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Together we Thrive

TGC Members

The TGC members are:


Liz Wickens (Co-chair, TGC)

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 TGC link governor for Pupil Premium and is a member of the Exec committee.


Lou Golding (Co-chair, TGC)

Lou has lived in Wheatley for the last four years and attended Wheatley Park School many years ago. She has three sons - one in Y4, 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 TGC link governor for Health & Safety and is a member of the Resources committee.




Liz Elsom (Chair, Exec 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 TGC 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.  


Karen Metcalfe

Since September 2015 Karen Metcalfe has been working as a Diocesan Link Adviser for Oxford Diocesan Board of Education (ODBE). Previously she was a primary headteacher for seven years. She also undertakes primary inspections for Ofsted.  

Karen is the TGC link governor for SEND.





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 TGC link governor for Safeguarding and is a member of the Exec committee.


Rebekah Sammut

Rebekah has lived in Wheatley for the last four years, has a son in Y3 and was previously a governor before the IAC was formed.

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 TGC Link Governor for Behaviour and a member of the Resources committee.