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

    TBA- Chair of Governors
    Matt Stokes - Vice Chair of Governors
    Clerk of Governors - Mrs Helen Miles
    Safeguarding Governor- Maureen Atkinson

  • Curriculum Committee

    Margaret Perkins (Chair)
    Maureen Atkinson
    Michelle Williams
    Vanessa Cummings

  • Finance & Premises Committee

    Matt Stokes (Chair)
    Maureen Atkinson
    Joanna Quirk
    Rev. Stephen Johnso

  • Mr Matt Stokes

    Vice Chair Board of Governors

    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.

  • 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.

  • Vanessa Cummings

    I joined the Governing Body in 2018. I retired in 2017, having started my career working as a Secretary in 10 Downing Street for four Prime Ministers over 17 years. After leaving No. 10 I moved into marketing management in the retail sector before finding my home in the charitable sector where my last role was as Chief Executive of a small charity working with children abandoned into state orphanages in Romania. I’ve lived in North Ascot for 15 years. I’ve been Treasurer of the Cordes Hall since 2012 and was recently elected Churchwarden at St Michael & All Angels in Sunninghill. With my partner Jim and our dog Lenny I enjoy lots of socialising with family and friends. To keep active I play ladies league hockey and lots of long walks in different parts of the country.

  • 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.

  • Dr Margaret Perkins

    I have been in education for many years – as a teacher in primary schools around the country, as a headteacher and as a university tutor working in initial teacher education. I retired two years ago from full time work but keep in touch with the world of education as much as possible. My main interest in which I have researched and published is the teaching of reading and children’s literature. I lived in Sunninghill for many years and both my children attended St Michael’s; they are now both married but I am delighted to have the opportunity to give something back to the school by serving as a governor. I chair the Curriculum Committee.

  • Joanna Quirk

    I became a parent governor in 2018 and I have a son and daughter at St Michael’s. I joined the Governor’s as I wanted the opportunity to support and challenge the school to continue to raise standards and ensure the children receive the best education and care at St Michael’s. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant I gained extensive senior level audit and advisory experience in not for profit organisations at Deloitte and Crowe Clark Whitehill. More recently I worked as Deputy Director of Finance at Shelter where I was responsible for managing the finances of the charity and its subsidiary with £70m of diverse income. I joined the Chartered Institute of Building in 2016 as Finance Director. I am responsible for the strategic and operational financial leadership of the Institute. I am a Fellow member of the ICAEW and hold a Diploma in Charity Accounting.

  • Michelle Williams

    I have worked at St Michael’s Primary School since September 2016 and I currently teach part time across KS1 and KS2 covering PPA (teacher planning and preparation activities). I am also the Subject Leader for Religious Education and I am extremely proud to be part of a team that gained an ‘excellent’ rating in the most recent SIAMS inspection. I started my undergraduate education in the arts at Central Saint Martins, have a degree in Photography & Media and completed my teacher training at Brunel University. Before I moved into teaching I was in the retail management sector for over 12 years covering a variety of management positions including being an Area Manager and a Deputy General Manager in Oxford Street. I am very proud to be part of such a vibrant and happy school where the children are always respected individually and put first. I became a staff governor and sit on the curriculum committee to become more involved in the life of the school and to represent my colleagues. I feel very privileged to be part of a dedicated and hardworking team who constantly strive for excellence and the best possible outcomes for all our children.