Michael Millard

Chair of Governors 


I have been involved with St Mary’s since 1991 when I was invited to join the Buildings Maintenance committee as a co-opted member. I later became an elected Parent Governor then a Authority Governor. In January 2017 I was asked to become an Associate Governor , Foundation Governor and now Chair of Governors.  I am married with four sons,  who attended St Mary’s and then St Augustine's in Trowbridge   All have benefited from the very strong Catholic ethos,  which has helped shape their adult lives.  I am a semi-retired Architect/Surveyor & Project Manager. I  have lived in the Chippenham/ Corsham area nearly all my life and am a practising Catholic attending St Mary’s Church.I  feel very honoured to be appointed Chair of  Governors and am looking forward to using my skills and knowledge to benefit St Mary’s School as a whole.


Nigel Anstey

Interim  Executive Board Member 


During a 25 year military career as a mechanical & electrical engineer I saw service in the Middle East, British Forces Germany, Cyprus and in the UK which also included numerous tours of Northern Ireland. I was awarded the British Empire Medal in the  1983 New Years Honours List following service in Beruit.


Civilian employment has included time as a Group Service Manager for a national construction company and in logistics supply within the motor trade.


Having many years of experience working with school governors I can offer support to deliver the rapid improvements that will raise standards in schools. I am presently Interim Chair of Governors at Ludwell Primary School and a Local Authority appointed governor at Christ the King Catholic School in Amesbury. I have previously served on ten governing bodies and led six of them as Chair.



Michele Blain

Interim Executive Board Member


Michele has been involved with education as  a head teacher, school governance adviser and a school governor. She has been designated as a National Leader in Governance (NLG)and has been Chair at both Primary and Secondary phases. 

And as a member of the IEB Michele is monitoring Early Years, Outcomes for Pupils and Teaching, Learning and Assessment.

Brian Wheelwright

Interim Executive Board Member


I have worked in commercial property and the professional theatre before university and over three decades as a career soldier. Having served in Europe and the Gulf, also based in Whitehall in the 1980s and 1990s, I was involved in many policy changes in the Armed Services, including equal opportunities for serving women; changes to military law following European Court rulings; the introduction of Investors in People and other charter mark programmes; the sale of the Defence housing estate; and the introduction of private finance initiatives for major building projects.


Following time with an Intelligence agency, I served in Eastern Europe and South Asia, particularly in Pakistan, Kashmir and Afghanistan with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. I took part in a wide range of social and welfare projects including the UK's anti-drugs programme. I joined the Wates Family’s philanthropic programme in December 2000, heading the Wates Family Charities Secretariat as Director until retirement in 2016.


I am a trustee and director of the Army Central Fund, the Army’s main grant-making forum. A trustee and director of the Mayday Trust, the housing, employment and social services charity, where I chair the Social Impact Bond Forum and am a member of the Finance & Investment Committee. I am a member of the Lambeth Community Fund Grants Committee and am a grants assessor for the William Wates Memorial Trust and the London Community Foundation.


With many years of experience in governance and financial management, I now run BournePark Consultants, acting as adviser to small charities and social enterprises, and am a Company Secretary for some.

I am currently Chairman of the Board of Governors of Hilmarton School.