Meet the Governors

Mrs M Higgs

Headteacher
Finance Committee, Community Committee, Curriculum Committee

Iain Gunn

Staff Governor

Cathy Jones

Foundation Governor
Chair Community Committee, Curriculum Committee

I am Cathy Jones and have been a Governor at the school since my son started in 2004. He spent seven happy years here, then seven years at the Willink School and is now at University I am well aware of the importance of a child's primary years education providing them with lifelong skills, a desire to learn and a good foundation for life as they mature. We as a team of Governors have an important role to play in supporting the Head and all staff in aiming to ensure every child can flourish and achieve their personal best. As one of the Foundation Governors I was appointed by the Diocese of Oxford and my particular role is to ensure that the school's Christian foundation is maintained and nurtured and forms an integral part of school life. I live at the Wharf, am a retired Bank Manager and am also involved locally at Tadley Rugby Club in running the Kit Shop, a Trustee of Aldermaston Parish Hall and a member of the Aldermaston & Wasing Parochial Church Council.

Revd.Jane Manley

Foundation Governor
Community Committee

I am the Rector of the Benefice of Aldermaston and Woolhampton serving the local communities in six villages. A foundation governor in a Church School has the additional task of ensuring that the whole curriculum and all that we do as a school, adds a Christian value and ethos. I see my role as supporting the school to value and encourage all our children and staff, including those of other faiths and no faith, to become the people God created them to be – ‘education is about fullness of life’ to quote Archbishop William Temple. I help maintain the good relationship we have with St Mary’s Church and lead Collective Worship on a weekly basis.

Sam Chaventre

Parent Governor
Chair of Governors, Curriculum Committee, Finance Committee

I have been a Parent Governor at Aldermaston School since 2017, when my daughter joined in reception, and I was elected as Chair of Governors in 2019. The experience I have gained through working in local schools and national educational organisations are transferable to Primary education. I wanted to broaden my perspective by being involved at a strategic level, contributing my knowledge and skills to a school where I could offer a different viewpoint. Being part of the Governing Body is a rewarding experience and I’m enjoying the opportunity to work closely with the Senior Leadership Team and local members of the community with a wealth of experience in a range of sectors. Providing a great education to all children is fundamental and I’m really proud to lead our Governing Body with a school that shares that vision.

Chris Laney

Parent Governor
Curriculum Committee, Finance Committee

My daughter joined Aldermaston School in September 2018 and I felt that with the village having such a strong community spirit supporting the school as a parent governor would be a positive contribution. By profession I am a Captain in the Merchant Navy but also have a background in safe guarding and public protection - I enjoy fitting my governing responsibilities around my career and it’s travel requirements, occasionally by skype! Having the ability to steer a school that is continually building on its success is extremely satisfying whilst working with a great team of Governors and Staff.

Cynthia Newman

LA Governor
Community Committee

Having lived in the village since 1984 and always been a supporter of the school, even though our own sons were at secondary school when we moved here, it is a privilege to be part of the Governing Body. The experience I bring is from a background in the NHS both as a nurse and a Non-Executive Director; working in and running playgroups in 1970’s and 80’s; Governor and Chair of a small primary school for 12 years; Justice of the Peace for 23 years. Within the village I am currently a member of the Aldermaston and Wasing Parochial Church Council and Chair of the Aldermaston Charity. I look forward to working with and supporting the staff and governors in providing the children in our care with the best, broad and balanced education possible.

Solvej Biddle

Co-opted Governor

Solvej is a lawyer, entrepreneur, business consultant and public speaker. Relinquishing her career as one of the UK’s leading experts in advertising and marketing law, she has combined this knowledge with her passion for business leading to her being named Female Business Owner of the Year in 2011. Her business has sold multi award winning products across 21 countries and she now advises and inspires other businesses and business owners to generate growth and to maximise individual and team performance.

Patricia Boud

Co-opted Governor
Community Committee

I first came to Aldermaston Primary School as a supply teacher in June 2014, having recently moved into the area. I have been associated with the school ever since as my grandson, Zak, began at the school September 2014 joining the present Year 5. Zak has Down Syndrome and Aldermaston gave him an excellent beginning to his life in school, in a caring, sharing and engaging way. It was a very, very sad day for us all when it came time for him to leave for a special school. I have been a teacher in a variety of schools for many years. In Aldermaston I have a few different roles – as a volunteer, a supply teacher and as well as a Governor. This school gives all children an interesting curriculum, safe and stimulating environment and caters for a wide variety of needs and that is exactly my philosophy!

Tomasina Ward

Co-opted Governor
Vice-Chair of Governors, Finance Committee, Community Committee

I have been a governor at Aldermaston School since 2016 and live in the village with my young family. I was delighted to join the governing body to get involved and support in the local community. My daughter now attends the school and being involved with the strategic direction of the school is important to me to ensure all children attending can thrive. Having worked as a business leader in the Education Technology sector for over 10 years, working with schools and Local Authorities, this has allowed me to apply my experience to my role as a governor. I find my governor role very rewarding, having the opportunity to make a difference with the committed team at Aldermaston school. It also provides a great opportunity for continuous learning and skill development.

David Shirt

Co-opted Governor
Chair of Finance Committee

My wife Angela and I have lived in Aldermaston since 1987, and our three daughters all attended the School (all subsequently going on to University). I am Chairman of Aldermaston Parish Council and have represented them on the Governing Body since 1990. I am a Chartered Engineer and enjoyed a career laying fibre optic telephone cables on ocean floors all over the world. In 2003 I took early retirement, so I can now participate in school events during the daytime! I have chaired the Finance Committee since 1994. I believe the School is a great asset to the Village, and am very glad to be able to contribute to its ongoing success.

Charlotte Watchorn

Co-opted Governor
Curriculum Committee

My aspiration in joining the governing team was simply to invest in the school for the future of our three children who currently or will be attending Aldermaston school. I currently work as a Director in a large Healthcare company and I feel that what I learn and do in my day job I can transfer into my role as a governor. The two worlds are quite different yet similar in many ways! As a new governor I am already finding it rewarding working with the dedicated team and teaching staff to ensure that the school can be the best it can, for the children and parents. Although my reason for being a governor was relatively selfish to start with, it has changed, all children need to be able to flourish at school and that is everyone’s wish at Aldermaston school, my goal is to support, lead and guide that as much as I can.

Rob Ebrey

Associate Member
Finance Committee

I have been an associate member since October 2016. I live in the village and my two children both really enjoy attending the school and the great education and experiences they gain. I have spent my career working in finance, tax and treasury and seek to utilise this experience as a member of the Finance Committee.

Elizabeth Jeffcoate

Associate Member
Community Committee

am Elizabeth Jeffcoate and I have lived in Aldermaston for the last twenty years. My children attended Aldermaston School, where they really developed and thrived. They have since gone on to university and they are now happy and fulfilled in their careers. During their Aldermaston years, I was heavily involved in the PTA and also served as treasurer of the Playzone, so when the opportunity to join the governors came up, I was keen to join. For the last ten years I have worked as a teaching assistant at Willink Secondary School where I am in the English Department. This has hopefully given me valuable experience and knowledge that can transfer to my role as a governor. I feel it is a real privilege to be able to be able to serve the community with such a talented, friendly and committed team of governors to ensure the ongoing success of this wonderful school.

Gayle Bonner

Clerk to Governors

My role as Clerk to Governors is to provide effective administrative support, procedural and legislative advice to the governing board. I am currently undertaking my Clerks Professional Accreditation and I Clerk for two other West Berkshire schools.