Meet the Governors

Nikki Jordan - Chair of Governors, link governor for Early Years and Governor Development, CPD and Recruitment

Local Authority

Date Elected : 21/10/2016

End of Term : 20/10/2020

"I have been a governor at the school since 2013 and have been Chair of the Teaching, Learning and Care Committee (affectionately shortened to TLC!) for most of that time. I am now enjoying the challenge of being Chair of the Governing Body at Woolhampton CE Primary School as well as being a member of the Pay and Personnel Committee.

My role as Chair involves leading the Governing Body in strategic discussions and decisions regarding school policies, aspects of safeguarding and curriculum subjects, as well as ensuring we have updates on the progress of year group cohorts in terms of their achievement and attainment. I hold a strong belief that there should be challenge at every level for every child.

I am responsible for Early Years as a link Governor. This is an ever-changing aspect of the Primary Curriculum and there always seems to be something new or different to report on. I am also keen to develop the Governor roles and responsibilities using their skill set to benefit the school and staff.

I believe my skills and experience in being a Primary Teacher and an Early Years Consultant for the Local Authority enables me to be an effective member and Chair of the Governing Body and I am very much looking forward to being part of the school's future".


Relevant and Pecuniary Interests : None (01.11.2018) Attendance 2017/18 : 94%

Carla de Guise - Co-Vice Chair of Governors

Foundation Parochial Church Council

Date Elected : 21/10/2016

End of Term : 20/10/2020

"I have been a governor since 2012 and became Chair of Governors in 2016. After two successful years I have taken on the role of co-vice chair .

Before having children, I worked for many years as a Senior Human Resources Manager for a large professional services firm. This role involved working strategically with the leaders of the business, 1:1 coaching, recruitment, managing the pay review process and performance management.

I now work part time for our family construction firm, where I take on all aspects of running the office and finances.

I believe that the knowledge and experience I have gained has given me a sound skill set enabling me to support and challenge the school in the setting and achievement of our strategic priorities and make a positive contribution to help the school thrive. ".


Relevant and Pecuniary Interests : None (01.11.2018) Attendance 2017/2018 : 83%

James Mottram - Co-Vice Chair and link Governor for Admissions and Website monitoring

Foundation Diocese

Date Elected : 14/11/2016

End of Term : 13/11/2020

"I'm a relative newcomer to the village, moving to Upper Woolhampton with my wife, Amy and daughter Maisie in 2015. Maisie started at Woolhampton School in 2016. I work in the Pensions industry and have a background in Counselling and Psychotherapy, having worked as a Practitioner, Trainer and Assessor for a local children's counselling organisation for some years. I have also worked voluntarily as part of the welfare team at various music festivals. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and am a keen (although not necessarily successful) cook and hiker".


Relevant and Pecuniary Interests : None (01.11.2018) Attendance 2017/2018 : 92%

Katie Purdy - Headteacher

Ex-Officio


Andrew Saunders - Chair of Pay and Personnel

Associate Member

Date Elected : 24/09/2018

“I was born and lived in Nottingham until moving to Uxbridge where I studied for a Degree in Microelectronic Engineering at Brunel University. This was a very important part of my life, because as well as graduating I met Judith (now my wife!). We moved to Woolhampton in 2002 and have settled into village life, and in the past 10 years have had three wonderful daughters, two of which have already benefited from the great environment of the school, and one who currently attends".

Relevant and Pecuniary Interests : None (01.11.2018) Attendance 2017/2018 : 85%

Julie Howe - Senior Teacher

Associate Member

Date Elected : 10/09/2018

" My teaching career started at Theale Green School, where I taught Home Economics. I stayed there for four years and then left when I had my first child. I very much enjoyed being a mum, but while able to stay at home during the day, I taught adult evening classes, in the evening. I then taught at Norlands, the very prestigious nanny's training college. After 7 enjoyable years I retrained and became a primary school teacher. My first job was at Curridge Primary School. In 1996 the Head of Key Stage 1 role became available at Woolhampton and I was lucky enough to get it. I was then given the role as Senior teacher and am still working in this special school today".


Relevant and Pecuniary Interests : None (01.11.2018) Attendance 2017/2018 : 86%

Reverend Pat Bhutta - link Governor for Religious Education and Christian vision

Ex-Officio Priest

Date Elected :

End of Term :

"I have responsibility for fostering links between the school and St Peters, the local church right next door to the school. I have four grown up children and spent many years as a governor of their primary school in Oxford. Before I became a priest in 2010 I ran my own firm as a local solicitor doing private client work. I have a love of playing with words and music and walking with friends in the countryside".


