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Telephone: 0117 903 0077


Headteacher: Tim Browse


Meet the Governors

Parents are most welcome to attend Governors meetings as observers and copies of previous minutes are available on request from the school office


Joseph Gliddon

Co-Opted Governor and Chair of Governors

I am the Chair of Governors.

I have two children, both have attended Air Balloon School, one is now at secondary school and the other is in Key stage 2.  They both really enjoyed their time at Air Balloon and I became a Parent Governor to help ensure other children do so as well.

I currently work at the University of Bristol where I have been seconded to a project looking at improving all aspects of study and assessment.  My normal job at the University is Learning Technologist (I teach Lecturers how to use technology to improve their teaching) and I am very interested in theories of learning.  I have taught maths to adults and also worked in the corporate sector as an IT trainer.

I attend the standards committee as I feel my skills are best used supporting the quality of education at Air Balloon School.

Claire Poole

Co-opted Governor

I became a co-opted governor in December 2016 after a request for HR skills. I have worked in HR for nearly 20 years so like to think I bring a fair bit of experience of recruitment, policy & procedure and best practice of people management. I have 2 boys at the school who keep me extremely busy and hugely entertained outside of my employment and governor duties. 




Dan Reed

Co-opted Governor and Chair of Finance Committee

I have been a Co-opted governor since the latter part of 2012 and have two children at the school. I am currently chair of the Finance Committee and am a previous chair of Governors. I work as a Financial Controller on a development programme for a large engineering firm, so I am used to dealing with the complex financial issues which can occur in any large organisation. One of my main hopes is to use this experience in supporting and challenging the school’s financial processes to maximise the benefit our children can get from the available funding.




Nikki Jackson

Co-opted Governor and Health, Safety & Wellbeing link role Governor

Although originally a parent at the school, I have always been elected as a Co- opted Governor. I joined the governing body of the then Infants school over 18 years ago when my eldest daughter was a pupil and went on to hold the role of Chair of Governors there, before the schools amalgamated.

I currently work at one of the local Hospital Trusts as an Associate General Manager and bring a variety of transferable skills from that role. I am proud to have been part of building the strong reputation Air Balloon Primary School has locally as well as further afield and the positive start it offers to children starting out on their journey in formal education. I serve on the finance committee and am committed to ensuring the school provides a safe, happy and positive learning environment for the local community, within the resources available, where both pupils and staff are supported to achieve their optimum potential.

Peter Fullergreen

Co-opted Governor and co vice chair

I have been a co-opted governor for Air Balloon Hill for nearly 5 years, and am one of the two vice-chairs on the board. I have one child in the school and my aim as a governor is to support their school in any way that I can. Prior to being vice chair I was the link governor for both SEND and Children in Care.

I have worked for 10 years as a software engineer in a variety of industries, and bring that experience to my role as a governor.

Martin Seasman

Co-opted Governor

I joined the school as a co-opted governor in June 2018. I have three children, one in Year 3 and the other two still too young for school. My eldest has had a great time so far at Air Balloon Hill School, and I want to ensure the school continues to offer the same great education and environment to other children. I felt that joining the governing body was the best way I can contribute to this.

I am currently a consultant, with a long previous career as a civil servant. In both roles I have had plenty of experience in financial management, and I currently sit on the Finance Committee, which makes good use of this experience.




Tim Browse




Niotia Ferguson

Co-opted Governor

I am a mum of 3 daughters one of whom currently attends the School. 

I have been a Governor at ABHPS for 6 years and I am Chair of the Standards Committee.  I am a LA Governor because I have worked for Bristol City Council for over 10 years.  I endeavour to use my skills at work to enhance and assist the Governing Board where useful.

Equality & Diversity is important and I take a keen interest in working with the school to ensure the vibrant, culturally diverse community of ABHPS is recognised and celebrated throughout the school community.

Please feel free to approach me with any concern and I will take time out to help.




Sara Mather

Co-Opted Governor


Teresa Hill

Co-Opted Governor

Sereena Knapp

Co-Opted Governor

Richard Nkwocha

Co-Opted Governor

Yvonne Bamford

Parent Governor

Pippa Graham

Parent Governor


Gemma Clark

Staff Governor

I have worked at Air Balloon Hill since January 2014 and have taught in Years 4, 5 and 6. I am also Writing Subject Lead across the school and I’m committed to ensuring that the children are provided with an enriching English curriculum which instils a love for lifelong learning.

Since becoming the Staff Governor in 2019, I hope to have a greater impact on every child and provide an opportunity for staff members to have a voice.

Lisa Bush

Co-opted Governor

I have been a co-opted Governor since May last year, so I am still new to the role. I have taught at Air Balloon for 5 years and I am currently in Year 1, as well as the Achievement Lead for Year 1 and 2. I wanted to become a part of the Governing body to support the school, in a different way from teaching and see how the school is run from a higher level. 

Miss L Rawcliffe

Associate Member



Miss J Liley

Associate Member



Jennifer Fullergreen
Jennifer Fullergreen

Clerk to Governors

Hi, I am the clerk to the governing board, and am also a parent at the school.
My role within the board is to support and provide administration. I ensure the smooth running of meetings, and that the board meet their statutory requirements.
I took on the role as I care greatly about education. I wanted to help the governing board be the best support it can be to the school and school community.







For a list of our committee members, please check back in September.

Welcome from the Chair of Governors

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends of Air Balloon Hill Primary School,

Thank you for taking the time to visit the governor pages on the ABHPS website.

I have been Chair of Governors since September 2017, taking over from Dan Reed the previous Chair.  Before that I was Vice Chair of Governors.

One of the key roles of the Governing Body is appointing a new Head Teacher. We have just Tim Browse who starts as Head in September 2017.

We want all our children to develop their full academic and social potential.  Becoming responsible caring adults in their later lives. As a board of governors, we feel the school does an admirable job achieving this but no school is perfect.  It is the role of the Board of Governors to work with the Headteacher and staff to act as a ‘critical friend’. We support and challenge the school to achieve even more for our children. 

We are responsible for: 

  • monitoring and evaluating the performance and effectiveness of the school
  • ensuring that the budget is managed prudently 
  • supporting our excellent staff and school leaders.

We offer a broad, balanced curriculum and aim for enjoyment in learning in the classroom and beyond. Our experienced and dedicated staff work in partnership with parents and children.  Providing the children the best education possible.

As a parent I have seen how the teachers and other staff help every child reach their full potential. I will be working with the Headteacher to continue and improve this educational experience.

Best Regards

Joseph Gliddon

Chair of Governors

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