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Introduction to our governors:


Rachel Jones - Chair of Governors 


PCC Governor (appointed by the Parochial Church Council [PCC])

Role(s): Governor Development Joint Lead, Marketing & Communication Lead, Chair of HTPM Panel. Resources Committee

First Appointed: 28.09.15

Current Term: 08.06.23-08.06.27 (previous term as LA Governor: 18.10.19-08.06.23)

Relevant/Pecuniary Interests: None (27.09.22)

Attendance 2022-23: 100% (13 of 13 meetings)


Rachel is an experienced governor having joined the Governing Body in 2015, she has previously held the role of Chair of Governors. Rachel has a background in PR and marketing, bringing extensive experience in communicating with a variety of stakeholders. Rachel is passionate about education and brings valuable skills that will positively contribute to making Yattendon C of E School the best it can be. She has two daughters at the school (and a further daughter who recently left!).

Sarah Parascandolo


Foundation Governor (appointed by The Waterhouse Trust)

Role(s): Resources Committee

First Appointed: 14.01.2024

Current Term: 14.01.24-13.01.28

Attendance 2022 - 23: N/A


Paul Lock - Vice Chair of Governors 


Local Authority Governor 

Role(s): Resources Committee, Computing and Design Technology Subject Lead
First Appointed: 08.11.23

Current term: 08.11.23 - 07.11.27

Relevant/Pecuniary Interests:

Attendance 2022 - 23: N/A.


In 2021, Paul and his wife moved to Hampstead Norreys, drawn by the countryside charm, ideal for starting a family. Paul joined the Yattendon Primary School Governing Body in 2023.

With a career in providing IT Services to the public and private education sector spanning well over a decade, currently as Deputy Directory of IT Services at Bradfield College, Paul has a deep appreciation for the role that Yattendon Primary School plays in providing high quality education to the children in the area.


Outside of work, Paul enjoys spending time with his family and friends and he is a keen angler.

Emily Allison


Foundation Governor (appointed by the Diocese)

Role(s): Subject Lead, SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican & Methodist Schools) & RE (Religious Education) Joint Lead

First Appointed: 08.11.22

Current Term: 08.12.22-07.12.26

Relevant/Pecuniary Interests: None (08.02.23)

Attendance 2022-23: 80% (4 of 5 meetings).


Emily has a long-standing interest in education, particularly how a Christian worldview makes a difference to young people. She has taught in the Middle East, worked for charities in schools, home educated, and is an active member of her church. She enjoys opportunities to volunteer in Yattendon school and is looking forward to applying her personal knowledge of Biblical Christianity, and other experience, to the governor's context.

James Hole


Foundation Governor (appointed by The Waterhouse Trust)

Role(s): Chair of Resources Committee, H&S/Premises Joint Lead

First Appointed: 06.01.21

Current Term: 06.01.21 - 05.01.25 

Relevant/Pecuniary Interests: Director of Yattendon Estate Ltd, Director Vicars Game Ltd (29.09.22)

Attendance 2022-23: 83% (10 of 12 meetings)


James moved with his family to Yattendon from Kent towards the end of 2020 to take up the post of Managing Director of the Yattendon Estate, which surrounds the village. He joined the Governing Body in 2021 and has a keen interest in the future of the school. James has two children at the school and a younger child who he hopes will attend in the future. 

Amanda Service


Foundation Governor (appointed by the Parochial Church Council [PCC])

Role(s): Admissions Lead, SEND Lead

First Appointed: 05.12.16

Current Term: 05.10.20-04.10.24

Relevant/Pecuniary Interests: None (27.09.22)

Attendance 2022-23: 100% (8 of 8 meetings)


Amanda started visiting Yattendon C of E School as a volunteer reader and was very pleased to be asked to become more involved with the school as a governor. She lives locally, and is a mother and grandmother. She has always been involved in voluntary and community work, and is an active member of her local church.

Ann Wheeler


Foundation Governor (appointed by the Diocese)

SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican & Methodist Schools) & RE (Religious Education) Joint Lead

First Appointed: 01.09.99

Current Term: 15.10.22-14.10.26 

Relevant/Pecuniary Interests: Related to member of staff (06.10.22)

Attendance 2022-23: 63% (5 of 8 meetings)


Ann has been a governor for many years. Her connection with the school is even more long-standing: as a pupil and a teacher. Ann 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.  

