Governing Body


Paula Hammond (Chair of Governors)

I am a Parent Governor at Churchmead School, and also a Foundation Governor at St Mary’s Primary School in Slough. I have been a governor for the last 10 years, and have two sons one in Year 6 at St Mary’s in Slough, one who was at Churchmead but is now in Further Education, and a daughter who is currently too young for school.

I became a Governor as I wanted to be able to act as a critical friend to the school and as a parent thought it was my duty to ensure my children’s schools strived to be the best they could be. I was also inspired to be a Governor by my father. He was a Parent Governor and Chair of Governors at my brother’s school and I saw first-hand the influence and benefits his role had to the school.

I am the link Governor for Mathematics and Science and I also Chair the Teaching & Learning/Performance & Achievement committee.

I am a full-time working Mum of James, Thomas and Jessica. I work as a Forecasting Analyst for Waitrose at their Head Office in Bracknell. Before working for Waitrose, I worked as a Statistician for the National Foundation for Education Research for 10 years and also had a spell for 2 years with the National Strategies. So, I bring the skills of data analysis to my role as Governor.

In my free-time I enjoy reading and always have my kindle with me. I enjoy baking with the children and enjoy creating Gingerbread Houses at Christmas.

Preston Booker (Vice Chair of Governors)

I am the Safeguarding Governor for Churchmead School and Deputy Mayor of Slough. I currently sit on Employment and Appeals panel, the Standing Committee for Religious Education, the Foster panel and Corporate Parenting. I have been a councillor for seven years.

I have previously been a Church Warden and sang in the church choir. I am still a Parish Safeguarding Officer and a Church Child Protection Officer 

I have previously been Chair of the Education and Children’s Services panel, that oversees safeguarding in Slough. I have also been Chair of the Employment and Appeals panel. I sat on the panel that appointed the current Chief Executive of Slough Council. I have been Vice Chair of Corporate Parenting. I sat on the panel that appointed the current Head Teacher of Ryvers School.

I am a Britwell Parish Councillor and Vice Chair of Britwell Parish Council.

Being a Governor is very rewarding since you can help a school improve and provides many a valuable learning experience. I thoroughly recommend the role to all.

Margaret Lenton

I was for 22 years the Principal of Slough Grammar School and am now a JP and for 22 years was an active member of the Berkshire Bench, regularly chairing Courts.

I was awarded an Exhibition from Royal Holloway where I graduated with a History Degree and is now working on a further degree about Bletchley Park.

I am the Secretary of the CASTME, the Commonwealth Association of Science, Technology and Maths Educators; an honorary fellow of Brunel University having served on the Council for eight years; the Chairman of Trustees of ‘True Honour’ which supports Mrs Athwal who gave evidence in an Honour Killing case.  The charity now works with those facing abuse.

I am also a historian, a member of the 800 Committee which celebrated Magna Carta in 2015 and currently chairs the revived Thames Valley History Festival and also the Chairman of the Windsor and Eton Society.

In addition, I am the Chairman of Wraysbury Parish Council and is a past Mayoress of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

Richard Ireson

I retired as a Government Economic Adviser in 2012 after working in a variety of departments (including HM Revenue and Customs, HT Treasury, Monopolies and Mergers Commission).

I was Vice Chair (and Chair of Finance) of the Governing Body at Ranelagh CofE School, Bracknell, 2005-20015 including leading that school to Academy status in 2011.  In 2012 I was a founding Director of Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust and Chair of its Finance Committee.  I retired from ODST in 2016 when it had grown to run 18 schools.  In 2013 the Diocese appointed me as one of five members of the Interim Executive Board at Churchmead which, after going into Special Measures, had replaced the previous governing body and was charged with restoring the school’s performance.  I have led on finance issues within the IEB/Governing body. The IEB appointed the current Head and I take pride in the recent success of Churchmead School, its staff and its students. I look forward to new members of the governing body continuing to develop the school in providing a faith based inclusive and effective education for Datchet and its surrounding area.

