Governor Profiles

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Mark A'Bear

Chairman of Governors

Mark has been a governor since 1998 when he first joined Polehampton Junior School then became a parent governor at Kendrick School in Reading in 2004. In 2010 he joined the Interim Executive Board at Shinfield St Mary’s Junior School where he became Chair and led the school out of Special Measures to Good in December 2013. Mark ensured his successor was well established as the new Chair before leaving that governing body in July 2014.

Mark was appointed as Chair of Governors by the local authority in September 2013 and has supported the school’s journey from ‘Requiring Improvement’ to ‘Good’ as judged by Ofsted in September 2014.

Governor Services asked Mark to support other governors in Wokingham and he does this by acting as a mentor to new Chairs of Governors. He is a Governor at Lambs Lane Primary School, and is also an independent education consultant. He has recently become an accredited National Leader of Governance (NLG), and is the first governor to achieve this in the Borough; this means he is involved in a variety of work with Governing Bodies across England.

 Mark’s huge contribution to school governance was recognised in the summer of 2014 when he was awarded an MBE for services to governance.

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Velraj Kuppusamy

I am a Database Administrator at the Oracle Corporation in Reading. I was co-elected by the full governing body in September 2016. My younger son Adhvay studies at Whiteknights, while my older son, Akshay, studies at Reading School. At Whiteknights I am currently designated as a Health and Safety governor. Being part of an experienced governing team is highly motivating and I enjoy contributing to the school's vision.


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Nina Edwards

I have two children, Rhys and Brooke, and I work at the University of Reading where I am responsible for the training and development of new teaching staff.  My son Rhys started at Whiteknights in September 2012 and since then the School has made fantastic progress with a new headteacher and two Ofsted inspections taking place.  I joined the governing body in December 2014, having been appointed by the full governing body. It was an exciting time to join, and I have enjoyed working with the pupils, parents and staff to help ensure that Whiteknights is the very best it can be. I am currently vice chair of the governing body, with responsibility for Development.

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Bridget Reynolds

I have worked in Education for the past 18 years. Prior to this, I worked for the Civil Service and have been a childminder when my own children were young.

As a qualified teacher for the past fifteen years alongside being a qualified SENCO for the past ten years, I feel that I can bring a wealth of experience regarding both teaching pedagogy and meeting the learning needs of the pupils at our school to the Governing Body.  I am committed to ensure that our school continues to offer all pupils the very best start in life and that they can reach their full potential. I am looking forward to working as a governor and I hope that my contribution will help the school strengthen.

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Adenike Kalejaiya

Professionally I am a Marketing Communications Consultant, helping companies to engage and interact with their customers using power of the media. I am married and have two children. I live in the Reading area and feel privileged to belong to this community.

I wanted to become a Governor as I am passionate about high quality education and I wanted to do something to support my local school. I was appointed by the full governing body in December 2014, and I am proud to be a member of the team of dedicated volunteers who are committed to high quality education opportunities for all our children. I feel I understand how passionate parents can be about education and hope to use my skills to work with parents and other stakeholders within the school community to ensure that the school has a positive and important profile in the local community.

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Keith Grainger

Keith Grainger has been Principal of Garth Hill College since 2007.  Keith graduated with an upper second class Honours degree in Social Science in 1991, and then completed a PGCE course in History, gaining distinction in practice.  He began teaching in 1992.  He has a Masters Degree in Education Management and has attained the National Professional Qualification for Headship.  As a Local Leader of Education and Associate for The PIXL Club (Partners in Excellence) Keith works with other schools in Berkshire and the west of England.  He is also a primary school governor and trustee of Learning to Work (formerly East Berks Education Business Partnership).  Keith is married with three children.

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Steve Curtis

I am father to Charlotte, Freya and Joshua. Joshua attends Whiteknights and Freya and Charlotte have moved on to Maiden Erlegh School.                        

I am an electrical engineer by profession, and work locally for National Grid as an operational manager at the Electricity National Control Centre.

I am currently a member of the Resources committee within the governing body.

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Helen Kean

I joined the Governing Body in September 2016 as a Parent Governor. My daughter started at Whiteknights in 2014 in Reception and in the following 2 years I saw great developments in the approach and teaching within Key Stage 1. I work in the chemical industry for a consultancy company and am on a training panel for professionals in my discipline. By joining the Governors, I hope to be able to bring my experiences of the external working world to help the school to be well placed to support its pupils achieve their maximum potential.


Alison Attard

I was appointed by the full governing body in April 2018, and am currently the Access & Inclusion Governor.

After 30 years of working in the information and library sector I am now working part-time in a totally different field.  This leaves me time to devote to my governing responsibilities and I look forward to working in partnership with the other governors to ensure that Whiteknights provides the best possible education for all the children.

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Julie Foster


My background is in finance and accounting.  After working in an audit firm, I took time out from my career to raise my children.  My association with Whiteknights started in 2015, when I joined the school as School Business Manager.  I thoroughly enjoyed my time working at the school and am extremely proud to have been associated with the school and its growth in terms of results and the physical environment.  I now look forward to continuing my association with the school as a governor providing support wherever I can.