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Governors’ Profiles

  • Susan Wright - Chair of Governors (Co-opted Governor, May ’21 – May ’23)

    I have lived in Wash Common for over 30 years and both my son and daughter enjoyed their time at Falkland school which gave them a solid foundation for their life’s journey. I have recently given up my full-time work as head of a multi million pound university purchasing consortium and would like to use the various skills and knowledge that I have gained to help the school continue to excel in an ever more challenging environment. 

    Falkland School is an asset to the community of Wash Common and I would like to ensure that the young people continue to have a safe and stimulating environment in which to learn and develop their full potential.

    Declarations: Absolutely Procurement Ltd


  • Linda Wood - Headteacher

    I have been a teacher for 32 years and a Headteacher for 9 years. I have served on a number of governing boards in a variety of roles. I have taught all ages of children from 4 to 14. I have taught in Yorkshire, Buckinghamshire (where I was also an advisory teacher for ICT) and Berkshire.

    I welcome the knowledge of the business and education world that our governors have and freely offer for the well being of the school. I enjoy the challenge and discussion that happen in the course of governors meetings but find the very late ones more difficult to cope with as I get older!!

    Declarations of interest: None


  • Frances Rayson - Co Vice-Chair (Co-opted Governor, May ’21 – May ’23)

    I was privileged to be asked if I would like to join the Governing Board of Falkland school as a Community Governor following the departure of the previous Vicar of St George’s, who had himself been a Governor. This provided a continuing link between St George’s and the School, something that has been valued by both the Church and School over many years.
    After graduating in Economics, I worked in Local Authority Management Services and then latterly for a small healthcare company working in all areas from finance and administration to sales and marketing.
    I am now in my fourth term as Governor and it continues to be both a challenge and a pleasure. I was a member of the Curriculum Committee for three years prior to a reorganisation of the committee system and have since served as Chair of the Resources Committee, Vice-Chair of Governors and Chair of Governors until July 2017.
    I very much enjoy Governor Days in school, which provide opportunities to speak to pupils and staff and to experience daily life of Falkland School at first hand. I retired seven years ago and this has enabled me to contribute more to the school than I had previously been able to do. I am always impressed by the achievements of the children and the commitment of the staff. It is a pleasure to be associated with the school.

    Declarations of interest: None

  • Cathie Read - Co Vice-Chair (Co-opted Governor, May ’21 – May ’23)

    As an ex-parent of the school and as a retired secondary school English teacher, my focus for serving Falkland is to try to help maintain the high standards already achieved by the school. My obvious field of expertise is English and I am absolutely convinced that a sound and secure grounding in reading and writing is vital to our children’s progress, so I continue to keep a watching brief and where possible, help if I can. I am the link governor for English.

    I am Chair of the Pay Committee.

    Declarations of interest: None

  • Dan Evans - Parent Governor, Sep '19 - Sep '23

    Awaiting profile.

  • Rachel Page - Co-opted Governor, May ’21 – May ’23

    As a parent of former Falkland pupils, I was delighted to be approached to serve as a co-opted governor for Falkland, and welcome the opportunity to give something back to both the school and the local community.

    I graduated in Electronic Engineering some 25 years ago, and have spent most of my career in engineering and IT, managing projects and programmes for a range of clients from UK government agencies to multi-national organisations. Leading change and managing the transition of organisations through IT-related business change has been a key part of my working life, and I hope to be able to use this experience to support the school through whatever challenges lie ahead.

    My career, and my experience as a parent, has shown me the importance of encouraging interest in STEM subjects from an early age, but I strongly believe it is equally important to develop happy and creative children with the self-confidence to take on whatever the future holds for them. It is this ethos of developing the whole child which I have always felt is strong at Falkland, and I hope my work as a governor will continue to support this.

     Declarations of interest: Dell Technologies

  • Kirsty McKenzie - Co-opted Governor, May ’20 – May ’22

    I have lived in the Newbury area for most of my life, minus a brief period away for University, so I have a keen interest in the local area. Having two children already at Falkland, I felt I wanted to contribute to the school in some way. When the role of a Health and Safety governor was advertised I felt that my skills from working as an Architectural Technologist would fit perfectly. Part of my training and day to day working involves addressing health and safety issues, not just for site workers, but also for the general public and colleagues alike.

    I believe that these formative years for children in their learning are crucial, not just from the level and quality of teaching, but also in their environment, both physical and emotional. To be able to be part of this journey and to be able to contribute in any way I can is exciting and a great opportunity.

    I am the link governor for Health and Safety.

    Declarations of interest: None

  • Gabrielle Bowie - Parent Governor, Sep ’19 – Sep ’23

    I am originally from Norwich but after graduating from the University of St Andrews in 2009, I moved to Berkshire with my husband. We now live in Newbury with our young family. Our eldest daughter, Cecilia, started at Falkland in 2018 and our youngest, Rosalie, started in 2020. 

