The Governing Body at St Andrew's CE Primary

The Governing Body supports the Headteacher and staff by positively promoting the work of the school, celebrating its achievements and working to ensure the best outcomes for our pupils. The Governing Body also acts as a ‘critical friend’ to the Headteacher by gathering views, asking questions and monitoring the performance of the school. All of our governors also act as a link between the Governing Body and the subject leaders within the school. 



Annette Mashru


Annette has been working at St Andrew’s since September 2002. Previous roles include SENCo, Literacy Leader and Deputy Headteacher. In September 2017 Annette took up the post as Headteacher. “Being part of St Andrew’s CE Primary School is exciting and very rewarding. I work with an incredibly hard working and dedicated team. As a ‘restless school’ we are always looking for ways to inspire the children and advance their learning. The Governing Body acts as the school’s ‘critical friend’ and their wide set of skills and experiences are essential to the school’s vision. With everyone sharing the same goal, we are a cohesive and successful team.”

Kayleigh Churchman

Assistant Headteacher (KS1)

Kayleigh has been working at St Andrew’s since September 2019. She previously worked at an Ealing school where she gained experience in EAL. Kayleigh is currently the lead for Wrap around care (WAC), School Council, RE and Anti-bullying within the school. She is currently a member of the teaching and learning committee.

Kendra Gerrish

Assistant Headteacher (KS2)

Kendra has been working at St Andrew’s since April 2017. Prior to this, she taught at Great Milton CofE Primary School where she led literacy across the school. Kendra is a subject lead for literacy at St Andrew’s and an anti-bullying ambassador. She also oversees the St Andrew’s Teaching Alliance (SATA), organising the programme for our trainee teachers. She is currently a member of the teaching and learning committee.

Seb Hearmon

Chair of Governors
Contact address: St Andrew's Church of England Primary School, Chinnor, OX39 4PU

Seb has been chair of governors since 2018, having elected to the team as a Parent Governor in 2015. He became a Local Authority Governor in 2019, ensuring the views and interests of Oxfordshire County Council are represented at the school. Seb is also a member of the Resources Committee, and is the Governor with responsibility for Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education and for Health and Safety at the school, working with Mrs Mashru, the headteacher and Mrs Morgan. Seb’s son attended the school between 2015 and 2022. In his professional life Seb is a change and communications professional, and he is also a life saver at the community swimming pool.

Lauretta Milligan

Vice Chair of Governors

Lauretta is a Diocesan Foundation Governor. Her appointment was recommended firstly by the Rector of St Andrew’s Church and secondly confirmed by the Oxford Diocesan Board of Education to that position in 2011. She is currently serving her third stint of a four year appointment. As a Church of England School, she works to maintain the strong links with St Andrew’s Church and the school’s Christian character. Lauretta is the Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee. She is also the Governor with responsibility for Art, Collective Worship, SEN Inclusion and Support, Outdoor Learning and Safeguarding at the school, working with Mrs Mashru, the Headteacher, and the staff. Lauretta also maintains the Vegetable Patch with the KS2 children. Her interests are gardening and art.

Mark Oliver

Parent Governor

Mark was elected as a parent-governor in 2016. He a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee and has responsibility for working with the teachers responsible for History and Geography. Mark has two children (Mila and Orly) at the school. He is also an ex-pupil of St Andrews himself and is glad his children seem to be enjoying themselves at school as much as he did! Mark is a lawyer, with a particular focus on infrastructure.

Anna Edwards

Vice Chair of Governors

Anna is a parent governor who joined the governing body in 2016. Anna is the Chair of the Resources committee, and is the link governor for Maths (liaising with Mr Nixon) and science (liaising with Miss Stott) - two subjects very close to her heart having studied both. Anna works for a pharmaceutical company in international strategic marketing for a range of cosmetic brands, which means she frequently travels overseas, experiencing different cultures and working styles. She also has three young children, Sadie who joined St Andrew's in 2015, and twins Tabby and Jasper who joined in 2017. Other interests include good food, travel and photography.

Jo Wootton

Staff Governor

Jo has been a primary school Bursar for a number of years and has worked at St Andrew’s since January 2016. She has recently completed the Certificate in School Business Management. Jo is a member of the Resources Committee providing valuable knowledge of school funding and financing. Having had two children pass through the school, Jo is committed to it’s Christian ethos and the success of all the pupils. Outside of school, she is an active member of the Chinnor Community Church helping with the youth work, and sits on the committee of Chinnor Community Swimming Pool.

Reverend Jacky Barr

Jacky is the Rector of the United Parish of Chinnor, Sydenham, Aston Rowant and Crowell, taking up this post in July 2020. But she is well known to us having been the Curate for the previous 3 years. Jacky has already established relationships with pupils and staff in the school and loves the opportunities to come in for Open the Book and REinspired sessions. Before becoming a minister Jacky was a yoga teacher, gym instructor and research scientist (but not all at the same time!). She is also Mum to three girls who are now young adults . Through their primary school years, Jacky was a single mum and so has a keen appreciation of the challenges (and joy) that situation brings.

Tess Kirkby

Tess has been working as a clerk for Oxfordshire County Council since the autumn of 2020 and is also working within the administration team at a school in Buckinghamshire. Prior to this, she was a Civil Servant with the Home Office and Ministry of Justice for many years in a variety of senior administration roles. “My introduction to the education sector is very recent and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. The opportunity to work with such dedicated Governors and staff whose priority is to improve education outcomes for all children is really rewarding.”

Rachel Reynolds

Parent governor

Rachel joined as Parent Governor in November 2018, after her son joined the school in Reception that same year. She also sits on the Resources Committee and is the Governor with responsibility for Wrap Around Care, School Council and the C&IRB (Copper Class in the Base). Rachel is a full-time mum to her three children, and previously worked as a Wills and Probate Solicitor in Aylesbury.

Jacqueline Thomas

Parent governor

Jacqueline is a Co-opted Governor appointed at the end of 2018. She is a member of the resources committee and, in addition, has responsibility for International Links and Computing /IT. Jacqueline also prepares any applications for fundraising – so if you are aware of any funding opportunities please send them through. Jacqueline has twins at St. Andrews who joined the school in 2016. In her professional life Jacqueline is a Project Manager, currently managing projects to deliver sustainable packaging solutions.

Rosie Butler

Parent Governor

Rosie was elected to the team as a Parent Governor in 2020. She is a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee, and is the Governor with responsibility for Science, Design and Technology and Modern Foreign Languages, working with Miss Smith, Miss Churchman and Mrs Radbourne. Rosie’s children joined the school in 2019. In her professional life, Rosie is a Primary School Teacher.

Amanda Malins

Parent Governor

Amanda has a son and daughter in the school and was elected to the team as a Parent Governor in 2020. She is a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee, and is the Governor with responsibility for Literacy, Geography and Philosophy for children and growth mindset, working with Mrs Gerrish, Mrs Thompson and Ms Talbott. In her professional life she is Deputy Head and SENCO at a prep school near Marlow.

Heather Tait

Parent governor

Heather was elected as a parent governor in November 2021. Heather is a Safeguarding Lead governor plus link governor for Design & Technology and EYFS. Heather is also a member of the Resources Committee. Heather’s two children are both enjoying their time at St Andrews’ since joining in 2020 and 2022 respectively. Heather works in the Personnel team for a large secondary school.

Governors in Action 

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Governors in Action

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