I am also a member of the Long-Distance Walkers Association, 41 Club of ex-Round Tablers, St Johns Church Crowthorne PCC and have recently started learning/playing Bridge

Anitra Cuff

I am a retired teacher of people with special educational needs and my subjects were Performing Arts and English.  I particularly enjoy teaching Drama, something that managed to creep into many of my English lessons. While training to be a classical ballet dancer many years ago, I sustained a serious knee injury and chose to qualify as a teacher of Classical Ballet instead.  I still have a great love of all forms of dance, drama and music and hope that my skills can be useful in this area of the Churchmead curriculum. 

Thirty of my teaching years were spent working for East Berkshire College who like Churchmead, is proud to be a multi-cultural organisation.  A practising Anglican, I am an active member of St Peters Church in Iver.  I am involved in both youth and children’s work.  In Sunday Seekers I support the children with learning difficulties and disabilities.  As a member of the Parochial Church Council, I am one of three people who represent St. Peters Church on the Burnham Deanery Synod and it was through Deanery Synod that I heard Churchmead were seeking new Governors.

I am lead Governor for special educational needs and have a passionate belief that people with learning difficulties, disabilities and hidden disabilities such as Asperger’s Syndrome should be taught in mainstream schools whenever possible. Being a Governor at Churchmead school might enable me to continue to use my skills in a positive and useful way on a voluntary basis.  It is also my intention to make a useful contribution to the Christian ethos of the school.

I have been happily married to my husband Arthur for 49 years.  We have two grown up daughters, one married, one still living at home and we have a delightful two year old grandson who is a great joy to us all.

My hobbies include:  Church Bell Ringing, American Square Dancing, Body Boarding, Embroidery and making theatrical costumes.  I enjoy gardening, try to play the guitar (but not very well) and have a collection of teddy bears that I am very fond of.

Eirian Davies

I am a Foundation Governor representing St. Mary’s Church, Datchet, where I have been a member of the congregation for the last 33 years since coming to live in the village from Bromley in Kent.

My career has been in teaching English language in universities, mostly in the University of London. My first job, after a year as a teaching assistant at the University of Minnesota in the USA, was in the London Institute of Education; and my most recent before retirement was at Royal Holloway University of London, in Egham. I spent some time as a member of the panel of visitors from the London Board of Studies in English to Colleges of Education in the capital, several of which subsequently became independent universities.

Currently, I am writing a book on English linguistics and giving papers on the English language. Recent meetings in which I have taken part include a conference at Guangzhou University in China, and, in Belgium, a seminar at the University of Leuven and an invited workshop at the University of Namur. I have some experience in teaching English as a foreign language on summer schools for the British Council abroad (Germany, Romania, Poland, Japan) and I hope that my experience in teaching and examining the language generally will be of benefit to Churchmead.

I have served twice as a member of a university governing body and I hope that this experience will be relevant also. My connection with Churchmead goes back for several years and I have enjoyed working with other members of the school community. 

My interests include travel, gardening, walking and local history.  I am a member of the Datchet Village Society and was a reader with Slough Talking Newspapers for several years. 

Simon Calvert

I have worked in various sectors of education for over twenty years, and currently am the Manager of a KS4 Pupil Referral Unit at Haybrook College in Slough.  I have worked in mainstream schools, sixth forms, SEN schools and now support learners with a range of emotional and behavioural challenges.   My subject area is Health and Social Care and PSHE, and I have always looked to embed equality and diversity into the curriculum.  Throughout my career I have sought to work with young people who do not have the same advantages as their peers, or who need that little more support to reach their potential.

I moved from Manchester in 2013, and spent two years living in Datchet before moving to West Berkshire.  I am keen to serve my community with this role, which is my first Governor’s position.

In my spare time, I enjoy travelling with my partner, both city breaks and far away destinations.  I collect vinyl records (and am running out of space!), and love chilling out with a good book.


Amy Lawrence

Following graduation from Durham University in Natural Sciences, I began a 15 year career in aviation, holding management and then leadership roles in both commercial and operational functions. I went on to specialise in HR at British Airways where I led the HR function for 15,000 people. I am a chartered member of CIPD and hold a Master's degree in Human Resource Management.

Beyond work, I have three primary age children, I live in Datchet, and my passion is to give back to the community in which I live. I volunteer in many ways to support the community, having been a governor previously at Datchet St Mary's primary school. 

I love Churchmead school, the journey it has been on to date is fascinating.  I want to be part of shaping the journey ahead with the governing body, the management team, staff, and the students together.