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Governors

Chair of Trustees: Michael Marsden

Chair of Governing Board: Jim Mathieson

 

Contact our Governors: clerk@waingels.wokingham.sch.uk


Our Governing Board consists of:

Register of Business Interests- February 2022

Name End of Current Term Governor Role Name of Business Committee Membership Special Roles
Michael Marsden February 2023 Trustee, member and LGB Poly Inc

Chair of Trustees

Finance and Resources

Standards
 
Jim Mathieson September 2022 Appointed Governor LGB

Righthand Corner Consultancy

(Education Consultant)

Chair of Local Governing Board (appointed 29.09.22)

Standards
Pupil Premium Link
Caroline Norris February 2023 Trustee, member and LGB  

Chair of Local Governing Board (resigned on 28.09.22)

Finance and Resources

Standards
SEN Link
Rob          Hobart June 2022 Appointed Governor LGB Asahi Europe and International Vice Chair of Local Governing Board (appointed on 29.09.22)  
Gareth    Hayes April 2022 Trustee and LGB Willowbank Junior School

Trustee

Chair of Finance and Resources

Standards
Health and Safety Link
Nayana      Bharti February 2023 Trustee and LGB  

Trustee

Standards
Safeguarding Governor
Stuart Alexander November 2023 Appointed Staff LGB Waingels Finance and Resources  
Tom              Bartlett  

Principal

LGB
Waingels

Finance and Resources

Standards
 
Kevin Wooldridge February 2023

Parent Governor

LGB
  Standards EVC Link
Lizzie Fellowes-Freeman April 2023

Staff

LGB
Waingels Standards  
Christine Liddle February 2025 Appointed Governor LGB   Finance and Resources CLA Link
Beverley Hibbert November 2025 Appointed   Standards Equalities Link
Valeria          Sala November 2025

Parent Governor

LGB
  Finance and Resources Careers and Enterprises Link
 
John              Kick   Member      
Beth    Rowland   Member

Chair of Govs South Lake Primary School

Governor Highwood Primary School

Director Berkshire Credit Union

Elected member Woodley Town Council
   
 
Roger      Evelyn February 2022 Co-opted for one year   Finance and Resources  
Ignazio          Puzzo February 2022 Co-opted for one year   Standards  

Appointment 

Trustees Initial Appointment Latest Appointment
Michael Marsden

Parent Governor 2009

Appointed February 2019

Caroline Norris

Parent Governor 2007

Appointed February 2019

Nayana Bharti

Parent Governor 2003

Appointed February 2019

Gareth Hayes

Parent Governor 2014

Appointed February 2018

 
Governors Type of Appointment Date
Rob Hobart Appointed 2018
Jim Mathieson Appointed 2018
Christine Liddle Appointed 2021
Kevin Wooldridge Parent - Elected 2019
Valeria Sala Parent - Elected 2021
Beverly Hibbert Appointed 2021
Kate Watt Appointed 2022
Stuart Alexander Staff 2015
Lizzie Fellowes-Freeman Staff 2019
Roger Evelyn Appointed 2022
Ignazio Puzzo Appointed 2022

Committee Membership

Standards:

Rob Hobart (Chair)

Gareth Hayes

Nayana Bharti

Jim Mathieson

Kevin Wooldridge

Lizzie Fellowes-Freeman

Tom Bartlett

Beverly Hibbert

Ignazio Puzzo

Resources and Finance:

Gareth Hayes (Chair)

Michael Marsden

Caroline Norris

Stuart Alexander

Christine Liddle

Tom Bartlett

Valeria Sala

Roger Evelyn

Full Governors:

Caroline Norris (Chair)

Jim Mathieson (Vice Chair)

Nayana Bharti

Michael Marsden

Gareth Hayes 

Stuart Alexander

Tom Bartlett

Rob Hobart

Kevin Wooldridge                                              

Lizzie Fellowes Freeman

Christine Liddle

Beverley Hibbert

Valeria Sala

Roger Evelyn

Ignazio Puzzo

Governors Attendance 2020 to 2021

Name Possible Meetings Attendance
David Reilly (resigned in September 2021) 18 18
Caroline Norris 18 14
David Whittall (resigned in July 2021) 18 11
Michael Marsden 18 16
Gareth Hayes 18 18
Heather Manford (resigned in April 2021) 7 3
Jim Mathieson 9 9
Kevin Wooldridge 9 4
Lizzie Fellowes-Freeman 9 8
Mohammed Fuad (finished in February 2021) 0 4
Nayana Bharti 9 7
Rob Hobart 9 9
Stuart Alexander 9 8
Tom Bartlett 13 13
Christine Liddle (appointed in February 2021) 3 3

Meet Our Governors

Jim MathiesonJim Mathieson- Chair of Governing Board

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 his time with Wokingham, 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 was also 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. He retired in 2018 although continues to work part-time for Wokingham Children’s Services.  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: 

Chair of Local Governing Board

Rob HobartRob Hobart- Vice Chair of Local Governing Board 

Rob is a parent of children who attend Waingels; the family were 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: 

Vice Chair of Local Governing Board 

Gareth Hayes02Gareth 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:  

Chair of Finance and Resources

Trustee

Standards

Nayana Bharti02Nayana 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: 

Trustee

Standards

Stuart Alexander02Stuart Alexander

Membership: 

Finance and Resources

Kevin WooldridgeKevin 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

TomTom 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 RowlandBeth 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.

LizzieLizzie Fellowes-Freeman

Membership: Standards

John Kick02John 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 liddleChristine 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. 

Membership:

Finance and Resources

Beverley HibbertBeverley Hibbert

Membership: 

Standards

Valeria SalaValeria Sala

Membership: Finance and Resources

Roger EvelynRoger Evelyn

Membership: Co-opted for one year Finance and Resources

I joined the governing body in 2022 as a parent governor, and my son currently attends the school. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to support our school in this capacity and to give back to the community. I believe that every child should have access to an outstanding education, irrespective of their social or economic background. I am passionate about inclusion and the continuous improvement of the learning environment to maximise the educational outcomes of every child. I've worked as senior manager within the financial services sector for many years, where I have developed strong analytical skills, the ability to deliver effective communication and offer pragmatic advice. I hope to use these skills to help the school and governing body achieve their objectives.

Ignazio PuzzoIgnazio Puzzo

Membership: Co-opted for one year Standards