Falkland Primary School

Governors’ Profiles

Frances RaysonFrancesRayson

Co-opted Governor, Jul ’17 – Jul ’19
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.

I am a member of the Resources Committee.

Declarations of interest: None

Cathie ReadCathieRead

(Co-opted Governor, Jul ’17 – Jul ’19)
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 a member of the Resources Committee and Chair of the Pay Committee.

Declarations of interest: None

Linda Wood, Head Teacher

I have been a teacher for 32 years and a Headteacher for 8 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!!


I am a member of the Resources Committee.

Declarations of interest: None


Emily Langdon, Chair of GovernorsEmilyLangdon

(Co-opted Governor, Jul ’17 – Jul ’19)
Professionally, having spent 19 years working within Hampshire Constabulary in a variety of roles from emergency response to child protection, custody and most recently in neighbourhood and prevention I have worked with children, not always in the best of places, convincing me of the vital importance, for all children, of having a positive and supportive educational experience.

Having worked in leadership roles since 2004 I have had experience in professional development, safeguarding and recruitment which has enables me to support these important processes effectively within the school.

During my time as a parent governor, as Chair of the Premises Committee, it was fantastic to be able help to meet the challenges of re-roofing and insulating the main school, improving playground and classroom facilities and to bring the ten year ‘sports hall project’ finally to reality. As a Parent Governor I also undertook various roles including, but not exclusively: Resources Committee member; Staffing Governor; Eco Governor and latterly Chair of Governors.

Having trained hard and learnt much about governance over this time and having really enjoyed working with the “Falkland Team”, I remain committed to supporting Falkland School’s fantastic staff and pupils and am delighted to be able to continue to do so as a co-opted Governor on the resources committee and as link governor for HR.

Governor training completed in 2016: Head Teacher Performance Management; Accountability in Action; PREVENT. Relevant training completed through work in 2016: Leading with Impact; CSE/FGM/HBV training.

I am a member of the Resources Committee and the link governor for HR and Communications.

Declarations of interest: Employed by Hampshire Police

Chris Mabbatt

(Parent Governor, Mar ’15 – Mar ’19)ChrisMabbatt_CroppedPhoto

Having a child is the most wonderful thing that has ever happened to me and I am keen to use my skills and experience to make a positive contribution to children’s education.  I have 20 years’ experience in procurement roles currently working for Guide Dogs.  I also have fundraising experience at a previous school raising much needed funds. I read in school several times a week which I find so rewarding and I help out at school events. I am passionate about volunteering and I have been a volunteer for Crisis and several other charities, I am currently a volunteer for Hearing Dogs and Loose Ends. I have also been a volunteer for the National Autistic Society working with children that have autism who are in mainstream education, so I have some idea of the challenges faced by these children in their school life. I have hopefully shown how committed I am in supporting the school and I will have the same level of commitment to enable me to be an effective governor.

I am currently a member of the Premises Committee and the Eco link governor.

Declarations of interest: None

Kirsty McKenziekirstymck_sml1

(Co-opted Governor, May ’16 – May ’18)

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, and another due to start in Reception in September, 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 a member of the Premises Committee and the link governor for Health and Safety.







Rachel Spillane

RachelSpillane (Parent Governor, Nov ’15 – Nov ’19)
After many years of being involved with school uniform, and helping with reading and times tables I applied to become a parent governor and was successfully elected in October 2012.
Having five children I am fairly familiar with the school and staff, and with a background in teaching I aim to support parents, pupils and teachers.
My link governor responsibility is for Special Educational Needs and Maths. I am also a member of the Premises Committee.

Declarations of interest: None

Kimberley TileyKimberley Tiley, Co Vice-Chair

(Parent Governor, Nov ’15 – Nov ’17)

I was elected to the role of Parent Governor in November 2015.  I have lived in Wash Common for over ten years and play an active role in our local community through St George’s Church and supporting Cubs and Beavers.  I have two sons at Falkland, one of who has complex special education needs so through the years, I have developed very strong relationships with many of the teachers, teaching assistants, and the SEN team.  We have had a positive experience and try to work in partnership with the school to ensure my children have every opportunity to excel.  I’m keen to utilise my personal experience as well as my professional skills in supporting the school.  One of the most significant national challenges in education is the recruitment and retention of teachers and I am confident I can provide support in this area, as well as others.  I am a head-hunter with over 18 years’ experience recruiting senior, high performing professionals which has given me extensive exposure to strong leadership teams and I am hoping to utilise my skills and experience in tackling this issue.

Declarations of interest: None

Sam Sale

(Staff Governor, Jan ’17 – Jan 21)

Declarations of interest: None

Peter Tompkins Peter Tompkins Image

(Associate Member, Jul ’17 – Jul ’19)                                  

My son Ralf joined Falkland last year and his younger siblings will hopefully be joining in the coming years.  I would like to provide help and support to the brilliant teachers, staff and children at Falkland over the coming years. I have developed leadership, management and finance experience through my professional life, as well as good ICT knowledge. I am an architect and live and breathe buildings, and understand how important they can be in supporting a healthy and creative learning environment.  I have been in practice locally for the last 10 years during which time I have served as RIBA Berkshire branch Chairman, as well as supporting several local voluntary groups to achieve better buildings for their purposes.

Declarations of interest: Director of Tompkins Rygole Ltd.

Peter is an Associate Member for matters relating to Academisation and Premises.

Dan Tree, Co Vice-Chair

(Parent Governor, Nov ’16 – Nov ’20)DanTree

I am a parent governor, first elected in October 2012 and subsequently re-elected in 2016. My two daughters Libby and Imogen both currently attend the school. I am Head of Physical Education at Park House School and have previously been the Sports Coordinator there which involved close working with staff and pupils at Falkland in various sporting guises. When Libby started at Falkland I wanted to use my educational experience to give something back to the school and put myself forward for election as a governor.
I very much enjoy being a “critical friend” to the school and working with other governors to provide the best possible educational experience for our sons and daughters.
I am Chair of the Resources Committee and am also the link governor for PE and Sport.

Declarations of interest: None


Kavashni Bamfield - Acting Deputy Head

Kavashni Bamfield, Acting Deputy Head Teacher

(Associate Member, Oct ’15 – Oct ’19)
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


Mr Ken Hillerton - AHT Year 5 Kennet

Ken Hillerton, Assistant Head Teacher
(Associate Member, Jan ’15 – Jan ’19)

I really enjoy being a teacher and love the challenge that comes with my role on the SLT. Falkland is such a brilliant place to work because everybody involved with the school really cares. I really enjoy teaching Maths and English but my real passions lie in PE and Computing. I grew up in West Berkshire and played rugby for Thatcham Minis and then took up golf where I was Junior Captain at Newbury Racecourse before I took on the role of Junior Co-Ordinator at age 18. This really got me into helping young people and drove me towards the decision to become a teacher. I still love my job and am pleased to be working with such a dedicated group of governors.

Liz TuckerLizTuckerPhoto2

Clerk to the Governors

Appointed by the governing board, I am responsible for advising the board on their constitutional and procedural matters, ensuring compliance within the relevant governance legislation. I also work to ensure the governing board operates efficiently and effectively.
I have been Clerk to the Governors at Falkland Primary School since December 2014.

Declarations of interest: None


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