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.