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.


Mike Brennan


Co-opted Governor

I was delighted to be elected as a

co-opted Governor earlier this year and my daughter attends Yattendon as part of the 2018 Year 3 cohort.

My background: 17 years military service with the majority of positions orientated around information, intelligence and cyber security roles. I’m now part of the cyber security function working in the financial sector. I am hoping to use my experience and skills in strategic planning, process optimisation and advising on e-safety to best effect at Yattendon.

It is heartening to see the focus placed on living the values at Yattendon. I advocate that every child should be given the opportunity to flourish and achieve their full potential in a supportive and caring environment whilst providing them with the resilience and fortitude to overcome the challenges that modern life presents.

David King

Co-chair and Parent Governor

I was delighted to be elected as a parent Governor late last year. 
I have a daughter who joined Yattendon in September 2016 who is delighted I am 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 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.


Ann-Kathrin Baumgardt
Vice Chair

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.

Elvira Mackenzie
Co-opted Governor

I joined the governing body in September 2010 as a parent governor. I'm married and have two children; both attended Yattendon and are now in secondary school. I have lived in Horley for 16 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.

Guy Perkins


Having taught for a number of years in Surrey primary schools, I joined Yattendon in September 2010 as Deputy Headteacher and was appointed Head Teacher in 2016. 

I have always had a passion for education, and I 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 of eighteen and two 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.

Ruth Bienkowski
John Jennings
Community Governor 
Although not having a child at Yattendon School, I have been a Co-opted Governor for over ten years. Now retired but as a result of my background in industry and human resources my prime focus has been on finance and staffing matters. 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.

Alastair Reid

Associate Governor

I have lived in West Sussex and Surrey for my whole life, and have been teaching physics and science at the secondary level since 2006. I have recently joined Yattendon's Governing Body as an Associate Member and I am excited to find out more about how Yattendon works and to see how I can help the school to achieve its shared vision.


Javeria Khatoon

Co-opted Governor

I have been an associate member of the governing body since 2016. My daughter joined Yattendon in 2016 and my son a year after. I have been living in Horley since 2007. I have started in Bobtails Preschool as Early Years Practitioner. I have been very impressed with the school and especially its values and Y factor, that does motivate children to do well not only in academics but also in their life skills. It's an honour to be part of such a wonderful school and will happily support it in every possible way and looking forward to its continued success.

Tina Rowbotham
Clerk to the Governors

Judith Barlow

I was elected in December 2019 by the staff at Yattendon to join the Governing Board as a Staff Governor.  I have worked in Surrey schools for over 15 years, initially as a teaching assistant before training to become a teacher.  I joined the staff at Yattendon in September 2018 and currently work as year leader and teacher in Year 5.

I'm really keen to help support the school in any way I can, to ensure the best possible experience and progress for children who attend our school.