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Meet the Governors

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each current Governor and for those whose term of office ended during the past year.

GB Composition : 2 x Parent Governors, 1 x Local Authority Governor, 1 x Staff Governor, 1 x Headteacher Governor, 7 x Foundation Governors.

We are also extremely fortunate to have the assistance of guests and Associate Governors on Committees who do not have voting rights as such, Miss Amanda Morris, Margaret Lucey - appointed School Business Manager in March 2020 and Mr Rob Briggs. We are currently recruiting a new LA Governor and have recently appointed a new Staff Governor - work in progress.


We are pleased to introduce our Governors : 

Ms Marina Burdyga, Previously LA Governor with Wokingham Borough Council and more recently appointed as Foundation Governor with the Diocese, (9.12.21) she is a member of Resources, and Teaching & Learning Committees.    Declared interest : none.

About Marina ....

I am originally from Russia and I relocated to the UK due to family reasons in spring of 2016. I have two university degrees, the first one is in English language and in the beginning of my career I used to work as a teacher of English as a foreign language. My second degree is in Economics and for the last 11 years I have been working in Finance and Accounting, mostly in Clinical Research and Pharmaceutical companies. I have two children, my daughter joined Reception year at All Saints school in September of 2016. I was appointed as a Associate Governor in November 2016 and then as LA Governor in October 2017, I am the Inclusion Governor.


Mr Andrew Butler, Parent Governor has been recently reappointed by All Saints Governors, term of office to October 2024, a member of Resources and Admissions Committees. Designated Governor for Safeguarding.   Declared interest : none

About Andrew ....

I am an Architectural Designer and Planning Consultant and a company director of a family practice based in Wokingham. I am married and have two boys who attend the school. My wife and I were born in Wokingham and have lived here pretty much all our lives. We were married at All Saints Church and as babies we were both Christened there, so it was appropriate that both our boys were also Christened there to join the All Saints Church family. I have always been a keen sportsman although in more recent years the pace has slowed a little but I still enjoy getting out onto a golf course whenever possible. I was voted in as Parent Governor in October 2016 and I am currently a member of the Resources Committee and also the Safeguarding Governor.

Mr Rob Dawson, Foundation Governor, term of office October 2018 to October 2022, appointed by the Diocese and All Saints Governors and is a member of Resources and Admissions Committees.   Declared interest : married to member of teaching staff in the school.  

About Rob ....

Foundation governor, chair of resources committee, Health & Safety, Premises and IT governor. My two daughters attend All Saints and my wife is also a teacher making us all very active members of the school family. I am an Account Executive for Dell in Bracknell and have lived in Wokingham for 30 years. In my spare time I enjoy Mountain Biking, DIY and building things in the garden.

Canon David Hodgson, Ex-Officio Foundation Governor, appointed September 2008 by the Diocese. Member of Teaching & Learning Committee.   Declared interest : none.    

About David ....

I've been Rector of the Parish of All Saints since 1997. Married to Lorraine with three children (grown-up) and 4 grandsons. Two of our own children attended the school (then Palmer). I serve on the Teaching and Learning Committee, and I am the governor for RE and Collective Worship and I lead a Collective Worship session at the school most Wednesday mornings.


Miss Amanda Morris has recently resigned as a Foundation Governor (appointed by the Diocese and All Saints Governors, term of office December 2019 to December 2023) to become an Associate Governor to the school.    Declared interest : none.

About Amanda ....

My name is Amanda, and I'm one of the newest Governors.  I live in Wokingham and attend All Saints Church on a regular basis.  I have two grown up children who attended All Saints School from 2001 until 2011.  During their time at the school, I was involved quite a bit including the PTA, helping to run the Cycling Proficiency Course, going on school trips and manning the outdoor pool during the summer months.  Although my career is not in Education (I'm a Holistic Therapist), I will make decisions based on what is best for the children.  I think All Saints School is a lovely little school with a very good Head and I am proud to be part of it again.


Mrs Rebecca Reed, Staff Governor, appointed in January 2022Declared Interest: none.

About Rebecca.....

