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Together we Thrive

Members of the governing body

The school governors are:


Liz Wickens (Chair)

Liz Wickens has served as a governor of Wheatley Primary School for ten years, originally as a parent governor, then community governor and most recently as a member of the IAC. As community governor, Liz initiated an ongoing project to establish a Trust to manage the Littleworth playing fields jointly for the benefit of both school and community. Professionally, Liz is a freelance editor with 20 years experience working for an educational assessment publisher. 

Liz is the link governor for Pupil Premium and is a member of the Education Committee.


Lou Golding (Vice Chair)

Lou has lived in Wheatley for the last four years and attended Wheatley Park School many years ago. She has three sons - one in Y6, one in pre-school and a toddler - and is an active member of the school's parent community. Professionally she has a global role within a Market Research company.

Lou is the link governor for Health & Safety and is a member of the Resources Committee.




Liz Elsom (Chair, Education Committee)

Liz has lived in Wheatley for over 30 years and her now grown-up

children attended the primary school. During that time Liz was a parent governor for eight years. A primary school teacher by training, Liz spent 14 years in Ofsted with a number of roles primarily improving quality in early years. Liz now works as an early years consultant providing support, guidance and training to national early years organisations.

Liz is the link governor for EYFS and also Equalities.



Madhu Richards (Chair, Resources Committee)

Madhu is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years of experience in the public and private sector. Most recently, Madhu was a Team Leader in the Schools Finance Team at Oxfordshire County Council for over five years – with the last two spent assisting secondary schools to convert to academy status. She then worked for a smaller MAT before joining the ODST Finance Team in April 2018.

 As CFO for ODST she provides leadership and management in all aspects of finance and contributes to the strategic direction of the Trust as a member of the SLT.  


Rebekah Sammut (Chair, Wellbeing Group)

Rebekah has lived in Wheatley for the last five years, has a son in Y5 and has been a governor at this school in the past.

Professionally, Rebekah has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over twelve years in a variety of roles including Managing Director of a telephone fundraising agency, Membership Development Manager for a Professional Body and currently as Development Manager for a psychology-focused behaviour support charity working with young people aged four to eighteen.

Rebekah is the link governor for Behaviour and a member of the Education Committee.


Rev. Nigel Hawkes (Chair, CD Committee)

 Revd Nigel Hawkes has been Vicar of Wheatley since 2011 and has served all of his ministry in the Oxford Diocese. He grew up in Hertfordshire and after studying Environmental Science and Meteorology worked in the water industry for 16 years, managing water resources. He has maintained a close relationship with the school and leads Collective Worship every week.


Claire Shah (staff governor)

I joined Wheatley CE Primary School in January 2019 as the Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) within the school. Previously to Wheatley I worked at another school for nine years .


Sarah Marioni (parent governor)

Sarah was elected as a parent governor in October 2019. She has two children in the school - one in year 4 and one in year 6. She is also an active PTA member and currently serves as Treasurer.  Professionally, Sarah works for Oxfam.

Sarah has lived in Wheatley for 7 years and is very happy here in our community.



Michaela Bond (parent governor)

Michaela has lived in Wheatley for the last 7 years, and attended Wheatley Park School some years ago.

She has 2 children, a daughter in Year 3 and a son in Early Years.

Professionally Michaela has a current role in another government-led organisation which she has been in for over 10 years.

Michaela is the link governor for safeguarding and is on the Resources Commitee.


Caroline Showell-Rogers

Caroline has lived in Wheatley for over ten years and has worked in the Oxford independent school sector for the last fifteen, first as a classroom teacher and the last eight years as a Special Education Needs Coordinator.  She is trained as a Specialist Teacher, also running her own very part-time practice, visiting schools in the region to carry out assessments with children experiencing specific learning difficulties. Caroline sits on the Education and Christian Distinctiveness committees and is the SEND link governor.


Cyd Waters