Who are the Governors?

  • The school’s governing body is constituted as below and has a strong, collaborative relationship with the schools leadership team.

  • Roles and Reponsilities

    Becky Smith - Chair of Governors
    James Lovell - Vice Chair of Governors

    Clerk of Governors - Vacant

  • Curriculum Committee

    James Lovell (Chair)
    Becky Smith
    Maureen Atkinson
    Clare Roberts
    Emma Dyer
    Wendy Jones
    Stephen Johnson

  • Finance & Premises Committee

    Matt Stokes (Chair)
    Gassan Shaladan
    Maureen Atkinson
    Becky Smith
    Peter Deason

  • Becky Smith

    Having worked in HR for many years, I took a career break when I had children and now work on a part-time basis for World Duty Free. I have one child left at St Michael’s, in Key Stage Two. I became a foundation governor four years ago and took the post of Chair in September 2015. The Chair works closely with the school’s Leadership Team and the Chairs of the Finance and Curriculum Committees. The overriding objective for the Chair is to ensure all the key responsibilities of the Governor Team are delivered and to offer the support and counsel required in order to add value to the strategic goals of the Headteacher, whilst positively challenging.

  • Matt Stokes

    I have spent my entire career in the motor industry. Over the years I have held various roles, from front line sales and finance to more recently sales operations and marketing with a motor manufacturer. Having lived in the village since 2010, I became a foundation governor in July 2015. With three young children of my own, I wanted to help the school and all children that attend. I am now chair of the Finance and Premises Committee, to which I bring budgeting and strategy experience and work with the other committee members to get the best use out of the funds available.

  • James Lovell

    I work for an education charity called Ark, with network responsibility for Key Stage 5 (aka Sixth Form) across twelve secondary schools. I have been a parent governor at St Michael's for four years and currently have three children going through the school. I became Vice-Chair of the Governing Body in autumn 2015 and am Chair of the Curriculum Committee, which focuses principally on teaching, learning and the assessment of pupils' progress.

  • Clare Roberts

    Having previously worked in a variety of sectors, I have been teaching now, on and off, for the past fourteen years; as such, I have taught in both secondary and primary schools. I currently teach part-time at Cheapside Primary School. Both of my children have been through St Michael’s and are now at the local secondary school; I became a foundation governor in September 2015. I sit on the Curriculum Committee which focuses on teaching, learning and assessment in the school and since April 2017, I have led the Governor Visiting Team: a small group of governors who monitor the school’s strategic goals, and support and encourage the staff.

  • Emma Dyer

    I have always lived locally and joined as a foundation governor in 2015 with a desire to help the local school and be an active part of the community. My career has predominantly been in the automotive industry working in sales and relationship management focusing on strategic development and working with customers to add value; I have also managed a customer service team and worked in business audit and assessment. I now work part-time for a wealth management company and support my husband who has a demanding job. I have two daughters at St Michael’s; for me being a parent is the most challenging and amazing role and is, without doubt, the most important. I sit on the Curriculum Committee focusing on teaching, learning and assessment in the school and have responsibility for admissions.

  • Peter Deason

    I graduated in Civil Engineering in 1966, and worked on the design and project management of major international infrastructure projects until I retired in 2011.
    My wife and I have lived in Sunninghill for eighteen years, during which time I have become heavily involved in supporting the village. I was one of the core team that successfully stopped Tesco Express coming to the village, and this led to my being invited to stand both as a school governor and parish councilor. I became the Local Authority governor in June 2011, and until recently was chair of the Finance and Premises Committee ensuring that the funds are spent efficiently to maximize outcomes for the pupils and that the school is safe and kept in good order.
    I am also proactive as a parish councilor and I was a PC representative on the steering group for the preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan, which guides development within the parish.

  • Maureen Atkinson

    I am a retired primary school head teacher with 35 years’ experience teaching in the Early Years to KS2 age range. I have taught in a number of locations in this country and abroad in faith and non-faith schools. My areas of particular interest in school include teaching & learning and assessment & monitoring. I have considerable child protection and safeguarding experience including safer recruitment training. I am a Foundation Governor and one of my roles is as a member of the Finance and Premises Committee where I support the school in delivering services to stakeholders within budget constraints.
    I am a part time test administrator for the National Federation for Educational Research (NFER) and a member of the National Governors Association (NGA). This helps me to keep up to date with current educational initiatives and issues. I am currently Chairperson of the Local Area Board of a primary school in a multi-academy trust in another authority.

  • Rev Stephen Johnson

    Being a school governor is a very rewarding way of getting involved in our local school. I have been a governor at St Michael’s since 2009, with a brief spell as co-chair in 2014-15. I am also a governor at Cheapside Primary School which, together with my parish role, helps us keep the school outward looking.

  • Gassan Shaladan

    I have worked in the police for fifteen years in a variety of specialisms including building partnerships in the community. My work is now based in Reading where I am involved in developing community engagement. I have a child at St Michael’s School and am very keen to support the strategic direction of the school, joining as a foundation governor in April 2014. I am currently the Safeguarding and Health & Safety Governor, working closely with the school underpinning its policies and procedures.

  • Wendy Jones

    I have lived in Sunninghill my whole life and was a pupil at St Michael’s before going on to study at Charters. I worked in customer service for John Lewis and Halifax PLC for several years before beginning my career with young people as a Teaching Assistant at Charters.
    After becoming a mum of two children, I had a career break, but ten years ago I became Committee Chair of the pre-school they attended. This ignited my passion in Early Years education and opened my eyes to the rewards and challenges involved in managing and maintaining an educational setting. I went back to college to gain an NVQ 3 in Children’s Care, Learning & Development and spent several years working my way up to become Deputy Manager at a pre-school before starting as a Teaching Partner at St Michael’s when both of my children were pupils here. I have worked in EYFS, KS1 & KS2 and have qualified as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant whilst working here. I became the staff governor in May 2016 and sit on the Curriculum Committee.