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Together we Thrive

Members of the governing body

The school governors are:


Liz Wickens (Co-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 (Co-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 Y5, a toddler and a new baby (congratulations!) - 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.  


Sue Woodward

Sue grew up locally and went to Wheatley Park School.

She is the Deputy Headteacher for Wheatley Nursery and John Watson Special Schools, having been jointly employed by the schools in various roles since 1996. Her professional interests are Early Years and Outdoor Learning. Sue has been a Governor at another local school for seven years.

She has 2 children in local schools - their current interests are shopping and being outdoors so she’s often out and about with them. She also enjoys watching cricket at all levels and participating in Garsington Pantomimes, usually playing animals with not too many lines! Sue is the link governor for Safeguarding and is a member of the Education Committee.


Rebekah Sammut

Rebekah has lived in Wheatley for the last four years, has a son in Y4 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 Resources Committee.


Rev. Nigel Hawkes

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 Primary School in January 2019 as the Higher Learning 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 3 and one in year 5. She is also an active PTA member and currently serves as Treasurer.  Professionally, Sarah works for Oxfam.

Sarah has lived in Wheatley for 6 years and is very happy here in our community.



Michaela Bond (parent governor)

Michaela has lived in Wheatley for the last 6years, and attended Wheatley Park School some years ago.

She has 2children, a daughter in Year 2 and a son who is due to start in Sept 2020.

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

Michaela has a keen interest in the school and is looking forward to getting involved in the LGB as a new Parent Governor.