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Who's Who

 Find out more about who is on the board of governors.

Brendan Kromer - Chair of Governors & Chair of Finance and Personnel Committee

I have lived in the village for 12 years and have 2 Children in the school, Oliver in year 6 and Jack in year 3 I have been a Governor since December 2010.


I have been brought up in a teaching environment with my dad being a Head Teacher for 25 years in primary schools and my mother as an English teacher. I especially wanted to contribute to the schools improvement, particularly with regards to communication, staff morale and teamwork.


We once again achieved our best ever Sats results last year but there is further improvent we can make. 2017 is an exciting and busy period as we go through academy conversion. My vision include further involvement of parents, community, partnership schools and local businesses in the drive to provide a diverse and fun curriculum for our children in a stimulating and safe learning environment.

Alastair Read – Vice Chair & Chair of the Premises and Resources  Committee


I've lived in Chalgrove for 10 years with my wife Kirsty. Our son Alex is 7 and currently enjoying being part of Year 3.


For the last 8 years I have been working for Oxfordshire County Council in their ICT department in a variety of different roles. I am currently a Programme Manager. Prior to moving to Chalgrove, I spent several years living in London - initially as a student and then working for both IBM and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.


I wanted to become a parent governor because Chalgrove Community Primary School will be such a major part of our lives while our son is a student there and I'm really keen to be involved with the schools ambitious plans for the future. I'm looking forward to working with parents and everybody connected to the school to ensure that it continues to be a great, fun place for children to learn, grow and develop.

Judith Bennett O.B.E. – Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee/Safeguarding Governor


I came to teach in Oxfordshire in 1972 and moved to Chalgrove in 1980. I have been a Governor at the school since 1993, having been a secondary school governor during my teaching career.


Becoming a governor at Chalgrove coincided with leaving teaching and gave me the opportunity to remain involved in education, which had been my professional life for 25 years. It gave me the means to continue to make a contribution. It also led me to work with the Oxfordshire Governors’ Association and the National Governors’ Association. My time as Chair of the NGA gave me the chance to learn about governing bodies across the country, their shared concerns and their shared fulfilment in the role.


Over the years, I have been involved in the appointment of three Headteachers, and I led the governing body through a successful Ofsted in 2003.


Being a governor is one of the most challenging but also most worthwhile roles any volunteer can perform. It is an immense privilege to play a part in the education of future generations. I feel a real delight in Chalgrove School and its children. Watching it flourish has been a source of pleasure and pride.

Kashinath Basu – Parent Governor


I live in Chalgrove with my wife Nam and son Krishiv. This year my son has joined the Reception class of the school.


I work as an academic at the University teaching Computer Science. I have keen interest in teaching and learning issues, academic management and liaison between academia and industry. I work closely with the senior management team of the school and the governing body to support and complement the good work being done by them.


Oxfordshire being the heart of education and research in the country, I would like to see the school build strong links with educational bodies across the county and continue to build on its strength to facilitate a high standard of schooling experience to support every child’s aspiration and developmental needs.

Melanie Francis – Parent Governor


My name is Melanie Francis and I am the Mum of Toby in year 4.  We have lived in Chalgrove for 11 years and are really happy here. When Toby came along and we started to look into schools for him, Chalgrove School was not in the best shape.  Happily, by the time it came to make our selection, the School has improved significantly.  I want to contribute to the continuation of this improvement.


I am the HR Director of Said Business School, University of Oxford, and a keypart of my role is ensuring that all staff are motivated, engaged and performing.  I think that my skills will compliment those of the existing governors and I look forward to working with them.

Virginie Higginbotham – Parent Governor


Virginie joined the governors as a parent governor in January 2016.

I am an environmental scientist working in water quality of UK and European rivers.  I have lived in Chalgrove for almost 11 years. I have two children at the school, who are currently in Year 4 and Year 2. Both my children really enjoy going to school for both the academic and the social experience of learning.

