About The Governors

The governing body is a group of individual volunteers from varied backgrounds who share an interest in the education of young children at Blaby Stokes school, working together in partnership with Mrs Kallquist and staff, making decisions about wide-ranging aspects of school life. See our list of Governors below.

The governors operate through whole Governing Body meetings once a term and through the functioning of three sub-committees – Property / Health and Safety, Curriculum, Personnel / Finance, which also meet once each term. School governing bodies have an important role in raising standards of education and the wellbeing of our children in school. Their main purpose is to provide a strategic and policy framework within which schools are run.

It is the responsibility of the Head Teacher and staff to implement the plans and deliver the curriculum. The governing body is responsible for raising expectations, being a "critical friend" to the school and holding it to account.
We currently have a vacancy for a parent governor – if you are interested in becoming part of our team please email us or speak to Mrs Kallquist.

You can contact our Governors via admin@blabystokes.com or via the school office.

Job Description >

Zoe Warner - Head of Governors

Local Authority Governor
Term of office: 23 January 2018
Chair: 6 October 2015 – 5 October 2017
Last 12 month meeting attendance: 5/5

More about Zoe:
I am a Local Authority Governor and joined Blaby Stokes Governing Body in February 2014. I work at British Gas Business and live nearby in Enderby. I got involved because I wanted to do some voluntary work in the community and felt that I had good skills and experience that I could bring to benefit the school. 

Deirdre Kallquist

Last 12 months meeting attendance: 3/5

More about Deirdre:
I was appointed as Headteacher at Blaby Stokes in January 2012. I work collaboratively and strategically with the Governing Body to ensure that the school provides the best possible experiences for all pupils. I am a thoroughly involved member of all the sub-committees: Finance, Premises and Curriculum. I keep abreast of all new initiatives and work hard to make sure that Blaby Stokes moves with the times while still maintaining its strong ethos.

I started teaching in the early 90’s in inner city Sydney, Australia. I moved to the UK with my family in 2001 and worked at Badgerbrook Primary for 10 years, where I held the post of Deputy Headteacher for nearly 5 years. I gained a great deal of experience in my role as deputy and after completing my NPQH I felt ready for the new challenge of Headteacher. I feel my wider experiences as well as excellent teaching and a positive outlook provide the necessary tools for leading Blaby Stokes forward in the ever changing Educational Landscape.

Emily Ballard - Assistant Headteacher and Staff Governor

Assistant Headteacher
Staff Governor
Term of office: 8 October 2020
Last 12 month meeting attendance: 5/5

More about Emily:
I have recently joined Blaby Stokes as Assistant Head teacher, based in KS2, and was very keen to gain a greater understanding of school governance and leadership. I am a member of the curriculum and Finance sub committees.

I am pleased to represent the school as staff governor so I can help to ensure the best outcomes for all children at our school. I also look forward to supporting the Head Teacher and all the other members of staff who are part of the Blaby Stokes Community.
I have been a qualified teacher since 2005 and have worked in a number of schools across Northamptonshire and Leicestershire, as well as completing a master’s degree in education. I feel these experiences and qualifications allow me to work effectively as a governor.

Olive Hillier

Co-opted Governor
Term of office: 29 January 2018
Last 12 month meeting attendance: 5/5

More about Olive:
I have been a community Governor at Blaby Stokes School for the past four years. I have a continued association with the school over the years as my own three children attended Stokes and now my grandchildren as well. I'm involved with Blaby U3A which is the other end of the age spectrum as it is an organisation providing interest groups and learning in a fun way for older people. As I firmly believe education is from the cradle to the grave I enjoy working with both young and old people. My working life was in education too so I feel well qualified to be a Community Governor at such a happy school and to see the children start on their educational journey.

Louisa Coleman

Co-opted Governor
Term of office: 29 January 2018
Last 12 month meeting attendance: 4/5

More about Louisa:
I am a Co-opted Governor and have been a member of the Governing Body of Blaby Stokes for the past 5 years. My focus areas within the Governing Body are in Pupil Premium and the New Curriculum. I am also the Governor for Music and the Link Governor (Training and Development Governor).

I live in Blaby and work as a Learning Support Assistant at Stokes. I have four daughters, two have completed their education at Stokes and two are currently in Year 5. I am dedicated to helping this school be the best it can, so all the children that come here can be encouraged to achieve their full potential.

Bev Philps

Co-opted Governor
Term of office: 29 January 2018
Last 12 month meeting attendance: 4/5

More about Bev:
I have lived in Blaby all my life and have attended both Headlands and Stokes school myself. I have four children and seven grandchildren, two who attend Stokes – one in year 6 and one in year 2. I have worked here for 21 years as a teaching assistant and have been part of the Governing Body for three years. I feel it is important to help shape our schools’ future direction and be part of providing for all our pupils so they can develop to their full potential.

