Mrs Beverley Gilbert

My name is Beverley Gilbert and I have been Headteacher at Brading for the last 16 years, and have been teaching for 27 years.  I have worked in 5 schools across the Island.  The governing board work in very close partnership with all parents and guardians to help unlock children’s potential through being a team that trust each other.  At Brading we work extremely hard as we believe we play a vital role in helping children’s ‘lifelong learning journey’.  We aim to ensure by the time the children leave us they are competent, confident and capable individuals who are inspired to be the best they can be.

Mrs Pat Redfern

I am very happy to be returning to the Governing Body at Brading C of E Primary, I expect many of the Key Stage 2 children and their families will remember me. Our family has lived and worked in Brading for many generations and we have been involved with several community projects. I am a member of St Mary’s Church and sing in the community choir. I have taught in Primary and High Schools on the mainland and here on the Island. I have taken up the role of governor because I believe in the importance of education in ensuring all the children in our school reach their full potential. Governors really can make a difference, challenging and supporting the work of the school. We play a strategic and integral part, working alongside the Headteacher and dedicated staff, determining a future vision for our school for the benefit of all the children in Brading. Drawing on my skills I am an associate member of the Governing Board, covering many aspects of the school, including finance, premises, health and safety, ensuring we are accountable to the children, parents and community we serve.

Mrs Christine Diffey

I am very pleased to have the opportunity to become a Governor at Brading School and look forward to working with the Headteacher, Staff and other Governors in furthering the education and well-being of all pupils. I am a member of St Mary’s Church and have actively worshipped there for many years. My roots are in Brading, having spent my whole childhood until my marriage living in the town. I have fond memories of being a pupil at Brading School. I have worked in education in various administrative capacities throughout my working life, initially at County Hall and then in the Middle and Primary School sectors. I intend to draw upon these experiences in my governing role.

Mr Dave Piggott

I have been on the Island since 1984, and lived in Brading for the last 25 years. My youngest daughter attended Brading Primary, and I was a governor at the school when she was a pupil there. For the last 10 years I've been working in Children's Services for the Isle of Wight Council, retiring in June 17. I've worked closely with Mrs Gilbert and her team for many years in a professional capacity, and I'm very grateful to have the opportunity to continue that association as a governor. I love living in Brading, and I'm very keen to do anything I can to support the community and the school in particular.

Mr Brian Tyndall


I am a Brading resident having moved to the island to be part of my wife's Isle of Wight family. Following nine years in the British Army, I moved into Personnel Management and then later Sales and Marketing - selling major capital equipment into the Packaging Industry. Over the years I have been a School Governor at two schools on the Mainland and two others on the Island before becoming a Governor at Brading. I have also been a parish councillor at two councils on the mainland as well as a District Councillor at Aylesbury, and until May 2021 a County Councillor on the Isle of Wight. I bring this experience and skills to support the school. "Throughout my time as a Governor I have always been amazed at the professionalism and dedication of the teachers and support staff - even more so at Brading."

Mrs Lin Merwood

I have had 38 years experience in both teaching and headship, including being a governor in my own and other schools. Following my retirement in August 2020 I am pleased to be given the opportunity to support Brading CE Primary as a governor making use of my organisational skills, experience working with and alongside people who wish to provide the best education to children and staff. I have a flexible approach to working and of course my own work-life balance - retirement is wonderful but I like to keep busy! I continue to be very interested in education and hope, as a governor, to play a part in supporting the Team and children at Brading CE Primary School to reach their potential.