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. He then became a parent governor at Kendrick School in Reading in 2004, subsequently joining the Interim Executive Board at Shinfield St Mary’s Junior School in 2010 where he became Chair and led the school out of Special Measures to Good in December 2013.

In September 2013 Mark was elected Chair of Governors at Whiteknights as the local authority governor, supporting and challenging 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 National Leader of Governance, and also an independent education consultant undertaking governance reviews of other school boards locally.

Mark’s huge contribution to school governance was recognised in the summer of 2014 when he was awarded an MBE for services to governance, and he also has a book published entitled ‘Effective School Governance’.

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Bridget Reynolds

Teacher Governor
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.

Fraser McCarthy

Co-opted Governor

I joined the governing body in March 2020 wanting to use any relevant skills and experience to support the school.  My son is a pupil here, and is noticeably benefiting from the quality of education delivered by the superb team that has made the school what it is today.  The opportunity to volunteer as a school governor is a great way for me to give something back, to support the good work that the staff and governors are already doing.  It's a privilege to play a part in "growing greatness" in the children that attend the school and to serve the local community.

My background has been in various sectors of IT and communications with a focus on technical operations, service delivery and management.  My work responsibilities also include maintaining standards, ensuring technical, procedural and policy compliance with GDPR, ISO27001 along with a number of other industry standards and accreditations.  There's a proverb that states that "iron sharpens iron", and it's impressive to see the ambition of striving towards excellence already in the school - I'm certainly learning a lot in this role and hoping that I can also contribute much towards achieving the best outcomes for our children.

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Keith Grainger

Co-opted Governor
Keith graduated with an 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 Master’s degree in Education Management and attained the National Professional Qualification for Headship.  He has been working at Garth Hill College since 2001 and became Principal in 2007.  He has extensive experience of working with other schools (former PIXL Club Associate and Chair of the Bracknell Forest Secondary Headteachers’ Group).  He currently sits on the Bracknell Forest Safeguarding Board Partnership and Bracknell Forest Schools’ Forum. He is skilled in all main aspects of education management including finance, curriculum and assessment. He is married with three children, and his interests outside of education include music, military history and Chelsea Football Club.
  • - 28 years in education; 19 years as a senior leader
  • - Principal of large secondary school (OFSTED ‘Good’)
  • - Eight years as a primary school governor
  • - Former PIXL Club Board Member and Associate (2008-2017)
  • - Former Chair of LSCB Committee on Learning and Professional Development (2016-17)
  • - Former Chair of Bracknell Forest Secondary Headteachers’ Group (2014-2017)


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Steve Curtis

Co-opted Governor
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  also currently a member of the Resources committee within the governing body.
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Helen Kean

Parent Governor
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

Co-opted Governor
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

Co-opted Governor
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. 

Rhoda Agbamuche

Parent Governor
My name is Rhoda Agbamuche and I am a mother to three children; two are at Whiteknights - Ekene and Amara, and Oliseh has moved on from Whiteknights to Secondary school. I am a retail Manager for a well-known retail brand . I have over 15 years of managerial experience in the retailing sector. The reason I wanted to be a Governor was  to help the school achieve its aims. I come from a well-educated family in Africa, and seeing children progress towards achieving what they wish to do is my desire. As an elected Parent Governor I would like to invest my time in making sure learning and the development of children are working priorities. Seeing children from different backgrounds achieving excellent results as a team is my passion.
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Velraj Kuppusamy

Associate Governor

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 studied at Whiteknights, and both my sons now study 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

Co-opted Governor

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.