Meet the Governors

Chair of Governors

Marilyn Cornwell

"I am delighted to be offered the opportunity to be Chair of Governors at Parsons Down Partnership of Schools. I have a passion for education and believe that we should all strive to offer the best we can to the children in our schools. I have lived in West Berkshire for many years, moving here in 1984 with my husband and 2 children. Before that, my husband’s job took us to different parts of the country; I was fortunate to work in a wide range of schools before joining Bucklebury Primary School as a teacher and subsequently Headteacher before my appointment as Headteacher at Thatcham Park in 2005. I am, therefore, very familiar with the local area, its schools and the communities they serve. Since retiring in 2013 I continue to use and develop my skills to support young people, taking up voluntary work with the Young Witness Support Service. I hope to make a positive contribution to the Governing Board, supporting the development of the whole school community to secure the best possible outcomes for all those involved."

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Co-opted Governors

Ian Nichol (Vice Chair)

"I have lived in the Newbury area for the last 14 years and for the majority of my working life I have been a chief officer and director in local government, most recently working for borough councils in London, focusing on strategies and programmes in the areas of economic development, regeneration, adults' and children's services. I am now semi-retired with my own consultancy company. I am a governor of another primary school in Newbury and a trustee of the West Berkshire Volunteer Centre."

Dr Daphne Boddy

"I have recently retired after a 40 year career as an Old Age Psychiatrist, the last 31 years being spent as the senior consultant in the Newbury Older People's Mental Health Team. My special interest was the setting up of services for people with dementia and the last few years were spent solely working in the Memory Clinic. I was appointed as a co-opted governor in September 2016. Having had no experience of schools at this level I have found it an interesting and rewarding experience. I have taken on the roles of Governor with a Special Interest in Science and of Health and Safety Governor. I have also enjoyed attending the Year 4 Christmas play and helping with the administration of the Year 6 SATs exams. I hope to continue to become more involved with the everyday life of the school as my experience increases."

Stephen Hennah

"I have been living Berkshire since 1998, when I started at Reading University on a one year Geology course. At the time I did not know that my life would develop permanently in Berkshire, having first started my teaching career at the University of Reading and then on to secondary school where I teach Geography at the Hurst Community College. I have always enjoyed the challenge of learning and embracing new things and I am very grateful for all the life experiences that this has given me. I hope to inspire others to fulfil their dreams and ambitions too."

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Parent Governors

Sam Bartholomew

"As a Mum of two boys at Parsons Down Partnership, I am relishing the opportunity to work alongside governors, the teaching staff and parents to ensure the school provides the best possible learning journey for all pupils. I have been privileged to work at both schools, and have witnessed first-hand what an incredible teaching staff we have. I believe that the senior leadership team, led by Miss Shave, has a clear vision for the continued development and improvement of teaching across the partnership and I am keen to support this through the role of Parent Governor.


Having launched and run a successful photography business for the past 12 years, I aim to use the knowledge I have developed to enhance the collective skill set of the governing board."

Rhys Morgan

"I grew up in the Thatcham area until moving away to study.


After graduating, I moved to Bonn, Germany for three years where I trained adults in business communication for companies such as Deutsche Telekom and Deutsche Post. 


Returning to the UK, I followed my real passion, which was was working with young people and as such, completed my Teacher Training at the University of London and I currently work in a West Berkshire secondary school as an English Teacher. My professional interests include all aspects of literacy and teacher training/further development. 


I have two boys at the partnership and wanted to offer something back to the schools in return for the excellent education that both my children are receiving. Hence, I’m delighted at being appointed a Parent Governor and look forward to working with the staff and other governors to represent parental views with appropriate humility."

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Local Authority Governor

Rosemary Lilley

"I took up my Local Authority Governor’s appointment shortly after retiring in 2006 hoping that I could use some of my time to continue to support children in West Berkshire following a career as both a practitioner and manager in children’s social care. My contribution to the Parsons Down Schools arises from my working career and ongoing involvement in children’s issues. In 1988 I came to West Berkshire and until retirement managed the local Family Centre for a national children’s charity. This involved me in work with children and parents, recruitment and management of staff and volunteers, managing a substantial budget, working with a range of other professionals and involvement in some of the strategic groups which co-ordinate services across the Local Authority. Since retiring I have continued to work part time managing Newbury Family Counselling Service, a local charity. I am also involved with the local voluntary and community sector and represent the sector on the Local Safeguarding Children Board."

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Governing Board Information


Governors Annual Statement

Instrument of Government


Governors Code of Conduct


Governors Allowances Policy


Governing Board Meeting Dates

Governor Attendance Report


Governing Board Structure and Roles


Register of business interests, financial interests and governance roles in other schools

Terms of Reference


Minutes of Governors’ Meetings


Copies of governing board minutes are stored at Parson Down Infant School and are available on request from the clerk. To request  a copy of the minutes please contact the PDI office (

Parsons Down Infant School

Paynesdown Road, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 3TE


Tel: 01635 862475


Parsons Down Junior School

Herons Way, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 3SR


Tel: 01635 866700


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