Who We Are
Meet the Governors
As well as the headteacher, the members of the governing body are:
Karen Rex – Co-opted Governor
I am the Chair of the Full Governing Body and the Staffing Committee and attend all meetings. I have been a governor at the school since July 2011. I lecture in Early Years Education with the Open University, and this role gives me the chance to be involved directly with a provider in Early Years. I have no direct link to the school but I volunteered to support the local community.
Katherine Keeler – Staff Governor
I have recently joined the Governing Body and I am a member of the Resources Committee. I am currently the SENDCo and PPG lead at Winnersh. I have been working at Winnersh for 7 years and am very committed to the school as well as its’ place in the community. I am passionate about creating an inclusive ethos and work hard to build effective relationships with children and parents alike. I was keen to join the Governing Body to contribute to the strategic development of the school and to ensure there is a strong link between the staff and the governing body.
Sarah Bailey - Parent Governor
I joined the Board of Governors in February 2020 as a parent governor. I am a Senior Lecturer in Physiology at the University of Surrey and a swimming teacher in my spare time. I volunteered to become a school governor because I wanted to contribute to my local community and experience what education is like for young children, using my experience of educational planning, technology and business skills developed as a small business owner, when I ran my own swimming school.
Helen Edwards - Parent Governor
I joined the Board of Governors in February 2020. I am Director of Academic Quality at the University of College of Estate Management (UCEM) which is based in Reading. In my job role I’m responsible for all aspects of academic quality assurance and academic governance at UCEM and am a member of UCEM’s Senior Leadership Team. I volunteered to become a school governor as my daughter attends the school and I feel strongly that every child deserves a good education and should be able to achieve their full potential. I want to draw upon my professional experience to contribute to the school and hopefully to add real value.
Vicky Bellman - Co-opted
I became a governor in May 2021, as a member of the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee. I am currently a Year 5 teacher and Assistant Head at Winnersh Primary School, and subject leader for English. I volunteered to become a staff governor because my two children attended the school and I wanted to give something back to the school community in which they flourished. Additionally, I understand the importance of forging strong links between all of the stakeholders involved in the successful development of our school, all of whom have the collective aim of providing an effective and enriching educational offer for our children.
Adam McCarthy - Co-opted
I joined the governing body in February 2023. I am a business owner of a consultancy and training company within technical industries. As an individual my passion is to help others develop from young to old in order to help provide them the best foundations for life going forward. I have had the pleasure to work in multiple industries including Armed Forces, the rail industry and various training environments as well as across various UK and European locations. I joined the governing body in order to help support the next generation with the start they require, by providing the right attention and utilising my experiences to provide a better future.
Khalid Fazeli - Co-opted
As of January 2023, I am privileged to serve on the Governing Body at Winnersh Primary School. My professional background is rooted in Information Technology, serving as an IT Director at James Cowper Kreston. In this role, I manage all aspects of our IT framework, from overseeing infrastructure and security to leading the development and implementation of key digital strategies that instigate business transformation. My decision to volunteer as a school governor was motivated by my personal connection to the school - my daughter is a student here. I firmly believe in the potential of every child to excel in their educational journey, and I'm committed to providing the best environment for that to happen. Leveraging my professional skills, I aim to contribute significantly to our school and create a positive impact.
Steve Jupp - Co-opted
I joined the Board of Governors in February 2023. I am Head of Emergency Planning for Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Trust located in London. In my job role I am responsible for all aspects of Emergency Planning Business Continuity and Crisis Response and am part of the Senior Leadership Team and Operational Management Team for the Hospital. I volunteered to become a school governor as my daughter attends the school and son is about to join. I feel strongly that the educational experience for every child translates directly in the outcomes and opportunities that they have in later life. Education is the most important factor that can make a difference. I look forward to being able to contribute my professional knowledge and skills to the school.
April Milne-Smith - Co-opted
My name is April and as a member of Winnersh Primary School Governing Board I have responsibility on the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee and am linked to Reception. I am also the Governor linked with SENd and PPG. My daughter started at Winnersh in Reception and I wanted a way to give back to the school community that she is so thoroughly enjoying and thriving in. As an Early Years teaching specialist and a leader of a Foundation Stage within a school I am passionate about providing the best start to school life and early education for all. I hope to be able to lend my knowledge and expertise to our Governing Board to ensure children are continuing to receive a quality education that Winnersh Primary School is so well-known for.
Swetha Annu - Co-opted
I have been a part of the School’s Governing Board since January 2023. I am a CIPD certified HR Graduate and a SAP Consultant by profession. With a deep passion for education and a strong commitment to serving the local community, I have volunteered for the role of a Parent Governor at Winnersh Primary where both my kids learned and prospered. I firmly believe in the vital role primary education plays in shaping the future of individuals and communities. With this in mind I am driven to contribute my skills and experience to the FGB, with the aim of creating a positive impact and fostering an environment where every child can thrive academically, socially and emotionally.