Academy Governance Constitution


Mr Kristian Toms (Chair) - Community

Current Term:  Nov 2019 - Nov 2023

I have been a Governor at William Law School since 2015 and Chair since 2018.  I became involved in William Law when my eldest son started school.  Both my sons have attended William Law and I have actively volunteered for school events, or helping in the classroom when my skills are relevant.

In my professional life, I'm a Solution Director for a multinational IT supplier.  I cover Europe and Middle East Africa working with board level and technical people to progress their businesses and governments' digital agenda, whilst at the same time providing leadership for teams within the organisation.

In my role as Community Governor I'm blessed with the ability to offer my knowledge and guidance as a thank you for the great start in life the school is providing for my boys.


Mrs Fiona Beveridge (Vice Chair) 

Current Term:  Sept 2019 - Sept 2023

I joined the Governing Body in September 2019.  I have previous experience of being a Governor at Caverstede Early Years School where I served as Vice-Chair of Governors and Safeguarding Governor for 5 years. 

I am married and have two children who both attend William Law. 

I was brought up a Christian and have been worshipping at Paston All Saints Church since 2010 with my children. I am an active member of the Church Community. I have been leading Sunday School since 2016, sit on the PCC and help to direct the Christingle Nativity every year. My faith is very important to me so it was vital that my children attend a school that has a strong Christian ethos and enables them to celebrate their faith. 

In my professional life, I have worked within the Local Authority since I was 20 years old in a number of roles. I currently work as a Business Analyst and hope that my experience and knowledge of Business and Data analysis enables me to assist the Governing body in helping the school and its pupils to thrive and achieve academically. 


Sue Bennett

Miss Sue Bennett - Church

Current Term:  May 2022 - May 2026     

I became a Governor in November 2012.  I have a background in education, having worked as a primary school teacher/deputy head/acting head teacher for 34 years. 

I am still passionate about education, and keen to see children today develop into well-rounded young people, equipped to cope with all the pressures of life in the 21st century.  I consider myself to be a "hands-on" governor, and volunteer for one morning a week, currently with Year 6.  I enjoy this opportunity to interact with both children and staff.  I have been an active member of Werrington Parish Church for 26 years. 

I see my role as governor being multi-faceted, helping pupils to receive the best and broadest education they can whilst supporting staff in delivering that education.  It is a challenging and ever-changing role, but one which I enjoy immensely.


Mr Eugene Renehan - Parent 

Current Term:  Jan 2021 - Jan 2025 

I have been a Governor since January 2017.

When my son started in William Law in September 2016, I saw at first hand the hard work & dedication of the various teachers, support staff & other parent volunteers.  At this point I made the decision to volunteer as a Governor in an effort to support  this work and the education of the children

In my professional life, I'm a Business Improvement specialist for a credit card and payment services provider, I’ve worked within  Financial services for over 15 years for institutions  in the US, Europe, South East Asia, India  & Australia.

In my Governor role I hope to leverage some of my professional experience to support the school in any manner deemed helpful, while also stretching myself in an environment & role I will relish gaining more experience in.  Ultimately however I want to help ensure all the children attending William Law receive the best education possible.


Mrs Rachael Pennington

Current Term:  Nov 2018 - Nov 2023

I became a Governor in November 2015.

I have lived in Werrington most of my life and have been a member of St John's church for many years.  I have played an active role in church being involved in the music group, holiday club and more recently helping out at Sunday school.

I am married and have two children who have both attended at William Law.

Before having children I worked in the insurance industry. I thoroughly enjoyed this especially dealing with the customers and meeting their needs. 

I have been a teaching assistant at William Law since 2016.  I find this very rewarding, the best part is seeing how the children progress.

I was brought up in a Christian family and my faith has always been important to me, so I was very keen for my children to attend a school that encouraged Christianity and the principles of faith.

William law has a strong Christian ethos, values and morals for teaching and guiding children through their life.



Reverend Sue Fear - Church 

Current Term:  March 2022 - March 2026

I became a Governor in March 2018.

Born in Peterborough, I grew up in Glinton and after leaving school I moved to Birmingham to train as a Registered Learning Disability Nurse. In 1984, I married Kevin and we settled in the Deepings; we have three grown up children and two young grandsons.  Until 2012, I worked in Clinical, Managerial and Leadership roles within multi-disciplinary Specialist Children’s Community teams, based in Peterborough and latterly within Fenland and Huntingdon CAMHS.

In July 2011, I was Ordained in Peterborough Cathedral to serve my Title post as Assistant Curate of St. John the Baptist with Emmanuel, Werrington.  Having completed my curacy training and BA (Hons) in Christian Theology, I was Licensed as Associate Vicar in September 2015.  

