All about our Governors

All about our Board of Governors:

Darren Budd - Chair of Governors

Darren has been a Governor at Lacey Green since 2007 during which time two of his three children have attended the school. Darren has had previous experience as a Governor at another Primary School in Berkshire and put himself forward as a parent Governor as he wanted to support the school that his children were attending. Darren works as the Commercial Director of BASF Plc, he studied Chemistry at University and has worked in the Chemical Industry all of his career. Before moving to Wilmslow, his family lived in Germany for 5 years and it was a big change to come back to the UK. The school system in Germany is different to that in the UK although it provided a good experience for my children’s education.

Contact email address for the Chair of Governors:

Please initially email Darren with your enquiry and add your phone number to the email and he will either email you back or call you back if this is required.

Alison Taylor-Stokes - Co-opted Governor

Alison is married and has one daughter who used to attend Lacey Green Primary Academy. Alison is the founding director of ICE Arch Ltd, an architectural practice based in Wilmslow.

Alison went to school in Derbyshire and North Wales.  After completing her A-levels, she spent a year as a tutor at Naga Tawa School, New Zealand.  Alison read architecture at Plymouth and Liverpool universities, and spent a semester studying at the University of Washington, in Seattle.  She worked for architectural practices in California, Manchester, Liverpool and Wilmslow before setting up her own business.

Paul Scott - Co-opted Governor

Mike Neal - Co-opted Governor

Mike Neal has been a co-opted Governor since 2018. He is married with 4 grown up children. Mike has had a long career in financial management including  many years as Chief Financial Officer of Granada Group’s TV Rental and Computer Services Division so it is no surprise that he is a member of the school Finance Committee. Mike has been a Governor at a number of Primary and Secondary schools mostly in the Bedford area where he lived for many years.

Kevin Kelly - Co-opted Governor

Kevin is married with two children and has 3 grandchildren to keep him busy. He retired from The Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service after 42 years service combining a career of operational command and specialist Officer roles with youth development (Fire Cadets) and the Prince’s Trust youth development programme. Part of this time was spent as Station Commander at Wilmslow Fire Station. Kevin has been a resident of Wilmslow since 1981. Being a keen advocate for youth development resulted in him joining The Cheshire Army Cadet Force in Wilmslow and retired after 15 years as the County Training Major. Kevin enjoys retirement and makes full use of his Manchester United Season Ticket , participates in target shooting with Wilmslow Rifle club, and is an active member in community and charity events with a local Rotary club.

Adam Taher - Parent Governor

Adam started his role as a parent governor in November 2019 and has a son at Lacey Green. His background is in secondary mainstream education and works in a Pastoral Role in which he manages the day to day running of Year 8 ensuring their welfare is supported and that they are supported with issues such as attendance, behaviour,emotional well being, mental health and safeguarding. Adam’s main area of expertise is in the safeguarding field where he supports children and their families in partnership with the Local Authority.

He is trained in several key areas of safeguarding and in identifying and responding to mental health in young people. His background is sport based, that sport being rugby and he has represented his county at both codes. He enjoyed 20+ years of being involved in a number of rugby clubs in different capacities and is now a playing member of Wilmslow RUFC.

Adam moved to Wilmslow from North Manchester around 7 years ago where he settled with his family and feels that he can use his skill set within his role  as parent governor to contribute to the outstanding reputation that Lacey Green Primary Academy has.

Becki Petrondas - Parent Governor

Becki is married with 3 sons, 2 of whom are currently at Lacey Green and 1 whom she hopes will be joining the new Pre School in 2021.  Becki spent 3 successful years on the PTA Committee as Secretary and was responsible for successfully creating some new fundraising ideas and initiatives and for bringing a great energy and enthusiasm to the team.  She was elected as a Parent Governor in 2019.

Becki has worked as an Executive PA to Director at Siemens Plc for the last 13 years.  She possesses strong organisational skills with a wealth of experience in marketing, travel, communications, project management, customer satisfaction and a huge passion and proven track record in event organisation/management.

In her spare time (not that there’s much of that with 3 demanding boys!) she enjoys socialising, helping at various groups, playing the piano, spending time with family and friends and generally keeping busy.

Becki has a willingness to help, a desire to learn new skills and a keen eye for detail.  These attributes alongside her work experience are sure to hold her in good stead to be an active member of the governing board, a role she is very much looking forward to undertaking.


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