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Your Governors


Chair of Governors

Mrs Yvonne McLeod 


Vice-Chair of Governors

Mr Martin Burford - Additional Appointed LA Governor Appointed by SCC


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 23 years experience of governing.


Mrs Ceri Hurcombe - Foundation Governor

In September 2019 I was nominated by the PCC at St Peters Church to be a Foundation Governor. I am very pleased to support the school and my initial focus has been on developing a designated Prayer Space in school. Having been a Governor previously and having experience of working in a school I bring valuable experience to the role.  I have volunteered to listen to readers regularly as I feel you get to know a school best by being inside it.


Vacancy - Parent Governor



Doctor Amy Pye - Parent Governor

I was delighted to join WSG, initially as a co-opted governor, in September 2017, moving to a Parent Governor in September 2021. I have a child in Year 4 and another at Walsh Infant School, 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.


Dr Anthony Lucas-Smith - Co-opted Governor

I joined Walsh Governors in 2018.  I have two 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 Walsh, but specifically in the teaching of English, mathematics, science

and music.  Becoming a governor has been a stimulating experience and I am full of admiration for the

progress made by staff and pupils over the last three years, particularly during the very challenging

pandemic period.


Mrs Judith Tyler - Co-opted Governor

I have recently joined the Governors as a Co-opted Governor. Prior to moving to Ash, I was a member of the Music Group in the Parish. My husband and I have actively supported the schools our children attended. Our three children are established adults and we have two Grandsons. I have worked primarily in Health and Social Care settings, but am currently working in a housing related role. My wish is to support the Governors and staff as they foster a sense of community in a safe and healthy environment in which children learn and thrive, and staff are happy.


Mr Paul Clark - Co-opted Governor

I have recently joined the Governors as an Associate Member.  I have a back ground in Management Finance having worked for Royal Mail in various senior Accounting roles For over 27 years.  I am now retired and my final role was with Challengers Charity in Guildford where I was on the Senior Leadership Team as Head of Finance. I wish to use these professional skills to assist the school with their budgets in these challenging times. 


I was a school Governor many years ago and this is something that I wished to return to when I retired.  My daughter Bethany is a teacher at Walsh Junior School and I have a strong belief in the importance of education for all children.


Vacancy - Co-opted Governor


Bethany Clark - Staff Governor


Mrs Marie Kirwin Acting Head Teacher

I have worked as a teacher in Surrey for 27 years, although I started my career as a mainstream Infant school teacher, I have had experience of leading a Specialist Provision for children with speech and language difficulties, leading Key Stage 2 and teaching in a special school for children with moderate learning difficulties. My passion has always been working with children with special needs, and I when the opportunity arose to set up one of eight specialist centres across the county I had to apply.  I was appointed as Centre Manager in April 2002 and opened the Centre, now known as Nightingale Class, in September 2002 with only 2 pupils. I have worked at Walsh Juniors ever since. I have loved teaching the children both in Nightingale class and  in mainstream and I have learned so much from them. 

Over the years my role has changed and evolved, I have been the SENCO for many years and for the last five years I have been the Deputy Headteacher. 

Walsh Junior school is a fantastic place to work, the children, staff and parents make it so!


Alexander Clark - Governor


James Hanson - Governor


Matthew Woodruff - Additional Appointed LA Governor Appointed by SCC


Rhonwhen Cunningham - Governor


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