As part of my role I enjoy leading Collective Worship, welcoming the children to services at St John’s throughout the school year, especially Year 1 ‘Wedding Days’, sharing the special Church seasons with the children and so much more.

I value the Christian ethos of William Law, as well as, the strong supportive relationship shared between school and church.  As a Foundation Governor I support the school’s vision and strategy to deliver high quality education for all children and am passionate about the flourishing of every child to be the best they can be.


Mrs Ann Hornsby

Current Term:  March 2020 - March 2024

Having recently had the pleasure of joining the school Governing Body in March 2020, my aim is to use my knowledge and experience I have gained over the years, to proactively support the school wherever and however I can be of service. I grew up locally, with both my children and currently one of my grandchildren attending the school. With Christian values, I have a vested interest in helping the school recognise and consolidate its current best practice and strive for continuous improvement.

In my professional life, I'm an Early Childhood Specialist, working for Peterborough City Council. The role provides advice, guidance, support and training to all OFSTED early years and childcare practitioners within Peterborough to ensure the provision of safe, secure, quality learning environments for children, to improve outcomes and reduce inequalities.

In my role as Governor, I aim to work tirelessly to assist staff, parents and governors in ensuring that all pupils receive an excellent education and move on to secondary school as happy, confident, resilient people with a lifelong love of learning.


Mrs Donna Barnes

Current Term:  Sept 2020 - Sept 2024

I joined the governing body in September 2020 with a strong Christian background and belief with a desire to uphold the ethos, values and morals that the school represents. I am married and have two children both of whom have attended William Law, with one as a current pupil. I am originally from Peterborough and returned after many years away in 2012.

Upon returning my faith has led me to become a Parochial Church Council member at All Saints, Paston where I take an active role in the church’s children and youth activities. In my professional life, I am head of Performing Arts at a Drama School. Alongside this I teach music and drama in schools extensively across the city.

This follows a lengthy career as a musical theatre actress in the West end. I hope to use my many years of teaching and performing experience to help the children of William Law grow in confidence as well as faith. To help them thrive as they graduate through their educational journey and achieve their best potential.


Mr David Elms - Community

Current Term:  June 2018 - June 2022          

I became a Governor in June 2018.  

I started my working life as an engineer at Molins in Bretton in 1985.  Whilst there I became a shop steward and became a committee member, eventually running the social club.  Both these voluntary roles have helped me to understand and help people in both a business and personal role.

The firm closed in 1998 and I founded my company.  We carry out maintenance roles in a variety of locations which I hope will help me on the various committees at William Law as I hope to put my expertise to good use.

I am also the treasurer for the Werrington Allotment Association.

I have lived in Werrington since 1992 and both my children attend the school.  I am looking forward to serving as a governor at William Law School and will support its strong Christian ethos, high academic standards and I have seen first hand its commitment to developing all the children to their best ability.

We have a fantastic team here, I will work hard to ensure it continues to be so.


Mrs Sheila Houlihan - Staff

Current Term: March 2022 - March 2026  

 I was elected as Staff Governor in March 2022.   

I started working at William Law in 2012 as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant and I deliver lessons across the whole school, covering for teachers' release time and I have also covered as a class teacher on a longer term basis when the need has arisen.

I grew up in Stamford, in a Christian family and volunteered as a Sunday School teacher which sowed the seed for my love of working with children.

After studying for a degree in Hotel and Catering Management I started my career in Royal Mail,  initially as a Group Catering Manager in London,  followed by a move to Peterborough as an Area Sales Manager. I took the plunge and moved into education 18 years ago after volunteering in my childrens' school.

The Christian values and ethos of William Law are important to me, not only in the way we develop each and every child to achieve their full potential, providing stimulating and challenging opportunities,  but also in the way we support and care for our family of staff. 

Working at as a member of the governing body will, I hope,  enable me to support the school on the next steps of its journey.


 Miss Hannah Leverton - Parent

Current Term:  October 2021 - October 2025

I became a parent governor in October 2021. 

I have lived in Werrington since 2018, my daughter started at William Law in 2019 and is currently in year 2.  I also have a 6 month old baby who will join William Law when the time comes.  One of the reasons we moved to Werrington was due to the excellent reviews we'd heard about William Law. 

I have a vested interest in William Law and I am committed to improving the education for all children. I am fully invested in the school's Christian ethos and to upholding these values and making sure every child who attends William Law can develop and thrive.

In my professional life I have worked within the Local Authority for 17 years undertaking the finances for the Property department. 



Mr D Epton-Smith 

Current Term: Ex-Officio (Staff)


Governance Professional


Mrs D Walden