Meet our Governors
Geoff Sutton - WPS CHAIR
Chair of Governors
Chair of Resources Committee
My association with Windmill goes back a while. I started my education at Windmill Infant School in the late 1960’s and was very pleased when my eldest daughter continued the family link and also joined Windmill Primary. She is now in Year 5 with my other daughter in Year 2.
The governor’s role is to be a critical friend to the management team and help improve the strategic vision and financial position of the school. As a continuous improvement consultant and project manager with many years’ experience working across different sectors. I see the governor’s role as very similar to what I do professionally and the set of skills I possess will hopefully enable me to make a meaningful contribution to the governance of the school.
I am very pleased we achieved “Outstanding” during the Ofsted inspection and intend to fully play my part in keeping the school at that standard and indeed improve yet further. Accordingly I am currently serving on the Finance, Pay and Personnel committee, both helping the school management team deliver effective financial control along with having the best staff in place to support the education of our children. There are many challenges the school faces but I look forward to being part of the team that helps to overcome those problems and to improve what we do and how we do it.
Xana Almeida - Co-Opted Governor
Vice Chair of Resources Committee
My name is Xana (short version for Alexandra) and I’m originally from Portugal. I have lived in Cambridge for the past 15 years, where I have completed my doctoral degree in Neuronal Development. Currently, I'm a project manager at the Neuroscience, Ethics and Society Research Group, based in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford. Our research involves bringing young people's voices into societal debates surrounding about ethics, new technologies and mental health.
I have volunteered to become a school Governor, as I would like to play an active role in helping the school ensure a caring, challenging and well-rounded education for our children. I’m excited and privileged to be a part of a dedicated team, committed to supporting and driving our school forward. I look forward to making a valuable contribution to the school in my duties as Governor.
Laura Atkinson, Staff Governor
I first started teaching at Windmill in September 2015 as an NQT. I thoroughly enjoy working in a school that allows every pupil and member to grow as an individual. It is a delight to work in a school that is creative and values based.
I love seeing the children grow and develop and I am committed to supporting this journey. I like that every child and every working day is different. I enjoy the challenges of being a class teacher, as well as combining this with co-ordinating Geography and Key Stage 1 reading. As a member of the Governing Body I am looking forward to working with and getting to know members of the wider Windmill Community.
Nick Hunter - Parent Governor
Chair of Curriculum Committee
I have been involved with Windmill since 2011 when my eldest son joined the school. I've enjoyed getting involved in the life of the school wherever possible, producing the termly newsletter and chairing the WSA in the past.
My professional background is in educational publishing so I spend a lot of time working with schools and teachers and have a good background knowledge of curriculum needs and other pressures facing schools.
I think Windmill’s strengths lie in the vibrant school community and the many opportunities that children have in sport, music and other areas, as well as excellent teaching and learning. I hope that as a governor I can help to build on these strengths and support the school's staff in providing the best possible education for all pupils.
Rebecca Howard, Co-Opted Governor
Hello, my name is Becca Howard Burrell. I have two children now at Cheney School in years 9 and 10 and work as a counsellor and specialist mentor at Brookes University. Previous to this role I taught English in a north London secondary school and also worked as a peripatetic English teacher for students who had been excluded from mainstream education. I have worked as a counsellor and an extended schools coordinator for several primary and secondary school across Oxfordshire. I am passionate about the importance of primary education as the foundation for lifelong learning. Both my parents worked in Primary schools as does my husband in Buckinghamshire and I see working with Brookes students how their early experiences of education shape so much of their academic and personal lives. My main areas of experience and expertise are around safeguarding, raising the attainment of disadvantaged groups and the links between emotional wellbeing and the capacity to learn with particular interest in developing a growth mindset. Although my own children attended St Andrews I know from friends and colleagues what a vibrant, diverse and creative community Windmill School represents and it is a privilege to be part of your governing body.
Helen Jackson - Co-Opted Governor
I started working at Windmill in January 2015 and combine my teaching role with managing the Year 3 team and coordinating P4C. I also work as a mentor for students training to be teachers through the School Centred Initial Teacher Training programme. Windmill is a great school and one that I support with my whole family as my daughter is here too, she is now in Year 6. My elder daughter is now at Cheney in Year 8.
I have been teaching for over 20 years. I am pleased that I still would not want to do anything else, I love seeing the children in my class grow and develop. I have worked in several different schools and hope that my experiences will be useful to the governing body.
Peter Lockey ACIM - Co-Opted Governor
Health & Safety Governor
I have been a Community Governor for a several years now and I am also the Governor that focuses on Health & Safety issues. I chose to get involved with the school as I am keen to understand how the school operates and how I could contribute to raising its achievement and attainment.
