The governors at St Jude's Junior School help us to seek excellence in Learning, Responsibility and Happiness.
These aims were found when pupils, teachers, staff, parents and governors got together to share their hopes and aspirations for our learning community. It is through the continual promoting of Learning, of Responsibility and of Happiness that we can ensure that an outstanding education is available to every child.
Governors can be contacted through the school office or by email@example.com, emails will be considered in a timely and professional manner.
Please see the links below for further Governor Information and Governor attendance at meetings.
Meet our Governors
Martyn Shapter (Parent Governor - CHAIR)
Martyn was elected as a Parent Governor in November 2015 and became Chair of Governors a year later. He lives in Englefield Green with his wife, Linda, and their daughter, Anna, who is really enjoying being a pupil at St Jude's and is thriving at the school. Martyn is a qualified Chartered Accountant and highly experienced Finance Director, and brings extensive finance and commercial business acumen to the Board of Governors.
Carlos Pittol (Foundation Governor - JOINT VICE CHAIR)
Carlos is a governor at St Jude's and also a governor at Englefield Green Infant School. With his daughter currently at St Jude's, Carlos has a wide spectrum of knowledge in education and a keen interest in data.
Steve Barker (JOINT VICE CHAIR)
(Additionally Appointed Local Authority Governor - JOINT VICE CHAIR)
Steve Barker has well-established ties at St Jude's as his wife taught at the school. Steve also brings with him a wealth of knowledge as the Head of Governance for Babcock and Chair of Governors at two other schools.
Dipak Gohil (Parent Governor)
Recently elected as Parent Governor, Dipak Gohil has a daughter in Year 4. A Business Analyst by trade, Dipak was also a political councillor between 2011-2015.
Pru Ashplant (Staff Governor & Deputy Headteacher)
Pru started teaching in 2001 in Somerset and moved to St Jude’s in 2005. She was appointed Deputy Head in 2009 and thoroughly enjoys working alongside her colleagues and the children at the school.
Vicki Chiverton (Headteacher)
Vicki starting teaching in 1991 and has worked in schools in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. Having lived in Englefield Green and surrounding area for quite some time, Vicki understands the diverse needs of the village and its children and, after ten years as a deputy head and keen to lead a school of such high regard, she took up her first headship at St Jude’s in April 2008.
Rev. Mark Ewbank (Foundation Governor – ex officio)
Rev Mark Ewbank has been in the ministry for over 25 years. He has an MA in Psychology & Philosophy, a Certificate in Theology and a MTh in Theology. He has published two books on the New Testament. He has worked in parishes, hospitals, mental health institutions, prisons and youth work. He has been a Reserve Army chaplain for ten years and has done tours in Afghanistan and Cyprus with training in Kenya. He is a black belt in karate and trained in parachuting and scuba diving. He is currently a member of St John Ambulance Brigade.
Brian Irvine (Foundation Governor)
Brian is a Specialist Mentor for students on the autistic spectrum at Royal Holloway University. Both of his children attended St Jude's School, before moving on to The Magna Carta School. In the past, he's been Head of Philosophy in a secondary school, a teacher in a primary special needs unit for autistic spectrum conditions, a developer of educational Apps and an aid worker in Bolivia. St Jude’s School is his second round of governorship, having helped expand and re-develop Holy Trinity Richmond as an eco-flagship school.
Helen McKee (Foundation Governor)
Helen has a long-standing interest in education, having taught at university level since the 1990s; she also ran a Sunday school for several years. Her two children are both of school age: one (now at secondary school) spent the full four years at St Jude’s and the other is now in Year 4. At St Jude’s, Helen also chairs the Admissions Committee.
Sunita Patel (Local Authority Governor)
Sunita was appointed in 2014 by the Local Authority. Working at BUPA and with two children, one having been a pupil at St Jude's and the other currently in Year 6, Sunita delivers a unique perspective to the governing body.
Juan Pemberton (Foundation Governor)
Juan boasts specialist and generalist management skills in a number of commercial and HR roles. As Deputy Group HR Director of Direct Line Insurance Group, Juan was part of the leadership team that floated the company on the London Stock Exchange in 2012. A two year Sabbatical followed, during which extensive travel to Africa, Asia and Australia were highlights.
Juan's roots are in the Isle of Man (hence his name 'Jew-un' ) albeit he now lives in Windsor. He is currently the HR Director of Barclays Retail Bank based in Canary Wharf, London.
Justin Roe (Foundation Governor)
Justin is the Head of SLT at the Royal Marsden Hospital and also Clinical Lead SLT at Charing Cross Hospital.
Before he became a Speech and Language Therapist, Justin worked for several years as a carer for young adults with profound physical and learning disabilities. He has a BA(Hons) in psychology, a post-graduate diploma in language and communication science, an MSc in swallowing research and most recently, a PhD completed at the Institute of Cancer Research in 2013.
Justin’s daughter left St Jude’s in 2016 after 4 very happy years and his son is now in Year 4, enjoying everything the school has to offer.
Emily Stanton (Non voting – Deputy Headteacher)
Emily joined St Jude’s in 2006 as a Year 4 teacher. She is currently Deputy Head and SENCo (Special Needs Co-ordinator), which she took over the role of in 2008. This role involves co-ordinating the provision for pupils with SEN, monitoring their effectiveness and the children’s progress, teaching some SEN groups for English and managing the teaching assistants.
Stephen Wilkinson (Foundation Governor)
Stephen joined the St Jude’s Governing Body in 2015. As well as living within the village of Englefield Green, Stephen is a parent of a pupil at the school. Stephen brings to the governing body a wealth of experience in management, health and safety and risk analysis owing to his job as a specialist risk consultant.
As a Foundation Governor, Stephen sits on the Full Governing Body but is also the designated safeguarding governor and sits on the Pay Committee.