Our Governors

Reverend Michelle Ireland - Chair of Governors

I have been visiting Ellwood Community Primary School for over two years as the local Methodist Minister.  During this time I have led assemblies, worked with groups of children to plan assemblies  and have advised staff on various festivals throughout the year. Having previously been a primary school teacher it has been good to be back in the school environment.

I am passionate about the whole area of mental health and well being for pupils and staff and affirm the school motto, ‘Believe, Achieve, Belong.’ These are vital elements for a school that aims to provide a nurturing, inspiring and inclusive environment where children, staff and governors are cared for and their potentials are realised.

Mrs Ceri Ulyatt - Vice Chair
Reasons for being a Governor are:
"I want all children to be happy, confident and the best that they can be during their time at Ellwood Community Primary School. For me, this means supporting the school where necessary, but being prepared to put the school under scrutiny, if required. I see the role as Parent Governor as a privilege and I truly value the opportunity to make a difference".
Helen Cornock 
I am the proprietor of 3 nurseries which I feel will support me in the role as Governor at school. Early Years Education is my passion along with outdoor learning. I am keen to ensure that children reach their full potential and at Ellwood we believe that all children should Believe, Achieve, Belong.
Andy Lord - Co-opted Governor 

I am a retired Commercial and Compliance director, where I spent 20 years in financial services, 19 years as a business owner. I have a degree in Economics from the University of York (1984) 

Since selling my business to AXA in 2007, I have undertaken the following youth/community voluntary work: 

Governor Parkend Primary School 2008-2018, 3 years as Chair 

Governor Wyedean School & Sixth Form Centre - ongoing, current Chair 

Chairman Lydney Hockey Club 2010- ongoing 

Coach Lydney Hockey Club Academy 2008-2019 

Parish Councillor Woolaston 2012- ongoing 

Volunteer Panel Member Gloucestershire Youth Support Trust 2008-2018 

Committee member The Gaff Youth Club, Sedbury 2008-2017, 4 years As Chair 

England Hockey National League Umpire 2014- ongoing 

I have lived in the Chepstow area since 1988. I have 2 daughters, one graduated from Durham University in 2020 and the other left Wyedean Year 13 in 2020 to study at the University of Birmingham. 

Mr Chris Toomer - Parent Governor
When looking at local schools, we chose Ellwood because of the immense care for the children that we saw and the wide range of experiences that the pupils enjoy, both in and out of the classroom. I have taught in a secondary school and try to bring a parent’s perspective to the board.
Mrs Milford - Head Teacher
Mrs Milford has been the Head teacher at Ellwood Community Primary School for the past 5 years. Prior to this she worked in a large city school, numerous smaller rural schools and spent many years working in another local forest school. She has over 20 years experience working in primary schools with all age ranges and abilities. She is passionate about ensuring that all children are happy, feel safe and achieve their full potential.