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Governing Team

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 Glynn Ashforth - Chair of Governors; Community Governor

I have lived in Melksham since 1999. I have been a community governor for 6 years and my linked department is science.

I recently retired as a Police Officer having served 32 years in Wiltshire Police. I still work for Wiltshire Police as an offender manager under the 'umbrella' of safeguarding. I value education at all levels and have recently completed my own studies to gain a Master of Science degree in Forensic Psychology and Criminology.

I have two grown up children and four grand children who all live in the County. 


ml_av_guv_eharroldEmma Harrold - Clerk to the Governors

I have been Clerk to the Governors for 4 years and prior to this I was a Parent Governor at Melksham Oak.  I love the role of Clerk to the Governors and enjoy working with the Staff and Governors to ensure that Melksham Oak continues to deliver a great education for the young people of Melksham.



Ken Hunt OBE - Community Governor; Teaching and learning committee, Personnel and resources committee.

I have been a governor since 2009. I have lived in the Melksham area for most of my life. I am married with two children, both of whom attended George Ward School.

I am now retired but worked in industry in various technical and management roles for over 35 years. I also worked for the UK Government as an advisor helping UK companies 'do business in India' for which I was appointed OBE in 2006.

A Chartered Engineer by profession, I am passionate about ensuring children receive a sound education in maths, science and technology. I am link governor for maths. 

Barbara Stevenson - Parent Governor; Standards Committee and link Governor for Business

Having lived in Melksham most of my life I decided to become a parent governor in January 2014. Both my children have attended the school and I am passionate about working to provide the best education for young people.

My background is one of Corporate Finance and I am currently undertaking further study to become a Chartered Banker. Since taking on the role I have had a number of opportunities to do additional work with the school and I hope to begin working with the finance team in the near future.

On a personal note, I love living in the countryside where I enjoy walking my dogs and all aspects of country life. I'm passionate about my children and their activities, love to read and spend time in my garden.

Mark Fordham – Vice Chair of Governors; Community & Welfare Committeeml av markfordham 3

I settled and have now lived in Melksham since December 2009 after completing a successful career in the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers, (REME). Although I have left the service I still maintain strong ties with the Corps and work as a Lecturer in Engineering at the Defence College of Technical Training at Lyneham.

It is a privilege to serve on the Governing body as the School continues to develop and moves forward at a rapid pace. Being a Governor is an interesting, challenging and rewarding role to have within the local community.

In my spare time I am a qualified rugby coach with a local club and a member of a local Rugby Referees’ Society. My youngest son is a keen rugby player, plays for a local side and who also attends Melksham Oak Community School.