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Governing Body

Mr Steve Southgate Parent Governor (elected)
TBC Parent Governor (elected)
Mr Paul Leather Parent Governor (elected)
Mrs Diane Wilkins Staff Governor (elected)
Mrs Alison Shemwell Co-opted Governor
Mrs Louise Faraday Co-opted Governor
Mr Andrew Brodie (Chair) Co-opted Governor
Mr Mark Ashmore (Vice Chair) Co-opted Governor
Mr Dane Gowlett Co-opted Governor



Governors’ Learning & Management Teaching & Resources Committee Plus Pay Committee


Mr M Ashmore (Chair)
Mr P Leather
Mr D Gowlett

Learning & Teaching Committee

Mr P Webster  
Mr A Brodie (Chair)
Mr S Southgate
Mrs A Shemwell


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.

Louise Faraday

I am currently the head of school at Old Stratford and 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.


Steve Southgate

I am a secondary school teacher and Old Stratford parent who joined the Governing Board in September 2015 in order to contribute to our community and be closely involved with the education of our children.
I value the importance of education, not only to enhance academic ability, but to provide a foundation for the skills required in future life.