List of governors


Alison Mitchell, Co-opted Governor

Term of Office: 20th May 2018 - 19th May 2021
Roles & Responsibilities: Chair of Governors; Head Teacher's Performance Management; Pupil Premium Grant; 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'.

Sue Wigmore, Co-opted Governor

Term of Office: 20th May 2018 - 19th May 2021
Roles & Responsibilities: Vice-Chair of Governors; Chair of Curriculum & Standards committee; 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."

Helen Jefferies, Parent Governor

Term of Office: 1st November 2018 - 31st October 2021

My enthusiasm and passion for education was sparked by teaching English as a foreign language while I lived abroad. As the parent of two children (one a current pupil, the other a former pupil now at Secondary School), I believe quality of education is essential and I'm an advocate of the caring, nurturing and enriching ethos of Kintbury St Mary’s. My professional role as an agent for broadcasters means I engage with all aspects of media and public relations and requires business, strategic leadership and communications skills and people management.

Jenny Veasey, Foundation Governor

Term of office: 6th July 2015 - 5th July 2018

"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."

Roy Hutchings, Foundation Governor

Term of Office: 20th May 2018 - 19th May 2021
Roles & Responsibilities: 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.

Revd. Mark Wilson, Foundation Governor

Term of Office: 6th July 2018 - 5th July 2021
Roles & Responsibilities: Staff Welfare; Spiritual, Moral, Social & Multicultural Development, Health & Safety.

I am originally from Co. Kilkenny in the south-east of Ireland. I was brought up there on a farm and had a very happy childhood. However at the age of eighteen having attended an agricultural college I felt a call to be a full-time priest. I studied in Trinity College, Dublin and was ordained in 1980. Since then I have served in a variety of settings. I have been an Army Chaplain for five years, a hospital chaplain for twelve years and have served in various parishes, both rural and urban. I have a wide range of interests including reading and golf. I also enjoy travel and meeting new people. I have also been on the Board of Governor’s of several schools and am looking forward to my time with St. Mary’s.

Kevin Fry, Co-opted Governor

Term of Office: 20th May 2018 - 19th May 2021
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."

Pierre Hutchison, Associate Governor

Term of Office: 20th May 2018 - 19th May 2021
Roles & Responsibilities: Finance; School Financial Value Standard; Governor Effectiveness; Whistleblowing.

I have lived in Kintbury for the last 17 years . Both my children attended St Mary’s in the 90s. Since I retired a couple of years ago, after a long career with a well-known French multi-national, I have started volunteering both locally ( I am Treasurer of Kintbury Jubilee Centre ) and abroad ( my last assignment was in Cambodia ) . I feel very motivated and proud to be able to contribute to the village school. I hope the skills and competencies I have acquired over the years as Finance Director and Company Secretary as well as Director of a number of legal entities ( in particular project management , strategic leadership and compliance ) will enable me, as part of the team , to make a difference. When I am not in meetings, I like to garden, watch rugby, listen to my vinyl collection, read and travel.

Alison O'Halloran, Staff Governor

Term of Office:

Gill Hornby, LA Governor

Term of Office: 22nd September 2016 - 21st September 2019

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.

Neil Patterson, Parent Governor

Term of Office: 13th July 2017 - 12th July 2020
Roles & Responsibilities :

Having been brought up in Yorkshire followed by 20 years working in London, I moved out to Kintbury with my wife about 6 years ago with the ambition to provide space for our kids to grow up in. One of the key reasons we chose Kintbury was its centrally located school. With both our children now in Kintbury St Mary's I wanted offer my services to support the school continuing to improve and evolve to support the constantly changing environment and community it needs to reflect. I bring with me a wealth of technology and business transformation experience together with links to other community ventures such as the Parish Council and the Kintbury Jubilee Centre (local sports hall). Outside of work I'd like to think of myself as a keen sportsman, however reality is I'm now more of a keen sports dad, watching my kids tackling most of the sports I used to play, and probably better too.

Martin Bakker, Co-opted Governor

Term of Office: 27th June 2018 - 26th June 2021
Roles & Responsibilities :

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