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Meet the Governors

Mr Robert Brown


Chair of Governors


I have worked in the commercial property maintenance / facilities management industry for 20+ years and have a strong Health & Safety background.

My two nephews have been through the school and my sister has also worked in the office so I feel a strong connection to the school and want it to continue to thrive.

I have held a number of positions as a Governor and am currently involved with the Resources committee as Vice-Chair along with being Health & Safety / Premises Governor.

I also sit on the panel that carries out the appraisals of our Head Teacher.

I am very proud of our school but also feel there is a lot more that the school and the governors could achieve and I am keen to play my part in helping us all achieve our goals.

Mr David Liddle




By virtue of my appointment as headteacher I am a voting member of the governing body St Mary's and I attend all meetings of the full governing body and the committees.

Rev Anthony Howells


Foundation Governor


I was appointed as a Governor of St. Mary’s when I took up the role of Minister of The Church on Fairford Leys in September 2010. I served as a Community Governor for 10 years in my previous post. I have always had close links with the primary schools in my community, and have fostered good relationships between the organisations. I lead the collective worship assembly at the school on most Thursday afternoons and this gives me another opportunity to meet pupils and staff.

Before Ordination I trained in Electronic Engineering and worked for a number of software companies, before moving into IT systems in the financial sector. I retain an interest in IT and technology and support the school in the provision of high quality and innovative teaching resources.

I act as the link Governor for numeracy, as I have a particular interest in maths and science. I attend the Learning and Teaching committee, the Strategic working group, and joined other Governors at the 2015 meeting with Ofsted inspectors.

I am keen to ensure that the school provides opportunities for children to explore a wide range of learning experiences; I believe music in schools is something that should be better resourced nationally, and run the St. Mary’s chess club.

Mrs Matilda Moss


Parent Governor


I currently have two children at St. Mary’s, one in year 4 and the other in year 2.

Aside from being a parent, I also work full time, and I’ve worked at Buckinghamshire County Council for the past 15 years. I’m currently Head of Integrated Commissioning across the Council and Clinical Commissioning Group. My service commissions a range of social care and health based services for children and adults.

Prior to that I managed the Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board, so I have a good understanding of safeguarding processes, including within schools. I’ve had various other roles within the council, including supporting the Council’s community cohesion and equalities agenda. My very first role in the Council was within school improvement, where I supported the roll out a range of government policies.

I’ve lived local to Aylesbury for most of my life. I grew up and went to school in Thame and moved to Aylesbury after university to take up my first job with the Council. My family enjoys living on Fairford Leys and a large part of that is down to the sense of community and the friendships we have here – and St Mary’s has played a big part in that. Through taking on the role of governor I look forward to supporting the school and all the children who benefit from attending.

Miss Aiysha Ilyas

Staff Governor


I started working at St Mary's in 2017 as I took on the role of a Teaching Assistant. After gaining some experience in a school setting, I completed an Initial Teacher Training course where I was based at St Mary's as my main placement school. Once I had completed my training, I became a class teacher in Year 4. I am now in my third year of teaching in Year 4 as well as PSHE lead. I have gained a considerable amount of experience during my time at St Mary's from the opportunities I have had. I look forward to supporting the school in this new role. 

Mrs Sarah Biswell


Skills Governor


I have been a Governor in another ODBST School for 5 years and have gained a varied amount of experience during that time, which I hope will add to this hard working and driven governing body at St. Mary's . I live near Buckingham but was born and raised in Aylesbury so I know the town very well.  


Prior to leaving work to have our daughter, I worked in the financial sector, latterly as an Account Manager for a national firm of financial advisers offering investment and pension advice to the corporate market.  In my spare time I am an avid vegetable grower, chicken keeper and hoping to be a bee keeper in the near future. 


Being a Governor gives you insight into how our young people have not only become resilient in the last few years but how their optimism for the future shines as a light to everyone involved in the school environment. 

Resigned Governors (Last 12 months)


Mr Daniel Haynes (November 2021)

Mrs Lorraine Wilde (April 2022)

Mr Steve Green (July 2022)

Mr Diggory Waite (November 2022)