I want the school to continue to thrive and thus give the pupils the education they currently receive as well as help improve it where required.

As a mother of three and member of the community I believe it is important to acknowledge and support the quality of the services we hold within the village.


I was a committee member of the Pavillion Pre-School committee for 4 years, I held roles such as fundraiser and secretary which may benefit the committee. This previous experience showed me how important it is to support the school staff in order to effectively run a school and create a successful learning environment. I also believe  that part of the role of a parent governor is to represent parents and relay their opinions to the rest of the governing body and the senior management team.

Kelly Potter – Co-Opted Governor


I have lived in the village now for 20 years. I worked in IT for Unisys as a Business Analyst working all over the UK and Europe on Client projects. For the past 8 years I have been very actively involved in volunteer work in the community. After working on the Village Plan and hearing what the youth of Chalgrove had to say, I got involved with the Chalgrove Youth Club. Since then, I joined the Management committee of the Youth Club, I manage the volunteers,as well as being a weekly volunteer. I also helped mentor a group of Youths to successfully double the size of the village skatepark. This project was completely Youth led, presenting to the Parish Council to get approval, selecting a vendor, choosing the layout and managing the implementation process.


I've really enjoy working with the youth of Chalgrove and am very excited about being a School Governor and working with the other governors to give the children the best experience possible on

Neil Topping – Co-Opted Governor


I have lived in Chalgrove since 1979, my two sons attended the school in the 1980’s, I served on the school association for many years, my late wife was also a Governor.


I Became a Governor in 2007 because I wanted to make a contribution   to one of the most important institutions in the village and therefore to the future of so many young persons.


I attended School Council meetings, have given talks to Year 4 for two years as part of their project work and I have supported the children in Year 4 and Year 6 by volunteering to listen to them read. I would like to continue to work with the school in a similar way.

David Turner – Local Authority Governor


I have lived in Chalgrove for 33 years. I am a former Chairman of the Chalgrove Primary School Governing body and have been a member of it since 1981. I have been a member of Chalgrove Parish Council since 1981. I have been married to Kathy for forty three years and our two sons Karl & Jonathan both went to Chalgrove Primary School.


A few years ago, as a County Councillor, I visited schools in Oxfordshire with similar catchment areas to each other with some doing very well and others not so well. The schools which were doing very well had enthusiastic and inspirational leaders, coupled to a governing body who were acting as a real, but critical friend and a head teacher who welcomed that critical friend’s support. I believe we have now established that formula at Chalgrove school and I look forward to our school going from strength to strength.

Matthew Gaskin – Parent Governor.


My wife and I moved to Chalgrove from Watlington to start our family and have lived in the village for the last thirteen years. We have two daughters, Olivia and Ella-Rose, who both attend Chalgrove school. I am enormously proud of our village, our school and our community's spirit.


I hope that my experience and skills will be valuable to the school and I want to be a part of ensuring that the school continues to improve and impress. 

Jenny Clark – Associate Member


Currently working for a large multi national company in a large organisation as Financial Controller, responsible for the financial reporting and consolidation, continuous improvement and sharing best practice in all areas of our business.

I have spent over 30 years working in large organisations managing financial control, processes, change management and corporate governance.


Having moved from West London to Chalgrove in May 2000, and my grand-daughter starting in Reception class in September 2015, I am excited to be a part of the schools’ next phase of growth.

I joined the FGB in July 2015 with the aim to help support and challenge the plans that the school has in place to grow and develop over the next few years and also wish to contribute more to my local community.


I believe in the importance of the availability of life-long learning and its positive value and impact on people’s lives.Outside of work, I am key member of our Britwell Cricket Club and enjoy the social element that this provides.

Mrs Sue O'Donnell is a staff Governor; Sue is a TA in Year 2


Mrs Dawn Evans is a co-opted Governor; Dawn is the School Business Manager


Head teacher Julie Quarrell is a staff Governor