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Wolvercote primary School

Who are the governors?

The governing body is made up of the Headteacher and people from various different groups who have an interest in the success of the school, including parents, staff, the local authority and the community. The governors welcome a range of viewpoints, and make decisions together about a variety of issues. Between them, governors have a wide breadth of skills and experience to enable the governing body collectively to support and challenge the school leadership. As vacancies arise, specific skills are targeted to fill gaps in the governing body. As a result, key professional skills are represented from law, accountancy, architecture to educational skills.


Chair of Governors: Jenny Knight

Vice Chair: Austen Cook

Chair of Impact Committee: Margaret Stevens

Chair of Resources Committee: Austen Cook

Headteacher: Lucy Young

Clerk to Governors: Julie Stuart-Thompson


Parent Governors

Austen Cook

Felice Nassar 

Elaine Johnstone

Sarah Man 


Staff Governors

Amy Macpherson (Teaching Staff)

Martha Ettouil (Support Staff)


Community Governors

Jenny Knight

James McNicoll

Margaret Simon

Margaret Stevens

Rob Whitty

Paul Buckley

Co-opted Governor

Peter Mole


Associate Governors

Louise Eames (Business Manager) - Resources Committee Only

Margaret Stevens,  Community Governor

I am a Professor of Economics at Oxford University. Earlier in my career I was a secondary school maths teacher and an advisory teacher for the use of computers in Oxfordshire schools. I have lived locally since 1988, and was a Parent Governor at Wolvercote when my children attended the school in the 1990s. I was elected Chair of Governors in September 2014.


Rob Whitty, Community Governor

I am a parent of three children in Wolvercote. Having grown up abroad, I have a postgraduate degree that reflects my background in international health development. I initially managed emergency aid projects abroad. As a practical and hands-on individual, I now co-run an Oxford based company that designs, builds, equips and develops health infrastructure capacity worldwide.


James McNicoll, Community Governor

I am an engineer, born and educated in Australia. Much of my career has involved managing very large projects for an international contractor. My experience also includes general management and MD roles in the UK and Holland. I have lived in North Oxford for the past thirteen years and my wife Kathryn was briefly at Wolvercote School in 1962. I am the current chair of the Finance and Resources Committee.


Jenny Knight, Chair of Governors, Community Governor
My career was in primary education as a teacher in Primary, First and Middle schools, in London and Oxfordshire. This has included Headship and Deputy Headship Roles. I have lived in the area for over twenty years and both my children attended Wolvercote School. Following my retirement from full time work, I have become a part time tutor with the Workers Education Association, teaching courses related to primary education. I am governor with responsibility for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.


Margaret Simon, Community Governor 

I have lived in Wolvercote for 25 years.  I recently retired as the manager of a GP practice in East Oxford. Prior to this I spent a number of years working in fund-raising and development in the higher education sector, including for the universities of Birmingham and Oxford.  Earlier in my career I worked in arts marketing in Manchester and Oxford, and for the Arts Council. I am the Governor lead for safeguarding.


Felice Nassar, Parent Governor

I am an active member in the life of the school and have 3 children here. As a family we have also lived in Nazareth, Israel, where I was also a Board Member of a school for several years. In Israel, I managed a department of a large NGO that focused on health and environmental rights. I have a great interest in and drive for high quality and well-rounded education. My career has included positions in fundraising for charities and NGOs, together with business research and conferences. Currently I work for Oxford University.


Austen Cook, Vice Chair, Chair of Resources Committee, Parent Governor

I live in Wolvercote and have two children, one currently at the school. I am a chartered accountant and have a degree in IT. Since 2004 I have been working as an independent consultant for local government children and adult social care. My work involves protecting front line services from government cuts, by delivering efficiencies. I currently work for both Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire County Council.


Martha Ettouil, Staff Governor

I was born in Durham but moved to Oxford aged one where I attended local schools (St Barnabas, Bishop Kirk Middle and then Cherwell). I gained a BSc in Biology and Geography from Liverpool University, then an MA in Environment, Development and Policy from Sussex University. I travelled for a while, and then became a generalist adviser at the Citizens Advice Bureau before ten years at a law firm advising and representing clients in their immigration matters. I have been a TA at Wolvercote Primary School now for over six years, and hope to qualify as a primary school teacher in the near future. I have two sons aged 11 and 13 who attend Cherwell School.


Paul Buckley, Community Governor

I am a retired academic engineer, and currently a local councillor. After posts in Oxford, Strasbourg and Manchester, I returned to Oxford in 1990, and have lived in Wolvercote ever since. Until retiring in 2012, I was a Professor of Engineering Science at Oxford University and Tutorial Fellow of Balliol College. In May 2017, I was elected to Oxfordshire County Council, where I am proud to represent Wolvercote and part of Summertown. I am the governor for behaviour and attendance.


Peter Mole, Co-opted Governor

I have two girls, Alathea, who is now at Cherwell and Leyla who is in year 6. I am married to Rebecca Avern. Since studying Modern History at Oxford I have been an acupuncturist for 40 years.  I have written a major textbook on acupuncture and I am the Dean of the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine.