Our Governors

Profiles of Llangattock Governors.

Jim Retallick

Position: Chair – Foundation Governor

Jim has taught in six local authorities during a 30-year teaching career. After retiring as headteacher he set up an educational consultancy as well as returning to the classroom to teach A-level physics on a part-time basis. He now works for the Association of School and College Leaders as their National Officer for Wales. Jim has been an Estyn Peer Inspector as well as working on a number of Welsh Government working groups.

Nell Cawley

Position: Vice Chair – Foundation Governor

I’m a mum of two busy boys! Both at Llangattock school.  I’m really pleased to be invited to be a Foundation Governor, especially at a time of great change in all of our lives. I look forward to supporting the school within my role.I love spending time with the family, adventures and playing the piano. I recently started line dancing!

Karen Jones

Position: Foundation Governor

Ann Williams

Position: Llangattock Community Council Governor

I have lived in the village for 38yrs and have been a member of St Catwg’s Church most of that time. Our three children attended Llangattock school and now two of our grandchildren.  I am appointed governor for Llangattock Community Council.

Cllr Jackie Charlton

Position: Local Education Authority Governor

I was elected as a County Councillor in 2017 and have been a Local Education Authority Governor (LEA) since April this year.  I am particularly interested in how the school delivers pastoral care, supports additional learning needs (ALN) and, as a pioneer school, will embrace the new Curriculum when it is established.

I have a keen interest in education and policy matters and have been a third sector teacher as well as being in business and supporting equalities issues in many different sectors including the health sector.  I am honoured to have been nominated and accepted as a Governor of Llangattock Church in Wales Primary School.

Val Jones

Position: Foundation Governor
At the beginning of this year, I was pleased to be invited to become a Foundation Governor for Llangattock Church in Wales School.

In 2008, I began to assist the school with guided and individual reading in years 3 and 4.  Then in 2010, I added years 1 and 2 to my responsibilities.  During this time, I have developed a good rapport with all the staff and the children treat me with respect.

I trained as a teacher at Liverpool University and I then taught for twenty two years.  Following this, my husband and I created a business in Crickhowell, I was obliged to turn myself into a Managing Director, which at first I found to be challenging.  This, however, gave me an understanding of how a business works.  The company, after I sold it, survives to this day and is doing well, but I have retired.

I have always tried to contribute, in some way, to the community in which I live, and I have, as a mother, grandmother and great grandmother, a huge interest in the success of children.

I believe that reading is the key to any real progress.

The children in our care, are our future!

Richard Thomas

Position: Parent Governor.

My two daughters attend Llangattock School.  I am a teacher of Design & Technology and a middle leader in a local secondary school – I have been teaching for 15 years in a variety of schools and I have a very good understanding of how a school operates on a day to day basis.  I became a governor as I wanted to become more involved in supporting my daughters and their peers in their educational experience at Llangattock School.  Residing within the village, I feel that I am an approachable person and able to communicate with both parents and teachers to work together to achieve high standards of Teaching & Learning.

Kathryn Marshall

Position: Headteacher

I graduated with a BA in English and Psychology from West London, then completed my PGCE in Roehampton. I have worked in schools in London and Bristol before coming to Llangattock to cover a maternity leave post. 10 years later, I’m delighted to say I am still here,  now as headteacher following completion of the NPQH. I have a fantastic job and am lucky enough to still teach in Nursery and Reception for two days a week.

Mrs Jo Jones

Mrs Jo Jones

Position: Teacher Governor

I graduated with a degree in Archaeology (yes, really) from the University of Liverpool, and completed my PGCE at the University of Leeds. I have worked in schools in Wiltshire, Blaenau Gwent and Torfaen and have been lucky enough to teach Years 5/6 in Llangattock since 2007. I am also currently acting as a Literacy Leader in Powys.

Mrs Kirsteen Jones

Position: Staff Governor

George Smith


Position: Foundation Governor

I live in Llangattock and am a part-time teacher and have a small farm.  I enjoy outdoor sports like mountain biking and running.

Reverend Jeremy Bevan

Position: Diocesan Foundation Governor

I am a parish priest in the church in Wales, resident in Gilwern, but having responsibilities over a wide area from Brynmawr, to Cwmdu, to Forest Coal Pits, as well as Gilwern and Llangattock. I am interested in the education of children, and the good things that can come by forming community over different areas of life; the creative and beneficial relationships between church, school, and village.