I have worked in the retail sector for most of my career. I presently head up a marketing and design team for the Mid-counties Co-operative, which is the largest independent Co-operative Society in the UK with some 10,000 employees operating over 470 branches. The Society’s trading groups are food retail, funeral, travel, pharmacy, childcare nurseries, employee benefits and energy.
I am married with a nine year old daughter and I have a keen interest in fitness and have taken part in various events from the London Marathon and Blenheim Triathlon to Cycling from London to Paris.
Jessica Lorimer - Co-Opted Governor
I currently work at the University of Oxford, doing research on the ethics of early intervention programmes for the Department of Psychiatry. Prior to this I worked in schools and libraries across the world, including Japan and the USA. I have a BA and MSc in Developmental Psychology.
I’m excited to begin working with Windmill Primary School, and hope my perspective and experiences will be of use to the governing body.
Louise Murphy - Co-Opted Governor
Health & Wellbeing Governor
My relationship with Windmill is a long one! I first started working here in 2005 and have always valued the importance that the school places on creativity and valuing the whole child through a vibrant curriculum that enables all children to flourish. Windmill is a great school with a strong, supportive community and hardworking, dedicated staff; a school that I enjoy and am proud to be a part of.
I have been teaching for over 20 years and currently combine my teaching responsibilities with co-ordinating History and being the National Education Union (NEU) Rep. I have worked in a number of different schools both as a class teacher and a supply teacher and I hope that all of my experiences will be helpful to Windmill’s Governing Body. I am pleased that I am now able to continue my contributions to the school as a Governor.
Paul Smith - Parent Governor
I joined Windmill as a parent governor in 2017. My wife and I have lived in Headington for several years; our son is currently in Year 3 at the school.
My first career was in education. For several years in the 1990s I was a Physics teacher at Kent College, Canterbury. Eventually I left teaching to pursue a career in aviation, and now fly for BA as a longhaul captain.
Windmill is a vibrant and dynamic place. The commitment of the staff is readily apparent, and one can immediately see that the children are happy and enthusiastic about their school.
I feel very fortunate to be part of the governing body, and to be able to work with this experienced group in supporting the Windmill community.
Cllr Roz Smith - Local Authority Governor (LA)
Pupil Premium Governor
I have been a Local Authority (LA) appointed governor for Windmill Primary School since 2009 after being approached by some parents who knew I was interested in education and the links with the local community. I am also a governor at Headington Quarry Nursery and at St Andrew’s Primary School and immensely proud that all have received Outstanding and Good reports from Ofsted inspections.
I enjoy helping at the school and taking an active part in the fund-raising events. Previously I have served on the Premises, Health, Safety, & Environment committee and have recently joined the Curriculum Committee. I am committed to making sure our school is fit for purpose for our pupils and staff and that staff are supported to ensure our pupils receive an outstanding learning environment.
In the past I have served as a parent governor at primary and secondary schools. I have two grown up sons, a step daughter, and twelve grandchildren. I am actively involved with many local community groups and serve as a Trustee for Headington Quarry Village Hall, Risinghurst Community and Headington Community Associations.
I live locally, with my husband Paul, just around the corner from the school so understand local parent’s concerns about safe home to school travel.
Marcela Tarazona - Parent Governor
I am a mother of two boys going to Windmill. Since I first visited the school (now more than 4 years ago) I loved it and was convinced that I wanted my children to study here. Today, I still think the same. As a governor, I would like to represent the perspective of (working) mothers. As a parent who has lived in several countries, I strongly believe in the importance of education and attach high value to an environment that values diversity in culture, home language, beliefs and styles of parenting. I am exposed to contemporary thinking in child development and education through work, family and friends, and I believe Windmill Primary School is unique in its approach, paying key attention to socio-emotional skills and integrating this into the daily life of students, while at the same time building strong cognitive skills. My daily job is in international development (climate change and disaster risk)
Charles Vincent - Co-Opted Governor
I am currently a researcher in fusion energy, trying to use the processes of the Sun to produce carbon free energy. In my spare time I am part of the “A Glass of Seawater” podcast team that produces a Fusion Energy outreach podcast. As part of my university I also visit schools to deliver talks on climate and energy.
Wanting to get involved in my local community I joined the Windmill Primary governing body in 2019. I am passionate about STEM education and the environment and I am looking forward to contributing to Windmills de-carbonisation and climate strategy.
Lynn Knapp - Head Teacher
Caroline Shannon - School Business Manager is on Resources, Steering, & Health & Safety Committee
Andy Howe - Deputy Head Teacher is on Resources, Steering & Health & Safety Committees
Jason Faust - Lead Safeguarding Officer and Prevent Agenda Officer