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The governing body is made up of a group of volunteers from the local community and within the school. The role of the school governor is to bring the experience, life skills and ordinary common sense of non-experts, to the expert task of running a school. Collectively governors aim to make objective, fair and well thought out decisions, which will enable the school to improve.


Governors help the school to drive standards higher. They do this by:

  • Agreeing the aims and objectives for the school
  • Contributing to and agreeing school policies and development plans
  • Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the school and challenging those weaknesses
  • Agreeing the school’s budget each year, and making decisions about best value for money
  • Monitoring pupil achievement
  • Evaluating feedback from pupils, parents and staff
  • Reviewing performance         
  • Ensuring accountability for the school to parents and the community
  • Participating in staff appointments.


Governors attend the Full Governing Body Meeting and the Finance Committee.


Our current governors are:

Picture 1 Chair of Governors - LA Governor
Picture 2 Vice Chair - Parent Governor
Picture 3 Rev Keith Bristow - Foundation Governor
Picture 4 Rachel Danks - Parent Governor
Picture 5 Matt Parker - Parent Governor
Picture 6 Marie Kirwin - Staff Governor
Picture 7 Angela Phipps - Co-opted Governor
Picture 8 Dr Amy Pye - Co-opted Governor
Picture 9 Sharon Gover - Clerk
Picture 10 Dr Anthony Lucas-Smith - Associate Governor

Chair of Governors

Gloria Benson -  LA Governor 

joined WGB in 2013 and was promoted to Chair of Governors earlier this year (2019) I feel very privileged to hold this position and my heart is dead set on doing the very best I can for the children and staff of WJS. My day job was Director of Business Operations for an IT company up until April of this year (2019). Now I no longer work in Business and Commerce I am able to concentrate of the things that are now important to me: my role as Chair of WJS and my parish work with the youth within Holy Angels in Ash. I still hold the role of Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey. Within the Governing Body my key responsibilities are as SEND Governor attached to Nightingale class along with Headteacher appraisal and recruitment.


Vice-Chair of Governors

Mrs Annette Cave - Co-opted Governor

I joined the Governing Body at Walsh in 2017 as I wanted to be involved in the strategic direction of the school.  As a Senior Manager in Hospitality and Catering for over 25 years, specialising in change management; I have the advantage of reviewing from a completely different perspective focusing 100% on ensuring that our children have a positive experience and are able to fulfil their potential.  Since my daughter started school I have been an active member of the school community.  Previously as Chair of the PTA at Walsh Infant School before joining the Board of Governors here at WJS where my daughter is now in Yr 5.   Within the Governing Body my responsibilities are Finance, Training (Governors), Health & Safety & Link to external agencies.


Other Governors


Rev Keith Bristow - Foundation Governor

As Rector of Ash I am one of the Foundation Governors of this Church School. I have been a governor here since coming to Ash in 2003. I am very pleased to support the school and come in regularly to lead Collective Worship. I often welcome year groups to St Peter's and help them learn more about their church and what goes on in it. I also visit the school as part of the governing body and observe how the curriculum is being delivered. Occasionally I visit year groups and am questioned about all aspects of my work - this I enjoy immensely. In my last parish I was governor of two non-church schools, so, altogether, I have had 25 years experience of governing.


Rachel Danks - Parent Governor

I joined WGB in 2013. I am a teaching assistant at another local school and have been a parent helper since my eldest started school and as such have a keen interest in my children's school life. My motivation is to help in any way that I can to make our school the best that it can be and to ensure that as many children as possible have a positive experience and fulfil their potential. My responsibilities include safeguarding and monitoring English and pupil progress.


Mr Matt Parker - Parent Governor

I joined the WGB in 2018 as a parent governor to offer my professional skills and experience and to help the school in any way I can. My eldest child is currently in year 5 and I have a younger child who is in year 2 at Walsh Infant Memorial school. As a father of both a current and future pupil, I have a vested long-term interest in the performance of the school and the learning experience for its pupils. By day I am a Programme Manager with 15 years’ experience in the IT industry, specialising in software development. Within the Governing Body I have responsibility for Science and Technology. 


Doctor Amy Pye - Co opted Governor

I was delighted to join WSG, as a co-opted governor, in September 2017, just as my oldest daughter started Reception at Walsh Infants. I also have a one year old and I felt that I wanted to be involved in my children’s journey through education in a way where I could affect change and help the school and students achieve their potential.

I work as a Research Scientist at a consultancy in Guildford. Although I don’t have a great deal of experience of the school system, I have, I hope, a number of professional transferable skills that can aid the school and therefore the children within it.


Mrs Angela Phipps - Co-opted Governor

I have two children, one currently at this school and the other at Walsh Infants School. I work in a secondary school managing communications, social media and external funding and felt there was an opportunity to share my experiences to support our school.

My motivation to help is to ensure parents have the appropriate level of communication and that the school has a positive reputation within the community. I also want to help encourage the students to try their best in everything they do, make the most of the opportunities available to them and to raise their aspirations of what they can achieve, so that the school is able to develop and grow for our future students.


Mrs Helen Wilde - Co-opted Governor

I was delighted to join WGB in 2018. I have two children; one currently at Walsh Memorial Infants whilst my youngest is at a local nursery. I trained as a science teacher in 2009 and worked in a very successful secondary school in London for over 9 years. I am now an educational consultant and a GCSE and A-level examiner. Before becoming a teacher I worked as a manager in the NHS and within academic administration for a university. I have a passion for education and ensuring that all children reach their potential academically, socially and emotionally. Within the governing body I have a special focus on teaching learning in maths.


Marie Kirwin - Staff Governor


Mr Anthony Lucas-Smith - Associate Governor

I joined WGB in 2018.  I have 2 children, both grown up.  When they were at their Church of England Junior School I was treasurer to the Governors.  My working career included one year as a secondary school teacher, then 22 years in the computer industry, followed by 20 plus years as a lecturer and researcher in technology at the Open University.  Now, in semi-retirement I wish to contribute to various aspects of WGB, but particularly in the teaching of English, mathematics, science and music.


Governors can be contacted by letter via the school office or by email via the Clerk to Governors


Governor Type of Governor Joined Governing Body Term of Office Ends Pecuniary or Business Interests


at Governing Body Meetings


Gillian West Head Teacher September 2018 Ongoing   8/8

Carol Trottier


Executive Head 2019 Ongoing



Gloria Benson


 LA  2018 May 2022   7/8
Keith Bristow Foundation 2003 Ongoing Governor at Walsh Memorial Infant School 7/8
Marie Kirwin Staff 2017 August 2021   6/8
Annette Cave Co-opted 2018 February 2022   8/8
Helen Wilde Co-opted 2018 January 2022   7/8
Angela Phipps Co-opted  2018 January 2022 Secretary to Ash Community Football Club 8/8
Dr Amy Pye Co-opted 2017 October 2021


Matt Parker Parent 2018 January 2022   6/8
Rachel Danks Parent 2013 September 2021 Works in a Surrey school 7/8
Dr Anthony Lucas-Smith Associate 2018 February 2022   6/8