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Contact email for Rachel Jones, Chair of Governors: rjones@yattendon.w-berks.sch.uk

Introducing the Governors:

Rachel Jones

Local Authority Governor

Term expires:


100% attendance at FGB meetings (Ac Yr 2015 - 16)

Chair of Governors

Rachel became Chair of Governors in July 2017. She heads up Strategy Group, is Lead Governor for Communications and EYFS, and is a members of the Resources Committee. She runs a PR and marketing consultancy, bringing extensive experience in communicating with a variety of stakeholders. She is passionate about education, and as a Governor, brings valuable skills that will positively contribute to making Yattendon School the best it can be. She has two daughters at school and became a Governor in 2015.


Jane Livesey

PCC Governor

Term expires: 19/08/18

86% attendance at FGB meetings (Ac Yr 2015 - 16)

Vice Chair

A governor since 2009, Jane was Chair of Governors from 2015 - 17. She now Chairs the Resources Committee, is a member of the Strategy Group and Standards Committee,  heads up Governor Development and is Lead Governor for Mathematics. She brings experience from both the Public & Private sectors and was Partnership Director at West Berkshire Council for a number of years. Her professional background is HR and she has worked as a management consultant as well as running a local successful business.

Jason Carter

Parent Governor

Terms expires:


57% attendance at Full Governing Body meetings (Ac Yr 2015 - 16)

Vice Chair

Jason became a governor in 2013. He works for a large IT company. He is a member of the Resources Committee and Strategy Group and Lead Governor for Assessment.

Ann Wheeler

Diocesan Governor

Term expires: 


100% attendance at FGB meetings (Ac Yr 2015 - 16)

Ann is the safeguarding governor and Chair of the Standards and Admissions Committees. She has been a governor for 35 years, although her connection with the school is even more long standing; as a child and teacher too. She is also an ex-headteacher of a small West Berkshire rural school and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. She also provides a valuable link with the Church and local residents which enhances the schools links and role within the wider community. 

Rachel Manley


100% attendance at FGB meetings (Ac Yr 2015 - 16)

Rachel joined the school in September 2015 from St Nicolas Junior School in Newbury, where she spent 17 years as a teacher and, for her final three years, as assistant head. Rachel is excited about the future of our beautiful school and in working with a strong team of teachers, governors and parents to ensure it thrives as a place of nurture and opportunity. She is also keen to forge strong relationships within the wider Yattendon community. As well as leading the school, Rachel will also be teaching regularly too, allowing her to be part of each child’s learning journey. Rachel is married with two teenage children.


Rev'd Meg Kirby

Ex-officio Diocesan Governor

Not a governor during Ac Yr

2015 - 16.

Meg is a member of the Admissions Committee and Lead Governor for SIAMS. She arrived in Yattendon in 2014 and is the Associate Priest in the Hermitage Team Ministry. She has responsibility for the Parish of Yattendon and Frilsham. She became an ex-officio governor in September 2016, following Reverend Rita Ball’s retirement.


Roger Sansom

Waterhouse Trust Governor

Term expires:


100% attendance at FGB meetings (Ac Yr 2015 - 16)


Roger is Lead Governor for H&S and is Vice Chair of Resources Committee. He is an actuary who retired some years ago from reinsurance in the city. He and his wife run an art gallery & both are very involved in the village, Roger in running the fete for the last 11 years, and now the local Sports & Social Trust, Yattendon Village Hall, Brewhouse Music evenings, and the local wine society. 

Amanda Service PCC Governor

Term expires:


Not a governor during Ac Yr

2015 - 16


Amanda is a member of the Standards Committee and Lead Governor for English. She has been visiting Yattendon regularly as a volunteer, listening to readers from Years 5 and 6. After achieving a degree in English Literature and Language, she worked in publishing and tour operating. She has always been involved in voluntary and community work, including helping Macmillan Cancer Support and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust. Amanda is also very involved in the life of her local church.


Paula Phillips

Diocesan Governor

57% attendance at FGB meetings (Ac Yr 2015 - 16)

Paula is Lead Governor for SEN/PP/Equality, Vice Chair of the Standards Committee and on the Resources Committee. As well as being a parent governor, she works directly with the children as a Lunchtime Play Leader. Paula has a long association with the school and has developed valuable skills and experience in her time serving as governor since 2003. 

