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Meet our governors

Rod King - Chair - LA Governor

Chair of Personnel

 Nominated governor for Pupil Premium

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.

Barry Anns - Vice-chair

Health & Safety Governor

I joined the governing board in September 2016. I am currently the Vice-Chair and the responsible governor for Health and Safety.

I am married to Charlotte and have two children, Issy and Ellie, at the school. I have not been a school governor before, but I am learning fast, and enjoying working with the other governors and the school team.

In work, I am the CEO of a group of companies involved in technology, and have transferable skills from the varied roles within these companies that are useful for my role in governance. For example, management of people, problem-solving, finance, IT, recruitment - all alongside general business experience.

Outside of work, when not spending time with my family, I enjoys running and generally keeping fit. I amcurrently learning how to play golf. I am also a Spurs supporter and enjoy watching football.

Sue Ball - 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.                                                                                            I am fortunate to lead a good school where both the parents and governors are highly supportive. and children are eager to learn. Together, with the Governors and staff, we continually strive to provide an excellent education for the children in our care. We carefully track and monitor each child's progress on their journey through our school, celebrating their successes and giving them opportunities to hold positions of responsiblity. I am passionate about educating 'the whole child', equipping them with skills that will hold them in good stead in their future life.

I aslo believe that learning is for life and have personally completed credited courses in Education at Chichester, Oxford Brookes and Reading Univeristy. In addition, I have achieved the National SENCo Qualification and the National Qualification for Headteachers (NPQH). 

Robin Askew - Co-opted Governor

Safeguarding Governor

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.

Carole Collis - Teacher Governor

I have been teaching at Cold Ash St Mark's CE Primary School for a number of years, after teaching in London and Wales. I have mostly taught in EYFS, but also in KS1 - but EYFS is my favourite age group, and it's great to see how much the children develop in their first year of school life! I also co-ordinate EYFS and PSHE at school as well as being the phonics lead for the school.

I live locally in Thatcham and am married to Jason, and have two children - my son is at Uni training to be an Osteopath, and my daughter is doing A levels. I am involved in my local Baptist Church and coordinate the children's work there, as well as serving in leadership as a Deacon. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, walking, cycling and dance.

 

Victoria Dowdney - Co-opted Governor

Chair of Learning & Progress Committee

I joined the board of governors in 2013 as a parent governor but now  sit as a co-opted governor. I have two children, one in year 4 and one in year 7 at Pangbourne College (having completed the whole of his primary education at St.Mark’s).  I am pleased to support the school with its continued development and believe that every child should be given the opportunity to perform to the best of their ability in a happy and secure environment.

I was born and educated in Norfolk and attended Southampton University where I graduated with a degree in Law.  I then spent a number of years working as a corporate lawyer in London before my husband and I moved to Cold Ash in 2005. I now work part time for a national law firm in a knowledge management role- enabling me to be at the school gate a few days a week.

Mike McEnaney - Parent Governor

Chair of Finance & Premises Committee

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.

 

Simon Thorn - Foundation Governor

Revd Dr Simon Thorn BSc PhD FCollT FRSB FLS
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.  We now have our family home in Cold Ash where I serve as an Associate Priest in the Hermitage Team Parish during school holidays and I have been a governor of St Mark's since 2013. In 2015 I was appointed Dean of Chapel at Winchester College where I also teach Biology. My wife, Rachel, was an Assistant Examinations Officer at Downe House and has sung professionally. Our son, Jacob, is studying Music at Oxford. Our hobbies are gardening, making and listening to music and walking our whippets.

Rhona Tucker - Foundation Governor

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. 

Lloyd Smith - Parent Governor

I was voted in as a parent governor June 2017 and attended my first meeting in July 2017. I am currently assisting the Health and Safety Governance team and sit on the finance and premises sub-committee.

This is my first school governor role and I’m excited for the challenge of working with the team to support and improve the already high standards within the school. I aim to bring the skills, knowledge and connections I have acquired during my working career, to my role as a governor.

I am married to Cecilia and we have two children, Yasmin and Rafe, at the school. Our eldest, Zahra, is now in Year 10 at Trinity, following her successful and enjoyable time at St Marks.

My working career includes sports and leisure coaching and management, H&S and fire safety management in the NHS and Chairman of the National Association of Healthcare Fire Officer Wessex Branch (2011 – 2015).

In April 2013, I started my own business and ran this in my spare time alongside my full-time role as a Fire Safety Manager in the NHS. In April 2014, I went full time with my business and took the company Limited in June 2015. My company provides fire safety, H&S and first aid management, advice and training.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, keeping fit, up-cycling furniture, keeping in contact with my friends and watching sport. My favourite sport is rugby and I also watch football.

 

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Clerk to the governors

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