Who are our Governors?

Mrs Tania Coventry (Chair of Governors)

Revd. Cathy Helm (Vice Chair of Governors and Chair of Admissions Committee)

Mrs Claire Smith (Chair of Curriculum and Standards Committee)

Mr Ron Curnow (Chair of Resources Committee)

Mrs Helen Friend

Mr Rob Orford

Mr Syed Rashid

Mrs Sylvia Clark

Mrs Suzanne Roberts 




Rev. Cathy Helm


I have been the Vicar of the parishes of St Nicholas Burton and St. Michael’s Shotwick since 2009 and was delighted to be part of the Governing body of Bishop Wilson school from that time. As Ex-Officio Governor, I have been Vice Chair for 9 years and have also been Chair. I originally trained as a primary school teacher and taught in Wallasey for 12 years (before my ordination) and therefore have always had a keen interest in continuing to encourage, develop and grow children in both their educational and spiritual needs in a caring and Christian environment. My youngest child attended Bishop Wilson when we moved to the village and she thoroughly enjoyed her time here. I am also the RE link governor and lead weekly Acts of Worship with the children.







Ron Curnow

Foundation Governor

I have been a Foundation Governor at Bishop Wilson for 14 years. I trained as a Naval Architect, worked with the M.O.D (Navy) and worked internationally with my own Consultancy and Recruitment Companies for more than 40 years. I was the past Chairman of Institute of Directors (N.W.) and Chairman of the Federation of Engineering Design Companies. I obtained the Queens Award for Export on two occasions. I am married with four children and four grandchildren.


Tania Coventry

Foundation Governor & Chair


I am a former pupil of Bishop Wilson, attending between 1984 and 1991, and have strong connections with Burton.  Until recently, I had relatives living in the village and I got married at St Nicholas’ Church in 2012. I qualified as a Solicitor in 2006 and, after leaving a Regional Firm in Oxford, I returned to work on the Wirral and worked for a local firm for nearly 9 years.  After deciding to take a career break, I was delighted to join the Governing Board, as a foundation governor, in 2016. I loved my time as a pupil at Bishop Wilson and I am very happy to give something back to such a fantastic school. I am a member of the Resources Committee.


Sylvia Clark

Parent Governor


I am the mother of Kitty Clark and Zebedee. I am currently teaching at a local high school but have worked in Education for 25 years, taking on various roles in and out of the classroom, such as English teacher, Head of Sixth Form, Assistant Headteacher, PGCE tutor and Literacy Consultant for the Local Authority. I am passionate about the importance of Education and I put myself forward for becoming a Parent Governor because I was sorry to see that no one else did when the vacancy came up first time around! I love our little school and hope to see it thrive in the future. There is so much to celebrate here and firmly believe that our children deserve the best start in life that we can give them!






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Syed Rashid

Parent Governor

I became a parent governor eighteen months ago and got involved, largely due to my Commercial experience in working for a Global healthcare medical devices and consumer products company. I am looking at ways to increase the profile of our school with the local business community.


Claire Smith

Foundation Governor

I am just 'Mummy' to Ella and Kirra who both attend Bishop Wilson! I am also a Speech and Language Therapist with more than 25 years’ experience of working with children of all ages, in many different schools across the country. I strongly believe that the primary years are critical for giving children the right foundations for future education, so I am proud to be one of the Foundation Governors appointed by the Diocese to support the school in maintaining its Christian Ethos. I fell a little bit in love with Bishop Wilson when I first came to visit, when looking for a school for Ella. I knew the small, nurturing environment in beautiful countryside would be just what she needed to help her thrive, now both girls are very happy members of the school.






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