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Who are the Governors?

Mark Carless    Chair of Governors (Local Authority Governor)

Mark had two children who have both attended St Sebastian's School. Originally a parent Governor serving an eight year term six of which as Chair. Recently appointed as a local authority Governor, Mark has returned as the Chair to help support the school and Governing Body as it becomes a member of a multi-academy trust. Mark is a chartered taxation advisor in the Oil and Gas sector and will also chair the Finance Committee.

Start Date: September 2017  -  End Date: September 2021 

Martin Gater     Head Teacher (Ex - Officio)

I started teaching in 2002 and since then have worked in schools in Wokingham and Bracknell Forest. I am passionate about teaching and learning and the fact that we are all continuously learning. However, in order for children to learn they need to feel happy, valued, safe and secure. 

I am married with a young child, who is starting school this year. That is all very exciting but does present its own worries too, as I am sure you will all understand. I am a big football and rugby fan and love going to watch live sporting events. I even went to a cricket match in the summer! I also enjoy going to the theatre, cinema, travelling, reading and relaxing with my family.


Heather Barnes     Deputy Head Teacher (Co - Opted Governor)

Mrs Barnes is currently the Deputy Head teacher and the Year 6 teacher. She joined Saint Sebastian’s in 2001, initially on a part-time basis. Mrs Barnes fully embraces the ethos of the school and aims to help lead the school to becoming outstanding. Although her real passion is for Mathematics, Mrs Barnes believes all children should have the opportunity to reach their potential both academically and personally.

Her own personal achievements include running the New York Marathon and skydiving, but she is happiest when spending time with her family.

Start Date : July 2015  -  End Date: July 2019

Attendance at FGB meetings (16 - 17) - 7 out of 8 

Julia Mead     Co - Opted Governor

Julia re -joined the school in 2015, having spent the previous 18 months as the School Business Manager for two brand new Academy primary schools in Wokingham, who are part of a Surrey based Multi Academy Trust. She was the School Business Manager at Saint Sebastian’s from 2008 – 2014.  Julia is a member of the Wokingham Schools Forum, a body that considers matters relating to schools funding and she has also assisted other local primary schools on schools financial management.

Julia is a Chartered Accountant, having trained and qualified with one of the big four firms, Ernst and Young. In her spare time she plays the trumpet and is the Chairman of Reading Symphony Orchestra.  She has two boys, one who is studying at the University of Oxford and the other who is in Year 12 at Reading School.

Start Date : January 2016  - End Date:  January 2020

Attendance at FGB meetings (16 - 17) - 8 out of 8 

Ruth Brown     Foundation Governor

Ruth recently joined the governing body as a Foundation Governor in June 2017. She has attended St Sebastian’s church for eighteen years and her three children (although now 19, 17 and 16) all attended St Sebastian’s Primary School when they were younger.

Ruth’s background is in education and she worked for many years as a teacher before becoming part of the Behaviour Support Team in a nearby council. Ruth did work previously at St Sebastian’s school and so was able to become familiar with the school through the eyes of a teacher and as a parent. The one special thing that especially stands out to Ruth about St Sebastian’s school is its ethos which is at the very core of the school. Ruth is part of the Staff and Pupil Care with Health and Safety Committee.  She has a strong interest in children’s emotional health and wellbeing.

In her spare time Ruth likes running, dog walking and being in the outdoors generally. She also likes to go to music concerts when her “children” let her tag along!

Start Date : June 2017  -  End Date:  June 2021

Attendance at FGB meetings (16 - 17) - 3 out of 3

Anne Atmore     Staff Governor

Anne has been employed at Saint Sebastian's for twenty years as a teaching assistant and she has been Learning Support Manager for the last ten. This is her third term as a governor. Anne was previously PTA Chair and also school secretary for a while. She has three daughters who attended the school and have all now graduated from university. Anne has also gained two super son-in-laws along the way! She enjoys helping children achieve their potential and is passionate about netball. This is reflected in the success the school has achieved over the years. Anne also enjoys spending time with her family, when not at work, and enjoys travelling, sampling good food and drink!

Start Date : September 2015  -  End Date: September 2019

Attendance at FGB meetings (16 - 17) - 7 out of 8 

Andrew Marsden     Vicar of Saint Sebastian's (Ex - Officio)

Andrew is the Vicar of St Sebastian’s Church and as such is an ex officio Governor.  He is one of the most experienced Governors, having served in this capacity since 1997.  He is Chairman of the  Admissions Committee and a member of the Staff and Pupil Care Committee, as well as being subject governor for RE and History.  He and other members of the church work closely with the School to help it fulfil its aim of being a learning community with Jesus at the centre.

 Attendance at FGB meetings (16 - 17) - 7 out 8


Mary Unwin    Vice - Chair    (Foundation Governor)

Mary has three children, who are now adults and was a Parent Governor at the Infant school they attended. She has worked in Education for over 20 years, in Special Needs, as a school secretary and is currently a Student Adviser for University College of Estate Management based in Reading. She is keen to support the school vision to provide the right learning environment for children to reach their full potential. Mary is a member of Saint Sebastian’s Church and enjoys walking, open water swimming, travelling and spending time with her family and friends.

Started: December 2015  -  End Date: December 2019

Attendance at FGB meetings (16 - 17) - 8 out of 8 

Irela Malik     Foundation Governor

Irela is a Nurse with over 30 years experience working in Primary and Secondary Care. She has lived in Wokingham since 1990. She is married with two adult daughters. Her eldest daughter is a primary school teacher in America. The youngest has two young sons, the eldest of whom attends Saint Sebastian's. Irela enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, walking her dog, gardening and travelling.
Irela was motivated to join the Governing Body because she has a desire to care for and nuture the next generation. She regularly volunteers in school to help with reading and school visits and was impressed with the high standard of teaching, progress made and individual care of each child.

Started: October 2016 - End Date :October 2020

Attendance at FGB meetings (16 - 17) - 5 out of 6

Jane Addison     Foundation Governor

Jane has two adult children, Katherine and Tom, who have graduated and are now working. During their time as pupils at Saint Sebastian’s, Jane was involved in a number of volunteer positions, including Netball coach and PTA chairman.  She was also clerk to the governors between 2002 and 2007.  She is a member of St. Sebastian’s Church and sees the relationship between the School and the Church as vital.  Her interests are dog walking, skiing, travelling, crafts and, of course, spending time with friends and family.

Started: March 2017 - End Date: March 2021

 Attendance at FGB meetings (16 - 17) - 3 out of 3

Deese Pointon      Parent Governor

Deese has three children at the school, a girl and two boys. She can often be spotted trying not to tell them off in the playground most mornings.  A fan of foreign languages, reading and English, she goes into the school fairly regularly to read with the children and give them a hand with their comprehension.  As a Human Resources Director within Software / Gaming by trade, she is hoping she can use some of her skills to partner with the school to help shape its future direction.   

When she is not running around after her 3 kids, either with their football or gymnastics, she is running about on the hockey pitch trying to keep up with the rest of her (much younger) team.

Started: July 2017 - End Date: July 2020