Usk Church in Wales Primary School

Believe... Achieve... Succeed

Credu... Cyflawni... Llwyddo

Parent Governors

Jayne McKenna, Parent Governor

I am proud to have been a Parent Governor since October 2018.  Aside from this role, I am actively involved within the community.  I juggle family life alongside my other roles as a Community Councillor; Coach and Vice-Chair at Usk Junior Netball Club; Events Co-Ordinator at Pontypool Ski Race Team; and Fundraising and Events Co-Ordinator at Usk Junior Football Club.  There is a strong cross over with the school and links within the community, so if you see me out and about then please pop over to say hello!

I have two children who are in Years 3 and 6, both of which are very happy, thriving and love going to school.  I believe that this is due to the excellent teaching and high standards that we have at Usk CiW School.  I always say “the best thing that you can give a child is a good education”, so just like any other parent or guardian, I want the very best for my children.  Hence, during meetings, I can air opinions, ask questions and make judgements based on a parents’ perspective.

My background in Education enables me to work alongside and support fellow Governors and staff.  Of particular interest is being part of the Curriculum Committee during this pivotal time of curriculum reform.

I love spending time at the school and I get involved as much as possible with school life, whether this be helping out with school trips, coaching the netball team, attending church services and celebrations, doing book looks or visiting my link class.  The school motto  – Believe, Achieve, Succeed – is very much alive at Usk and I look forward to supporting this and ‘The Usk Way’ for both now and in the future.

Kate Welsher, Parent Governor

I became a parent governor in February 2019 and although I am still learning about the role in the last year I have seen how the Governing Body has an impact through its committees and meetings.

I have lived in Usk for 9 years.  One of the things I noticed upon moving here was the sense of community which I think you notice even more when you have children.  One of the reasons I volunteered to be a governor was to give something back to that community but also because I think it is important that the views of parents are represented on the Governing Body.

I have two daughters (twins) who are currently in Year 4 and you will often find me on the Junior yard for morning drop off and some afternoons for pick up.  Whilst it may seem that I am rushing off to work I am more than happy to talk to other parents/carers to raise their views/share their opinions in one of our meetings.

I work for Qualifications Wales as the Head of HR and whilst my focus is primarily on our people it is a really interesting time to work in the education sector in Wales as the work on curriculum reform develops.

Nicki Lloyd, Parent Governor

I became a parent governor in May 2021, 14 months after the start of the COVID pandemic. I joined the governing body after what must have been an extremely challenging year for them and the school. The dedication and enthusiasm to the children’s learning and wellbeing throughout this public health crisis has been nothing short of inspiring.

Looking forward to our “new norm” I hope to make a valuable contribution to the school, drawing on my knowledge and experience of working in a healthcare training environment for the last 14 years. I believe the views of parents and carers should have a platform to be heard and welcome any correspondence from the parent and carers community.

I live in Llangybi with my husband and 2 sons, one of whom started Reception in 2020. His little brother will hopefully be joining him in September 2022.

I work for Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) which is a Special Health Authority that sits alongside Health Boards and Trusts. I manage GP Specialty and Further Training in Wales and have a special interest in sustainable healthcare and differential attainment.

Michelle Alford, Parent Governor

I am married to Barry and we have one daughter, Arianne, who moved on to Monmouth Comprehensive School in September 2021. I was born and brought up in Usk and now continue to live in Usk. I was one of the first pupils to attend Usk Church in Wales school when it opened in 1985.
I have worked within the Criminal Justice system for over 20 years and am currently a Team Manager in Wales Community Rehabilitation Company. I also have a knowledge and skill base working with individuals with learning disabilities and adult education. A significant part of my working life has had focus on both children and adult safeguarding.
I was elected as a parent governor in October 2014, and took on the role of safeguarding governor. In December 2017, I was nominated and elected into the role of Vice Chair.
I endeavour to support the school in anyway I can whether by using my knowledge and skills to support the role of critical friend or by attending school events and class assemblies.
I continue to be very passionate about the school and am committed to contributing to the school to ensure that it remains a wonderful safe place for both children and staff to learn and develop.