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.
Mrs Suzy Clark
Whilst growing up in London, I never thought I would move away from the hustle and bustle of city life. However, in 2001 my husband and I moved to Fairford Leys, where we began to raise our daughter, in a community that we have grown to love. As she is now about to attend university I feel that I would like to support the development and growth of the school which has been part of our lives for so many years.
My career started in Barclays Bank where I worked for twelve years. I carried out a range of duties from working on the tills to personal banking. After starting my family, I decided I wanted to re-train and began to work with children. While working for the local pre-school, I developed in my role from a general practitioner, to deputy leader and then finally to the pre-school leader - six years later. During this time I studied for my level 2 Certificate in ‘Pre-school Practice’ which I attained in September 2004. I then moved on to gain an NVQ3 in ‘Early Years Care and Education’ in January 2006.
I started working as a Teaching Assistant at St Mary’s in September 2007 and have worked in a range of year groups since starting. I am currently in year six where I support the children in moving on to their secondary schools and help to ensure they achieve their full potential. I feel privileged to be part of a child’s primary education, in a school where they are provided with an enriching and safe environment where they are able to learn, develop and grow. Within the school I am also the ‘Pupil Voice.’ This means I work regularly with the school’s Junior Leadership Team, House Captains, Junior Road Safety Officers and run the Playground Squad. This allows me to ensure that the children of St Mary’s are involved in the running, improving and development of their school.
As a governor, who is part of the Teaching and Learning Committee, I am passionate about children’s education. I am looking forward to being part of a team which ensures the children of St Mary’s school receive an education which allows them to flourish and become rounded individuals.
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
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.
Mr Diggory Waite
I have enjoyed a depth of experience in the volunteering sector having chaired a pre-school and two Parent Teacher Associations in the past.
I also bring with me over 20 years of business management experience in the Rail sector, both at operational and strategic levels which I use to support the Governing Board and the Senior Leadership team at the school.
I am keenly interested in diversity and equality and am actively working to promote these issues as part of our core values
Mrs Matilda Moss
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.
Mr Dan Haynes
Mrs Alison Weaver
I moved to Fairford Leys in 2000 and since then both my children attended St Mary’s School. I am a primary school teacher in a local faith school where I am also SENDCO. Previously I was a staff governor at that school for 4 years before being appointed by the Diocese of Oxford as a Foundation Governor at St Mary’s school. During my time as a governor at St Mary’s I have met with Ofsted during the most recent inspection, been SEND and Pupil Premium governor, Chair of the Learning & Teaching committee and Vice Chair of Governors. I completed the Chair of Governors Leadership Development Programme and was Chair of Governors from 2016 to 2018.
I am a dedicated governor who is passionate about making sure that all children receive a high quality, enjoyable primary education - especially those children who are in the most vulnerable of circumstances. As governors it is our duty and responsibility to support and challenge our school leaders to ensure that every child in our school community has the opportunity to develop their full potential, not just in terms of academic ability but also through the values embedded in our school ethos that enable our children to become caring and compassionate individuals.
Mrs Ruki Makin
I care passionately about our school and community and want the best for its future. I have lived on Fairford Leys for ten years with my husband and we have a daughter in Year 1. I believe it’s really important not only to act as a good role model for my daughter but also give something back to the community.
Working for Buckinghamshire County Council, I have first-hand experience of the challenges change brings to the public sector. I have seen how organisations, teams and communities can work together to evolve and continue successfully without losing their vision and identity.
I have a background in voluntary sector fundraising and income generation in the public sector and I hope to bring these skills and experience to support our school and children.
I feel privileged to have been co-opted into the position of governor. I am committed to supporting the school to ensure our children grow and develop in a safe, stable and secure environment.
Mrs Lorraine Wilde
When my husband and I moved to Fairford Leys a number of years ago I decided that I would like to become involved in St Mary’s school. The success of the school is, after all, one of the reasons we have chosen to raise a family in the area.
For many years I took my own education for granted but I have since seen the affect a poor education can have on a child. As a result I am now passionate about the provision of a good education for every child and I wanted to volunteer my services to help achieve that goal in any way I can.
I strongly believe that schooling is not just about educating a child in an academic sense, but also about providing a safe and familiar environment for them to learn important social skills, have memorable experiences and grow into well rounded people.
I have a young child who is not yet of school age and I hope to play an active part in her education when the time comes. As such I recognise the importance of the relationship between the governors the school and the parents.
Having trained and practiced in London as a solicitor for 10 years, I recently joined the property department of an Aylesbury firm. This saving in travel time enables me to spend more time with my family, and to commit time to my role within the governing body.
It has been an honour to be appointed to the board of governors and I am excited about the challenges ahead in helping the school achieve an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating
Mr Edward Constantine-Cort
I am a teacher with over ten years experience of Secondary Education. My current role is that Achievement Director of Post 16 within a large secondary school in Aylesbury.
Currently my daughter is a pupil within St Mary's. I will use my skills, knowledge and expertise to support the Governing Body to ensure that all pupils receive an outstanding education.
Mr Steve Green
St Mary's is a great school and an asset to the community. I love that the school encourages all round development of each and every child, focusing on education, as well as friendships, compassion and community.
I believe that clear direction and leadership is the key to an effective school. I have a proven track record of managing and working in a team, throughout the project lifecycle of multi-million pound contracts and driving through change in challenging times in my job as a Chartered Engineer. I have worked on her HM Navy’s Aircraft Carriers. My job involves managing a technical team, Health and Safety, legislation, budgeting and investigating new technologies, all which are transferrable to being a governor.
I will use my skills as part of the governors, to be responsible for ensuring that the school carries on moving in the excellent direction it is, and ensure that the leadership team are challenged to make the best decisions for our children’s future. My children are currently at the school, so I have a vested interest in the school for many years ahead. I was appointed Chair of Governors in June 2018.
Resigned Governors (Last 12 months)
Mrs Patricia Gurton - Resigned on 1st September, 2019