Meet the Governors

Welcome to the Governors' section!

Who's Who


  Mr Richard Duck

Chair of Governors

My name is Richard Duck and I am currently Chair of Governors. I have been a governor at St Laurence's for 9 years. I have 3 children: my two boys have been through the school and now go to Ludlow Secondary, whilst my daughter still attends.

I grew up in London and have worked and travelled around the UK before settling down in Ludlow 12 years ago, to be close to my wife's family. I volunteered to be a governor as I believe it is important that children receive a balanced education. As well as focusing on the key topics of Maths and English there should also include a range of activities such as sport, art and music to enable all children to excel.


  Mrs Jane Laraman

Foundation Governor

In 1995, I became a Foundation Governor at St Laurence C of E Primary School, having been nominated by Brian Curnew, the former Rector of Ludlow.

Foundation Governors are appointed by the Hereford Diocesan Board of Education for a 4 year peroid of time. To date, I have been re-appointed after each term of office and I am currently Vice Chair of the School Governing Body. I am also a member of the Ludlow(Schools) Crosstown Federation Joint Strategic Committee. All Governing Body roles are carried out in a voluntary capacity.

Career background: After qualifying as a primary school teacher in 1977 and before retiring in 2011, I continously worked in the field of Education and Child Care, predominantly in the Early Years Sector. I worked for Hereford and Worcester County Council, Herefordshire Council and the Civil Service, in a range of full time and part time roles.

My Husband and I have 3 daughters, all of whom attended the school. During their time there, we were both actively involved in various PTA roles ( the PTA is now known as the 'Friends of St Laurence'). I also ran the 'Ludlow Rotary Junior Community Scheme' for the school between 2004 - 2013.

Although passionate about Early Years Education and beyond, my personal hobbies and interests include reading, listening to music, meeting friends, going to the theatre or cinema, cooking and ..... Zumba dancing!!!


  Mrs Nicola Twiddy


I'm Nicola, I have been a parent governor at the school since 2012. I am a professional child minder and have four children. I enjoy coming in to school regularly to listen to the children read. 


  Reverend Tim Coles

Rev. Tim Coles, MTh is the pastor at Ludlow Elim Christian Fellowship: and our local government designated Governor. He has a wide experience of working with children and young people; and of organising events that connect faith and community. He organises the annual Living Nativity in Ludlow, along with Easter Experience, LIFE exhibition, GSUS live. Professionally he has worked at strategic and senior levels in training and business consultancy, and also as a Sales & Marketing manager for Capital Equipment.

He is married to Judith with two grown up children.


Mrs Olivia Stephens

 Parent Governor

I was elected as a parent governor at the beginning of 2017. My two sons have, and one still does attend St. Laurence's.

Over the last four or five years I have enjoyed playing a key role in the Friends of St. Laurence's School.

I have a BSC in Management Sciences from Lancaster University and am really enjoying the new challenge which being a school governor gives me.



Mrs Emma Small

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