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School Governors

Chair of Governors and Parent Governor

Nicola Bruce

I am very proud to have been elected as a parent governor in 2016 and pleased to have the opportunity to be involved in creating the future at Bearwood Primary School. I've enjoyed getting to know so many of the parents in the playground, since my children joined Bearwood in 2013 and I look forward to meeting more over the next five years. As well as being a Mum, I also enjoy a challenging career at National Grid and my work life balance is very important to me. I have a degree in electrical engineering and enjoy being able to share my passion for this with the children at school events, such as Science Day. I am the Chair of Governors, a member of the Resource Committee, Pay and Performance Management Committee, Pupil Progress Committee and the link Governor for EYFS. I am enjoying supporting the school on a continuous journey of improvement.

Vice Chair of Governors and  Local Authority Governor

Christine Smart

I’m very keen to be part of the Bearwood team and take an active and supporting role as a Governor.  I live close to the school, in Finchampstead, with my husband, having moved to the area in 1995.  I’m an Accountant with 25 years’ experience, largely working in the hi tech sector.  I currently work in a specialized global accounting role for a major hi tech company,  writing and reviewing policy, running training courses and generally advising the business on accounting related issues.  Prior to this I was a Financial Controller, managing the accounting function, budgeting, forecasting and preparing management and statutory accounts.  I largely work from home and my company are very supportive of my spending time working within the community.  I have experience of being a Governor in another school in the area, where I was the Chair of Finance and Deputy Chair.  I was also part of the strategy committee, the administration project group and I worked with a small team to help market the school.

Co-Opted Governors 

Rachelle Shepherd DuBey 

I am a Borough and Parish Councillor and I was keen to be a governor at a school in my ward. I wanted to use my MAEd degree in Science Education to help my community. Before becoming a governor at Bearwood I was involved in a parent consultation on school places in Winnersh. This resulted in the new Wheatfield school and the decision not to go forward with the Hatch Farm Dairies School. I have been a governor since March 2014. My professional background is Counselling and Psychotherapy. As a Councillor I mainly cover planning, transport and health. My  interests are computers, politics and my dog, my cats and healthy exercise.

Claire Sanderson

I have two children at Bearwood Primary School and l joined the Governing Body in 2016. I am a qualified Chartered Accountant and work as a Finance Business Partner in the Telecoms industry and I am looking to use my financial and analytical skills to help support the school. I volunteered to be a governor because I wanted to contribute to the further development of the school. I am passionate about achieving the best possible school experience for our children, to give them the best possible foundation for a happy life ahead and to encourage them to enjoy learning.

Rachel Bishop-Firth

I became part of the team of governors in 2017 and have taken on the role of supporting safeguarding for the children at Bearwood Primary.  I have over 25 years’ experience in HR and am the mother of two children who were educated in the Wokingham Borough.  I look forward to using this experience to support the school as it continues to develop to provide the best possible education to our local children.

Michael Thompson 

I joined the governors in May 2018 and I'm currently on the resource committee and the maths link governor. My day job is a Financial Adviser specialising in pensions and investments. Within my life I've gained a strong appreciation for education and a firm believer in life long learning and helping others reach their full potential in whatever form that takes.

Susan Jones

I grew up in Winnersh and am an ex pupil of Bearwood Primary School. My 2 daughters were educated in the Wokingham borough before we moved to South Gloucestershire with my husband’s job. I am a retired primary school teacher with experience of teaching all ages from 4-11, mostly in the London Borough of Sutton and in South Gloucestershire. Now back in Wokingham I hope to play an active part in school life and be able to use my experience to support the school in its continued development. I am a member of the Pupil Progress committee and  the Link Governor for KS1.

Jonathan Olaofe

Jonathan has over 25 years’ experience across youth, careers planning/ education, business support and regeneration sectors, with strong background in strategic management and partnership development.

He worked at Woking Borough Council as the Project Lead on a youth employability programme. He was CEO of Surrey Connexions Partnership (a careers advice service) for over 8 years. Jonathan is also a member of the Surrey High Sherriff Youth Council as well as a Trustee of Adviza, the leading employment support charity in the Thames Valley. He became a School Governor at Bearwood Primary School in November 2018.