Relevant and Pecuniary Interests : None (01.11.2018) Attendance 2017/2018 : 80%

Kate Moir - Chair of TLC committee and link Governor for Pupil Premium and School Council

Foundation Parochial Church Council

Date Elected : 08/01/2018

End of Term : 07/01/2022

"I worked in publishing, and hotel sales and marketing before leaving to spend more time with my children. I volunteered at the Rugby Portobello Trust, specifically helping pregnant teenagers and assisting in the trust's school for children whom had been excluded from mainstream education. I ran Sunday school classes at our church in London and was chair of the trustees of the nursery school which my children attended.

I am married with three children and have lived in Upper Woolhampton since 2011. I am a member of St Peter's Woolhampton PCC, where I help with Messy Church and the monthly Family Service.".


Relevant and Pecuniary Interests : None (01.11.2018) Attendance 2017/2018 : 73%

Adrianna Partridge - link Governor for Equalities monitoring, Health and Safety and GDPR

Foundation Parochial Church Council

Date Elected : 20/04/2016

End of Term : 19/04/2020

"I have worked within local government for 13 years, and am currently the Head of Corporate Services for two local authorities. I have strategic responsibility for HR (450+ workforce), IT, communications, customer services, data protection, programme management and assurance which includes health and safety, insurance and critical incident response. I also act as the councils’ lead scrutiny governance strategic adviser.

My background and experience gives me a sound knowledge base to support the school with any operational and governance advice that may be needed.

I am honoured to be a governor and be able to pro-actively offer my skill set to help, support and steer the school, especially in the use of its resources, for the benefit of the whole school community. ".


Relevant and Pecuniary Interests : None (01.11.2018) Attendance 2017/2018 : 77%

Kim Wyrley-Birch - link Governor for SEND, Maths and English

Foundation Diocese

Date Elected : 19/06/2018

End of Term : 18/06/2022

"I have lived in Upper Woolhampton for 14 years, with my husband and three children and and honoured to be part of the Governing Body.

I am a qualified Specialist Teacher and Assessor and have taught children with specific learning difficulties for the past seven years.

I passionately believe that the appropriate intervention and support can have a life changing impact on all learners, but particularly those with a specific learning difficulty. I hope to bring my knowledge and experience of SEN to the Governing Body. As Lead Governor for SEND, Maths and English, I will be sitting on the Teaching and Learning Committee."


Relevant and Pecuniary Interests : None (01.11.2018) Attendance 2017/2018 : n/a

Lottie Wadsworth - Safeguarding Governor

Parent Governor

Date Elected : 13/10/2018

End of Term : 12/10/2022


Relevant and Pecuniary Interests : None (01.11.2018) Attendance 2017/2018 : n/a

Martin Harding - link Governor for Finance

Parent Governor

Date Elected : 13/10/2018

End of Term : 12/10/2022


Relevant and Pecuniary Interests : None (01.11.2018) Attendance 2017/2018 : n/a

Staff Governor - TBC

Rachael House Gemmell - Clerk to the Governors

"I have been a Clerk for nearly five years, I clerk for 3 West Berkshire primary schools in total and have been Clerk at Woolhampton since March 2017.

At Woolhampton I attend all Full Governing Body and Committee meetings. I help prepare agendas, organise meeting papers, take minutes, meet with the Chair of Governors and Headteacher and keep records of governor training and visits to the school. My role is also to provide advice on statutory and legal requirements throughout the year, along with any areas for development, to effectively as possible. Particular projects I have worked on this year have been with the Policies Working party to ensure tracking and timely review of all policies and the Strategy Committee to create an evidence file of governors work ready for OFSTED and SIAMS inspections.

My background, prior to clerking, was administration for the Local Education Authority and NHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health). I also have a degree in Psychology. In the summer term 2018 I completed The Professional Clerk programme."

We would like to thank Sarah Henderson, Jo Plank, Donna Sawtell and Lee Alesbrook for their time on the governing body. Jo served on the Communications Committee and was a keen supporter of outdoor learning. Jo was a governor from 20th October 2015 until she resigned on the 10th September 2017. Sarah served on the Teaching, Learning and Care Committee and was an advocate and keen volunteer in our Early Years class. Sarah served for many years until her term ended 23rd May 2018. Lee was a Governor from November 2017 - September 2018 and served on the Finance Committee. Donna was a Governor from 2014 to October 2018, she served on Finance, Communications, Startegy and TLC Committee during her time on the Governing Body.