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Governor Profiles

Rushbury School Governors

The School governing body comprises two members of staff, including the headteacher, and up to 10 persons drawn from the local community. The following provides brief details of the current non-teaching governors, with some direct contact details. Please feel free to contact the governors either directly or via the school office (01694 771233)


Sue Koenig  (Chair of Governors)
Sue Koenig was born in Birmingham and trained as a Registered Nurse at Mid Worcestershire School of Nursing ( Kidderminster and Bromsgrove)Having trained in Accident and Emergency Nursing she spent over 25 years in South Hertfordshire, of which she spent 8 years in School Nursing and 4 years as a Governor of a large urban Primary School. She moved to Shropshire 14 years ago, when her identical twin boys started  their Universities. Matt is now a teacher at William Brooks in Much  Wenloch and Richard at a Girls Grammar School in Kent . She was also an active Director of her husband’s Locksmith/ Security business in North London. She has maintained her interest in children’s education and was delighted to be invited to become a Foundation Governor at Rushbury. She hopes that during her time as a Governor she will be able to support the ethos of the school and help to strengthen the School’s link with the Churches of Apedale.


Kevin Hercock (Vice-Chair of Governors and Parent Governor)

With a family of three young girls, who all attend Rushbury School and Little Acorns, Kevin is delighted to be part of the school governing body and is committed to helping and supporting staff, parents and the local community

Originally from Lincoln, Kevin has lived and worked in Shropshire for the past 16 years as a design consultant  helping organisations understand and develop new creative environments. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys running across the Shropshire hills and family trips away in his campervan.


Liz Rhead (Co-opted Governor)

Liz grew up in Cardington and went to Rushbury Primary School. After University, she moved to London where she trained and qualified as a Lawyer. In 2008, she bought a derelict property near Bridgnorth with her husband and they renovated it during weekend trips up from London. In 2011, when the house was finally finished, Liz and her husband moved back to Shropshire. Liz now works as a Lawyer in Birmingham and has three little boys.


Becky Hotchkiss (Co-opted Governor)

Hello, I’m Rebecca Hotchkiss, but everyone calls me Becky.

I am married to a local farmer and have 3 children, who all attended Little Acorns and Rushbury School.

Before children I worked for a number of years as a Midwife, now I am kept busy running the administration side of our farming business.

Having seen my children grow I strongly believe that their start at a small local school has helped them with confidence, a joy of learning and a sense of community that they have carried forward and as a Governor I look forward to seeing this continue with the current students.


Jeannette McFarland (LEA Governor)

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Sue Jelleyman (Foundation Governor)

Assistant Curate in the Apedale Parishes.

I’ve been ordained and working part-time in our parishes since 2018, but I have known and loved our area and its communities for more than thirty years. I lived in Longville for twenty-eight years but now live in Church Stretton, having needed to move into town due to my husband’s health.  His care now takes up a proportion of my time, balanced by my work in the parishes.

I bring to the governing body not just my present situation but a twenty-year background in teaching mainly in Shropshire schools and ten years thereafter in education support roles. 

I have a long-standing interest in environmental sustainability and the challenges of the global impacts on environments and peoples of the profligate uses of the world’s resources.  I had the good fortune for some years to be able to combine this concern and my teaching experience through one of my education support roles. In this role, I developed and managed the Waste Education Support Programme, which was geared to helping schools work on sustainability of and build the principles of ‘Reduce Reuse and Recycle’ into their curriculum and site management processes.

I look forward to getting to know Rushbury School and its community better while serving as a governor.


Laraine Oxley (Parent Governor)

With two children at Rushbury, Laraine has actively supported the school through her work with the Friends and also as a classroom volunteer. She is delighted to now support the children, staff, parents and community as part of the schools governing body.  


Laraine moved to Rushbury from Derby over three years ago. Since moving to Rushbury, she has focused her time on her house renovation project. In her previous professional life, she worked as an ergonomist and manager for the Health and Safety Executive, supporting organisations to improve employees health and safety. She has a keen interest in education and she very much welcomes the opportunity to use her experience to support this wonderful, child centred, rural school.


Rev Sam Mann (Foundation Governor)

I am currently the Rector of Rushbury, Cardington, Hope Bowdler, and Eaton-under-Heywood Churches, and began my time here in September 2020. I'm delighted and excited to work with Rushbury school as a Governor and in leading weekly Collective Worship. I was born in the Black Country and grew up on Clee Hill in South Shropshire. Before moving to be Rector here, I was a Curate (an Assistant Priest) covering Ironbridge, Coalbrookdale, and Little Wenlock churches, and I also served as a school Governor during my time there. I trained for ministry at Cuddesdon Theological college, and studied Theology at the University of Oxford. Prior to this, I studied Music at the University of South Wales. I am passionate about pastoral care, worship, and learning, and I love to be 'out and about'. I'm married to Aisha, and my hobbies include music and sport, particularly Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (of which I am a loyal fan!)


Matthew Mills (Governor)

With my two children attending Rushbury Primary School and Little Acorns, I welcomed the opportunity to work with the school to help progress and strengthen the work that's been done to date. Having lived and worked in the area all my life and running my own graphic design business for over 10 years, I've had the privilege of working with a variety of local companies, charities, organizations and festivals, across a broad range of sectors. I am able to give the time required for the role and offer my services to help raise awareness of the school and it's events.


Phaedra Mcgill (Governor)

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Mary Sheppard (Co-opted governor)

Mary is a dual British and American citizen who has lived in Shropshire for the last 30 years. She is married with twin daughters and 2 dogs. She has recently retired, having worked on the business side of mental healthcare sector for most of her career. She welcomes the opportunity to work with the school to support and enhance the current team and to utilise her skills and knowledge to support the children, parents and staff of Rushbury Primary School.