Usk Church in Wales Primary School

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Local Authority School Governors

Elaine Lewis, Monmouthshire Local Authority Governor.

Meirion Howells, Monmouthshire Local Authority Governor.




Appointed as a Local Authority Governor In July 2023.


In 2022, my husband and I decided to make Usk our home after my retirement. It's been a fantastic journey, especially as it has brought me closer to my family home in Llangynidr, Powys, where I attended Brecon High School.


Before coming to Usk, I spent the last decade of my career as the Headteacher of a multicultural comprehensive school in Twickenham, Southwest London. Education has always been my passion, and I'm committed to ensuring that every child receives the best possible learning experience.


Since settling in Usk, I've become actively involved in our local community. From crafting costumes for the Usk Panto Players to being a member of the Roger Edwards Education Trust. I've enjoyed contributing to various aspects of community life. I'm also pursuing a City and Guilds course in Creative Textiles, adding a creative flair to my retirement.


Becoming a Governor is an exciting new chapter for me. I'm well-aware of the responsibilities and importance of this role, thanks to my previous experience in education. My goal is to bring my diverse knowledge, skills, and educational background to support the school in maintaining its high standards.


I genuinely believe that every child deserves an exceptional education, and I'm eager to contribute to delivering just that. As a Governor, I look forward to being part of the team that ensures our school continues to provide a quality educational experience. I'm honoured to be here, and I can't wait to positively contribute to the growth and success of our school.

Professor Dianne Watkins OBE


I was delighted to be appointed as a School Governor in January 2024 and look forward to working with the school to achieve its ambitions.


I am married with 2 children and 4 grandchildren and have lived in Llangwm, Usk for 30 years. I am an active member of the Usk WI, and currently serve as secretary. This has allowed me to interact with residents of Usk and to partake in local community events.


I have recently retired as Professor of Public Health Nursing at Cardiff University, where I held the position of Deputy Head of the School of Healthcare Sciences, with a focus on international development. I still hold an Emeritus Professor title which allows me to continue to contribute to academic work and to projects in Malawi. I was awarded an OBE for my work in nurse education and research across the globe, and hope that my 30 years’ experience in higher education will be of use in working with Usk Church in Wales Primary School.


My passion has always been education, improving the learning experience for young people and ensuring their voice is heard. I believe the role of a school governor is influential in shaping the school ethos, and thus the educational experience for children who attend the school. I look forward to working in partnership with staff and the school governing body to shape strategy and practice that help children reach their full potential through education, whilst ensuring staff and pupils feel valued.