Silkmore Primary Academy

Meet The Governors 

The Governing body is a group of volunteers who work together to;

  • ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction. 
  • To hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff. 
  • To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent.

In a nutshell the Governors ensure the school is progressing and moving forward in the best interests of the children it serves. 


Mr Graham Cole

Role: Chair of Governors

I am married with 3 children (all boys) and 6 grandchildren and we have lived in the Midlands for 25 years. Until my retirement my background was in international business management covering 12 countries for a Swiss building products company. 

I am passionate about the outstanding progress the academy has made and our aim is to maintain that standard and continue to improve the educational environment for the children.


Mrs Rachael Trickett-Fryer

Staff Governor 

I have worked at Silkmore since I started my teaching career in 2013 as an NQT. I am incredibly proud of the journey which Silkmore has been on since then and I am privileged to have been a part of the team to help create the outstanding school it is today. As Deputy Head I enjoy the strategic challenge whilst remaining very present within the classrooms and with the children. I am currently Acting Headteacher for this half-term and looking forward to what I will learn during this period.


Mr Keith Rogers

Resident in Stafford since 1988 I am married to Helen. We have five wonderful daughters and eight lovely grandchildren.

Prior to retirement I worked for Nationwide Building Society for 26 years and then Practice Director of Oakengates Medical Practice Telford for 17 years.

In February 2017 I was invited to become a local governor of the school and mostly recently became the Safeguarding Link Governor in September 2020.


Mr Ian Jones

I have lived in Stafford since 1984. I have two children and two grandchildren .

I joined the Governing Board in April 2020 having previously been a governor at my children’s school for 7 years and since retirement at another Stafford primary school for 4 years.

Before retirement I worked for Government for over 30 years working on schemes to improve the environment. I had responsibility for delivering multi team projects ensuring they kept to budget and time.

I am very much looking forward to making a contribution to the continued successful running of Silkmore ensuring the school resources are used most effectively.


Mr Mike Collins

I have lived in Stafford since 1972.  Married to Fay I have 3 children, 4 stepchildren and numerous grandchildren.  My background is engineering and management and after nearly 40 years In the electricity supply industry, I took early retirement.  Still too young to retire I busied myself presenting lectures on both health and safety and systems management.

My interest in education stems from the number of years I was involved in recruiting apprentices and the training of young people. It follows that when approached, I jumped at the chance to become a governor of Silkmore Academy and to offer help and advice as appropriate.  

Miss Laura Clemens

Hello, I’m Laura I have three beautiful children, I lived in Stafford for most of my life. Prior to having children, I worked for Esso Petroleum as an Assistant Manager also Health and safety Lead.  

For the last few years, I’ve been on Silkmore’s PTFA as Treasurer due to having a child who has special educational needs, I was unable to continue my position within Esso.   Being part of Silkmore is so rewarding to me and enjoy planning activities for the community and the school.  I am enthusiastic about learning new skills and working with the school to continue being outstanding.