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Meet our governors

Welcome from the Chair of Governors

A message from the Chair of Governors

As Chair of the Governing Board, I am delighted to welcome you as a visitor to our school website on behalf of my fellow governors. Cold Ash St Mark’s is a Church of England Primary School, as such, it is rooted in Christian values.

As a Governing Board team, we work in close partnership with the headteacher, her leadership team and the school staff in order to maintain, develop and sustain the highest quality of education that we are able to provide. Our core purpose is to see that each of our children is able to demonstrate:

  • the highest possible levels of personal achievements in their school work
  • strong and positive personal values and able to make a worthwhile contribution to life in and beyond school
  • the very best launch pad for the next stages in their educational development

In order to achieve this, the work of the Governing Board itself is becoming increasingly strategic.  The annual budget of Cold Ash St Mark’s School now exceeds three quarters of a million pounds – every penny of which is seen by governors to be an investment in the progress of each and every child in our care. So that we are able to undertake our duties as effectively as we can, we have the following Committees meeting regularly to oversee the following key aspects of school life:

  • Learning and Progress Committee - Chair: Victoria Dowdney
  • Finance and Premises Committee - Chair: Mike McEnaney
  • Personnel Committee - Chair: Rod King

We are also keen to develop further the already strong parent/school relationships that we have. We’re enormously grateful to the St Mark’s School Association (PTA) Committee which raised nearly £15,000 last school year through tireless fundraising.  This has produced tangible results in refurbishing the school hall, upgrading the school’s IT systems and improving the learning environment for the Early Years.  All of this is a major contribution to the quality of learning in the school.


Rod  King

Chair, Cold Ash St Mark’s School Governing Board

Rod King - Chair - LA Governor

Chair of Personnel

 Nominated governor for Pupil Premium

Barry Anns - Vice-chair

Health & Safety Governor

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.

Robin Askew - Co-opted Governor

Safeguarding Governor

Carole Collis - Teacher Governor


Victoria Dowdney - Co-opted Governor

Chair of Learning & Progress Committee

Mike McEnaney - Parent Governor

Chair of Finance & Premises Committee

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


Lloyd Smith - Parent Governor


Clerk to the governors

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