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Governor Details

Our Governing Board is made up of; the Head Teacher, a Staff Governor, a Local Authority Governor, four Parent Governors and five Co-opted Governors.  We also have some additional Associate Members who assist with projects and curriculum. 



NameGovernor typeTerm FromTerm To   Role/s
Nicola BakerParent Governor28 Feb 202427 Feb 2028 
Caroline BowersClerk  Clerk
Chris ButterfieldCo-opted Governor20 Sept 202119 Sept 2025

GDPR Governor

Wellbeing Governor

Curriculum Link Governor

Jane Gillman

Associate Member

(Resources Commitee)

1 Sept 20231 Sept 2025School Business Manager
Diana HadawayCo-opted Governor1 Oct 202030 Sept 2024EYFS Governor
Andrew HawleyCo-opted Governor18 Nov 202117 Nov 2025

Finance Governor

Curriculum Link Governor

Liz HuntHeadteacher  Headteacher
Sarah McGurkParent Governor5 Dec 20224 Dec 2026Curriculum Link Governor
Sarah PeacockStaff Governor21 July 202320 July 2024Staff Governor
Helen Pearce HarveyCo-opted Governor27 Jan 202126 Jan 2025


Safeguards Governor

Major Projects

Sarah StrudleyCo-opted Governor18 Apr 202317 Apr 2027Curriculum Link Governor
Martin TowersParent Governor28 Sept 202027 Sept 2024

Vice Chair

SEN Governor

Curriculum Link Governor

Philip WhiteParent Governor30 Mar 202129 Mar 2025

Health & Safety Governor

Buildings & Maintenance Governor

Curriculum Link Governor

Marie Wornham

Associate Mamber

(Standards and achievements)

1 Nov 202031 Oct 2024Deputy Headteacher


Woodcote Primary School Full Governing Board Diversity Data 2023-2024

About our Governors


Liz Hunt – Headteacher

I am privileged to be Headteacher of such a wonderful school and, whilst I love being a teacher, I also enjoy being a Mum: I have two lovely daughters who are both now at university. I have a variety of pets whom I enjoy spending time with. They give me a good excuse to be out of doors enjoying the fresh air and countryside. I have recently taken up running to raise money for charity and completed my first Marathon this year! I am planning to run the London Marathon in 2021 to raise money for Brain Research. Enjoying a new challenge, I have decided now is the time to pick up my O-Level French once again. I am, once more, taking lessons in the hope that I will visit France with confident language skills in the near future.


Helen Pearce Harvey – Chair of Governors

I became a co-opted governor at Woodcote Primary School in 2017 and was appointed Chair of Governors in February 2021. I have 3 children currently at the school and one who attended until moving to secondary school. I currently work as the Trusts and Grants Officer for the Twins Trust charity. Prior to having children, I worked for a global investment bank as a Client Advisor, firstly in London before moving to Sydney in 2009. I enjoy playing an active role in school life, working closely with the headteacher and full governing body. Together we ensure that all children who attend Woodcote Primary have a safe, caring and nurturing environment to achieve their full potential and grow in confidence ready to move on to the next phase of their lives. When I do get a minute to myself, I enjoy walking the dog, reading and sewing.


Martin Towers - Vice Chair

I have lived in Oxfordshire most of my life having been brought up in a village just on the edge of Oxford where I attended the local primary and secondary schools. My career post university has been working mainly in the public sector in a variety of research, business planning, policy and management roles including for a regional tourist board, training & business development organisations and now for the Department for Education. I live in Woodcote with my wife and have two children - both have been educated at Woodcote primary school, the eldest is now at Langtree with the youngest in year 3. I joined the governing body in September 2020 as a parent governor. I hope that my experience of working in the education sector and of being a parent will enable me to make a positive contribution to the running of Woodcote primary school and to its longer-term ambitions.


Diana Hadaway 

I have been a Governor of Woodcote Primary School since 2006. At that time I was a member of Woodcote Parish Council. I taught as a qualified teacher in a number of Primary I have a real interest in education at that level.


