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Meet our Governors

Barry Anns - Chair - Parent Governor

Chair of Personnel

Nominated governor for Health & Safety 

I joined the governing board in September 2016. I am Chair of the Full Governing Board, Chair of the Personnel sub-committee and responsible governor for Health and Safety.

I am married to Charlotte, live locally in Upper Bucklebury, and have two children, Issy and Ellie, both of whom have attended the school for their primary educations.

In work, I am the CEO of a software company and Group Head of International for the parent group, with my work focused on transforming education as we live through the information technology revolution. I have transferable skills from the varied roles within my career that are useful for my role in governance. For example, management of people, problem-solving, finance, IT, recruitment, alongside general business experience.

Outside of work, when not spending time with my family, I enjoy running and generally trying to keep fit and healthy! I also enjoy playing golf and watching football, supporting Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.


I am passionate about ensuring that the school provides the best possible outcomes for our children, ensuring that we strive not only for academic excellence, but also that we look after the "whole child" and their needs, incorporating a broader view of the skills and knowledge that all children must develop for long-term success, and recognising that every child is unique.


Mike McEnaney - Parent Governor

Chair of Finance & Premises 

I have been a parent governor at St Mark’s for 3 years and chair the Finance and Premises Committee. In addition, I am a member of the Personnel Committee. I wish to ensure the school uses funds wisely and for the benefit of all pupils. 

Being an experienced Finance professional with 20 years as a Finance Director in the private and the public sectors, provides me with relevant experience that can be applied to monitoring school budgets. Recent responsibilities include Finance Director for Honda (car manufacturing), Avis Car Rental, Private Equity and currently Finance Director in the NHS at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. These finance roles have also included responsibility for HR, IT and Estates.



Rod King- LA Governor

Although now retired, until recently I was an independent educational consultant. Prior to this, I led the School Inspection and Advisory Services for Berkshire County Council until the introduction of Unitary Authorities in April 1998. Before working for Berkshire as a school adviser, I was a headteacher for eleven years working in two schools. I was awarded a first class honours degree in Educational Leadership and Management and have also taught on a part-time basis in Higher Education. My career has included being lead inspector and accredited trainer for Ofsted and a lead tutor for the National College for School Leadership.

I have been privileged to work as a consultant in British and International Schools as far afield as the Far and Middle East, the continent of Europe and Bermuda. More recently and more locally, I have worked with West Berkshire Council as a consultant/trainer on school governance and leadership. In this capacity, I have been on the governing body of several local schools, covering all phases of education for children and young people, including those with special educational needs.

My family has lived locally in Ashmore Green since 1986, where our son and daughter grew up and attended local schools. We now have two grandchildren who attend Cold Ash St Mark’s School.


Robin Askew - Vice Chair - Co-opted Governor

Chair of Learning and Progress

Nominated governor for Safeguarding 

I have been involved in educational provision since 2001 and have experience of teaching within two local mainstream secondary provisions and a residential special school. In addition to my general teaching qualification I have completed further training as a qualified Teacher of the Deaf and also hold the SENCO qualification. I have worked within different positions of responsibility including Head of Year, Head of Department and SENCO.

I am currently employed as Vice Principal at Mary Hare school for the Deaf and have specific responsibility for the residential care provision and as the Designated Safeguarding Lead for the school. I am also a member of the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board within West Berkshire.

I moved to Cold Ash in 2013 and have two sons who both attend St Mark’s school. My wife and I are keen to support the local community and contribute to the values and ethos of the school and recognised that the nurturing environment was going to support our sons education.



Clare Beynon - Co-opted Governor

Nominated governor for SEND & Pupil Premium

I have been a qualified teacher for 20 years and am also a qualified Advanced Skills Teacher. I have been a Headteacher in a large multi-cultural school in Slough for the last 8 years but left there in August 2020 to enable me to spend more time with my 18 month old son.

I am now working part time as a Leadership and Teaching and Learning Consultant both in West Berkshire and Slough, as well as doing some tutoring in the evenings.

I have always lived in this area and moved to Cold Ash from Bucklebury when I was 17. I moved to the other side of Newbury with my husband for a few years but came back to Cold Ash eleven years ago and we have both moved in with my mother.

I really enjoy being outside and playing sports when I am not chasing my son around!

Simon Thorn - Foundation Governor

Nominated governor for RE & Collective Worship

Revd Dr Simon Thorn BSc PhD FCollT FRSB FLS
I have been a governor of Cold Ash St Mark's School since 2013. After training as a neuroscientist at the University of Bristol, I became a secondary school teacher. In 2011, after 15 years at Radley College as Head of Biology, PSHE, and latterly Head of Science, I was appointed Chaplain of Downe House, where I also taught Biology. I have been an A-level examiner and a syllabus writer.

