List of Governors
Our current governors are listed below.
Christine Kerr, Foundation Governor
I have been a classroom volunteer at Ampfield since 2013, helping with reading, maths and crafts. I am a Foundation Governor and an active member of St. Mark’s Church in Ampfield and the Friends of the School. Living locally, I am committed to and involved in village life and the community. I studied and worked at the University of Southampton, received a PhD in Social Policy and was then employed as an academic researcher, mainly in Health Services Research. Married with two grown up children and young grandchildren, now semi-retired I have found being part of the school community fun and rewarding. My interests as a governor are Health & Safety and Safer Recruitment of staff and I am a member of the Finance, Premises & Personnel committee.
Kristin Tridimas, Foundation Governor
Born in New Zealand, I lived in many countries as a child, including a year in the New Hebrides (now Vanuatu). My father was an archaeologist.
I was a secondary school languages teacher until I left to accompany my husband to Luxembourg, where we lived for three years and where my oldest daughter was born. Since then, I have continued to teach French privately and worked for the Club des Ecoles until last year. I now run my own after school French clubs, teaching in four local schools including John Keble.
I have lived in Hursley since 1999 and became a PCC (Parochial Church Council) member in 2001and have been churchwarden of All Saints’ Church for the last two years. I am involved in many village activities: I run the Mums and Tots group (Tuesdays, 10.30 - 12.00 in term time), I co-organise the Christmas Tree Festival and I am a member of the Hursley Parish Hall Management Committee, which oversees the maintenance and running of the parish hall. I am also co-editor of Hursley Living, the parish magazine, and am always on the lookout for new writers and contributors.
I like to go for long walks in the country, I belong to a book group and a writers’ group. I think I am very lucky to live in Hursley where the community is active, the school is excellent and I am surrounded by beautiful countryside.
William Prescott, Foundation Governor Ex-Officio
The Rev William Prescott is the Rector of Hursley and an ex-officio member of the governing body. His benefice includes Otterbourne and Hursley, both of which have Church of England primary schools. He is also a governor of All Saints', Compton Primary School. He is involved in the life of all three, taking regular assemblies and assisting with RE when asked. William came to the benefice in 2008 from Guernsey where he had been a Rector for ten years. He was ordained in 1993 when he was 36, following a career as a computer systems manager in London. He is married to Alayne, a retired teacher. They have three grown-up daughters and two granddaughters.
Peter Mason, Chair of Governors
I have worked in the medical, entertainment and printing industries but for over twenty years I have been a househusband bringing up our two daughters; a role I can thoroughly recommend. During this time I have worked on numerous committees and groups from school to Guides to local church.
I have always had an interest in studying and whilst working for my third Bachelor degree I started a new career and am near completion in training to be a Licenced Lay Minister. I have lived in a number of locations around the UK including six years recently in Northern Ireland. My main hobbies are keeping fit and gardening. I became Chair of Governors for the federation of Ampfield and John Keble Schools in November 2017.
Marcus Roe, Executive Headteacher
I joined Ampfield and John Keble CofE Primary Schools in April 2014, shortly after they had joined together as a federation. I work across both schools in the 'Executive Headteacher' role which means that I am able to focus on providing a clear vision, giving direction, making high level decisions and forming a strategy for improvement with the Governing Body. I try to see the 'bigger picture' but always with our Christian Values and Vision Statements in mind.
I started my teaching career in one of the largest junior schools in Hampshire (700 children!) and now enjoy leading one of the smallest primary schools in the county! I understand how small village primary schools work and I enjoy the challenge of working across two different schools but with one team, one governing body and one vision. I love working with our children and am proud of their achievements and personal development.
I live in the centre of Winchester with my husband, Gary, and our rescue cat, Martha. My main focus is my school role of course but, in my spare time, I support Gary as a Director of our independent cafe and events business.
Toby Guest, Vice Chair and Parent Governor
I was elected as a Parent Governor in Dec 2014 following my children starting at John Keble that October. Representing The Federation of Ampfield and John Keble Schools I am Vice Chair of the Full Governing Body.
I graduated from Bournemouth University in 1993 and gained a Masters from George Washington University in 2000. Specialising in corporate travel, marketing, meetings and events I have over 20 years of corporate experience in global Procurement roles working for companies including IBM, Goldman Sachs and currently Bayer.
My wife (Justine on the PTA) and I have one child still at John Keble, two cats that don’t attend school and a shared interest in travel, cooking and voluntary causes (which kind of sums up being a parent I guess).
Victoria Ashdown, Foundation Governor Ex-Officio
The Rev Victoria Ashdown was appointed Vicar of the Parishes of Ampfield, Chilworth and North Baddesley in the autumn of 2015 and has since made very strong relationships with Ampfield School. Victoria regularly visits the school to lead our Collective Worship and welcomes us to St Mark's every half term for Community Worship. Victoria is married with four children. Later this year, Victoria is planning a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, taking a tour through Israel and Palestine with a visit to Jordan too!
Catherine McElhinney, Associate Member
I was appointed as Head of School at Ampfield in April 2015. I teach in Leopards Class for three days a week and am also responsible for the day to day leadership and management of the school. I have taught across a range of schools in Southampton and Hampshire over many years, including twenty years in leadership positions. I am Hampshire born and bred and did my initial teacher training at L.S.U. college in Southampton. More recently I studied for a Masters degree in education at Winchester University. In my spare time I belong to a local Community Choir. I also enjoy gardening and cheering on the Saints at St.Mary’s. I am involved in the life of my local church where I lead the Music group.
Paul O'Brien, Associate Member
I joined John Keble School in January 2014 as a class teacher and have just recently become the Head of School there for 2017/18.
Kate McCallum, Foundation Governor
Kate joined the Governing Body in December 2017 and lives locally in Ampfield.
Geraint Dermody, Parent Governor
Geraint is a Parent Governor and currently has a child at Ampfield School.
Nick Pitters, Foundation Governor
Nick rejoins the Governing Body as a Foundation Governor. He works for the NHS and currently has a son at Ampfield School. Nick's specialism is finance.
Cristina Mitchell, Clerk
I graduated with a Master degree in Sports Management from Springfield College in Massachusetts (USA) and pursued my sports career with a number of National Governing Bodies of sports in the USA and UK. I moved to Chandlers Ford, in Hampshire in 2007 and have two girls. When our oldest daughter started Year R, in 2013, I wanted to support her learning and understand better the education system in the UK. I found that the role of Local Authority clerk enables me to do that and I am currently the LA clerk for several school governing bodies in the Chandler’s Ford/Winchester area. It is a pleasure to work with the governors at the Federation of Ampfield and John Keble CofE Primary Schools.