Parent Governors

Mrs Suzie Devlin

​I currently have two children that attend Priestley Primary School. Both of them love going to school and it's easy to see why.
The children care for one another and it's clear the teachers care for their education and give them the best opportunities to learn.
I have worked within the finance industry for the past 16 years and I'm happy I have the opportunity to work with the teachers and other governors to help Priestley grow.

Mr Graham Craig

My name is Graham Craig and I work for Babcock International at MoD Lyneham, managing a Media design team. After serving as a co-opt Governor for a number of years prior to my daughter joining Priestley Primary School in 2016, I have remained on the committee as a Parent Governor. I feel becoming a Governor provides an ideal opportunity to work with the school that looks after my child's first years of education. 


I enjoy working with people, creative thinking and technology. My career has been varied, from freelance graphic design and marketing, to managing field marketing teams employed by blue chip companies such as Philips Consumer Electronics and Ubisoft. 


I hope to bring an open minded view with an eye on effective ways and methods to promote the school and create long lasting advocates. 

Mr Aubrey Hoadley

As a Landscape Architect with a wealth of first-hand experience in the design and construction of primary schools, I am keen to assist Priestley through the construction process and future expansion of the school offering help and guidance when required.


With one child at the school and a further two to attend in the future I am keen to see the school continue to grow and succeed for many years to come.


From first viewing the school in 2015, through to date, Priestley has been and continues to be a friendly, caring, focused and inspiring environment to be in. It is with great pride and a privilege that I was approached to be part of the governing body at Priestley. I look forward to helping ensure the children have a chance to develop into rounded individuals who are proud of Priestley and for Priestley to be proud of them.

Mr Kev Matthews - Vice Chair

Co opted Governors

My name is Kev Matthews and I have a daughter who attends Priestley Primary School, currently in Year One.  I am interested in supporting the school with its growth and development, especially with the announced expansion, as it is important that the school maintains its community feel.  I would also like to see a greater presence within the local area to showcase the great work that the school does.  I feel that I want to contribute to the environment in which my daughter and her classmates learn in.  Being a Governor will give me the opportunity to achieve this.

Mr Andy Poole

I joined the Priestley team as a governor in June 2014 and since September of that year I have chaired the Finance, Staff and Premises committee. When I became part of the school I was impressed by the desire and determination  of those associated with it for continual improvement, not only in classroom learning but also in a broader environmental and cultural perspective, giving the children the benefit of a good, solid and rounded education.

Originally from South Wales, I have lived in the surrounding area for the last 25 years and have three grown up children. I am a qualified accountant with many years experience of working in  industry and commerce at a senior level and have managed a number of professional teams during that time. Using this experience I aim to help Priestley achieve it's ambitions and meet the challenges of today's educational environment.

Miss Lianne Aherne (Chair of Governors)                                             

I have been a governor since April 2015 and am currently the Chair of Governors. I have over ten years of experience in secondary education and have also completed an MA in Leadership. As Chair of Governors, I have the privilege of working with a team of talented and committed staff and governors to ensure that Priestley is the best that it can be. It is a very special school and I hugely enjoy the opportunity to meet with the children who are superb ambassadors for all that we aim to achieve. Our aim is that the children in our care fulfil their potential in all areas of school life and I am always impressed by the dedication of those who work alongside the children and foster the warm Priestley atmosphere. We seek to inspire children to make a difference in the world and I know that they are provided with the foundations for future success during their time with us.

Dr Stan Fowler

I a Chemistry teacher with over 20 years experience in education. I have worked at St Mary’s Calne for over a decade where I have held the posts of Housemaster, Leader of Learning and Head of Chemistry. After reading Chemistry at the University of Durham, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena, followed by senior research fellowships at the University of Cambridge, specialising in NMR and secondary metabolite biosynthesis. I maintains a YouTube channel containing of teaching videos for GCSE and A-Level Chemistry and have a specific interest in science communication.

LA Governor

Mrs Jayne Funnell 

Staff Governors

Mr Andrew Marsh Ballard

Mr Craig Gibbens

Priestley Primary School, Prince Charles Drive, CALNE, Wiltshire SN11 8TG