Rev. Wayne Lautenbach


Foundation Governor (Ex-Officio, PCC)

Role(s): SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican & Methodist Schools) & RE (Religious Education) Joint Lead

First Appointed: 27.04.20

Relevant/Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance 2022-23: 0% (0 of 6 meetings)

Rev. Wayne was unable to attend meetings during the 2022 - 23 academic year.


Wayne has been the Team Rector of the Hermitage Team of Churches, which includes our local church, since June 2018. He was ordained a priest in South Africa in 1988 and ministered in church there until moving with his family to the UK in 1999. They spent 18 years in Chester Diocese, mostly in Birkenhead, until they moved south to be closer to their children and grandchildren. 

Nia Trussler


Parent Governor (elected by school parents)

Role(s): Safeguarding Lead, Governor Development Joint Lead, Vice Chair of Resources Committee

First Appointed: 13.12.21

Current Term: 13.12.21-12.12.25

Relevant/Pecuniary Interests: None (27.09.22)

Attendance 2022-23: 100% (12 of 12 meetings)


Nia joined the Governing Body as parent governor in 2022.  She has one son attending the school currently and a teenage daughter who spent all her primary years at Yattendon. Nia lives locally and works in Executive Search and Selection for a global Professional Services company and so actively sees how education is key to future career success. 

Rachel Manley, Head Teacher



Relevant/Pecuniary Interests: Husband teaches music lessons at the school

Attendance 2022 - 23: 100% (14 of 14 meetings)


Rachel became Headteacher of Yattendon Primary School in 2015, moving from a large Junior School in Newbury. Since then, she has transformed the school into a nurturing, close-knit, active community. Pupils embrace a wide range of leadership responsibilities and enrichment opportunities to ensure their 'seeds blossom' during their primary school journey. Her caring, passionate leadership has grown the school to its current thriving four classes. She has developed an enthusiastic, devoted staff team and has offered high quality mentorship and training to students. She has not only led the school through a successful Ofsted and a pandemic, but confidently secured a most notable 'excellent' judgement in the school's church school inspection in 2019. Rachel also enjoys her role as our qualified Special Needs Co-ordinator and leads a very successful school netball team!

Melanie Mason


Staff Governor (elected by school staff)

First Appointed: 04.02.19

Current Term: 07.02.23 - 06.02.27

Relevant/Pecuniary Interests: None (06.10.22)

Attendance 2022-23: 88% (7 of 8 meetings)


Melanie joined the Yattendon team as a class teacher in 2017, excited to return to a small village primary after working in several large infant schools in Basingstoke. With 20 years of teaching experience and having had the role of Deputy Head, she was keen to return to the classroom and work in a school closer to home as her son began his school journey. Melanie quickly undertook the position of staff representative on the governing body and embraced all aspects of school life. She has led the school to achieve the Green Trees Platinum Award, has successfully mentored a long list of trainee teachers and has supported the Head in developing the school environment. Outside of school, she has a passion for baking (and runs a food technology club in school) and all things creative.  

Matthew Starmer


Parent Governor (elected by school parents)


First Appointed: 26.01.24

Current Term: 26.01.24 - 25.01.28

Relevant/Pecuniary Interests: 

Attendance 2022 - 23: N/A


    Rachael House Gemmell - Clerk to Governors


    Relevant/Pecuniary Interests: None


    Rachael has been a Clerk since November 2013, and currently clerks for three West Berkshire Primary Schools. Rachael studied psychology and has worked in administration for the Local Education Authority and the NHS. Growing up in nearby Bradfield, Rachael is very familiar with Yattendon and its surrounding beautiful countryside. Rachael has two school-aged daughters.



    Current vacancies: 

    Parent governor


    Previous Governors: (who have served during the last 12-month period)

    Sarah Barron - Foundation Governor (Waterhouse Trust)

    Term: 14.01.20 - 13.01.23

    Attendance 2022 - 23: 93% (13 of 14 meetings)


    Ava Lynch - Parent Governor

    Term: 08.02.23 - 06.12.23 (resigned)

    Attendance: 100% (3 of 3 meetings)


    Tom Chapman - Associate Member

    Term: 08.11.22 - 07.11.23

    Attendance 2022 - 23: 100% (4 of 4 meetings)