Parent Governor – Chair of the Governing Body
Robin is a parent governor with a son, Jasper, currently in Year 3/4. He was Vice-Chair of the IEB for its last 12 months and was part of the team that oversaw the transition to the Full Governing Body (FGB) in July 2015. He is currently in his third year of chairing the FGB. He has lived in the area since 2006 and his two older children (now at the Downs School) have both attended the school.
He is passionate about learning and continuous development, both within the school environment and in life more generally. In his professional life, he is a barrister.
Lindsay is currently the Assistant Head of Inclusion at Denefield Secondary school, appointed in April 2016. She leads the whole school pupil premium initiative, is the Designated Safeguarding Lead, SENCO and leads intervention in Alternative Curriculum, covering numeracy, literacy and personal development including behaviour. Prior to this, she developed her career in the pastoral sector, having held Head of House and Head of Year positions and teaches both Maths and Geography.
Lindsay has a passion for teaching and learning and lends an educational perspective on the many areas that governors are accountable for. She is keen to be a part of the development of Bradfield Primary School as it is a fantastic place for young learners. Lindsay has two children who attend the school.
Local Authority Governor and Local Leader of Governance
Alasdair is an experienced Local Authority governor who has been involved in local education since 2002, initially as a parent governor at his daughters’ school. In his various chair and governor roles since then he has found himself regularly calling upon the knowledge and experience gained in a long career in senior management within a retail and service industry.
He has had close involvement in a broad range of school issues. This includes safeguarding, financial management, OFSTED inspections, site and buildings development, head teacher recruitment and HR issues. Alasdair is a trustee of an educational and welfare charity, lives in West Berkshire, and enjoys, music, reading, walking, golf and sailing. As a local leader of governance he represents the Authority on the board of two other West Berkshire schools.
Jules is priest-in-charge of the parishes of Bradfield, Bucklebury and Stanford Dingley, and has been since 2009. He has served on a number of school governing bodies, and is really keen to see the children at Bradfield Primary school grow and develop during their time in this great school.
Kester is the Commercial Director of Bradfield College where he runs the College’s Enterprise company and has responsibility for all commercial activity taking place at the College. This includes the hiring out of facilities during holidays, all events and managing the Sports Complex, School Shop, Tennis Centre and Golf Club including all projects to enhance these facilities.
Kester is a qualified Project and Programme Manager and before joining Bradfield College did fifteen years in a variety of senior roles in the defence industry as well as serving 8 years as an Army Officer.
He attended York University where he obtained a second class honours degree in Psychology.
Helen has worked in administrative roles in schools, both state and independent, for the past 15 years. She is both new to the village and to the role of School Governor and has a special interest in promoting the school in, and working as part of, the community. She also serves on the Health and Safety/Premises Committee. Helen has had previous careers in Event Management and Banking/Mortgage Underwriting.
Stephen has worked in a variety of areas including events management, sales and sports coaching.
He went back to university and qualified to become a primary school teacher working in London before he moved to Chapel Row with his wife and two boys. He is now a stay at home dad whilst starting a woodworking business making furniture.
Stephen has a huge interest encouraging children to develop to the best of their abilities, really believes in community spirit and spends much of his spare time helping with local activities and generally mucking in where needed.
Katharine is the School Business Manager at Bradfield Primary School. Previously she worked as a PA to the owner of a care home company specializing in the care of adults with learning disabilities.
Katharine has 3 primary school aged children and is Chair of their school’s PTA. She is also an Assistant Beaver Leader at the 1st Purley and Pangbourne group.