The governors at St Jude's Junior School 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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) RETIRED
Carlos Pittol (Foundation Governor - VICE CHAIR)
Carlos has been a governor since 2009, first at Englefield Green Infant School and then at St Jude's, where he is currently vice chair of Governors. He has two daughters; the elder graduated from St Jude's in 2013 and the younger daughter is currently in Year 7. 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.
Dan Parsonage (Parent Governor)
As a parent governor, I believe I will be uniquely placed to champion the views of parents and will be supportive and proactive in helping to guide the continuing improvement of the school. 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, Maxime, and then Oscar in year 4. Max will be moving up to St Jude’s in a year’s time and now I feel it is time to give something back to the community and school.
Dipak Gohil (Parent Governor) RETIRED
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. Her key responsibility is the quality of teaching and learning.
Vicki Chiverton (Headteacher)
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.
Xavier Brice (Foundation Governor) CHAIR
Xavier moved to Englefield Green in 2005, when with his wife, Hanna, joined Royal Holloway. Their eldest daughter, Alexa, has had four happy years at St Jude's and her sister Lulu is now learning and thriving here too. 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.
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.
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 5. At St Jude’s, Helen also chairs the Admissions Committee.
Sunita Patel (Associate Member) RETIRED
Juan Pemberton (Foundation Governor)
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.
Justin Roe (Foundation Governor) RETIRED
Emily Stanton (Non voting – 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). 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.
Paul Ferguson (Parent Governor) RETIRED
Jesper Bagger (Associate Member)
Jesper has two children, Elliot (Y5 at St. Jude’s Junior) and Freya (Y1 at St. Jude’s Infant). The St. Jude’s schools have given Elliot and Freya a phenomenal start to their life in education and Jesper is now keen to give back and support education provision in the community. Professionally, Jesper is a Reader in Economics at Royal Holloway, where he is also the Academic Director of Recruitment and Communications at the School of Law and Social Sciences.
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 Year 4 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.
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.