Andrew Hawley 

I bring a skill set from a business and finance perspective from my role working as a tax and business advisor for a number of chartered accountants both locally and in London. I grew up down the road in Caversham Park Village where I attended the local primary school and went on to Chiltern Edge and then Henley College. I went on to study Business Studies at the University of the West of England. I now live in Woodcote with my wife and children. My daughter Emily is in key stage one here at Woodcote Primary and my eldest son Ben goes to Langtree having previously attended the school. My other son James also attended Woodcote Primary but sadly lost his fight with a congenital heart condition in late 2018. I note that James is very much my inspiration in everything we do. In my spare time I enjoy playing golf and football when I can. You may also see my, on occasion, running around the village in an attempt to stay fit, and I am also an avid Spurs supporter. When not being active, I enjoy watching movies, drawing, finding and playing less well-known board games, as well as spending time with my family and friends. My favourite places in the world include Fiji, Australia, and Cornwall, and my favourite food is Thai, Chinese or a good steak accompanied by a glass of good red wine or a beer!


Phil White

I am a parent of two young children one of which attends Woodcote Primary School, and the other attends Woodcote Pre School. I am the 3rd Generation of my family to live in South Stoke, my Grandfather moved here in the 1930’s and a member of my family has been present here ever since. My 9-5 work is as an Electrical Technical Manager at NG Bailey, one of the largest Mechanical and Electrical contractors in the country. I joined when leaving school at 16 and have been there ever since (some 26 years ago). Outside of work I try to support the local community as much as I can, and I am a Parish Councillor on the South Stoke Parish Council. I am looking forward to supporting Woodcote Primary as a Governor in any way I can.


Sarah McGurk

I have two children at the school and have lived in Woodcote since 2014. Though born in Kent, I lived in Canada for 10 years where my eldest son was born. As a result, he is fiercely Canadian as well as British!  I work in London as an insurance underwriter and have served on several boards in the past in various capacities. In my professional life I have served on the class panel at Lloyd’s of London as Co-Chair, am a serving member of the PLUS London committee, a former Parish Councillor on Woodcote Parish Council for almost five years and currently volunteer on the Friends of Woodcote Primary School committee as an ad hoc member.  I want to help the school to achieve its maximum potential and to ensure the passion and enthusiasm of the various stakeholders in the school are used to optimal advantage of the children in its care.  When not working and commuting or being with my children, I can be found sailing, walking my energetic dog Piper, working in my garden sanctuary or (very occasionally) skiing!


Sarah Strudley

I have been a teacher for over 25 years, and now work as Vice Principal at a school for deaf young people in Newbury where I have been since September 2022.  I have extensive experience of working with a governing body as the staff governor and more recently as an associate governor of a large all-through special school.  I also have experience of being a senior leader in two schools and therefore bring many transferable skills to the work of a co-opted governor. Throughout my career I have worked with young people with a range of special educational needs and disabilities and am passionate about ensuring we have a school system that enables everyone to achieve their best.  I have lived in Woodcote for 11 years and have always been aware of how central to the community the Primary School is.


Chris Butterfield

I moved to Woodcote with my family in October 2020 and found the village to be incredibly welcoming, even mid-pandemic. We have two children at Woodcote Primary School as well as one who has moved on to Langtree and a three year who will start at the school in 2023. I have been a child and family law barrister for 18 years and am also a trustee of a rapidly growing children's charity. Since moving to be village, I have started running again and as a family, we try to be outdoors as much as possible.


Caroline Bowers 

New to Governing Board, biography to be added.


Nicola Baker

New to Governing Board, biography to be added.


Sarah Peacock

I have lived in Oxfordshire for many years, and raised both my boys through our village primary and then secondary schools.  I came late to teaching, following a degree and practical experience in farm management both in this country and abroad.  I have taught across all the primary age range.  In my free time, I enjoy travel, walking and training my young dog, and trying to be more self-sufficient with an allotment.  We have 5 hives of bees across the local countryside.