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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 Chair of the Resources Part II and Pay Committees and attend all meetings.  I am the Governor with oversight of Equalities and the English Link Governor.

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.  Outside of my governor role, I run my own HR and Training Consultancy and have done for some years. 

Judy Glen – Appointed Parent Governor

I am Vice-Chair of the Full Governing Body, the Chair of School & Community Committee, a member of the Teaching, Learning & Assessment Committee, the Governor with oversight of Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) and the Governor linked to Year 5.

I have been a parent governor at the school since May 2010.  I have a daughter who joined reception in 2011 and a son who left in 2014 to go to secondary school so I have experience of taking a child through the primary school system.   Outside of my governor role I am a lawyer in the Civil Service. 

I volunteered to become a school governor because I wanted to contribute to the progress of the school. I have found that my legal experience has enabled me to help the school fulfil its statutory duties.

Afolabi Dania  – Co-opted Governor

I have been a School Governor since September 2015 and I am a member of the Resources Committee. I have responsibilities for both Year 3 and Facilities Management of the school premises.

My professional experience is in Construction Manager with experience in Project Management, Facilities Management and Sustainability. Outside of my School Governor role, I currently lecture in Higher Education, frequently providing extra-curricular mentoring to students and early career graduates.

I volunteered to be a governor to offer my construction related expertise to improving the premises of the school and contribute ideas for the benefit of the local community in general. I am also keen to drive sustainability in my role as Governor at the school.

I am happy for the opportunity and excited at the prospects of making telling contributions to Winnersh Primary School.

Nicola Davies – Staff Governor

I have been a governor since November 2010 and I am a member of the Resources Committee and the Development Governor.

My role in school is teaching in Year 2 and I am the Assistant Head for Lower Phase and Foundation Stage Lead as well as acting Deputy Head currently.  I am also a parent of a child in school who is in Year 4.

I am very committed to Winnersh Primary School and its place in the community.  Being a governor is important to me to ensure there is a link between the staff and governing body and to contribute to the strategic development of the school

Phil Bristow – Co-opted Governor (non-teaching staff)

I joined the Governing Body in July 2016.  I am a member of the Resources Committee and Vice Chair of this Committee.

I have worked at Winnersh Primary School since September 2013 as the ICT Technician. My first career was in computer programming but I moved into commercial and customer management and spent 25 years working in BT in a variety of senior business and project management roles.

I have taken any opportunity to support the work of the school outside of my immediate role and have found it a very rewarding experience. There are a number of challenges facing the education sector both financial and organisational, and I now feel confident that my experience of financial management, and the delivery of both large and complex projects, will enable me to make a contribution to the work of the governing body and the future development of the school.

Dan Tickner – Elected Parent Governor

I am the Chair of Teaching, Learning & Assessment Committee and governor responsible for both E-safety and Assessment.  

 I have been a parent governor at the school since 2013.  I have a son in year 5 so I have experience of taking a child through the primary school system. Outside of my governor role, I am a Subject Leader for Music at Frogmore Community College. I also conduct the Arborfield Military Wives Choir and the Time To Sing Community Choir.

 I volunteered to become a school governor because I wanted to contribute to the progress of the school and to aid with the transition from primary to secondary school which can prove very daunting to pupils. I have found that my teaching experience has aided me greatly in my role on the Teaching, Learning & Assessment Committee.

Carole Trespaderne – Co-opted Governor

I am a member of both the Teaching, Learning & Assessment Committee and School & Community Committee, the Safeguarding Governor and the governor linked to Year 3.

I have been a governor at the school since Jan 2014.  My daughter has recently moved on from Winnersh Primary to secondary school and I have a son in year 5.   My professional background is nursing and health visiting and outside of my governor role I work in higher education as a Senior Lecturer.  I wanted to become a governor to support the school to ensure that all children receive the best possible education whilst at the school. 

Rabiya Umar – Co-opted Governor

I joined the Board of Governors in June 2015 and am Vice-Chair of the Resources Committee and a member of the School & Community Committee.  

I am a qualified Chartered Accountant and work as an Auditor across various industries. My work involves checking the veracity and accuracy of financial records and operating effectiveness of internal controls.

I also act as a mentor to final year accounting students at Oxford Brookes University and occasionally volunteer to teach Science and Maths to GCSE and A-levels students.

I wanted to be a Governor so I can utilise my finance and business skills to contribute to my local community and to the progress of the school.

Caroline Fisher – Co-opted Governor

I became a governor in September 2016 and I am a member of the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee and the Resources Committee.  I also have responsibility for Pupil Premium and am the Governor linked to Reception.

  • My three children all attended the school with my youngest moving on to secondary school in 2016.

I currently work with many schools and Local Authorities across the country using MIS (Management Information Systems), giving me an oversight into the day-to-day workings of a school, such as attendance, behaviour, assessment, communication and statutory obligations

I used to work for an educational research organisation and have a passion for using evidence to help improve the lives of learners. I thoroughly enjoy working with schools and hope I can share some of my experience with my local community

Alistair Matthews – Elected Parent Governor

I am a newly parent elected Governor (January 2017) and I am a member of the Resources Committee, School & Community Committee and I am also the Health & Safety Governor. I will also be the Governor linked to Year 1.

I have a son in Reception and I have a younger daughter that I hope will be attending Winnersh Primary so I have a particular interest in the success and results of the school.

I work in the finance sector where I direct a successful management team over two office locations in the Thames Valley.

I am so grateful to be given the opportunity to represent parents and the local community to help give our kids the best start in education and develop a school that children and families love, and which local residents can be proud of.

 
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