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Meet Our Governors

Mike Hutchinson02

Mike Hutchinson

Mike was born in South-East London and educated at the City of London School and at Cable & Wireless College in Porthcurno, Cornwall.

Mike worked for Cable and Wireless in Barbados, Qatar, Lesotho, Ras Al Khaimah,, Falkland Islands, Jordan and Bracknell.

Mike moved to Woodley in 1984. Became a Governor at Waingels in 1990 and served on and chaired every committee and taken part in or led Selection Panels for the last three Headteachers/Principals. Chair of Governors for the last five years.

Mike was also Treasurer of the Woodley War Memorial Project Committee. Enjoys watching Rugby and Cricket. 

Membership:  Trustee, member of Local Governing Board.  Chairman of Governors, Member of Teaching and Learning Committee; Culture and Values Committee and Resources and Finance Committee.


Michael Marsden02

Michael Marsden

Michael was originally elected as a Parent Governor in 2009 and has served on the Finance and Resources Committees ever since.  Currently Mike is vice chair of Governors.   After having seen his daughter successfully go through the school and on to university, he is acutely aware of the challenges faced by both parents and the school at each stage of education.  Mike has endeavored to be an active supporter of the school, and really enjoyed any activities that include pupil involvement, as their boundless enthusiasm and creativeness is infectious.  Since graduating from Sheffield University, Mike has worked as design engineer across a range of industries, including Aerospace and Automotive.  Mike currently manages R&D teams for a silicon valley telecoms company.  

Mike is interested in supporting the leadership team to secure funding to enable improvement of the learning environment and facilities for current and future generations of students.

Membership:  Trustee, member of Local Governing Board.  Vice Chairman of Governors, Member of Resources and Finance Committee.


David Reilly02

David Reilly

David became a governor at Waingels in 2002 when his children attended the school.  David is a Chartered Engineer, currently employed as a civil servant in an energy policy role, but spent the majority of his career in the oil and gas industry, mainly in investment portfolio management. David has lived in the Woodley area since 1998 following a 7 year period of living and working in the US and South America. David is the Chairman of the Finance and Resource Committee.

Membership:  Trustee, member of Local Governing Board.  Chair of Resources and Finance Committee; Member of the Culture and Values Committee.


Caroline Norris02

Caroline Norris

Caroline is an ex Waingels student and became a governor when both her children attended the school. They have now left but she wished to continue to be involved in the school as she cared about quality education for the children of Woodley and the surrounding areas.

Caroline is also the Headteacher at a local primary school, so she is particularly interested in the transition from primary to secondary school. 

Membership:  Trustee, member of Local Governing Board.  Chair of Teaching and Learning Committee; Member of Resources and Finance Committee.


Gareth Hayes02

Gareth Hayes

Membership:  Member of Local Governing Board.  Member of Teaching and Learning Committee and Resources and Finance Committee; Health and Safety Governor. 


Nayana Bharti02

Nayana Bharti

Membership:  Member of Local Governing Board.  Member of Teaching and Learning Committee.  Governors responsible for Educational Visits.


David Whittal02

David Whittall

Membership:  Trustee, member of Local Governing Board.  Chair of Culture and Values Committee. School Safeguarding Governor.


Heather Manford02

Heather Manford

Heather is a Parent Governor with a son in the 6th Form.  Heather is linked with the Intervention and Inclusion Department. Heather was previously a Governor at Woodley Church of England Primary School. Heather works for a Global IT company as a Bid Manager.

Heather feels the continuous legislative changes place huge pressure on our schools and Waingels`  Aims, Values and Visions where “Better Never Stops” will ensure our children will be confident, well-rounded and employable when they leave school.

Heather believes she is an honest parental voice, with the ability to support and challenge on key issues and help establish the school as outstanding for its current and future pupils.

Membership:  Member of Local Governing Board.  Member of Culture and Values Committee; SEN Governor. 


Stuart Alexander02

Stuart Alexander


John Kick02

John Kick

John has lived in Woodley since the early 1970's and has been a Governor since 2010.  John’s career was in the IT industry including a stint as HR director for a large American IT company. Both of his children studied at Waingels and went on to University.

During his career John was responsible, among many things, for graduate recruitment and that formed his interest in guiding as many students as he can in preparing themselves  for work both in terms of taking the right paths and then doing the basics of presenting themselves appropriately for selection.

John is now particularly interested and supportive of the new apprenticeship programmes in all sectors, particularly engineering.'

Membership:  Member of Local Governing Board.  Member of Teaching and Learning Committee and Resources and Finance Committee. 



Tom Bartlett- Principal

Tom grew up and went to school in the East Midlands where both his parents were teachers before training as a teacher of Drama and English at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, graduating in 1983. After completing his induction year at an inner city primary school in London, and having always wanted to travel, Tom took up a teaching position in a small rural secondary school in Botswana in Southern Africa, and having initially only signed up for a two year contract, it was 17 years before he finally returned to the UK during this period Tom served as a Teacher of maths and English, as a National Schools Athletics Coach, he was Deputy Headteacher of two large boarding schools, a University Lecturer and a Headteacher of a rural community school for 5 years.

Tom returned to the family home in West Oxfordshire in 2001 and taught in two Oxfordshire schools as a Head of Year and as a pastoral leader before joining Waingels in 2008 as a Vice Principal. At Waingels he has held responsibility for Staff Development and Teaching and Learning and was appointed as Principal in September 2016. Tom is a passionate advocate of community based comprehensive education, having spent his entire career covering four decades– both here and oversees - serving in state-funded community schools. He lives in West Oxfordshire with his wife and daughter. 

Register of Business Interest

Name Name of Business Nature of Business Nature of Interest

Date of Appointment or Acquisition

Date of Cessation of Interest Date of Entry
M Hutchinson None None None N/A N/A N/A
M Marsden Plantronics Inc Telecommunications None N/A N/A N/A
D Reilly Ofgen, Gas and Electricity regulatory authority   None N/A N/A N/A
C Norris Colleton Primary School Education Governor/Headteacher 2009    
G Hayes Willowbank Junior School Education LA Governor 12/04/13 25/04/2021  
Meggitt Aeronautical None N/A N/A N/A
N Bharti red24 - subsidiary of iJET International Inc Risk  Management  None N/A N/A N/A
D Whittall Hewlett-Packard Co Ltd ICT None N/A N/A N/A
H Manford Infor and Communications IT None      
S Alexander Waingels Education None      
T Bartlett            
J Kick None None None N/A N/A N/A



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