The governors at St Jude's C of E Schools Federation help us fulfil our vision of excellence in education, kindness in the community and courage through faith.
Governors can be contacted through the school office or by emailing 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 (LA Governor - CHAIR)
Martyn is an experienced governor and is delighted to Chair the governing body of the St Jude's Federation, having previously held the same position at both St Jude's Infant and Junior Schools. He is Managing Director of a small group of companies within Capita PLC, and has held numerous senior leadership positions in his career. Martyn leads on financial matters for the governing body, leveraging off his considerable skills and experience gained as a Chartered Accountant and senior finance professional working in a wide range of industries.
He lives in Englefield Green with his wife, Linda, and their daughter, Anna, who was a pupil at Englefield Green Infant School and then St Jude's CofE Junior School. He has a dog called Trevor.
Xavier Brice (Foundation Governor - VICE CHAIR)
Xavier moved to Englefield Green in 2005, when with his wife, Hanna, joined Royal Holloway. Their daughters, Alexa and Lulu, have been through both St Jude's Schools. Xavier is Chief Executive of the national charity Sustrans which makes it easy for people to walk and cycle. He previously spent ten years in a number of leadership roles at Transport for London after starting his career as a strategy consultant. This is Xavier’s first governor role and is excited to be stewarding such an important institution in the local community.
Juan Pemberton (Foundation Governor - VICE CHAIR)
Juan's experience encompasses 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. His most recent business role was as the HR Director of Barclays Retail Bank based in Canary Wharf, London.
Dan Parsonage (Staff Governor)
I’m employed as Technical Operations Manager at Royal Holloway University of London. At RHUL I'm responsible for Health and Safety which ranges from day to day H&S through to laboratory process and plant areas, along with planning and implementing a Covid-19 compliant campus for teaching and research. I sit on various senior committees within RHUL, one being for college capital investment appraisal.
I have always worked in higher education in a science setting including research and teaching and I feel with my experiences I can offer support to the school as a parent governor. I have two children, one in year 3, Maxime, and then Oscar in year 6. I feel it is time to give something back to the community and school.
Pru Ashplant (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. Her key responsibility is the quality of teaching and learning. Pru is also deputy head at St Jude's Infant School.
Vicki Chiverton (Headteacher - Juniors)
Vicki starting teaching in 1991 and has previously 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. 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.
Emily Stanton (Deputy Headteacher)
Emily joined St Jude’s in 2006 as a Year 4 teacher. She is the Deputy Head and SENDCo (Special Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator) at both schools. This role involves co-ordinating the provision for pupils with SEND, monitoring their effectiveness and the children’s progress, teaching some SEND groups for English and managing the teaching assistants.
Dan Boorman (Foundation Governor)
Dan Boorman graduated as a teacher in 2000 and has since taught in five schools. In 2014, he took on the role of Deputy Head at Bishopsgate School, assuming responsibility for safeguarding and pastoral care. Dan sits on a number of governing committees at Bishopsgate, including the Education and Finance Committees. He has a strong link with the village, in that his wife, Laura, is from Englefield Green and they have lived in the area for over 10 years. Dan has a keen interest in modern education and educational leadership and fully believes in the benefits of partnership between local school.
Canon Judith Allford (Ex-officio)
Canon Judith Allford was named as vicar at St Jude's Church in 2019. As St Jude's Junior School is a church school, with extremely close links to St Jude's Church, this means we are delighted to welcome Judith, as ex-officio, to the governing body. Judith will be vital in maintaining the school's Christian values.
Revd Jeremy Brown (Ex-officio)
Rev Jeremy Brown is one of the foundation (church appointed governors) from Christ Church Virginia Water. He is the children & families pastor at Christ Church. He along with Judith take Monday morning assemblies at the school.
Jeremy is married to Clair, and they have 3 children, Grace and Samuel are at Magna Carta and Daniel attends Manor Mead Virginia Water. He enjoys football and supports Aston Villa!