Libby Weedon

Staff Governor

100% attendance at FGB meetings (Ac Yr 2015 - 16)

Libby is a member of both the Standards and Engagement committees. She joined Yattendon as a KS2 teacher in 2013 and is subject leader for literacy and music. She was appointed Senior Teacher in September 2015. Prior to retraining as a teacher, Libby worked in advertising, publishing and marketing. Libby is a keen musician and sings with a local choir.

Emma Slack

Parent Governor

Term expires:


Not a governor during Ac Yr

2015 - 16


Emma is a member of the Resources and Admissions Committees. She is a mother of two children at the school and is married to David, who runs the Yattendon Estate. She has experience in retail, visual merchandising and project and event management. She currently works part-time at a Yattendon-based luxury home company, where she does their marketing, creative and PR. 


Simon Cromack

Waterhouse Trust Governor

Not a governor during Ac Yr

2015 - 16


Simon is a member of the Resources Committee. He co-owns a food consultancy business based in London, with a long career in the hospitality industry having previously owned an events and production company for over ten years. In addition to hospitality, he has managed property portfolios where he lived in Gabon, West Africa. He used to be a governor at Shiplake College before moving out of the area.

Rachael House-Gemmell

Clerk to Governors

Rachael has been a Clerk for nearly four years and is currently Clerk for three West Berkshire Primary Schools. She has a background in administration, having worked within the Local Education Authority and the NHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health). Rachael also has a degree in Psychology and applies analytical and research skills to the role of Clerk to support governors in working as strategically as possible. Growing up in nearby Bradfield, Rachael is very familiar with Yattendon and its surrounding beautiful countryside. Rachael has two primary school-aged daughters.



Previous Governors

Annette Bland: governor until February 2017 (57% attendance at FGB meetings Ac Yr 2015 - 16).

Strategy Group

Admissions Committee

Resources & Environment Committee

(including H&S)

Standards Committee

(including curriculum)

Engagement Working Party


R Jones (Chair)

J Carter (V Chair)

J Livesey (V Chair)

A Wheeler

R Manley (Head)

A Wheeler (Chair)

M Kirby (V Chair)

E Slack

R Manley


J Livesey (Chair)

R Sansom (V Chair & H&S Lead)

J Carter

P Phillips

R Manley

R Jones

E Slack

S Cromack

S Dobbins (Officer)



A Wheeler (Chair)

P Phillips (V Chair)

J Livesey

J Carter

A Service

L Weedon

R Manley


R Jones (Lead)

A Wheeler

L Weedon

and, others as required


Specialist Lead Governors:


Paula Phillips     SEN/Pupil premium/Equality

Roger Sansom   H&Safety/Premises

Jason Carter       Assessment       

Meg Kirby           SIAMS

Jane Livesey      Gov Development



Ann Wheeler               Safeguarding

Rachel Jones              Engagement/EYFS

Jane Livesey               Maths and Governor Development

Amanda Service          English




Governors will, for the efficient working of the Governing Body, simply commit to.....


  • engage fully with the work of the Governing Body, its committees and working parties to fulfill our individual and joint obligations as Governor
  • make ourselves available for planned meetings, sending apologies to the organiser if exceptionally we cannot attend
  • prepare for meetings appropriately, reading papers/reports and undertaking any necessary research in advance
  • open, read and deal with communications, usually e.mails, at least weekly to ensure responses are timely, information is shared and understood and issues raised appropriately
  • attend as many school events as practicable to ensure our leadership profile as a Governor is recognised with staff, parents and stakeholders
  • participate in governor or school development to ensure skills and knowledge are updated appropriately
  • positively promote the school and staff at every opportunity, in particular
    • at least 2 Governors will attend open event/parents evening on a rota basis
    • all governors will participate in planned learning walk


Our aim as a Governor is to be seen as…

  • Professional
  • Helpful
  • Approachable
  • Flexible
  • Knowledgeable
  • Having clear standards
  • Positive
  • Reliable
  • Courteous
  • Informed
  • Efficient
  • Skilled



We will manage expectations by…


  • Keeping our commitments
  • Being clear about what we are able to do, and
  • Being realistic



Agreed by full Governing Body in October 2016

Governor Committee Structure

Annual Register of Business Interests for School Governors