List of governors

The chair of our governing board is Alison Mitchell. 

If you wish to speak to Alison, please use the following details to arrange a meeting. 

Kintbury St Mary's Church of England Primary School
Gainsborough Avenue,
RG17 9XN
Tel: 01488 658 336



Martin Bakker, Associate Governor

Term of Office: 27th June 2018 - 26th June 2021
Roles & Responsibilities: Pupil Premium Grant Governor.

I am a Dutchman and have lived in the U.K. for 10 years. I’ve always had a keen interest in education, to the point that I even started studying to become a primary school teacher myself when I left secondary school. Life took me a different direction and since 2010 I own and run a successful flower shop in Hungerford. I have always wanted to give something back to the community and as a governor it’s a privilege to implement the skills I have developed running my own business for the benefit of the children, staff, school and community as a whole. I also feel that my different cultural upbringing will allow me to offer a different perspective on matters. I believe the caring and nurturing ethos of Kintbury St Mary’s, combined with great education is an amazing foundation to grow and develop from.

Sue Cantwell, Ex-officio


Anna Floyd, Staff Governor

Term of Office: 1st September 2020 - 1st September 2023

Kevin Fry, Co-opted Governor

Term of Office: 21st April 2021 - 20th April 2024
Roles & Responsibilities: Finance; School Financial Value Standard; Website content.

"I have lived in Kintbury for over 12 years, and have two children who attend the school. I am a chartered accountant by profession and my background in Finance led to me becoming a school governor with the aim of sharing my knowledge and skills in this area and making a contribution to the school and the local community. I am particularly impressed with the school’s nurturing and caring ethos and the dedication of its teachers. I am proud to be a part of that. When I am not getting excited about spreadsheets, I enjoy a wide range of sports. I am qualified FA level 1 coach and help coach the Hungerford Town Juniors team in my spare time."

Gerry Heaton, Co-opted Governor

Term of office: 1st September 2020 - 1st September 2023
Roles & Responsibilities: PSHCE Governor.

Apart from more recent short spells living in London and Newbury, I have lived in Kintbury since moving here from Dublin as a child in 1978 when I also attended John O’ Gaunt School in Hungerford. I have taught in West Berkshire since qualifying as a teacher in 1992 and gradually moved towards promotion to be a headteacher after gaining my National Primary Qualification for Headteachers. I was acting Headteacher at Lambourne CE Primary School and then moved to lead Inkpen Primary School. My final headship was at Hungerford Primary School up until 2017 when I decided I wanted to take a new direction in life. I currently teach music in two West Berkshire Primary Schools and I am also the Therapeutic Thinking Support Team Primary Adviser (formerly the Behaviour Intervention Team) for West Berks. I have written, directed and acted in many pantomimes and plays for St. Mary’s Drama Group and Kintbury Players and enjoy theatre, music, sailing, reading, writing, cooking and travelling. I am thrilled to be able to support the children, staff and parents of Kintbury St. Mary’s CE Primary School in my role as a Co-opted Governor – a school that supported me when I was thinking about training to be a teacher.

Gill Hornby, LA Governor

Term of Office: 22nd September 2016 - 14th January 2023
Roles & Responsibilities: Literacy Governor; SPaG Governor.

Gill Hornby was educated in the state sector in Maidenhead and went on to read History at Brasenose College, Oxford. She worked in BBC Current Affairs for ten years, up to the birth of her first child. Since then, she has been writing regularly for newspapers and magazines, in particular the Daily Telegraph and most recently a books column in the Daily Mail. She is the author of two non-fiction books for children – biographies of Jane Austen, and Mozart – and takes a passionate interest in children’s books and literacy. She currently writes commercial women’s fiction. Her first novel, The Hive, was a best-seller. As a mother of four children, she has always been an active parent in her children’s schools as a PTA member and literacy coach. She is the President of the Friends of St Mary’s Church, for which she organises regular fund-raising events. She has lived in Kintbury for twenty-four years.

Roy Hutchings, Foundation Governor

Term of Office: expired 19th May 2021 - we are undertaking the Oxford Diocese reappointment process
Roles & Responsibilities: Health and Safety Governor; Head Teacher's Performance Management; Data & Raiseonline; Challenge & Enrichment.

I have been a Foundation governor for 11 years and became a governor when my son was at the school to support the school and help all pupils experience the best possible education and experience at primary school. I have a science background, worked in a research lab and now am a technical manager, so have experience of strategic leadership, business processes and structures, evaluation of outcomes and data analysis.

Alison Mitchell, Co-opted Governor

Term of Office: 21st April 2021 - 20th April 2024
Roles & Responsibilities: Chair of Governors; Safeguarding Governor; Head Teacher's Performance Management; Governor Development; Communication & Engagement.

'I have lived in Kintbury with my family for 24 years with all five of my children attending and enjoying the caring environment and nurturing ethos of Kintbury School. A scientist by qualification, I spent many years working both in academic research and the pharmaceutical industry before deciding to take a career break to spend time with and look after my family and also become more actively involved in village and community life. Currently a governor at three local primary schools in West Berkshire, I feel privileged to use the skills developed over the years through many project management and leadership roles to work alongside fellow governors, staff, children and their families to support and make a positive impact on the well-being and outcomes of children in all three schools. I feel passionate about providing the best possible education for children in order that they enjoy and develop as life-long learners and I am proud to give something back to the school communities, in this highly rewarding role'.

Jenny Veasey, Foundation Governor

Term of office: 6th July 2015 - 5th July 2021
Roles & Responsibilities: Vice Chair of Governors; Religious Education Governor; Collective Worship Governor; PSHCE Governor.

"I have lived in Kintbury for over ten years. Five years ago I retired after sixteen years as headteacher of St Martin's East Woodhay Primary School - the best job in the world! I have been a lay preacher in Winchester Diocese for more than six years and am now a lay member of the Walbury Beacon Benefice ministry team. Church and church schools have been a major part of my life and I feel really fortunate to have the opportunity to continue, especially in such a lively learning community as Kintbury St Mary's Primary School."

Sue Wigmore, Co-opted Governor

Term of Office: 21st April 2021 - 20th April 2024
Roles & Responsibilities: Chair of Curriculum & Standards committee; SEND Governor; Data & Raiseonline; Maths; Science.

"I have a strong belief in education and know first-hand the great opportunities it can offer. As a scientist, I have a keen interest in data analysis and the evaluation of childrens’ attainment and progress . Working in the medical sector, I understand the need for compliance and accountability. In addition to my governor duties, I enjoy volunteering with different age groups and am keen to promote science and maths within the school. I recently participated in ‘Aspirations Week’, sharing what it is like to work in science and in the past I have given presentations on blood and the human circulation system. I passionately believe that all children should be enthusiastic and confident in their learning and be given the opportunity to reach their full potential."

Kate Wright, Parent Governor

Term of Office: 15th January 2020 - 14th January 2021
Roles and Responsibilities: Finance committee, Communication

I have lived in Kintbury for the last 6 years with my husband and two children who both attend the school. I am a Chartered Marketer with a background in Commercial Sales and Marketing in Telco and Tech sectors. With such a caring ethos and a hugely dedicated team of teachers, assistants and support workers, I want to bring my skills to use within the school, helping contribute to taking the school from strength to strength.