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 at secondary school but both attended St Jude’s Infant and Junior schools. Helen is also in the Admissions Committee and is SEND governor.
Carlos Pittol (Foundation Governor)
Carlos has been a governor since 2009, first at Englefield Green Infant School and then at St Jude's Junior School and now on the Federated governing body of St Jude's Schools. He has two daughters; both of which attended St Jude's Schools. Carlos was a research chemist and now works in venture capital finance and biotechnology. He has a broad knowledge of and a keen interest in education, especially maths and science.
Sam Jenkins (Foundation Governor)
Sam Jenkins joins the Governing Body at St Jude's with experience across the education, civic and third sectors. In May 2022 he became the youngest Independent candidate to be elected to Runnymede Borough Council, where he represents Egham Town ward. His main policy interests are climate change, sustainability and provision for children and young people. Sam also sits on a number of other governing committees within the local community, including Runnymede Access Liaison Group, which supports and advocates for those with physical and hidden disabilities.
Gemma Mason (Parent Governor)
Gemma is a Parent Governor who joined the Governing Body at St. Jude’s Infant School in 2021. She is dedicated to supporting the infant and junior schools through the formation of the Federated Governing Body. Gemma is the Pupil Premium and Children in Care Governor, Early Years Governor, RSE Governor, and she is part of the Children and Learning working group.
After completing her Computing degree and PGCE Primary studies, Gemma gained experience as a Year 2 and Year 4 teacher. She is an exam marker for English Key Stage 2 SATs. Gemma lives in Englefield Green with her partner and two children, with a child in each of our schools. She currently volunteers at our infant school, visiting weekly to listen to readers. Gemma brings a unique perspective to her role, drawing on both her parental and teaching experiences.
Lloyd Walsh (Parent Governor)
Lloyd is a parent Governor. He lives in Englefield Green with his wife and three children. His degree is in Psychology and has been a primary school teacher for over 13 years. Over the years, he has lead music, P.E. and science. He is passionate about supporting colleagues having mentored many student teachers, been seconded to support a local school and worked with science leads in several counties to improve the subject in their school. In 2022, in won a STEM Learning Award for Excellence in Primary STEM teaching. He is passionate about environmental issues and has lead his school in achieving the Eco Schools’ Green Flag twice.
In his personal life, Lloyd enjoys performance arts and mindfulness.
Harriet Hurrell (Associate Member)
Harriet graduated from the University of Surrey in 1999 with a degree in Music Technology. She then joined Procter & Gamble, working in the Brand Management and Sales departments for 11 years, working on various household brands including Pantene, Olay and Max Factor, and secondment roles in Shopper Marketing, Recruitment and Mergers and Acquisitions. She moved to Englefield Green in 2004, with her husband and 2 daughters, and now runs local business Heaven at Number 7, which she formed in 2010. Harriet also sings with local choir, The Hythe Singers, and retains a passion for bringing music to education. She’s delighted to have the opportunity to bring her experience in business and marketing to St Jude’s.
Kate Smith (Associate Member)
I have been a teacher for 15 years and with a degree in Primary Education and a PGCE in Early Years Research I hold both QTS and EYT status. I have been teaching in Early years for 10 years and have been Acorns class teacher since 2018. I am passionate about the importance of high quality early education; the unique nature of this developmental period; and its crucial role in closing the attainment gap. Outside of school, I am mum to Maisie who has just started secondary school. I am also a keen (if slow) runner.
Will Hall (Associate Member)
Will is a civil servant working on major events within the Cabinet Office. He has experience leading teams that have help respond to most of the major events and incidents that have impacted the UK over the last few years.
Prior to this, Will was an officer within the British Army, training and leading soldiers in various locations including two tours of Afghanistan. He is a generalist who hopes to bring a range of leadership and project management skills to help support the St. Jude's Federation. As a new governor he is keen to learn from the team and support wherever he can.
Will lives in Egham with his wife Emma, their daughter Olivia, who is a pupil at the infant school who is thriving, their toddler son Max and their dog Hector!