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Who are the Governors?

Mark Carless    Chair of Governors (The Keys Academy Trust appointed)

Chair of the Finance Committee , as well as being Subject Governor for Maths and Health & Safety Governor.

Mark has 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.

Mark's wife stopped working at the school June 2018. Mark declares no further Business Interest

Start Date: September 2017  -  End Date: September 2021 


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, who is in Year 1. 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.

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 : July 2015  -  End Date: July 2019


Ruth Brown     Foundation Governor

Member of Staff and Pupil Care Committee , as well as being Subject Governor for Geography, Access & Inclusion Governor and LAC 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!

Ruth declares no Business Interest.

Start Date : June 2017  -  End Date:  June 2021

Richard Handy    Staff Governor


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...)

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 and History. 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    Vice - Chair    (Foundation Governor)

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

Mary is 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 Design Technology. Irela is also Development 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.

Irela declares no Business Interest

Started: October 2016 - End Date :October 2020


Jane Addison     Foundation Governor

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

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


Michael Wulff      Parent 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


Clerk to governing body: Andy Gorham

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

Deese Pointon February 2019

Anne Atmore July 2019

Current Governor vacancies

  • Parent Governor - election September 2019