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Governing Body

Mr Andrew Brodie (Chair) Co-opted Governor
Mr Mark Ashmore (Vice Chair) Co-opted Governor
Mr Paul Leather Parent Governor (elected)
Mrs Diane Wilkins Staff Governor (elected)
Mrs Louise Faraday Staff Governor (elected)
Mrs Alison Shemwell Co-opted Governor
Mr Dane Gowlett Co-opted Governor
Mr Anand Das Co-opted Governor
Mrs Karen Sarbutts Co-opted Governor
Mr Matthew Hoddinott Co-opted Governor
Mr Chris Balderstone Co-opted Governor


Management & Resources Committee


Mr M Ashmore (Chair)
Mr P Leather
Mr D Gowlett
Mr A Das
Mrs K Sarbutts
Mr Matthew Hoddinott

Learning & Teaching Committee

Mr A Brodie (Chair)
Mrs K Sarbutts  
Mr P Webster  
Mrs A Shemwell
Mrs D Wilkins
Mr C Balderstone


Governor Information


Andrew Brodie

Chair Of Governors. I have been part of the governing board for 5 years and recently became Chair having served as Vice Chair for 2 years.

I have two children at Old Stratford and became involved on the governing group to contribute to the school and ensure we provide an outstanding education for our children. My day job is HR & Communications Director for a Food company so hopefully have some relevant skills in people, strategy & communications that I can bring to the school.

Mark Ashmore

Chair of Management & Resources Committee and Vice Chair Of Governors. I became involved as a governor because I am the parent of 3 children ay old Stratford and feel it is important to take part in their education in whatever way I can.

I am an events manager for a wine company specialising in outdoor events, cultural, sporting and music. As a manager I bring my organisational, man management and operational experience to the governing body.

Phil Webster

 I am currently chair of the learning and teaching committee and wanted to become involved because my three children go to the school.  I am a head teacher of a school in Milton Keynes where I have been for eight years and believe my experience will be of worth to the school.

Karen Sarbutts

I am currently the Head of School at Old Stratford Primary School. I have worked in a number of schools and have a huge passion for children's learning and encouraging children to be well rounded individuals. Being fresh from the classroom I believe I can help drive the school forward to outstanding. I enjoy meeting with all stakeholders ensuring a collective vision for the school as well as clear robust policies.

Louise Faraday

I have been a governor for  3 years. I have worked in a number of schools and feel I bring a number of different experiences to help move the school forward. I enjoy being involved in making policy decisions and implemented how they work in practice across the school.

Di Wilkins

I am a teacher at Old Stratford and have been the teaching representative on the governors since November 2013.

My role is to support the governing body and head teacher in making and carrying out policy decisions for the benefit of the school, its pupils and staff. As a teacher I understand the implications of policy decisions and how they affect day to day issues at the school.

Dane Gowlett

I manage part of a global I.T. team, responsible for providing user support to over 60,000 people around the world, working for a large financial institute operating out of the heart of Milton Keynes.

I became a governor as a way to get involved in the local community, utilising my skills as a people manager and experience within the I.T. industry to support the development of our school system.

Paul Leather

I’ve been involved with Old Stratford Primary since 2004 when my eldest child Johnnie joined the school. Over the years Johnnie was followed by Georgie, Tilly and Hattie. By the time Hattie leaves in 2019 I’ll have been associated with the school for more than 15 years.
 Professionally, I’ve held senior roles in the media for more than 25 years so understand the importance of good communication to ensure everyone feels informed, involved and valued.
Being a parent governor gives me the opportunity to be more closely involved with the school and use my professional experience and skills to help staff, parents and most importantly, the children, have the best possible experience during their time at Old Stratford.

Christopher Balderstone

Chair of Learning & Teaching Committee, former governor of a local primary and several multi-academy trust primary and secondary schools. Solicitor since 1988, with experience in leisure retail, house building and education sectors. I hope to bring commercial and technical support to the governors and the school.

Matthew Hoddinott

I have been part of the governing board for since Autumn 2016 and am passionate about the excellent academic and social skills our Children receive from the wonderful community school.
I have one child at Old Stratford and became involved on the governing group to contribute to the school ensuring we continue to strive for an outstanding all-encompassing education for our children. I am the Managing Director of a small business consultancy dealing with environmental solutions in the roofing, paving and water management industries.

Anand Das

I am currently employed by a large Pharmaceutical Company and drive their Business Technology needs within their commercial Business Unit. I have worked across the private sector for over 20+ years with extensive experience in research & development, Finance and Technology. I have 2 young children aged 10 and 13 and as an active parent have a keen interest in education. I have become governor to offer my service to the community by leveraging my experience and knowledge to help the school excel and advance.