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 Pay Committees and attend all meetings. I am 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.
I have no direct link to the school but I volunteered to support the local community.
In July 2017, I was appointed a National Leader of Governance
Judy Glen – Parent Governor
I am Vice-Chair of the Full Governing Body, Chair of the Headteacher Review 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.
Alistair Matthews – Elected Parent Governor
I am a member of the Resources Committee, School & Community Committee and I am also the Health & Safety Governor. I am also the Governor linked to Year 1.
I have a son who has just moved up to Year 2 and I have a younger daughter who has just joined reception 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 three 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.
Dan Tickner – Co-opted Governor
I am the Chair of Teaching, Learning & Assessment Committee and governor responsible for both E-safety and Assessment.
I have been a governor at the school since 2013. My son has just moved to St Crispin's after attending Winnersh and my daughter is currently in year 2, 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.
Caroline Fisher – Local Authority Governor
I became a governor in September 2016 and I am a member of the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee and the Chair of 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 be of some assistance to my local school and community
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. However, due to my role in school I attend the majority of committee meetings as an Associate Governor.
I teach in Year 2 for two days a week. I am also the Assistant Head for the Lower Phase and Deputy Head on Mondays.
My daughter attends Winnersh Primary and is in Year 6.
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
Charlotte Grant – Co-opted Governor
I joined the Board of Governors in May 2018 and am the Chair of the Resources Committee.
I am a Chartered Electrical Engineer and work in the energy industry.I volunteered to become a school governor because I wanted to contribute to my local community using the business skills I’ve develop over many years
Ahfia Ullah – Elected Parent Governor
I was elected as parent governor November 2017 and look forward to joining the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee in January 2018. I currently have a child in Year 6 and Year 3 at Winnersh.
This is my first time as a parent governor, I am humbled to have been elected and hope to have a positive effect by bringing in my exposure and experience with different schooling systems.
I believe children are our equal as human beings and should be given the chance to learn to the best of their ability at that given moment. I would like to ensure our children have a chance to learn to the school’s ethos as a minimum.
I am currently a working parent as a B2B sales account manager in the education sector. I am also an active member of a local impartial charity where we help the vulnerable and homeless in Reading.
Phil Bristow – Co-opted Governor (non-teaching staff)
I joined the Governing Body in July 2016. I am Vice Chair of the Resources 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.
Emma Dawkins – Co-opted staff governor
I was appointed as a governor in 2017
As Foundation Stage Leader and class teacher at Winnersh Primary School I am passionate about engaging and supporting each individual child so they can reach their full potential.
I am very proud to work at this school and I am fully committed to working with the governing body to ensure that the school continues to go from strength to strength.