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 Committee and attend all meetings. I am the Safeguarding and Curriculum Governor and the Link Governor for Year 2. 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.
Alistair Matthews – Elected Parent Governor
I am a member of the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee. I am also the English Governor and the Governor linked to Year 1. I have a son who has just moved up to Year 3 and I have a younger daughter in Year 1 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 children the best start in education and develop a school that children and families love, and which local residents can be proud of.
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 Resources Committee. I also have responsibility for Pupil Premium and am the governor linked to Foundation. My three children all attended the school with my youngest moving on to secondary school in 2016. I work in the education sector and have a particular interest in assessment and data. I used to work for an educational research organisation and have a passion for using evidence to help improve the lives of learners. I 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. 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. 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 developed over many years.
Phil Bristow – Co-opted Support Staff Governor
I joined the Governing Body in July 2016. I am Vice Chair of the Resources Committee and the Link Governor for Year 6. 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 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.
Jeremy Acton - Co-Opted Governor
I became a school governor in September 2019. I volunteered to become a governor because I have two young daughters and I wanted to contribute back to the community in which they are growing. Outside of being a governor, I am a lawyer in the financial services industry for the Bank of England.
Dan Harrowell - Co-Opted Governor
I joined the Governing Body in October 2019. Over the last 20 years I have worked as an Engineer, Manager and Director in the automotive industry across the globe, as well as pursuing my own personal interest in property development. I wanted to give something back to the community so I volunteered to become a governor. My children have had a great start to their education at Winnersh Primary and I wanted to use my experience and skills to help our school continue this great work.
Natalie Duncan-Brown - Co-Opted Governor
As a mother of two at Winnersh Primary, I was delighted to join the Board of Governors in October 2019. I currently sit on the Resources Committee and I am the Link Governor for Year 4.
I have worked in the software industry for the past 12 years, currently managing a technical sales team. I have been lucky enough to work with numerous schools on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) initiatives during my professional career; building on my passion to encourage more girls to explore and pursue careers in technology.
I hope to use my experience to provide strategic support to the school and identify actions which will continually improve the school experience for our children.
Sarah Bailey - Parent Governor
I joined the Board of Governors in February 2020 as a parent governor. I am a Teaching Fellow 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) based in Reading and am staff representative on the institution’s Board of Trustees. In my job role I’m responsible for all aspects of academic quality assurance at UCEM for both UCEM’s higher education and further education programmes 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.