After studying History of Art and Science at Leeds and Oxford Universities, I worked as a conference, exhibition and project organiser and administrator in the public sector in London for many years. In 2005, I began to specialise in legal aspects of administration and moved to Wokingham to start a family.

Both of my, now teenage, children went to All Saints Primary and when they were at school full-time, I volunteered and then worked at the school as a part time TA and Nurture Assistant. After some years combining this with working as an Adviser and Supervisor at Citizens Advice, I completed my PGCE at Reading University in the summer of 2019. Since then, I have been teaching in Key Stage 1 at All Saints, getting to grips with in-person and virtual teaching simultaneously. I am passionate about teaching and believe firmly that our children deserve the best learning experiences and opportunities we can offer to give them very best possible start in life.

My hobbies are reading, exploring museums and galleries, walking with my friends and family and karate.


Mrs Yvonne Nyamapfene, Parent Governor, appointed by the parents and Governors of All Saints Primary term of office December 2018 to December 2022.   Declared Interests: none.

About Yvonne ....

I was born and raised in Zimbabwe, migrated to England in 2000.   I am married to Andrew and have 2 vibrant children who attend All Saints.  I am a Qualified Mental Health practitioner working for the NHS in Berkshire and actively involved in the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Network. There are areas where my knowledge, skills and experience would be of benefit to the school. I’m open to learning and developing in the governor role. I enjoy travelling, cooking and playing sports.

Mr Steve Smith, Foundation Governor and ex- Chair of Governors, initially commenced his term of office from January 2012 to January 2016 and was reappointed by the Diocese and All Saints twice thereafter, current term of office ending December 2021. He was re-elected as Chair in September 2019, relinquishing the role of Chair in the later part of the Autumn Term 2021, but remaining as a fully active Governor. Declared interest : none.

About Steve .... 

I worked in Information Technology for 38 years, most of them for Hewlett-Packard. I am now retired but still working occasionally part-time. I attend All Saints Church, who nominated me as a foundation governor. I am married (to a former maths teacher) and have three grown-up children and six grandchildren. My wife and I are both long-time bellringers. I have been a governor since January 2012 and since September 2018 I've been elected as Chair of Governors.


Mrs Tracey Stanton, Headteacher, term of office commenced September 2017, member of all committees.  Declared interest : none.






Mrs Krissie Sutherland was appointed as a Foundation Governor by the Diocese and All Saints Governors with effect from 16 December 2019 to 15 December 2023  Declared interest : none.     

About Krissie ....

I grew fairly locally up in Camberley and back down to Wokingham about 7 years ago. Since then I have got married and had 3 children.  I currently work as an English teacher in a local secondary school and have been lucky enough to work in several other schools in the area. I have a degree in English and French and a further Masters degree in Education. Much of my spare time is taken up by sport. I was an enthusiastic rugby player until a knee injury meant this was no longer possible so I now enjoy more gentle pursuits such as running and netball. I also attend All Saints church regularly with my family.


Mrs Sandra Symms was appointed as a Foundation Governor by the Diocese and All Saints Governors with effect from 16 December 2019 to 15 December 2023 ....Declared interest : none.

About Sandra ....

I have enjoyed a successful and rewarding career in primary education and was the Headteacher of a C of E (Aided) Primary School in Wokingham, Berkshire for 9 years. Prior to becoming a Headteacher I was the Deputy Head of a church school in Hampshire. 

I completed my training to become an inspector of church schools in 2013 and since then I have enjoyed inspecting many church schools across the Oxford Diocese. I am a member of Wokingham Baptist Church.

I am married with two grown up children who are both teachers and I have 4 grandchildren. I have lived in Wokingham for 28 years and enjoy many activities such as walking, travel, knitting, crochet, reading and cooking. I am a volunteer with the Guide Dogs charity and over the years my husband and I have boarded guide dogs whilst they are on their basic and advanced training. I am also a volunteer speaker for Guide Dogs and enjoy visiting many local groups to talk about the work of the charity.


Mrs Mandy Wilton was appointed by the Diocese and All Saints Governors as Foundation Governor in November 2018 with term of office running to November 2022. Mandy currently assumes the Role of Vice Chair and is temporarily covering the role of Chair, whilst this position is being formally progressed. Declared interest : none.                                         

About Mandy .... 

