List of Governors
Our current governors are listed below.
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, Vice 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.
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, 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 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 I am now the Head of School there.
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.
Hannah Howard, LA Governor
Hannah lives locally and has volunteered 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.
Catherine Worsfold, Co-opted Governor
Catherine joined our Governing Body at the end of the 2017/18 academic year and was elected as the federation's Chair of Governors in November 2018. She has two children at John Keble School and has strong experience in change management.
Chelsea Flood, Staff Governor
Chelsea has been a teacher at John Keble School since starting there as a Newly Qualified Teacher. She has witnessed the formation of the Federation and has seen it establish and grow over the last few years. As Staff Governor, she is keen to support the development of the federation for the good of all children at both schools.
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.