In 2009, I enjoyed a sabbatical term conducting post-doctoral research at Oxford into the neurophysiology of dyslexia.  My family home is in Cold Ash where I have served as an Associate Priest in the Hermitage Team Parish during school holidays. From 2015-2020 I was Dean of Chapel at Winchester College where I also taught Biology.

At the end of 2019, I retired from teaching and was appointed Associate Vicar of the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford from January 2020. My wife, Rachel, is a freelance editor. She was Assistant Examinations Officer at Downe House and has sung professionally. We have a trans daughter who studied Music at Oxford and is now a professional composer and musician. Our hobbies are gardening, making and listening to music and walking our three whippets.


Katie Cameron - Parent Governor

I am mum to Poppy who joined St Marks school in September 2015 and Xander will be joining in September 2019.  I have been an active member of the school association since Poppy joined the school and I believe that St Marks is a fantastic school with great kids.  I want to work on the already amazing foundations to ensure each child not only learns to the best of their ability but makes great friends and memories whilst they are with us.  I will be responsible for the marketing and PR of the school, which is what I am passionate about and hopefully have the right skill set for.

I have a varied professional background starting my career in the hotel and catering arena, training as a chef many moons ago.  After a 6 year career in event and wedding management I joined Mars Chocolate in their marketing team, at the same time as achieving at higher level CIM qualification. I then moved into Sales and had a great time widening my sales and negotiation experience over 2 years. I then went back into the marketing function into Category Management where I have stayed for the last 14 years.  I work 3 days per week and from home which gives me a great work life balance as family is obviously my main focus, and we also have a family self storage business that keeps my husband Drew busy.

In my "spare" time I enjoy cooking, yoga, the theatre and the odd pub quiz!

Peter Hill - Parent Governor

Nominated governor for curriculum

After attending University in Nottingham I moved to Berkshire with my wife in 2006. Between 2006 and 2014 I was a secondary school teacher, head of department and head of Sixth Form in a school on the outskirts of Reading where I also completed a Masters in Teaching and Learning. 

I was appointed as an assistant headteacher in 2014 at a large comprehensive school in Hampshire where my key responsibility is centred on ensuring strong student progress across our cohort of over 1000 students. In addition to this I work in a consultancy role for a large national organisation called “PiXL” (Partners in Excellence) by supporting another Hampshire secondary school in raising attainment of their pupils.

My wife and I moved to Headley in 2017 and my son enrolled at Cold Ash in September 2018 and we’re delighted by how well he has settled in. In my spare time I’m an avid football fan and like to pretend that I keep fit!

Judy Legate - Foundation Governor

Nominated governor for Early Years

I qualified as a teacher at Bulmershe College in Reading in 1978 and worked in a mainstream school until moving to Canada for a year with my husband Rick.

On our return to the UK, I qualified as a Teacher of the Deaf at Oxford Brookes and took up a post as Teacher in Charge of a Resource Base in a mainstream school. I have worked as a peripatetic Teacher of the Deaf across 3 Berkshire unitary authorities and am currently a part time class teacher at Mary Hare Primary School for the Deaf.

Originally from Manchester, we moved from Reading to Cold Ash in July 1986. We have 2 adult daughters who both attended St. Mark’s. During their time at school I played an active role in the St. Mark’s School Association.

I have attended St. Mark’s church since 1987 and have been a regular member of the church choir. I was part of the Sunday School team for 15 years. I joined the governing board of St. Mark’s School as a Foundation Governor in May 2020.

In my spare time I love spending time with friends and family, singing in local choirs and enjoying films and the theatre.

Rhona Tucker - Foundation Governor

Nominated governor for Parochial Church Council

Having lived in the parish of Cold Ash since 1974, I served for 12 years as a Foundation Governor for the school in the 1980's. I completed my term of office as the Chairperson. 

Returning to serve as a Foundation Governor this year (2017), I now find myself on the PCC to act as a link between St.Mark's School  and the Church.

I am involved in many village activities including Girl Guiding, in which I have been heavily involved. At present I am an assistant leader with the Rainbow unit for  5-7 year olds.  My granddaughter, who previously attended St.Mark's, is the Rainbow leader.

My personal hobbies include gardening and I am a member of the Cold Ash Horticultural Society.  In 2014 I was chairperson of the Royal County of Berkshire Show. When I relax it is in my garden which is quite large. Floral Art is another great interest, along with knitting and craft. 

Mitch Warrender - Headteacher

The headteacher is an  ex-oficio governor which means they are a member of the Governing Board by virtue of the position held in the school and do not need to be elected.                                                                                    

Clerk to the governors

Rosie Bass - Clerk to Governors - gclerk@coldash.w-berks.sch.uk

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