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Meet the Governors

WILL ALEXANDER - Parent Governor

I have been a governor at St Martin's School since October 2018 and have strong ties with the school. I have three children of which two still attend; I'm married to a teacher working there; and we have previously lived in the village.

Since leaving the Civil Service I have been eager to continue public service, so when I heard that the school was looking for a new governor I jumped at the chance. My work in cyber security has included performing activities related to governance, risk and compliance that translate well to my role as school governor.

I enjoy reading, cycling and running. I also regularly help with the school's popular cross country club.

 

LINDA CHORLEY - LA Governor (Co-Chair)

I took up my role as Governor at St Martin’s School in 2018 and very quickly realised that this was to be a demanding but rewarding adventure.  Although I do not live in the village, I have become familiar with the community spirit, which is reflected in the school ethos, and feel very much part of it.

I have worked in education for many years, albeit in further education rather than primary, and when I semi-retired, I was looking for something which would challenge me and provide new experiences.  I found it by becoming a governor at St Martin’s and I love being part of such a great team.

In my spare time I like to read, exercise, and spend time with my grandchildren.

 

SUKI COE - Foundation Governor (Chair of PPF) 

I have been a foundation school governor since 2018. I am currently the Chair of the Finance committee.

I am an active member of the local church community and training to be a Licenced Lay Minister supporting Revd Canon Christine and the Ministry Team.

I work full time for a multi-national civil engineering company providing essential infrastructure such as roads, railways, pipelines and energy generation. I lead a team of Town Planners responsible for securing planning permission for these large projects. I have also been a government inspector in a past life; skills that I bring to my role as school governor.

Outside work and church, I enjoy cycling, gardening and taking my puppy out for some long walks.

 

ELAINE COLVILLE - Foundation Governor

I am an active member of the congregation at St Martin’s Church and I was delighted to become a Foundation Governor of the school in 2018. Having combined my working life as a solicitor in the City with varied roles in the not for profit world, the time was right for me to devote some of my energy to the local community. My voluntary roles have ranged from being on the boards of a large central London housing association and of my old university to being a trustee of various charities.

I hope to use my past experience to help ensure that the current and future children of St Martin’s School and their teachers continue to thrive within our local community. My other activities currently involve my grandchildren, tennis, gardening and walking.

 

ROB CROMPTON - Foundation Governor 

I recently moved in to Woolton Hill with my wife Judy. I have been in education all my life, including being chair of governors of a large comprehensive school. I was headteacher of two primary schools, the first one very similar to St Martin’s in the heart of rural Cambridgeshire. Later, I lectured in education at Reading University. I led over 200 Ofsted inspections and have worked extensively overseas, leading inspections, accreditations and in-service training. Currently, I lead peer-to-peer school reviews for a charitable trust. As this work is part-time, I now feel able to contribute again to the local community, and I’m pleased to have been appointed recently as a foundation governor.

Working part-time allows me to pursue my other interests, including song writing, recording, and performing. I am a member of the Performing Right Society and the British Actors Equity Association. I was a scriptwriter for schools and children’s TV and have just completed my fourth musical for children.

 

REVD CANON CHRISTINE DALE - Ex-Officio Governor (Vice Chair)

When I moved here in November 2002 to become the Rector of St Martin’s Church, East Woodhay, I also became a Foundation Governor of St Martin’s School and have served as a full member of the governing body since that time. I take an active interest in the overlap between school, church and parish. I support and encourage the Christian ethos and values of St Martin’s School and contribute to, and monitor, collective worship and school services. I am interested in our link with Bukuya School, in Uganda, which I visited in 2012.

I also serve as Rector in the parishes of Woolton Hill, Ashmansworth, Highclere and Crux Easton: these, together with East Woodhay, are the five parishes of the North West Hampshire Benefice.

 

LAURA EDINBOROUGH - Foundation Governor (Chair of SAC)

I joined St Martins Governing body as a Foundation Governor in February 2020. I have two daughters, one of which still attends the school.  I have always lived locally and enjoy been involved in village life.

We moved our eldest daughter to St Martins for her last two years of primary school; she was so happy and gained so much confidence that I felt I would like to be a small part of the team that makes St Martin’s so special.

I have always worked with children and enjoy the challenges and rewards that they bring. I am passionate about child development and ensuring that each child is given the opportunity to reach their potential.

I enjoy spending time outside, walking and occasionally running, reading and cooking. I have become a keen gardener-with lots of enthusiasm but not a great deal of skill!

 

ANN ROWE - Foundation Governor (Co-Chair)

My name is Ann Rowe and I became a Foundation governor in 2015. I unexpectedly took over as Chair of governors in November 2018 and continue as Co-Chair at present.

All of my working career has been spent in Education, firstly as a secondary teacher of Home Economics , then after my family I retrained to work in Early Years. I have always been keen to improve standards in education and this was part of my motivation for becoming a governor. I hoped that I could make a difference to the lives of children within St Martin’s school. I still love being in the school amid the children who are always so refreshing and such fun.

 

SIMON RUTTER - Foundation Governor

My name is Simon Rutter and I’m a Foundation Governor at St Martin’s.

My association with the school started in 2015 when I moved to Newbury and my three children were accepted into the school. It was an immediate realisation of mine that St Martins is a special place and I relished the opportunity to join the Board of Governors as a Parent Governor in 2016.

My goal is to use my skills and experience to help the staff and leaders at St Martin’s to preserve the values, unique environment and educational quality of the school … allowing all our children to thrive at this important time of their lives.

 

ALEX TAME - Parent Governor 

I am married to Tanya and we live in Woolton Hill with our three children who are all in various classes at St Martins school.  As a Christian, a school with a strong Christian faith and ethos is important to us and one of the reasons why we chose St Martin's for our children's education. 

I work in the automotive/software industry, where I oversee the company's intellectual property strategy and have been involved in governance related activities throughout my career, notably during my time at Vodafone. I felt compelled to get more involved in the life of St Martins and hope that some of my industry and leadership skills and experience could add value to the school's governance.

I enjoy cycling, tennis, music and theatre and also play the guitar.