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Reading Girls' School

Reading Girls' School


Composition of Governing Body

Name   Category Profile

Peter Kayes Chair

Local Authority Governor Peter is currently Chair of Governors, joined the governing body in 2005 when he was a local ward Councillor.  Prior to that he had a career in the computer industry followed by several years teaching computing at Reading College before moving to Thames Valley University where he held a number of management positions over a period of 20 years.”

Norman Davidson       Vice Chair

Foundation Governor Norman became a governor in 2012 having previously spent many years in tertiary education primarily as a teacher of Economics and Business courses, and manager. He is currently chair of the Curriculum, Students and Community Committee of the governing board.

Leo Gilbert


Since 2005 Leo has worked at the highest levels of leadership in a range of secondary schools, guiding them to attain outstanding status, to improve the quality of their provision and to transform the life-chances of thousands of young people. Leo has been a Headteacher since 2011, and has developed particular expertise in leading schools out of periods of turbulence and under-performance, providing clarity of leadership and strategic direction. Leo's experience as a governor encompasses four years as a staff governor and six years as an ex-officio governor. He has also sat on the Trust of an organisation dedicated to setting up schools in areas with a lack of school places.

Karan Mehra

Foundation Governor

Karan joined the Governors in 2013. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants and has worked for the last 4 years as the European Financial Manager for an US private equity company. Prior to that, for over 25 years, he was employed by Grant Thornton as a management consultant. He undertook a number of projects to assist their private and public sector clients to improve their financial management processes and controls.
Mark Cocker

Parent Governor  
Kate Thomson

Staff Governor Kate Thomson has a background in administration and finance and is a qualified IT Trainer through the Institute of Personnel and Development.   She is a staff governor.  Her main role in school encompasses arranging careers, enterprise and employability skills activities.  This involves liaising with staff, working with a variety of agencies and encouraging employer engagement. She also helps staff by ensuring they are comfortable using our technology and helps run the school council.
Emily Chalmers

Co-opted Governor

Emily was a student at Reading Girls' School from 2000 - 2005. Emily completed A-Levels at Reading College and went on to Study Bsc Politics and Socioloigy at The University of Southampton and then completed an Msc in Social Work. Emily retained good links with the School whilst studying at University through shadowing teachers and working with students in 2011. Emily is currently working as a Social Worker for Adults with Learning Disabilities in Hampshire. Emily joined the Board of Govenors in September 2014. 

Adam Shea

Co-opted Governor  
Robert Kenwrick


Co-opted Governor  
Jeff Morgan


To contact the Chair of Governors, please do so via the Clerk to the Governors at the school through