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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section. 


 John Ingram

Parent Governor and Deputy Chair (Joint) (Acting Chair)

I have lived in Watlington for 14 years with my wife Susie and our children Alex (Year 5) and Katie (Year 1). Susie assists with the school choir and is a classroom representative on the PTA.

I have a strong commitment to education, having been involved in it for most of my life. My parents were both teachers and my father was a head teacher for 20 years. I started my own career as a teacher and like my father I share a central belief that schools help children realise their potential.


I am now Managing Director of RM Results, an Oxfordshire based technology business which for 35 years has been dedicated to helping teachers to teach and learners to learn. My business analyses school and college data for the Department for Education, for Ofsted and many of the UK’s examination organisations. We also provide software and services to overseas education ministries.


As a business leader supporting education, I have a perspective very relevant to the demands of a parent governor. I have extensive financial, commercial and legal experience as well as managing many different people. I am well briefed in the challenges facing UK education in a time of huge change and can advise on the part technology can play in meeting some of these.


Watlington is a fantastic place to live and Watlington Primary School is a great asset. I’d like to help ensure that this continues and to extend it wherever possible.


Sarah Wood

Parent Governor and Deputy Chair (Joint)

I’ve lived in Watlington for 19 years and have two children in Watlington Primary School – Caitlin in Year 6 and Gabriel in Year 3. 


I started my working career in Educational publishing in Oxford, moving into online publishing and working with the Internet since 1995.  Following several years in leadership roles with major technology and telecommunications providers, I have my own consultancy business specialising in  helping organisations get better results from their online and social media programmes.


I am passionate about the need for parents to take an active role in their children’s education, especially as we move to a more technology-driven world. I believe my digital experience can make a real difference to our school in this important area, not only in equipping our children to live safely and appropriately in the online world, but also encouraging more children to embrace and enjoy technology as a future career option.


David Marcou

Local Authority Governor

I was born and educated in London and studied the violin at the Guildhall School of Music and     Drama before joining the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 1970. My entire career has been     spent in music - as performer, orchestra chairman and music service chief executive – and           I currently work as a music education consultant and teacher. I hold a number of external   appointments, including Chair of OYAP Trust (Oxfordshire Youth Arts Partnership) and Trustee of Wallingford Sports Park.


As Chair of Governors at Icknield Community College, as well as Local Authority Governor here at Watlington Primary School, I am a passionate believer in children and young people going to school in the community in which they live. My son grew up in Watlington, where a combination of school, social and family life offered  him a secure and stimulating environment for learning and development in a rapidly changing world.


Kate Brown

Parent Governor

I’m Kate Brown and I have 2 sons at Watlington Primary School, Joshua Year 3 and Lucas in Year 1.  I’m married to Matt and we have lived in Watlington for almost 10 years.


I am a marketer with a background in food and drink, and for the last 3 years have run my own marketing consultancy business.  I bring a range of business skills to the role of school governor, including strategic planning, marketing and communications. My key aims are to increase the visibility of the school governors, develop communication between the school and parents, and ultimately help parents become more involved and understand more about the school.


Karen Byer

Parent Governor

I have lived in Watlington for 12 years with my husband Dan.  We have three boys; Freddie, Artie and Will who are currently in Year 2. 

Voluntary work has been a mainstay for most of my life; as well as being a Parent Governor I also coach junior cricket at Watlington Cricket Club and I am on the St. Leonard’s Church Christmas Tree Festival Committee - life is always busy!

I am an Assistant Head teacher, SENCo, and Governor at a primary school in Buckinghamshire. I have been teaching for 11 years; prior to teaching I worked in the City for a telecommunications company as an HR Officer. After travelling around Asia and Africa and completing a Masters in Personnel, Training and Development I realised my passion lay in teaching so I joined the PGCE course at Oxford Brookes University in 2005 and have never looked back!

I think Watlington Primary School is a fantastic place for children to learn and I’m proud to be able to support the school and Governing Body.


Peter Robinson

Co-opted Governor

My family and I have recently moved to the area having just come back from Boston, MA, USA.   We enjoyed 2 years in Boston and prior to this we lived in Monmouth, Wales, UK for ~15 years.  My daughter Elan, started in Watlington recently and my son Tom, has joined Icknield Community College.


My mother was a teacher, spending the last 15 years before retirement focused on education for children needing specialist help with sight and hearing issues. I spent much of my youth hearing about how to develop the environment to improve the engagement and opportunities for all. I have worked with General Electric (GE) for 19 years and lead Human Resources for our Life Sciences Global Commercial teams. I am part of our Commercial leadership team and have managed large scale business integrations, multi-cultural development programs, global diversity improvement projects and UK union and employee relations in my last 20+ years of HR.  A significant part of my role is to coach 1:1 our executive leaders, develop our next generation of leadership talent and support the growth of our employees across the EMEA, USCAN and Asia regions.


Jonathan Gale

Acting Head and Co-opted Governor
I have worked at Watlington Primary School for almost ten years, starting my teaching career here, and for the last two years, I have been Deputy Head and Key Stage 2 Co-ordinator. I take pride in working for such a forward-thinking and successful school, as well as collaborating with colleagues, parents and the local community.I have taught Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 and gain real satisfaction from watching children progress and reach their potential, both academically and personally.  In my spare time I enjoy running and am currently training for the my third marathon. I also enjoy skiing and spending time visiting new places.


Louise Wiltshire
Staff Governor