Meet the Governors

What is a Governing Body?

The Government requires that each school has a management team known as a governing body. This team is made up of the various stakeholders that the school serves (parents, local authority, staff and community). Governors are either elected or appointed, e.g. parent governors are elected from the parent body; the local authority (LA) appoints governors, the governing body appoints community governors.


The Governing Body has three core functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


Structure of the governing body:

At Yattendon we meet as a Full Governing Body on at least seven occasions throughout the year. Unlike some schools, we no longer operate with separate committees focusing on resources and pupil standards but instead work collaboratively to monitor these through an ongoing cycle. In addition, where working parties are required to monitor particular areas of school life, these are formed as necessary. We do however operate a pay committee and a headteacher’s appraisal committee.


Yattendon Governors

If you are interested in helping to make Yattendon the best school it can be and want to be more involved in school life then please contact us ( for more information.



Gemma Wilcox - Chair of Governors
Parent Governor

I was appointed as Chair of Governors in September, having been a parent governor at Yattendon since September 2013. I've lived in Horley all my life and am a full-time mum to our three boys, two of which are here at Yattendon.

The area of school development that I am currently responsible for is Behaviour. 

I really enjoy being part of a great team and I am very pleased to have this opportunity to support the school in its continued development and success.

Elvira Mackenzie - Vice Chair of Governors
Co-opted Governor

I joined the governing body in September 2010 as a parent governor. I'm married and have two children, my eldest is now at secondary school and my daughter is at Yattendon, I have lived in Horley for 13 years. Before becoming a full time mum I worked in the travel industry for Continental Airlines and where I worked as a Manager in Customer Services. Impressed by the school, when my son started, I thought it would be great to get more directly involved and look forward to seeing the school continue to flourish.

Yasmin Ravandi

Co-opted Governor

I have been a co-opted governor at Yattendon since June 2016 and am very excited to be part of the ‘Yattendon’ team. I have been the Co-Headteacher of Felbridge Primary School since September 2015, having been the deputy headteacher for the previous 7 years, following a relocation from London. I had previously worked in North London, in a 3 form entry Junior school, very similar to Yattendon itself and have always loved the ‘feel’ of a Junior school. I live in Horley and have a young son who will be starting school in Horley next September. I am very much looking forward my role as governor at this unique and exciting school. I think the school’s shared vision of the ‘Y’ factor is very inspiring and I look forward to seeing it in practice through my work and contributions on the governing body.

Guy Perkins


Having taught for a number of years in Surrey primary schools, I joined Yattendon in September 2010 as Deputy Headteacher. I was soon struck by the unique atmosphere at Yattendon largely influenced by the enthusiasm for learning of Yattendon children.

In May 2016 I was extremely proud to be appointed Headteacher of Yattendon School. 

I have always had a passion for education, and am particularly keen to develop in children a sense of responsibility and enthusiasm for their own learning.

I live fairly locally near Dorking and have a daughter who is being educated in a Surrey school and 2 young sons. Parenting is not easy in the twenty-first century. Pressures that come with being a working parent can mean that engaging with your child’s education is particularly challenging. I am keen to involve parents and carers as much as possible, and help them feel part of the school community.

John Jennings
Community Governor 
Although not having a child at Yattendon School, I have been a Community Governor for over ten years. Now retired but as a result of my background in industry and human resources my prime focus has been as a member of the Resources Committee. Yattendon is a special school and I feel privileged to have been involved with it.

Jan Clark
Partnership Governor

I have been a Governor at Yattendon school for a number of years and when my son left Yattendon in July 2013 I decided to continue as a Governor because I am passionate about the direction the school is heading and so much good work has been done by all under the leadership of Dave Cole and Guy Perkins. My background in Employment Law, working for the Home Office, has supported my role as Governor and I am sure it will continue to do so. I enjoy being part of the team that continues to work hard to ensure the school is an outstanding place to learn not just in academia, but also in the rich learning experiences that will set the foundation for our children's values throughout their lifetime.

David King

Parent Governor

I was delighted to be elected as a parent Governor late last year. My wife and I have lived in Horley for 20 years.
We have a daughter who joined Yattendon in September 2016 who is delighted we are involved within the school.
My background has been working in social care since 2000 helping vulnerable adults and more recently moving to staff relations and also in customer services and retail management.
I am really enthusiastic to be part of the governing body and look forward to making a positive impact in our community and in the children's learning and development. I strongly believe in the values of Yattendon School especially that every child matters, and each can reach great individual goals.
I firmly believe when children learn efficiently, gain confidence and develop, it has a huge impact on how they move forward in years to come.
I am looking forward to the opportunities of being an active part of the governing body and being a support to the school as much as possible.


Alison Burgess - Year 3 Teacher
Co-opted Governor

I joined Yattendon School in September 2013 and am currently teaching in Year 3. Prior to joining Yattendon, I worked at a school in Crawley for two years. Before to becoming a teacher I worked for the Local Government for several years and was also a Governor at a school in West Sussex.

I really enjoy the challenges of being part of a Governing Body and am enjoying this role at Yattendon School.

Ann-Kathrin Baumgardt
Co-opted Governor

I have recently been appointed to the governing body at Yattendon. Born and raised in Germany I have been living in the UK since 2004 and in Earlswood since 2010.

I’m very excited to be part of a great team of governors and to be able to actively contribute and make a difference in my community. Great education is one of the most important foundations to help children grow up into confident, self-expressed, happy and fulfilled adults; Yattendon’s vision of developing the “whole child” encompasses that.

With the skills and professional experience I have acquired over the past twelve years I hope to be able to contribute to the continued success of Yattendon School where children are able to fulfill their full potential.

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Elaine Hampson


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James Murtagh

Staff Governor

I joined Yattendon School in September 2015 and am currently teaching in Year 4. Prior to joining Yattendon, I worked as an LSA in both Secondary and Primary education. I trained to become a teacher as part of the S.C.I.T.T. programme and am now in my second full year.

I became a governor in 2016 and look forward to the year ahead. I am particularly keen on helping the school move forward in its vision for Maths and sports, as well as continuing the work the school does on promoting growth mindsets.

Tina Rowbotham
Clerk to the Governors