Parent Governors 

 Rajan Sharma

I joined the governing body in Dec 17 as an elected parent governor. I am a UKS2 link Governor and also a member of the Pupils Progress Committee. I am a qualified Chartered Accountant and work as EMEA Financial Controller in a leading multinational company. I believe in leaving a positive legacy for the future generation and giving back to the community. As parent to a year 1 pupil, I joined the governing body to provide appropriate support, guidance, innovative ideas and constructive feedback to ensure the school thrives as a leading primary school in the area.


Staff Governor

Katrina Stephenson

I am excited to be a staff governor at Bearwood, and look forward to taking an active role in supporting the school from a different perspective. I joined the staff in September, teaching a Year 5/6 class, and am getting to know the school community. My husband and I moved to the area 7 years ago from South Africa, where I managed and taught at an independent Infant School. My three grown-up children are away studying for most of the year, so I look forward to the holidays, when I can spend quality time with them. I sit on the pupil progress committee, where I hope to make a difference to our pupils’ experiences, both in school and in the future.


Head Teacher 

Funmi Alder

I am absolutely thrilled to have been appointed as headteacher of Bearwood Primary School.  As headteacher, I am automatically a member of the governing body and sit on all the committees.  Most of my career has been in London schools - progressing from class teacher to headteacher.  I have completed the NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headteachers) and MBA in Educational Leadership (International) at the UCL Institute of Education.  I bring much school leadership experience to Bearwood, further enhancing the strong strategic oversight of the governing body.

Retired Governors 2017-18

Jonathon Robson - Hurst    Parent Governor    23/11/2011 - 03/05/2017

Karen Butroid     Local Authority    01/09/2015-03/07/2017

Sheila Peffers-Moore    Co-Opted Governor    17/10/2016-21/09/2017

Danny Chinery    Parent Governor    10/06/2014-08/12/2017

Melissa Smith    Parent Governor    31/10/2016 - 19/12/2017

Nitish Dutta-Gupta Co-Opted Governor   21/11/2017 - 23/03/2018

Jane Barlow - Head Teacher, Ex Officio Governor 01/09/2002 - 30/06/2018

Anne Tattersall – Co-opted Governor – 06/02/18  - 16/08/2018

Jo Garner – Staff Governor – 01/06/16 - 23/07/2018

Nushrat Nowrin  - Co-opted Governor - 21/11/17 - 01/10/18 

Name of Governor Category of Governor/Body that appoints Term of office Committees Position of Responsibility Business Interests Name of school where also a Governor
Nicola Bruce Parent Governor 31/10/16-30/10/20

Pay & Performance, Resource and Pupil Progress

Chair of Governors

EYFS Link Governor

National Grid n/a
Cristina Marinoni Co-Opted Governor 01/09/15 - 31/08/19 Resource and Pupil Progress Acting Head Teacher None n/a
Katrina Stephenson Staff Governor 10/09/18 - 09/10/22 Pupil Progress None n/a
Christine Smart Local Authority 13/06/17 - 12/06/21 Pay & Performance and Resource

Vice Chair of Governors

Chair of Resource

Chair of Pay & Performance

Dell n/a
Rachelle Shepherd Du Bey Co-Opted Governor 01/09/15- 31/08/19 Resource

Science Governor

Health and Safety Governor

Ward and Borough Councillor n/a
Claire Sanderson Co-Opted Governor 17/10/16 - 16/10/20 Pupil Progress and Pay and Performance

Chair of Pupil Progress

PPG Governor

Motorola Solutions  n/a
Rachel Bishop-Firth Co-Opted Governor 21/11/17 - 20/11/21 Resource

Safeguarding Governor

None n/a
Rajan Sharma Parent Governor 08/12/17 - 07/12/21 Pupil Progress

UKS2 Link Governor

Zebra Technology

Johnson and Johnson

Tony Charters Associate Co-Opted  26/09/17 - 24/07/18 n/a



Chartoria Ltd

Emmbrook Infant School
Susan Jones Co-Opted Governor 22/05/2018 - 21/05/2022 Pupil Progress

KS1 Link Governor


Michael Thompson Co-Opted Governor 22/05/2018 - 21/05/2022 Resource

Maths Link Governor


Ashok Rajagopalan        Co-Opted Governor

 27/11/18 – 26/11/2022





Jonathan Olaofe

Co-Opted Governor 27/11/18 – 26/11/2022   Pupil Progress   n/a Trustee of Adviza & Trustee of Headway in Surrey    No


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