Steve Jones

Parent Governor
Term of office: 5 May 2019
Last 12 month meeting attendance: 5/5

More about Steve:
I have 2 daughters at Blaby Stokes. Both are very happy and are thriving at our school. I am very proud of what they are achieving, and with the way the school is enabling their development in all areas by providing a positive and safe learning environment. I offer the necessary time and commitment required to be a parent governor, to support the staff as they constantly strive to develop and improve our school to help all of our children thrive. As our teachers and support staff are faced with ever changing government policies to implement, I will do all I can to help our school maintain its high standards, and meet future challenges. I feel I understand the requirements of the role, and, as I am at the school most days, hope that I would be approachable and accessible to other parents. I am privileged to represent parents, carers and our children by supporting, and where necessary challenging, our schools decision making to facilitate the very best education for all of our children.

I feel that, as an IT consultant/engineer with over 25 years of experience, my skills are a great asset to our school. I am able to help and give advice on any IT issues, including helping to achieve the best value possible with our schools IT budget. I feel it is very important that a schools IT system should meet the needs of all staff and pupils and should be an effective, safe and efficient resource, instilling confidence in all users of the system.

Richard Holdridge

Foundation Governor
Last 12 month meeting attendance: 5/5

More about Richard:
I am a Foundation Governor, being a member of All Saints Church, where I am both Treasurer and Churchwarden. I have lived in the area all my life, and have two children, currently at Lutterworth completing their secondary education. After 4 years teaching, I changed career and qualified as a Chartered Accountant, but spent the last half of my career involved with recruitment, student mentoring and training (both technical and personal skills).

My desire is that children at Stokes are given a fantastic start. Not just academically but in their experience of sport and the creative arts, where they can develop in a safe, supporting and encouraging environment.I am a keen follower of cricket, and am currently Secretary of Countesthorpe Cricket Club.

Emma Palmer

Parent Governor

Term of office: 31 August 2020
Last 12 month meeting attendance: 5/5

More about Emma: 

I have lived in Blaby for almost 11 years and have two sons at Blaby Stokes in Year 2 and Foundation; with the older one flourishing at the school in the last two years. I am passionate about education and believe that schools should not only teach children, but also develop a love of learning in pupils, so that they are motivated to do well. By becoming a Governor I hope to contribute to the school’s ability to do this.

I work at the University of Leicester as a lecturer and think that this gives me a set of skills and experience of use to being a Governor. I have an insight into broader educational issues and look forward to deepening my understanding of the primary school sector. I also have skills such as data analysis, writing reports for different audiences, preparing funding bids, and experience of quality assurance processes that I hope to put to good use on behalf of the school.
Finally, I am enthusiastic and keen to help the school continue – and enhance – its excellent provision.

Andrew Maxwell

Parent Governor

Date appointed: 21 June 2017

Last 12 month meeting attendance: 2/2

More about Andrew:

My son has flourished since he joined in his reception year and thoroughly enjoys his learning. He feels happy and secure at the school and it is for that reason that I wanted to make a contribution to the school through the role of Parent Governor.
For the past three years I have worked in the secondary education system. During that time I gained an understanding of what is expected of students making the transition from KS2 to KS3. I have been privileged to gain this experience in a school rated as Outstanding by Ofsted. I’ve now started a teacher training course with the hope of pursuing a career in teaching secondary English. I hope the insight I have of the education system will benefit my role as Parent Governor.
Prior to working in education I ran my own retail business, this position meant I had to work within budgets, analyse data and appraise employee performance which are all skills that I hope to use to benefit the school.

Steve Roddy

Foundation Governor
Date appointed: 1 September 2017
Term of office: Ex-officio
Last 12 month meeting attendance: 2/2


More about Steve:

I have been a Primary School Headteacher for the past five years having previously been a deputy Headteacher at two schools in Northamptonshire.

I am currently a member of the Board of Education for the Diocese of Leicester, sit on the Executive Committee of Leicestershire Primary Heads and am a member of the Leicestershire and Rutland Sport Headteacher steering group. I also work collaboratively with the Rutland Primary headteachers who feed to Uppingham Community College and have chaired Market Harborough and Kibworth Development Group 15 for the past two years.

I am passionate about creating the very best outcomes for young people and I am keen to support the school moving forward.

Committees and Previous Members


Finance & Management: D Kallquist, O Hillier, B Philps, Z Warner, R Holdridge, E Ballard
Curriculum: D Kallquist, L Coleman, E Ballard, S Jones, E Palmer, A Maxwell 
Premises: D Kallquist, S Jones, B Philps, R Holdridge, L Coleman
Strategy: D Kallquist, Z Warner, E Ballard, E Palmer, O Hillier, S Roddy, A Maxwell

Declarations of Interest:

Owing to the composition of governing body being drawn from local public and private sector organisations, transactions may take place with organisations in which a governor has an interest. Governors have a legal responsibility to avoid conflict between their business and personal interests and those of the school and to declare any interest. 

Register of interests - Sept 17 >

Previous members of Governing Body within the last 12 months:

James Cheesman, Staff Governor - End of term 6 October 2016
Matthew Weir, Parent Governor - End of term 31 January 2017
Louise Bent, Parent Governor - End of term 17 March 2017
Grenville Gibbins, Foundation Governor - End of term 30 June 2017
Pam Smith, Co-opted Governor - End of term 30 September 2017
Lee McKean, Parent Governor - End of Term 9 October 2017