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.

 Ruth Honey- Foundation Governor (Chair of Governors)

I have been a governor at Lambourn school since 2012 and have  witnessed a lot of changes at the school including being involved in its transition to an academy. I have been chair since October 2018. 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 and All Angels and am currently secretary of the church council.

I have lived in Lambourn for about 14 years and run a family stud farm next to the school. We breed, produce and compete Event horses. 

I have a history degree from Oxford and a MBA from Rochester University, New York. My employment background culminated in being legal director and 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. 

I have 3 grown up children.  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 and gives them wings.


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.


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.

Rev Julie Mintern - Foundation Governor

Cathy Mills - Foundation Governor


Steve Petford - Community Governor

 Only recently have I become a Governor. I have lived in Lambourn since October 2013. I am now a semi-retired teacher but ran a department until four years ago.  I work in London teaching mostly A level Philosophy, Religious Studies, and English Literature and English Language. I have spent my life in education at various levels, having taught at university, at comprehensive as well as public and independent schools. I was brought up on a council estate in South-West London and state-educated throughout my schooling. 

I see my Governorship as a way of giving something back to the system from which I have benefited so much. High quality primary education is vital for the life-opportunities and flourishing of not only individual pupils but also of the community in which you and your families live. I hope to use my experience to ensure that every pupil gains value in every sense from what the school has to offer.


Alison Webster - Community Governor


Michael Mackay - Parent Governor

In my professional career I work as a Network Repair Engineer for a global telecommunications company.  I have been working in the Information technology sector for 21 years. 

I grew up in a small town in the Highlands of Scotland so I understand the advantages and disadvantages of growing up in a rural community.

I have lived in Lambourn since 2008

I am an active member of Lambourn Jiu Jitsu club and I sometimes help out with the kids club.

I have 2 children who currently attend Lambourn School and I feel privileged to be able to help improve the performance of the school in any way that I can.