We are very excited to introduce you to our new Local Governing Body (LGB).

All Parent and Community Governors are unpaid volunteers, with the Headteacher and Staff Governor giving up their time to attend and contribute to LGB meetings. 

We thank them for giving their time and expertise to the improvement of school standards and helping us to give all the children the best primary school experience possible. 

Governors attend regular meetings and are frequently in contact with the school to ensure that successes are celebrated and areas of concern acted upon. 

Each Governor has their own area of responsibility and they work as a whole to be a 'critical friend' of the school and ensure that the school:

 -          follows an effective and appropriate strategy and vision in line with the aims of the Community Academies Trust;

-          has high standards of outcomes, behaviour, personal development, teaching and leadership;

-           uses its financial resources properly and gets value for money;

-           listens to and values the views of pupils and parents in the running of the school.

The LGB will also:

-           Support and challenge the Headteacher and the school's leadership generally and also specifically relating to staffing and performance management;

-           Report to the Trust;

-           Develop links with the school community and other CAT schools;

-           Cooperate and assist with any OFSTED or Peer Review Inspections.


If you wish to contact the Local Governing Body you can either email them direct using: or write to the LGB c/o the office at Chadsmead Primary Academy, Friday Acre, Lichfield WS13 7HJ



  • Iona Chisholm

    Chair of the Local Governing Body

    Iona Chisholm – Community Governor
    Chair of the Local Governing Body
    Link Governor for Safeguarding and Health and Safety
    Term of Office: 19.7.2017-18.7.2021 (original appointment 30.11.2014)
    Iona has had four children attend Chadsmead Primary Academy. Her eldest two are now at high school and her youngest are in Reception and Year 6 at Chadsmead. Iona trained as a litigation lawyer and now works as a writer and as our Chair of Governors. Her area of responsibility is Health and Safety. As Chair, Iona regularly meets with the Headteacher, visits school to address any topical matters and leads LGB meetings.

  • Deborah Sarson

    Community Governor

    Deborah Sarson – Community Governor
    Link Governor for Finance
    Term of Office: 19.7.2017-18.7.2021
    Since graduating from her PhD Debbie has held a variety of commercial roles within multiple organisations. Debbie is currently a full-time mum to a pre-school son. Debbie's area of Local Governing Body responsibility is finance.

  • Debbie Bissell

    Parent Governor

    Debbie Bissell – Parent Governor
    Link Governor for Sports Premium and Clubs
    Term of Office: 19.7.2017-18.7.2021
    Debbie has two daughters, one of whom attends Chadsmead Primary Academy and is in year 4, the other is at secondary school in Lichfield. Debbie currently works as a Business Support Manager for a Lichfield based Digital Marketing Agency. Prior to this she has worked extensively in recruitment for academic publishers, leisure businesses and retailers across the Midlands and Cambridge. Her area of responsibility is Sports Premium and Clubs. Debbie can be found in the KS2 playground every morning and afternoon.

  • Sarah Snashall

    Parent Governor

    Sarah Snashall - Parent Governor
    Link Governor for Pupil Premium, Special Educational Needs and Difficulties (SEND) and Looked After Children (LAC)
    Term of Office: 19.7.2017-18.7.2021
    Sarah has a daughter in Year 6 at Chadsmead (and a son who has now moved up to The Friary). Sarah works in publishing, writing teaching resources for Primary Literacy (such as spelling worksheets and reading scheme books). Over the years that her children have been at Chadsmead, Sarah has helped out listening to children read and running guided reading sessions. Her areas of responsibility are Pupil Premium, SEND and LAC.

  • Donna Tullett

    Staff Governor

    Donna Tullett - Staff Governor
    Term of Office: 20.9.2017-19.9.2021
    Donna joined Chadsmead Primary Academy in September 2016 as Key Stage 1 Phase Leader and Year 1 teacher. Donna also leads phonics in school. Donna is currently teaching the Year 1/2 mixed class. As staff governor Donna aims to offer her knowledge and expertise as a primary teacher and provide a positive relationship between staff and governors.