Meet the Governors


Governors play an increasingly important role in the life of the school, taking more and more important decisions on your behalf.  Parents have the opportunity to elect Parent Governors every four years, or as a vacancy occurs and when the time comes we will send out further details.

Current members of the Governing Body are listed in the documents below. One of more of the governors is usually on the playground at the start and end of each school and governors can also be contacted care of the school office.

Sue Roberts- Chair of Governors

I have been a governor at Howes Primary School for seven years. Prior to that I taught in Coventry mainstream schools for over thirty years and latterly at Earlsdon Primary School, where I was the headteacher.

I live in a south Warwickshire village and since retiring from teaching nine years ago, I volunteer in our community shop, a small enterprise supply essentials and local produce to our village and neighbouring ones.

We have recently set up a Community Speed Watch Team as so much traffic ‘hurtles’ through our village. We are trained by the police to use a speed gun and those ‘caught’ speeding receive a letter from the police – no fines or points from us.

Being chair of governors, and my other voluntary work in the village certainly keep me busy.

David Howard- Vice Chair of Governors

I was the Vicar of Binley for 14 years and then moved to Wiltshire.  My wife and I retired back to Coventry to be within easy reach of our 3 children and the grandchildren.  I have been a school governor in several very different situations; the common theme being that I want all children to receive the very best education, so each one may fulfill their potential.  I am pleased to have time now to come into school and thoroughly enjoy being part of this lovely community.

I also help at a lunch club, visit housebound and lonely people as part of an age UK initiative,  help out in local churches, am a trustee of a charity and enjoy riding my bike in the beautiful Warwickshire countryside.

Anita White

I have been a Governor at Howes for the past 4 years. I am currently a Parent Governor. I work part time as a Communications and Fundraising officer for a local charity.  I have two children at the school and have very much enjoyed being part of the school community for the last six years. I am passionate about Howes Primary school, supporting the staff and the school leadership team to achieve the very best for the children here. As a governing body we work closely with the school to ensure the children have the best possible opportunities to succeed and flourish whilst at Howes.

Councillor Richard Brown

With children and grandchildren of my own all living in Coventry, I am acutely aware of how important it is to ensure that all children are given the best possible start in life. This is at the very heart of what our school strives to provide.

It has been my privilege to represent the local community here in Cheylesmore as a Ward Councillor since 2014 and see, at first hand, both the challenges and opportunities that face us all. Our children deserve the very best and that is what I, and fellow governors will work tirelessly to deliver at Howes.

Colin Marscheider

I live locally and two of my sons spent time at Howes. I am semi-retired and spend time looking after grandchildren. My background is in engineering
specifically radio frequency, telecommunications network design, software and general management and left full time employment some time ago.
I am a Local Authority appointed governor and have been involved in Governing for around 20 years so have experience in most aspects of governance.

Zoe Pollard

I am the headteacher at Howes Primary School and am extremely proud of the whole school community.  It is a privilege working with children and every decision that is made in the school has the child at the centre of it.  I am passionate that young people are given every chance to experience a wide variety of learning opportunities that will support them in becoming responsible, caring members of our ever-changing world.
 I have been in education for almost twenty years and have had experience in many job families along the way.  Prior to working in education, I worked in finance, but started my journey of life in the performing arts.

Toni A’Barrow

I am the School Business Manager at Howes Primary School.

I work closely with Senior Leaders and the Governors on all aspects of finance, GDPR and Health and Safety.

Helen Price

I am in my eighth year of teaching at Howes Primary School and many know me as the Early Years Base teacher.  I have also taught across the whole school teaching many different subjects to all year groups.  In total I have been teaching in Coventry for twenty one years in different types of schools and settings.  I also have past experience of being a parent governor at Stivichall Primary School.

It is a real pleasure to be part of the Howes Community, especially as living local the school has always been close to my heart and the families that have attended here both past and present.  I want to promote and support in everyway that I can all of the wonderful things that the school, children, staff and parents do and achieve.   What is best for the children and watching them grow in all areas of their learning is the reason why I enjoy teaching so much, in particular at Howes Primary School.  As a governor I always have an ear ready to listen to parents views, opinions and concerns.

I am keen to support the school as it makes changes and moves forwards, to always give the children their best start in life and offer a wide variety of learning opportunities.

Debbie Newman 

I have worked as a teacher and school leader for over 30 years. I still have a real passion for children and education and would like to support schools as they continue to work on improving outcomes and enabling the school community.  As a retired Headteacher who continues to work with schools, I am interested in all aspects of education and school life. However, children reaching their full potential and teachers being able to provide excellent learning is my main interest. I currently continue to support schools in my working life which means I have real insight into schools today.  I hope I can offer support and challenge to us as school leaders to ensure that the school is on a positive journey, providing an excellent education to the children of Howes Primary School.

Lenka Draskovicova

I have been elected as a parent governor in the autumn term 2021, it was my decision to apply for this vacancy with the view of bringing my background in finance to the governing board at the school attended by both of my children.
I work as an accountant locally in Coventry.


Governing Body Information

Governing Body Declaration of Interest 21/22

Governors attendance 20/21

Governors attendance from 2019-2020