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Meet the Governors

PAUL BATHO -  FOUNDATION GOVERNOR

 

Paul was appointed as an Oxford Diocesan foundation governor in 2016.

He is a chartered surveyor specialising in the valuation of and investment in commercial property. After working in the City of London for many years he spent 8 years as a director of the College of Estate Management at Reading University and now runs his own practice specialising in consultancy and professional training & education.

He has lived in Upton near Didcot for over 20 years. He is a churchwarden of St Mary’s, Upton and is actively involved in village life.

GAVIN JONES - LOCAL AUTHORITY GOVERNOR

 

Gavin is currently the Local Authority Governor and has represented them since 2007.  He held the position of Chair of Governors between 2009 and 2013.  He is married to Kate and lives in Marsh Benham with his two daughters, Olivia and Polly who were both pupils at Stockcross school.

He moved to the area approximately 10 years ago and works for BT based in London where he looks after one of their Sales Divisions in their Wholesale business.  His previous experience includes Surveying and IT Services and his interests include running and golf which he has recently taken up.

KATE WARD – PARENT GOVERNOR

 

Kate was appointed as a parent Governor in March 2013. She was  a practising Employment lawyer for 9 years prior to becoming a full time mum 5 years ago.  She has worked within a team, for a diverse spectrum of clients, applying her knowledge to problem solve and action strategies. She has also has a qualification in community mediation. During her time at home she ran a franchise for 2 years organising and leading music groups for babies and toddlers. She is married to Daniel and has three children. Her two elder ones are in the Infants and her youngest is nearly 2. She is a practising Christian and is keen on singing/music and the outdoors.  Kate ‘s focus is on continuing to build the strong school community.

KATIE DICKENS - EX OFFICIO GOVERNOR

 

Katie Dickens has been teaching for over 25 years. She has taught every age and stage from Early Years through to Degree Level and Adult Education. Now in her second headship, she took on the role of Executive Headteacher of Welford and Wickham and Stockcross CE Primary Schools in September 2015. She is a linguist, speaking French, German and Spanish, with a first degree in Russian. She also holds a PGCE from Homerton College Cambridge and an MA in Education from Oxford Brookes. She is married with three children and enjoys walking with her black Labrador, Archie.

 

 

PAULA ALLEN- STAFF GOVERNOR

 

 

Paula was appointed as Staff Governor in October 2017. Born in Sheffield South Yorks where she  worked in the accounts department of a solicitors, also on reception and as a secretary for various departments for five years. In 1994 she moved to Newbury with her husband and brought up three sons and a daughter. After being Chair of PTFA at Stockcross for a few years and parent helper she  became a TA at Stockcross in 2006.

REV JOHN TOOGOOD - EX OFFICIO


John moved to the area in 2003 and became ex-officio governor in 2010 when he took on the post of Rector of the East Downland Benefice. He is married to Philippa (who teaches at a local secondary school) and has two school age daughters. In addition to general governor duties John comes in to take weekly assemblies and is charged with monitoring all aspects of safeguarding, behaviour and welfare for the governing body in his role as the designated Safeguarding Governor.

PETER FURNEAUX - FOUNDATION GOVERNOR- STOCKCROSS PCC
 

 

Pete was appointed as a foundation governor by Stockcross PCC  in 2016.
 
He is a chartered accountant, having trained with one of the “Big 4” and worked in London in investment banking before escaping the rat race in 2006. He relocated to the area to be with Annette, to whom he is now married, and after living in Newbury, they moved to East Garston in 2007, where they both enjoy village life with their three children.
 
He has worked locally, mainly in Swindon, and is currently at Nationwide Building Society in the treasury department. Pete and Annette have three children, Beth, Jago and Maddy. Beth joined Stockcross in September 2016, Jago followed in 2017, Maddy hopefully joining them in 2020. Pete is currently Vice Chair of Governors
 

 

 

SHARON FRANCIS- BOXFORD PCC

 

 

Sharon was appointed as a Boxford PCC Foundation Governor in Spring 2017.  Having worked for Independent Television News (ITN) for 10 years, she then became Managing Director of  a media training company for 12 years. She is now retired and is a volunteer reading helper at Stockcross primary school.  She has lived in Newbury for over 15 years and is married with one daughter. 

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