body.  I also sit on our performance and standards committee and our finance and premises committees.  I have been a governor here since my appointment in January 2019 and prior to that I was a staff governor at my previous school.  I feel very lucky to have an active governing body working alongside me to lead our school forward.  They challenge me in our governor's meetings to make sure that we are doing our very best for the children of Holbrook.  Outside of school I have a daughter and two very energetic dogs to keep me busy!

Mark Hartley - Vice-Chair of Governors

Parent Governor. Term of office ends 11.6.23.


Mark is the Vice-Chair of the Governing Board and a keen supporter of Holbrook School. After 30 years as a Prison Officer, Mark and his wife Lisa set up and run Shire Consultants, specialising in Health & Safety and training. Mark and Lisa have twin boys at Holbrook school.

            Mark's interests are coaching children’s rugby and Cornwall. Mark sees his role at Holbrook as a “Critical Friend,”  supporting the Headteacher and her                staff in achieving the best results for our children in a safe environment.

David Halik

Local Authority Governor. Term of Office ends 31.8.23.

I am a Trowbridge Town Councillor for Dursley and Drynham Ward, and a Wiltshire County Councillor for Trowbridge Grove Ward 

I also work as a support worker for people who have a learning condition whenever I am not working on council matters.

I have and continue to help local charity organisations and my local church St John RC.

I was requested by the county council to serve on the Governing Body of Holbrook in 2008 and have been lucky enough to be asked to continue to support the school its staff, children and parents. 

Without doubt the role has and continues to be very rewarding and enjoyable experience where the children are provided with the best education and learning within the best and safest environment possible. 

Throughout the time I have been governor the one thing that has always been important to me and the school as a whole continues to do is allow time for every child to develop their creatively but in challenging ways.



Kevin Hartley

Co-Opted Governor. Term of Office ends 31.8.23.

I have been a Governor at Holbrook School since 2013, and the Chair of the Premises sub-committee. I have many years experience working in the education sector. I have seen many changes over the years and realise the importance of long life learning. I have previously served as a Governor at Trowbridge and Wiltshire Colleges, and at the John Bentley School.

During my career I have taught Apprentices, BTEC and A Level students, from electrical, computing maintenance repair to filming techniques courses, and I believe that every young person should be provided with the opportunities to improve their knowledge and skills so that they can achieve their full potential ready for their next step in education and their future prospects. I am involved with GOFISH which expands on this, preparing young people for the challenges of work and becoming young entrepreneurs.

I trained as a professional electrician and progressed to Health & Safety and construction of buildings. My main interest is Trowbridge; documenting it's history/events and I am involved with many local Trowbridge groups.

Louise Smith

Staff Governor. Term of Office ends 14.1.23.

I have been teaching since 2002.  I have taught in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.  I spent a year teaching Second Grade in an elementary school in California, USA.  I got my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Ottawa University, USA.  I joined Holbrook Primary School in 2016.

Rebecca Lockwood Norris

Chair of Governors. Parent Governor.  Term of office ends 5.11.23


I have taken on the role of Parent Governor at Holbrook as I wish to have a positive impact at my children’s school. I am a trained Primary (school) Mentor and, during the time my children have been on role, I have volunteered at Holbrook, listening to children read and being a chaperone on school trips. My professional life has given me good knowledge of governance, compliance, scrutiny and project management, I have also been involved in the administration of grant funding and assisting with community projects; all of which I can apply in my role as a school governor. 


Dawn Fielding

Co-Opted Governor. Term of office ends 14.10.24

I recently joined the Governor team and my main duties include monitoring the School curriculum.  As well as being a mother of three, I am an environmental scientist and work across many sectors of industry.  I am very keen to help support the delivery of Science and related Geography and Environmental topics at Holbrook.  My organisation promotes young apprentice programs across the wider community in particular encouraging and mentoring engineering talent, linking our clients with local schools.

Viki Barton

Co-Opted Governor. Term of office ends 31.3.25.

Having been a Holbrook parent for 11 years I am now pleased to have the opportunity to further support the strategic direction of the school through a role as Co-Opted Governor.  

Over my time as a Holbrook parent I have worked as part of the Holbrook School Association (PTA) team and have been lucky enough to share a variety of experiences alongside Holbrook children and their families. In addition, I have enjoyed my visits to school to listen to children read and of course many a school trip!
A registered Childminder for 7 years, before taking a change of direction in more recent years, I enjoyed the daily challenge of providing a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment for children in my setting.
Away from work and volunteering, along with my family, I enjoy being outdoors, camping, languages and photography.