Meet our Governors

 

Margaret Rome is a Foundation Governor and Chairman of the Governing Body. She spent all her working life in the City of London in financial institutions, the last 20 years of which were as head of personnel and administration in a bank. Her role included all aspects of personnel including pay structuring as well and recruiting, redundancies, disciplinary action, etc. and, therefore, she has a good knowledge of employment law. The administration side of her role included the purchasing of all office equipment and supplies, managing the directors' dining room and refurbishments which included liaison with architects, planners, contractors and designers. She decided to become a governor as she feels passionately that education begins at the primary school level which, together with parental care and encouragement, is the foundation for the future and what that person can achieve in life. After leaving the City she moved to Thruxton with her husband. Her interests include walking her dog and sculpting.

 

Louise Chappell is a parent governor.  Louise has four daughters, two who have now moved on to senior school and twins in Year 1.  A big supporter of the school PTA and co-organiser of our Stay & Play sessions on Friday morning, we know Louise is already contributing a great deal to our school community and will be a valuable asset to the Governing Body.

 

Steve Gill is a parent governor who works as a Border Force Officer. Shifts allowing, Steve enjoys spending time in school split between his daughter's class and his linked Governor class. Steve represents our parents on the Governing Body and is keen that their point of view is represented when the leadership of the school makes decisions.

 

Kate Roycroft is a Local Authority governor. She is a qualified teacher with a background in special educational needs and education management. Kate read Psychology at Liverpool University and has a Level 7 Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties. Most of her experience has been in the Post-16 sector, where she carried out diagnostic assessments, managed the learning support team and taught literacy and numeracy. She recognises the importance of establishing strong foundations in literacy and numeracy and providing appropriate learning support at primary level. Kate lives in Thruxton and is a member of the Parochial Church Council.

 

Karen Edmunds is a staff governor.  Karen works with our Year R children and has done so for many years now.  In a previous life Karen was a nurse and her caring nature is evident in the way she looks after our youngest pupils.

 

Stephanie Crutchley is a Foundation Governor. She has a background in teaching, having been a primary school teacher in Hampshire in the 1990s. During her 8 years in the classroom she had responsibility for the teaching of Literacy across the school and also managed the library.  She left the teaching profession in 1997 to apply her skills in a different setting as a trainer for a financial services company.  Stephanie thoroughly enjoyed her time as a teacher and is pleased to have the opportunity to be involved in the life of Kimpton school.  She hopes her experiences as a classroom teacher will bring a useful perspective to her role as foundation governor.   Stephanie and her partner moved to Thruxton in 2013 and they were married in the local church in July 2014. She and her husband are both approved foster carers. In her spare time she enjoys singing with a local choir and Modern Jive dancing. 

 

Brigadier Edward Chamberlain is a Foundation Governor.  He has served in the British Army for 29 years, during which time he has gained considerable practical leadership and management experience running medium to large organisations.   He is currently the Director of Army Division of Defence Academy of the UK, delivering eduacation at Masters's degree level to approx. 600 UK and International Students each year.  He also has previous experience as a school governor and lives in Thruxton.  As a local village resident he has a keen interest in the development and sustainment of Kimpton CofE Primary School.  He is also a member of the congregation of St Peter and St Pauls CofE Parish.