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School Governors' Committee

Who are they?

Gareth Hodgson, Chair of Governors 



Mrs Muriel Hoole, Vice Chair

Mrs Muriel Hoole, Vice Chair & SGC representative for Maths and SEN.  Muriel Hoole is a retired primary school teacher who has been volunteering weekly at Episkopi Primary School since arriving in Cyprus in 2007.  She has taught in the UK and in SCE schools in Germany, where she met her husband in Soest many years ago.



Mrs Gill Marsden

Mrs Gill Marsden, SGC representative for English.  Mrs Marsden is a secondary school English teacher who has taught full-time in the UK and part-time in Germany (in between having four children!).  She is SGC Governor for Maths and has been adopted by Year 6!  Her 3 boys have all been through Episkopi Primary and now her daughter Lucy is in Year 1!

Mr Richard Hoole, SGC Clerk

Mr Richard Hoole After 36½ years Regular Commissioned Service in the Royal Corps of Signals, spent mainly in the UK and Germany, Lieutenant Colonel Richard Hoole retired to Cyprus in January 2007 with his wife Muriel, a retired Primary School teacher.  They had previously purchased land in Parekklisia to the East of Limassol and had a timber-framed house from Finland constructed, moving-in just before Christmas 2007. 

Richard’s involvement with Episkopi Primary School stems from Muriel’s volunteering on Fridays at the school and her subsequently being invited to become a Governor in 2015 and then being appointed as Deputy Chair. Richard volunteered to become Clerk of the SGC and took up the appointment at the beginning of 2017.

Mrs Julia Heydon-Wells

Mrs Julia Heydon-Wells, SGC representative for Healthy Schools. Julia worked as a publisher of children's and young adult books by authors such as Francesca Simon, Axel Scheffler, Michael Morpurgo and Paul McCartney. She writes the blog Far Flung Family about her family's adventures in Cyprus. She has a child attending Episkopi Primary School.

Father John Nelson

Father John Nelson, SGC representative for Science.  Father John has been a Catholic priest for 35 years in the Diocese of Portsmouth, where he has worked in a number of parishes and served as a school governor in 9 different schools.  He served for 28 years as a Reserve Chaplain with an army medical unit until September 2018 when he switched to regular service for a 3-year posting to Cyprus.  He is currently the Padre with 2 Mercian and is based in Episkopi Station. 

SGT (RAF) Paul Dufficy


Sgt. Paul Dufficy, SGC representative for the Quality of Education, Science and Parents. Paul is a current serving member of the Royal Air Force with over 18 years’ experience of serving on numerous operational deployments all over the globe. He arrived back in Cyprus for his second tour in May 2021, with his wife Heidi, who is an LSA at Episkopi Primary, and four children, three of whom attend the school and his eldest attends St John’s Secondary School.

The majority of Paul’s spare time is taken up by his children’s after school clubs, however what free time he does have is spent having quality family time making lots of memories. Paul’s main drive to join the SGC is to represent the “Parent”. As a father of four he understands the difficulties service life brings and only wants the best for all the children at Episkopi Primary through education, which of course is the foundation key for success in life.

If you see Paul around school please say hello, he is keen to get involved and make a positive difference.







Mr Robin Edwards

Robin Edwards has been working as chartered surveyor across the private and public sector.  He is currently the SBA Lands Officer having joined the Civil Service in August 2019 to come straight out to Episkopi.  He has been a governor in the UK at both primary and secondary settings for the last 12 years.  His two eldest children are at University and College in the UK with currently a daughter in Year 7 at St. John's and a son in Year 6 at Episkopi Primary.

Laura Fazackerley


Laura Fazackerley is the  LSA representative for the SGC, Support Staff Governor, she also has a vested interested in the school as she has a child attending. 

Capt. Pete McKenna

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Shishir Gurung



Dan Hughes




Flt Lt Aileen O'Leary

Flt Lt Aileen O’Leary arrived in Cyprus in June 2021 with her husband and 18 month old son. An RAF Personnel Support Officer she has worked in Service Discipline & Welfare and is now the Unit Admin Officer at Episkopi Station. Having moved around as a child, she understands the struggles faced by service children and is excited to have joined the School Governors’ Committee. Aileen has a keen interest in child development and exploring the ways in which our brains grow and change as we get older. In recent months Aileen’s spare time has been spent exploring Cyprus with her family.