Meet the Governors

Rachael Duke - Head teacher

Rachael Duke is currently serving on the Governing Board of Lambourn as the recently appointed substantive Headteacher.  For the past four years she has been both Deputy and Headteacher, also in West Berkshire.  Rachael has enjoyed teaching every age range throughout her teaching career but especially loves the challenge of the Upper School.  She has held many varied leadership posts over the years so brings a wealth of experience linked to SEN, Team Leadership, Subject Leadership in Maths, English, Science, D.T, Art, IT and P.E as well as being a Leading Teacher for West Berkshire.

Rachael has worked in West Berkshire, London and Melbourne, Australia which gives her a board experience base.

Rachael is very proud of the work the Governing Board do for the School and she is pleased to play a part in it.

Mr Neil Hastle – Co-opted Governor (Chair of Governors)

I have been a school governor at Lambourn C of E school since 2013, and with both my sons in the school I was keen to take an active role in the school's development.

I was brought up in Cheshire, and my favourite subjects at school were Maths and Geography. After completing sixth form I went to Cardiff University to study Electrical and Electronic Engineering. I then started work for BAE civil aircraft division as an engineer, and have worked in the aviation industry ever since. I retrained and have been a Pilot for BA for the last 25 years and I am now an Airbus Captain at Heathrow. I finally found a use for both my favourite subjects at the same time!

My wife Helen and I have lived in Lambourn for 19 years, and feel lucky to live in this beautiful area.

Pat Woodward – LA Governor 

I have lived in Lambourn since 2007, moving down from Warwick, but I have worked in the area since 1990.

I have two children and four grandchildren all of which are under 3.

I was involved in the Governing Body of my eldest son when he was at secondary school.

Previously, I was an LA appointed Governor in Warwick at a C of E primary.

By profession, I am a management accountant and project manager. I am still working with a number of companies but I am trying to slide into semi-retirement.

I am interested in reading, knitting and pottering in the garden. When the weather is good I also support my children with their gardens as this is a passion of mine.

Ruth Honey –  Foundation Governor (Vice Chair )

I have been a governor at Lambourn school for the past 3 years and am currently joint vice chair with responsibility for teaching and learning. I am a foundation governor which means I represent the church on the governing body.  I am involved in a number of activities at St Michael’s and am currently secretary of the church council.

I have lived in Lambourn for about 8 years and run a stud farm next to the school breeding, producing and competing event horses. 

I have a history degree from Oxford and a MBA from Rochester University, New York. In a former life I was a senior corporate lawyer for a multinational company selling consumer goods and pharmaceuticals. My role meant I was involved in strategic decision making across many parts of the business as well as strictly legal matters. I also had the opportunity to live and work abroad in Europe and the USA.  From 1995-2000 we were located about an hour from New York city.

I have 3 children the youngest of whom is in their final year at Exeter University.  All my children have had to overcome the challenge of dyslexia in varying degrees so I have witnessed various strategies for this at close quarters. I have seen education in action in a number of different locations and systems. One of my children received their entire primary education in Montessori schools.

I am passionate about children learning to love to learn and that Lambourn should be a place that unlocks each child’s full potential.

Ross Pengilly - Parent Governor

In my professional career I works as a UK Strategic Account Manager in the Car Rental Industry.

I was excited to be given the opportunity to help set the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction. My current role as a national strategic account manager has given me the experience required to influence and make important strategic decisions. Prior to this I was a manager for six years in which time I developed very strong operational and development skills which I will use to benefit the school, especially in my Health and Safety role as a governor.

I am involved in the local community as well as local clubs, such as Hungerford Rugby club. My family will be attending the school for well over the next ten years, I therefore have a strong interest in helping to improve the performance of the school.

Martin Cawte - Foundation Governor

After reading mathematics at University I had a full career as an accountant in the not for profit sectors of Local and Central Government and Charities culminating as Head of Resources and Commissioning for West Berkshire Council.  I was invited to be vicar of Compton and East Ilsley in 2006 and took up my present post as vicar of the Lambourn Valley Benefice in 2012.  It is a delight to be involved in a church school both taking assemblies and inviting the school to make good use of our magnificent church building.

I was born and raised in North Wales and married Jill, a Coventry Social Worker, in 1982.  Our daughter Elizabeth is currently at Aberystwyth University reading English and Film Studies having spent her secondary education at the Downs School in Compton.  Lambourn is my third governing body,  I was instrumental in bringing about the partnership between the Downs Secondary School and Compton C of E Primary School.  It has been good to support Lambourn C of E Primary School through some challenging recent years.  I am full of confidence that the whole school community is moving in the right direction and that the future of this school is assured.

Debbie Collings - Staff Governor

I joined Lambourn Primary School in February 2017 as School Business Manager having previously spent 18 years undertaking the same role in the largest primary school in the country based in Slough.

My background is travel having spent 12 years as Assistant Accountant for UK and Ireland, with Qantas Airways.

I have previously been a governor at my children's schools for approximately 10 years, I was also clerk to Governor in my previous role.

I have two children and live in Burnham in Buck, I am currently commuting and travelling 100miles a day.

Amanda Marchant - Foundation Governor

I was appointed a Foundation Governor in July 2017 and alongside Martin and Ruth represent the Church on Governing body.  I participate in many church activities including serving on the PCC being part of the flower arranging team and also bell ringing.

I live in Lambourn and am married.  In my professional life I have worked for nearly 30 years in the motor industry first at dealership level and for the last 17 years for Honda in Swindon.  I am responsible for the daily running of the customer care department which offers parts support to the Honda dealer network od Car, Motorcycle and Power equipment dealerships.

I have a long association and affection with this school as I began my education here over 40 years ago am I am pleased to be back.  I look forward to working with the Governing Body, Head Teacher, Staff and pupils in building success for the school and strong links with the church and wider Lambourn Community.

Ann Addington co-opted Governor

I was brought up in Lancashire and moved to London after studying Life Sciences at Liverpool University.  I first came to Lambourn in1991 after completing and MBA at City University and after a few years away came back to live in the village 10 years ago.  I work for a Hampshire Member of Parliament. 

I am married with a secondary school age daughter and enjoy all equestrian activities.