Find out more about the people who make up our Governing Body below. If you are looking for offical documents, you can read those relating to our Governing body over on our Governance page:

Governance Page

Rob Bickerton – Parent Governor – Chair
My youngest child joined the school reception class in September 2014 and I volunteered to be a parent governor because I am interested in helping to improve the school for the benefit of all. I have had my own business for well over twenty years and have been a director of charities and also nationally recognised companies. I have a special interest in finance, budgeting and quality service provision. I hope that my experience in the business world and life generally will add to the existing governor team.


Simon Adcock – Parent Governor
I joined as a parent governor in 2017. Originally from Wolverhampton I’ve lived in Ironbridge since 2007 and have two children at the school. I am the managing director of an award-winning security technology business based in Wolverhampton which I’ve run for 30 years. I am also vice chairman of the British Security Industry Association and one of the leaders of the national surveillance camera strategy. As well as a keen interest in the education of our children, and an appreciation of the importance of our school to the community, I bring my skills in organisational management, IT and financial control to the role.


Alicia Carter – Foundation Governor
I have been a Foundation Governor for approximately 12 years and have previously been Vice-Chair and currently chairs the H&S Committee.  I am a Police Officer with 23 years’ experience, having worked as a local Intelligence Officer as well as an investigator on major incidents.  I have two daughters who both attended Coalbrookdale & Ironbridge Primary School and who are now 15 and 18 years old.  Outside of work I play squash, having played at county level and represented the West Midlands Region in the Police National Championships.  I also enjoy horse riding and walking.


Dr Ann Henshaw – Foundation Governor
Ann Henshaw PhD (Psychology), B.A. (Hons), Cert. Ed. F.M.A. Mediator
I am a Foundation Governor having strong links with the church as an active and enthusiastic Christian.  I have lived in Ironbridge for some 17 years.  I gained her BSc (Hons), Ph.D. (Psychology) and teaching qualifications at the University of Keele in the 1980s.

I taught  briefly in school in the 1980s and was then employed as an academic Psychologist in the University Sector (Keele and Wolverhampton) for some 20  years. I retain links in research and teaching and training and has more recently taught SEN adults at Telford College of Arts and Technology.  I have worked as a Chartered Psychologist with parents and their children focussing upon Developmental and Educational issues.

I trained as a Family Mediator in 2004 and am currently a Director/shareholder of a Family Mediation business in Stafford involved in private and court-directed work.  I serves on various Educational and Accreditation Boards at a local and National Level and have recently worked with the Ministry of Justice chairing panels that appoint Judges in England and Wales.
I enjoy maintaining her 250-year-old cottage on the banks of the river Severn (her garden sometimes being in the river Severn!).  I like gardening, walking, travelling, decor and antiques and am an enthusiastic singer of ‘world music’ with a popular local community choir as well as singing with the local Churches contemporary worship group.


Revd Ian Naylor – Foundation Governor – Vice Chair
I am the Parish Priest of Coalbrookdale, Ironbridge and Little Wenlock and have been since Easter 2011, having moved from Suffolk. I am married to Judith (an Occupational Therapist) and have four children; Miriam who is training to be a Mental Health Nurse, John who is a Heavy Goods Vehicle Mechanic, Faith and James who attend a local secondary school.

I am a Foundation Governor and Vice Chair of Governors for this School. I have been a Governor of Junior Schools for 12 years, in both Church of England and County Primary Schools. As a Governor, I serve on two sub committees; Recourses and Premises/Health & Safety. I am also the Special Interest Governor for History and Geography.


Elizabeth Neame – Foundation Governor
I graduated from Oxford University with a II.i in English Literature & Language in 1996, and then studied for a Law Diploma and trained for the Bar. I have practised as a Barrister (under my maiden name Hodgetts) out of St Philip’s Chambers since 1999, and have specialised in Employment Law since 2005.

My husband Patrick and I moved to Ironbridge in 2004. We previously lived in Birmingham, where we were both active members of the Crescent Theatre, engaged in Lighting and Stage Management; and in respect of which I was a statutory director of the Crescent Theatre Ltd for a period.

We have two daughters, Madeleine and Georgina, both currently at the School. As a family we attend St Luke’s Church and also attend “Messy Church” when we can. I am keen to explore how the School’s Christian values can be applied in practical ways to enable our School’s children to meet the challenges likely to face them: particularly, the challenges arising from the prevalence of social media, and from some individuals’ current attempts to undermine the understanding of common humanity between different groups of people.

My interests are books, theatre, and history.


Sue Blackburn – Headteacher Governor
I have been a teacher for 26 years. I completed a BSC degree in Geography at The University of Leicester and went on to attend The City of Liverpool College of Higher Education. I started my teaching career in Lodge Farm Middle School in Redditch and then moved to Northamptonshire where I taught from Reception to Year 6 in primary schools. I then went on to take up the position of Deputy Head teacher at Southfield Primary School in Brackley, then three years later became the Head teacher of Helmdon Primary School. During this time I was a regional leader for The National College for School Leadership and led Numeracy and Science as well as being on the advisory board for the new National Curriculum working with Sir Jim Rose and Mick Waters. I have been the Head teacher at Coalbrookdale & Ironbridge CE Primary School since January 2009 and have led the school to achieve outstanding in the 2011 Ofsted inspection. Over the past year I have been training to be an Ofsted inspector which has given me additional insights into school improvement. I qualified as a Church School Inspector in 2010. I have two children, a daughter who is a ski instructor in Canada and a son who is a data analyst. I enjoy walking, skiing and reading by the fire when I have a spare moment.


Samantha Howells – Staff Governor
I grew up in and went to school in Telford. After college I moved to Bedford to train to teach. I started my teaching career in 2007. So far I have taught in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 in Luton and Wellingborough. Telford is my home and where my family are so I am delighted to be teaching at Coalbrookdale, a school with character, history and an excellent reputation. In my spare time I enjoy baking and recently I have found a passion for making jam and chutney.