I am the head teacher of Cranbury College. Cranbury College is a Pupil Referral Unit and Alternative Education provision for young people (5 - 18 years) in the Reading area.  At All Saints I am Chair of the Teaching & Learning Committee.




Miss Nathalie Moss, stood down as Staff Governor in October 2021. 

Mrs Anwen Page, Parent Governor, formally resigned from office June 2020, having been an Associate Member and previously served as Chair of Governor. 


Mr Doug Colwill, recently retired as a long standing Foundation Governor and an Associate from 2.12.19, with full term of office July 2016 to July 2020, a member of Resources Committee. 


Governors can be contacted via the Clerk to Governors, Mrs Dawn Garside, at the school office on 0118 978 7173 or at


The governing body is responsible for making important decisions that enables our school to improve and develop. The governing body works closely with Wokingham Local Authority, Oxford Diocese and the Headteacher, who is responsible for the day to day management of the school.

The governing body works as a team; individually governors have no powers or responsibility. They work collectively to support the school and improve the quality of education in our school. Governing is about opening doors to education opportunities. It is challenging and rewarding work.

The All Saints governing body consists of volunteers who come from a variety of backgrounds across the whole community. They are people with an interest in education who simply want to make a contribution, and include:

  • Parent Governors elected by parents of children at the school;
  • The Headteacher;
  • Staff Governors, elected by the school staff;
  • Foundation Governors, appointed by the Diocese of Oxford;
  • Local Authority Governors, appointed by the Wokingham Local Authority
  • Associate Governors, appointed by the school they actively support the team of Governors but do not have voting rights. If you are interested to learn a little more about this role, observe a meeting or inquire about offering your professional skills to the team voluntarily please contact Dawn Garside via 

It is not necessary for every Foundation Governor to be an active member of a local Church as long as they have the relevant skills, experience, energy and interest. Foundation Governors do need to have a clear commitment to upholding and fostering the school’s distinctive ethos and values.

What do our governors do?

The Governing body makes decisions about:

  • Setting the schools aims and policies;
  • Raising standards of achievement;
  • Making sure the money is spent wisely;
  • Appointing senior staff;
  • Improving the school environment;
  • Making sure all pupils receive rights to all education opportunities.

Governors also:

  • Support school activities
  • Visit the school on behalf of the governing body;
  • Promote their school in the community.

Being an All Saints School Governor

School governors are people like you. Your contribution can make a difference to the future of children in our school.

What qualities do I need?

Commitment and common sense are the important qualities that governors bring to their schools - you do not have to have formal qualifications or experience in education, finance or management, although these skills will always be welcome.

To be an effective governor you need to:

  • Have an interest in education, schools and young people;
  • Be able to listen to other people's views, to discuss them and then to form your own judgements;
  • Be willing to support the decisions taken by the whole governing body;
  • Have time to play your full part in the work of the governing body;
  • Be willing to learn.

If you have any of these qualities, you will almost certainly enjoy being a school governor.

What will I get from being a governor?

Most people who become governors find they get a great deal of satisfaction from it. They feel they are making a contribution that has a real effect on the education of local children and young people, they meet a lot of new people and learn new skills which are useful in other aspects of their lives.

What does it involve?

The governing body meets at least once a term. We also have sub-committees to deal in more detail with specific aspects of the School’s activities – such as Teaching & Learning, Resources and Admissions. Whenever possible we ask teachers to come and talk to us at our meetings, so we can learn from their expertise. We also try to visit the school when we can. Apart from governing body meetings, which are held at the school, usually in the evening or late afternoon, governors also need to set aside time for reading papers, visiting the school and attending training.

Many employers value their employees giving something back to their communities and as an employee, you are allowed reasonable time off for governor duties.

How do I become a governor?

Parent Governor - parents or legal carers can put their name forward for election. School will inform all parents and carers when a vacancy arises

Staff Governor – put your name forward for election in school when a vacancy arises

Foundation Governor – contact school, All Saints Church or the Oxford Diocese to register your interest.

Authority Governor – contact Wokingham Governor Services to register your interest

The Clerk to Governors can help you find out more.