    After many years working in policy roles for Government Ministers in the Houses of Parliament, I took up a role in local government so that I could work closer to home. I now work at West Berkshire Council as its lead officer for economic development. My remit includes the skills agenda, inward investment, destination management and smart cities initiatives. 

    I was thrilled to have been appointed as a Parent Governor in 2019 and feel honoured to be able to play an important part in the school community.

    Declarations of interest: West Berkshire Council, Newbury Business Improvement District Community Interest Company

  • Rita Ball - Co-opted Governor, Jul ’19 – Jul '21


    I have a long association with Wash Common and was asked to join the governing board of Falkland School after I retired from full time parish ministry in the Church of England.  As part of my working life I have been a governor in primary schools, and I believe strongly in the provision of excellent, broad-based and inspiring education for all pupils.  It is a privilege to be part of the on-going life and work of Falkland School which plays such a vital role in the whole community of Wash Common.

    Declarations of interest: None

  • James Manuel - Co-opted Governor, Jan ’20 – Jan '22

    Awaiting profile.

    Declarations of interest: 

  • Andy Scott - Co-opted Governor, Dec ’20 – Jun '21


    I have been a co-opted Governor since November 2018 and am very pleased and excited to have taken on this role.

    I have lived in Newbury for a number of years, living in Wash Common during my secondary school days and returning a few years ago where I now live with my wife and two children, the eldest of which attends Falkland.

    I have been a corporate banker for a number of years now for various UK banks and I am also a qualified accountant. Given my experience and skills in finance, my interest in the community and wanting to be more involved with my son’s school, the role of governor with a focus on finance seemed like too good an opportunity to miss.

    I am passionate about being part of the Falkland community and contributing to the success and development of the school and its children.

    Declarations of interest: None

  • David Stowe - Co-opted Governor, Sep ’21 – Sep '23

    Awaiting profile.

    Declarations of interest: Ametek (UK) Ltd

  • Margaret Marsh - Co-opted Governor, Sep ’21 – Sep '23

    Awaiting profile.

    Declarations of interest: 

  • Rachel Cook - Staff Governor, Jun ’19 – Jun '23

      Awaiting profile.






    Declarations of interest: None

  • Kavashni Bamfield - Deputy Head Teacher (Associate Member Oct '17 - Oct '21)

    I was born and grew up in Durban, South Africa. In the first year, post-Apartheid, my parents made a brave decision to move into a previously ‘White only’ area in order for my siblings and I to receive a high quality standard of education in one of the many newly opened multi-racial secondary schools. My parents’ decision was deeply rooted in the value they placed on education. Their importance on education continues to resonate within me and so it was little surprise when I chose to study to become a teacher. I have been teaching for 14 years across South Africa, Denmark and now in England. Before coming to Falkland School, I spent 9 years teaching in a challenging, inner London school and spent several years as a leading mathematics teacher. I am passionate about teaching mathematics. After having our first child, who attends Falkland School, we decided to swap our busy lives in London for a much quieter life in Newbury. It was a very conscious decision to be fully immersed in life within and out of school as both as a teacher and a parent at Falkland. We continue to enjoy being part of the Wash Common community.

    Declarations of interest: None

  • Laura Dove - Inclusion Manager (Associate Member Oct '17 - Oct '21)

    I was born in Berkshire but moved to Hong Kong as a small child where I lived until I was 15. My family then moved back to Reading and I went to the local secondary school. I have be fortunate enough to experience a variety of schools during my childhood and teenage years and I knew that I always wanted to be a teacher. I went to university in Bristol and have been a qualified teacher for 16 years. I have taught in Hampshire and Berkshire and have always had an interest in special educational needs. I became a SENCo 10 years ago and since then have worked in a special school as well as in mainstream schools. I have only been at Falkland for a little over a year but already feel very much part of the Falkland family.

    Declarations of interest: None

  • Carol Hawkins - School Business Manager (Associate Member Dec '18 - Dec '22)

    I have been associated with Falkland Primary School since my two sons attended. I was elected a Parent Governor and enjoyed the chance to enhance and influence the education and direction of the school for 14 years. In 2009, I was delighted to be appointed as the Administration Manager and continued to study, achieving my Certificate of School Management. My role is a combination of strategic planning, health and safety management, HR and everything child centred - medicines, dinners, lost teeth, starting or moving school and a myriad of other everyday occurrences! I am looking forward to serving as an associate governor as I believe our children only get one chance for a good education and we need to make sure we strive to make sure that happens at Falkland.




    Declarations of interest: None

  • Andrew Jenkins - Associate Member, Sep '21 - Sep '25





    Declarations of interest: 

  • Alison Atkinson - Clerk to Governors

    Appointed by the governing board, I am responsible for advising the board on their constitutional and procedural matters and ensuring compliance within the relevant governance legislation. I also work to ensure the governing board operates efficiently and effectively.
    I have been Clerk to Governors at Falkland Primary School since March 2017.

    Declarations of interest: None



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