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Zoe Benyon

Zoe Benyon is a neighbour and was a school parent, having had two sons there between 2010 and 2015. She has lived in Englefield for 14 years and works in London as a jeweller. She is a member of St Mark’s congregation and a Trustee of the Ufton Court Educational Trust, The Greenham Trust and the Englefield Charitable Trust.

Bec Butler

Since the birth of their first child in 2012, Rebecca has been a homemaker and undertakes various voluntary roles in the School and at Church. Prior to this, Rebecca worked as a lawyer in the public sector for ten years, predominantly as an advocate in court, having qualified as a lawyer in a Commercial Private Practice. She graduated from the University of Bristol with a LLB in Law and German and, following that, attended Oxford Institute of Legal Practice where she completed her Legal Practice Course. She is married with two children.

Fiona Carney

I have been teaching for 21 years, having gained a BA Science Degree with Qualified Teaching Status from Warwick University in the year 2000.

My first teaching job was a Year 6 post in a large multi-cultural Junior School in Uxbridge, in the London Borough of Hillingdon. For two years I taught Year 6 and in 2002 gained promotion as Year Group Leader of Year 5. After another two years, I was moved once again to Year 4. The following 5 years at the school were spent as SENCo and Acting Deputy.

In 2009, after the birth of my daughter Katherine, my family moved west to Pangbourne. Then after a break in teaching, I became a local supply teacher at both Pangbourne Primary and Englefield CE Primary School. This type of work enabled me to experience the infant aspect of the primary age range. I was also volunteering with the local charity ABC to Read and working as a reading volunteer in Year 2 in Oxford Road Primary School in Reading.

In 2014, I applied for a permanent teaching post in Year 1 and 2 at Englefield CE Primary School. Seven years later, I am still in Year 1 and 2 at Englefield but with a very different classroom!

Jon Chishick  

Currently Diocesan Foundation Governor.

Governor since Sept 1994 (Chair of Finance Committee since 2000, Vice Chair of Governors 1998 - 2009).

Married with 3 sons, who all attended Englefield School over the period Sept 1987 to July 1999.

Chair of the PTA committee 1989-1994.

MA, FCA, Scholar of Brasenose College Oxford, Graduated 1972 with a degree in Engineering Science.

My work history includes working within Touche Ross & Co. Chartered Accountants and JP Morgan & Co. ( New York investment bank) in a variety of accounting, operations and systems management roles in London and abroad. I retired in 2001.

I was a governor at Theale Green from Sept 1996 until Aug 2013 (Chair of Governors 2005-2012) and also have also sat on various Safeguarding and pupil placement panels within West Berkshire.

Mark Etherington

Mark is currently Head of Modern Languages at Bradfield College, a post he has held for the last seven years. Originally from Shrewsbury, he graduated from Leeds University in 1996 and before joining the teaching profession worked in the wine trade and as a jazz musician. He taught in schools in Bristol and Bath for many years before moving to Berkshire in 2007. In his spare time, Mark is a family man with three young children, and when time permits, he still likes to play trombone and drums, get out on the road bike and tend the veg patch.

Paula Fenwick

On leaving school, I trained with Constance Spry, London’s leading Decorator and Florist.

I was selected for their senior team and gained extensive knowledge of Events and Decoration in the Capital working with Downing Street, Lancaster House and St James’s Palace. I moved to San Francisco for five years taking with me my English floral skills, joining Ah Sam, foremost florist serving the Bay Area.

Joining Penhaligon’s on return l became Retail Director, opening stores in Central London, the Provinces, Canada and the USA. Whilst Chairman of the Bond Street Association, we erected “The Allies", sculpture on Bond Street.

I left to start my own company, Palo Alto Flowers, specialising in Decoration and Event Management working with The Ritz, Mandarin Oriental and the Carlton Tower Hotel /The Hyatt Group.

I am married with two children and now live in Pangbourne where l support my husband, continue to keep “my fingers wet” for private clients, support Marie Curie as Patron of Berkshire, joined the congregation at St Mark’s, Englefield and am now a Church Warden.

I am Foundation Governor for Pangbourne, Sulham and Tidmarsh.

Chris Gittins, Chair of Governors

Joint PCC Foundation governor, joined the governing body in September 2016.

Special interest areas: School leadership and management

Chris Gittins is Director of the Northampton Centre for Learning Behaviour (NCfLB) at The University of Northampton. He has also held visiting fellowships at Reading, Oxford Brookes and Warwick Universities. He was previously the UK government’s lead adviser for improving behaviour and attendance and reducing violence in schools, developing national policies, strategies and programmes to support schools in all aspects of behaviour and attendance improvement and violence reduction. He has had a lifetime working in education as a teacher and headteacher with a particular interest in the wellbeing of children and the inclusion of all children in mainstream schools. Chris's own children came to Englefield, he is very supportive of our school’s values and Christian ethos as well as being strongly committed to the school's wider community living as he has done for very many years on the outskirts of Theale.

Harriet Harley

(MA Hons Dip Arch RIBA)

PCC Governor

Governor since June 2012

I am an Architect (trained at Edinburgh University), with 25 years experience in a variety of design and management roles. For the last few years I have been working freelance as I am also a parent of two children who were at the school. I have a strong interest in education and the involvement of the school within the community and the Church. I am a member of the Development Committee.

Ellie Helme

Elinor is the founder and director of Wolf Grey Interior Design which was established in 2013. Prior to this Elinor spent 13 years as a Court Reporting Forensic Scientist working for Cellmark Forensic Services and The Laboratory of the Government Chemist. During the later years of her career as a Forensic Scientist she worked on many high profile murder cases.

Elinor is originally from Cirencester in the Cotswolds. She moved to Manchester in 1995 to study and in 1998 graduated with a BSc Biomedical Science.  In 2000 she graduated from Kings College, London with an MSc Forensic Science.

In her spare time Elinor enjoys spending time with her family, running and obstacle course racing and snowboarding. She has also spent a year as Chair of the PTA at Englefield Primary School raising £17,200.

Hilary Latimer

I have been a primary school teacher for 32 years, working in a variety of schools around the Reading area, teaching classes from nursery through to Year 6. I was Headteacher of a school in Caversham for 4 years prior to the birth of my son, who is now 14. I returned to teaching as Senior Teacher at Englefield in Sept 2011 and became Headteacher in January 2018. I have served on the Governing Body since September 2013. When I'm not in school I enjoy performing in amateur musical productions and love walking and reading...I'm never without a book!

Julia Sheppard

Having trained as an Associate qualified member of the Chartered Insurance Institute, I worked for The Sun Alliance Insurance Group for twelve years as a life underwriter and pension administrator. I gave up this work in 1992 to bring up my family. I have four children, all of whom have very successfully attended Englefield Primary School.  I joined the governing body as Foundation Governor in 1995, having been asked by St. Lawrence Church in Tidmarsh, and this is a role I still enjoy to this day. When my eldest child started at the school I became a parent helper, and was then asked to undertake some learning support hours. As I enjoyed this role so much I decided to train as a primary school teacher in 2008 and I am now proud and delighted to be a Foundation Stage Teacher at Englefield. I consider the task of starting children on their academic journey a huge privilege and to welcome them into a school as special as Englefield is a great pleasure.