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Who are the Governors?

Michael Wulff    Chair of Governors and Parent Governor

Chair of the Finance Committee. Subject governor for computing and PE and Development governor.

Mike has a daughter who started at Saint Sebastian's in 2018. He regards education as a vital key to unlocking potential. His background is in Technology; with over 20 years experience in Software Engineering, he hopes to bring refreshing ideas to the ICT vision and improve the technological capabilities of the school.

He has a passion for music and plays piano and guitar. An avid sportsman back in his youthful days, amongst others cricket, football and squash.

Enjoys a good BBQ and spending time with family and friends.

Declares no Business interest.

Started: December 2018. End date: December 2022


Martin Gater     Head Teacher (Ex - Officio)

Member of Staff and Pupil Care Committee, Finance Committee and Admissions Committee. 

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 and have 2 cats and 1 dog. I am a big football and rugby fan and love going to watch live sporting events.  I also enjoy going to the theatre, cinema, travelling, reading and relaxing with my family.

Martin declares no other Business Interest

Heather Barnes     Deputy Head Teacher (Co - Opted Governor)

Member of Curriculum and Assessment Committee

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.

Heather declares no other Business Interest

Start date: 1st December 2017 End date: 1st December 2019



Richard Handy    Staff Governor

 Member of Curriculum and Assessment Committee

I started teaching in 2005, and have worked in a number of Maidenhead and Bracknell schools.  Before realising teaching was where I should be, I worked in engineering and telecoms for the airline industry, which enabled me to spend my single years in interesting parts of the world.  

I am now married, with two teenagers and an energetic ten-year old boy.  I spend most of my spare time with my family; camping, sailing, cycling, playing cricket, or just enjoying family life at home (mowing, painting,  shelf-fixing...)

Started: September 2020. End: September 2022

Richard delares no Business Interests.

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

Chair of the  Admissions Committee and a member of the Staff and Pupil Care Committee, as well as being subject governor for RE. Andrew is also Safeguarding Governor.

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 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.

Andrew declares no Business Interest


Mary Unwin                             Foundation Governor

A member of the  Admissions Committee and the Staff & Pupil Care Committee. Mary is on the Headteachers appraisal and Panel Pay Panel. Mary is also Subject Governor for Music and PSHE.

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.

Mary has been the Church Warden at St Sebastian's Church since May 2019

Mary declares no Business Interest

Started: December 2015  -  End Date: December 2019


Irela Malik     Foundation Governor

Member of the Finance Committee and Pay Panel, as well as being subject governor for Science and Modern Foreign languages.

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.

Irela declares no Business Interest

Started: October 2016 - End Date :October 2020


Jane Addison     Vice Chair and Foundation Governor

Chair of the Curriculum & Assessment Committee, Head Teachers Appraisal Panel and Pay Panel as well as being subject governor for English and Art.

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.

Jane declares no Business Interest

Started: March 2017 - End Date: March 2021


Victoria Wilkins         Parent Governor

Vicky is Pupil Premium governor and subject governor for history.

Vicky has been a teacher in both mainstream Secondary and Special Educational Needs for the past 12 years and so has background knowledge of education, which she hopes will be useful to St Sebastian’s.
Outside of working, Vicky’s hobbies include reading and running, as well as looking after her three children and spending time with her friends and family.
Vicky declares no business interests.’

Started October 2020 End date: October 2024

Clerk to governing body: Andy Gorham

Governors who have left St Sebastian’s Primary School in the past 12 months:

Ruth Brown December 2020

Mark Carless July 2020

Helen Thomspon February 2020

Tajinder Gill February 2020

Current Governor vacancies

Foundation Governor