Governors and Clerk

Dr Adrian Garcia-Sierra

Chair of Governors

Local Authority Governor appointed by the Governing Board and LA

Term of Office: 18/07/19 - 17/07/22

Register of Interests: None

2017/18 meeting attendance: 7/7 FGB; Resources and Premises 6/6

Experience

20+ years in marketing/IT, currently managing the website of the world's largest building society.

Gained PhD in e-commerce in 2000.

Broad commercial experience as company director with a particular emphasis on communications and efficient utilisation of technology.

Two children still in education, one at JRJ.

Responsibilities

Chair of Governors.

Member of Resources and Premises Committee.

Link governor for Finance


Tessa Roots

Vice Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor appointed by the Governing Board

Term of Office: 13/06/19 - 5/06/22

Register of Interests: None

2017/18 meeting attendance: 7/7 FGB

Teaching and Learning: 2/2

Experience

15 years of sales, events and communications experience.

Current employment for an education charity who work with schools across the country to raise the attainment of the lowest achieving 20% and to build effective relationships with parents.

Two daughters at John Rankin schools.

Responsibilities

Chair of Teaching and Learning Committee.

Link governor for Governor Training and Development.

Link governor for SEND (which includes looked-after children, able, gifted and talented, and inclusion), and Pupil Premium Grant.


Simon Butler

Co-opted Governor appointed by the Governing Board

Term of Office:15/06/19 - 14/06/22

Register of Interests: None

2017/18 meeting attendance: 4/7 FGB; Resources and Premises 4/6

Experience

Worked in IT, media and telecoms for 20+ years.

Founder/MD of a software technology agency.

Responsibilities

Member of Resources and Premises Committee and Chair of the Pay Committee.

Link governor for ICT, Website and Computing.

Link governor for Health and Safety.

Joint link governor for PHSE, Science and Sport Premium.


David Marsh

Co-opted Governor appointed by the Governing Board

Term of Office: 28/03/17 - 27/03/20

Register of Interests: Local Councillor at West Berkshire District Council

2016/17 meeting attendance: 6/7 FGB; Teaching and Learning 2/2

Experience

National newspaper journalist for 30 years, most recently 20 years as a senior editor with The Guardian.

Author of several language books, including For Who the Bell Tolls: the Essential and Entertaining Guide to Grammar (2013).

Former elected parent governor and vice-chair of governors at a primary school in Kent.

Former external examiner, Department of Journalism Studies, University of Sheffield.

Parent of one child currently at JRI.

Responsibilities

Member of Teaching and Learning Committee.

Link governor for English.


Felix Rayner

Executive Headteacher

Ex-officio Governor 

Term of Office: From 01/09/2016

Register of Interests: None

2017/18 meeting attendance: 7/7 FGB; Resources and Premises 6/6;  Teaching and Learning: 2/2

Experience

22 years' experience as a teacher and school leader. Has successfully led a range of schools from small village schools to large urban schools. Is a trained Ofsted Inspector.

Has two children of primary school age in local West Berkshire schools.

Responsibilities

Member of all committees. 


Gerry McAnally

Co-opted Governor appointed by the Governing Board

Term of Office: 01/12/16 - 30/11/19

Register of Interests: None

2017/18 meeting attendance: 7/7 FGB; Resources and Premises 6/6

Experience

A Chartered and European Patent Attorney, working in-house for a multinational healthcare company.

15 years' experience advising on Intellectual Property in both private and public sectors.

Worked for several years as a research chemist before retraining as a Patent Attorney.

Undergraduate degree in Forensic Chemistry and a PhD in Chemistry.

Three children currently at John Rankin Schools.

Responsibilities

Chair of Resources and Premises Committee.


Hannah Cooper

Co-opted Governor appointed by the Governing Board

Term of Office:01/12/16 - 30/11/19

Register of Interests: None

2017/18 meeting attendance: 4/7 FGB; Resources and Premises 5/6

Experience

Has one daughter currently at John Rankin, and one who recently finished.

Has worked 15+ years in business in a commercial finance and strategic planning role. Also has previous experience of working as a trustee to small charities.

Experience of running various children's groups through church and various community projects.

Responsibilities

Member of Resources and Premises Committee.


Lauren Demeza

Staff Governor elected by staff

Term of Office: 26/11/16 - 25/11/19

Register of Interests: None

2017/18 meeting attendance: 6/7 FGB; Teaching and Learning 1/2

Experience

Teacher for 5 years.

Phase Leader for 1 year. Acting SENCo for 2 terms. Teaching Assistant for 2 years. Worker/manager of After School Club for 1 year.

Responsibilities

Member of Teaching and Learning Committee.

Link governor for Maths.


Rachel Mairs

Co-opted Governor appointed by the Governing Board

Term of Office: 11/10/2018 - 10/10/2021

Register of Interests: None

Responsibilities

Member of Teaching and Learning Committee.


Sarah Whatmore

Co-opted Governor appointed by the Governing Board

Term of Office:01/12/16 - 30/11/19

Register of Interests: None

2017/18 meeting attendance: 7/7 FGB; Teaching and Learning 2/2

Experience

Qualified teacher; over 20 years' experience with children from 0 - 7 years old.

Current employment for West Berkshire Early Years Team and Looked After Children’s Education Services.

Two grown up sons.

Responsibilities

Member of Teaching and Learning Committee.

Link governor for Early Years.

Link governor for Safeguarding.


Natalie Ivey

Parent Governor elected by Parents

Term of Office: 23/05/2019 - 22/05/2022

Register of Interests: None

Experience

I am a qualified primary teacher, working in Hampshire, West Berkshire and Reading over a 19-year period, including 14 years within school leadership including as a Headteacher.

I have worked as a Maths inspector and Advisor for Hampshire LA providing school improvement services to Primary schools. I also work with the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire (BBO) Maths Hub providing training and leading projects to develop Maths in schools within the region.

Experience in Initial teacher training and currently do some work for West Berkshire LA, supporting newly qualified teachers in their induction period. 

I have served as a staff governor on governing bodies in other schools in Hampshire and West Berkshire in previous employment.

I have two children within the John Rankin Schools.

Responsibilities

Member of Teaching and Learning Committee.


Christina Pummell

Clerk to the Governors

Experience

Worked as an administrator and legal secretary in a local law firm for eight years.

Has two children and spent five years being a full-time parent.

Responsibilities

Advise the governing body on constitutional and procedural matters, duties and powers, ensuring compliance with the relevant governance legislation.

Provide high quality, confidential administrative support.

Ensure the continuity of governing body business and recommend good practice.


Associate members


Ray Jones 

(Site Controller) appointed by the Governing Board

Term of Office: 07/01/16 - 06/01/20

Register of Interests: None

Committee responsibility

Resources and Premises Committee.


Previous Governors (who have been on the Governing Board within the last 12 months): 

Amy Watkins

Alasdair Pearson

Barbara Sandford