St Mary's

Catholic Primary School


The Interim Executive Board


The Interim Executive Board was established in November 2018. The Board is now meeting fortnightly at the School. It is made up of experienced individuals appointed by the Local Authority. If you wish to contact the IEB please contact Michael Millard or Richard Slade (clerk to the IEB)

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Michael Millard

Diocesan Representative on the Interim Executive Board


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 a, Foundation Governor.  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 to the IEB and am looking forward to using my skills and knowledge to benefit St Mary’s School as a whole. My responsibilities on the IEB are premises and Health and Safety.



Michele Blain

Interim Executive Board Member


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

Michele is monitoring all aspects of the Post Ofsted Improvement Action Plan - Leadership and Management,  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 was a career soldier for over thirty years. I served around the world, and was 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. Until 2019, I was a trustee and director of the Mayday Trust, the housing, employment and social services charity, where I chaired the Social Impact Bond Forum and was 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. 






Paul Kehoe

Interim Executive Board Member


I have been involved in Catholic secondary education in London for over 35 years. I was Headteacher of two secondary schools in Westminster Diocese. I have also served on numerous governing bodies and as a Chair of Governors on several occasions.

I currently work for Clifton Diocese as the Schools Project Officer. I also do work for the National Governors Association on their ‘leading governance ‘programme.

My main focus on the IEB is monitoring aspects of the post action school improvement plan and the Catholic life of the school.