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Meet Our Governors

Michael Marsden02

Michael Marsden- Chair of Trustees

Michael was originally elected as a Parent Governor in 2009 and has served on the Finance and Resources Committees ever since. Currently Mike is Chair of Trustees.  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: 

Chair of Trustees

Finance and Resources

Standards

Caroline Norris02

Caroline Norris- Chair of Governing Board

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

Membership: 

Chair of Local Governing Board

Finance and Resources

Standards

Contact: clerk@waingels.wokingham.sch.uk

Rob Hobart

Rob Hobart

Rob is a parent of children who attend Waingels; the family are new to the Woodley area having moved back to the UK in 2017 after 10 years working abroad in the US, South America and Africa.

Professionally Rob has over 20 years of experience in the Food & Drink industry, working in Marketing and Innovation roles.

During his time in Venezuela, Rob was also a Governor of the American International School in Caracas and this instilled an appreciation of the many challenges the different stakeholders face and an interest in helping schools achieve success for its community in its widest sense.

Membership: 

Chair of Standards

Gareth Hayes02

Gareth Hayes

Gareth was elected as a parent governor in 2014 and became a trustee in 2018. He is also a governor at Willow Bank Junior school having initially been elected as a parent governor in 2009 and is currently an LA governor.

He has had two daughters go through both schools and on to university.

Gareth graduated with a degree in Electronics and Computer Science and has worked in the Telecoms and Aerospace industries in both chief engineer and director roles.

Membership:  

Trustee

Finance and Resources

Standards

Nayana Bharti02

Nayana Bharti

Nayana was originally elected as a Parent Governor in 2003 and was appointed as a Trustee in September 2021.She is passionate about Waingels meeting the educational needs of all its students and keenly supports the leadership team to achieve this.

Both of her children successfully completed their secondary education at Waingels.

Nayana is a qualified solicitor, primarily working in corporate governance in both listed and private environment.

Membership:  Standards

Stuart Alexander02

Stuart Alexander

Membership: Finance and Resources

Jim Mathieson

Jim Mathieson

Jim started his teaching career in Brighton in 1974 and after teaching posts in Peterborough and Bracknell came to Rivermead Primary School in Woodley as Deputy Head at Christmas 1986. He was appointed substantive head in April 1989. Jim was seconded to the Berkshire Local Management of Schools support team for the spring and summer terms 1992. He left his headship at Rivermead in the summer of 2005 to become a Primary School Improvement Officer with Wokingham Borough Children’s Services. As such he was involved with the launch of the ‘Every Child Matters’ Extended Services agenda in Woodley in 2006. 

During the last 11 years he has also been the Interim Area Manager of two Neighbourhood Teams working with multi-disciplinary teams including social care in 2008-2009, and the Interim Head at Willow Bank Junior School for a year in 2012. 

He has just retired from his Children’s Services post, having also been the lead officer for primary phase assessment in the Borough, accountable for the work with disadvantaged pupils, and the Assistant Head of the Virtual School working with Children in Care and their educational provision. 

His wife is a Key Stage 1 teacher in Wokingham and Jim and Chris have two daughters, both of whom very successfully received their secondary education  at Waingel’s College.

Membership: 

Standards

Kevin Wooldridge

Kevin Wooldridge

Kevin joined the Governing body in February 2019 as a Parent Governor, having two daughters attending Waingels.

Previously a parent governor at Loddon Primary School for 8 years, during a time of much improvement for the standard of education and learning environment, demonstrated by  the Ofsted report documenting improvement both in the School and of its governance.

He is passionate about the continual improvement of the learning environment for our children at Waingels and, being employed in the IT sector recognises the many opportunities and challenges the digital transformation represents for our Children, their learning, and their future.

Kevin has worked at Microsoft since 2000, holding several different positions during this time, currently a Director in the Core Services Engineering & Operations organisation managing a worldwide team responsible for Change Management and Project Implementation across the globe.

In addition to this he and his family work with Guide Dogs for the Blind as boarders for Dogs during their advance training before going out to be partnered with a human that they will support which they find immensely rewarding.

Membership

Standards

Tom

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. 

Membership: 

Finance and Resources

Standards

Beth Rowland

Beth Rowland - Member

Beth has lived in Woodley for over 40 years – she has 4 grown up children all of whom were educated at Waingles. Beth has been a School Governor for many years serving as Chairman on two local primary schools.

Beth also serves as a Woodley Town Councillor and was a Wokingham Borough Councillor from 1996 – 2017.

Beth is also a director of Berkshire Credit Union.

Lizzie

Lizzie Fellowes-Freeman

Membership: Standards

John Kick02

John Kick- Member

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.'

Christine liddle

Christine Liddle

Having served as a junior school governor, Christine moved her attention to Waingels as her child moved up. A graduate of the University of Lund in Sweden, she was also educated at universities in Italy, Germany and England, as well as schools in Sweden and Australia. She has lived in Woodley for over 20 years, and taught at a number of schools and colleges for nearly as long, from outstanding to requiring improvement. She’s passionate about every child’s right to a quality state education that opens the door to all higher education alternatives as well as prepares them for working life. She has a particular interest in STEM and foreign languages, but is also very keen on all curricular and extra-curricular activities that broaden the children’s horizons and increases their understanding of other cultures and people. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Governors and Committee Members as of September 2021

Committee Membership

Standards

Rob Hobart - Chairman

Gareth Hayes

Nayana Bharti

Jim Mathieson

Kevin Wooldridge

Lizzie Fellowes-Freeman

Tom Bartlett

Resources and Finance

Michael Marsden

Caroline Norris

Stuart Alexander

Tom Bartlett

Full Governors

Caroline Norris- Chair of the Governing Board

Nayana Bharti

Michael Marsden

Gareth Hayes 

Stuart Alexander

Tom Bartlett

Rob Hobart

Jim Mathieson

Kevin Wooldridge                                            

Lizzie Fellowes Freeman

Register of Business Interest

Name End of Current Term Governor Role Name of Business

Committee Membership

Appointed By

Attendance Meetings

2019-2020
Michael Marsden February 2023 Trustee, member and LGB Poly Inc

Chair of Trustees

Finance and Resources

Standards
LGB 17/18
Caroline Norris February 2023 Trustee, member and LGB  

Chair of Local Governing Board

Finance and Resources

Standards
LGB 13/16
Gareth Hayes April 2022 Trustee and LGB Willowbank Junior School

Trustee

Finance and Resources

Standards
LGB 17/18
Nayana Bharti February 2023 LGB Crisis24Limited Standards LGB 9/11
Stuart Alexander November 2023 Appointed Staff LGB Waingels Finance and Resources LGB 11/11
Tom Bartlett  

Principal

LGB
Waingels

Finance and Resources

Standards
  10/11
Rob Hobart June 2022 LGB   Chair of Standards Elected by Parents 11/11
Jim Mathieson September 2022 LGB

Righthand Corner Consultancy

(Education Consultant)
Standards LGB

9/11

Kevin Wooldridge February 2023

Parent Governor

LGB
  Standards Elected by Parents 6/11
Lizzie Fellowes-Freeman April 2023

Staff

LGB
Waingels Standards LGB 11/11
Christine Liddle February 2025 LGB     LGB  
             
John Kick   Member     LGB  
Beth Rowland   Member     LGB  

 

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