Local Committee Profiles

Rob Barkworth





Rob Barkworth


Parent Governor

  • Joined as a Governor of Finstock school in 2017
  • Business Psychologist for the past 15 years, where I work with a wide range of organisations to improve efficiency, fairness and performance.
  • Specialise in managing diversity in organisations and have worked with a number of UK educational organisations to help leaders manage bias, make more objective decisions and to manage bullying and harassment.
  • Lived in Finstock since 2005 and have two children at the school.
  • Free time is spent in the great outdoors, walking and camping.

Sarah Adair

Staff Governor

  • BA Hons degree in Primary Education from Oxford Brookes.
  • Cedar Class Teacher and Maths Lead at Finstock since September 2017.
  • Enjoys wild swimming in spare time.






Laura Dodgson-Hatton


  • PGCE
  • BSc Hons 
  • Married with one daughter at university
  • Worked as a professional actor, singer and dancer from an early age before finally quitting to work in a more stable profession!
  • Have worked in education for 17 years in a number of different roles including midday supervisor and teaching assistant
  • Love to take long walks by the sea or in the countryside

Roz Danks





Roz Danks

Diocese Appointed

  • Moved to Ramsden in January 2016

  • Studied Business and Finance with French and been mostly in Management roles throughout my career

  • Discovered the world of leadership development at Henley Business School where I ran a programme for senior leaders.

  • Currently a Leadership and Mindfulness Coach working in partnership with horses

  • Passionate about animals, all we can learn from them, and how to live in harmony with them on this planet to mutual benefit

  • Equally passionate about promoting positive emotional health and well-being to children, young people and adults in need, hence involvement with a charity called HorseHeard which uses Equine-Facilitated Learning to improve their quality of life

  • St. James, Ramsden PCC Member; TVSA Committee Member;  PCC representative on Ramsden Memorial Hall Committee; responsible for publicity for the Ramsden Christmas Market and Ramsden Fête

  • Married with 2 cats and 1 dog, keen horse rider and walker, and a fan of real ale!

Jane Mansell





Jane Mansell

Diocese Appointed

  • Governor since 2013.

  • Maths and Accounting Teacher for Sixth Form students.

  • Maths degree and Chartered Management Accountant.

  • Examiner for one of Britain’s major Assessment Boards.

  • Two of my children attended Finstock – I was impressed with the education they received – I am committed to ensuring that all children at Finstock School continue to receive education of the highest standards.

Pete Welply





Pete Welply

Academy Appointed Governor

I have worked with children and young people for nearly forty years – having initially studied Business Management I moved across to Social Work and subsequently spent many years working in, and leading, a number of community projects, including Family Centres and Children’s Centres in recent years. I have a strong belief in the value of learning and knowledge as part of a lifelong process – and the importance of ensuring well rounded learning opportunities from Early Years onwards.  In addition to my Governor roles I am active in a number of other community activities and have been part of FOFS in the past.  Any spare time is taken up with a range of interests, including drama, photography, cooking and most things outdoors.

Gemma Challendar

Co-opted Governor

  • BSc Business and Marketing Management and PGCE Primary Eduction.

  • Worked in Relationship Marketing within the financial services industry.

  • Extensive experience teaching across all primary age groups.

  • Passionate about securing the best primary school experience and outcomes for all children.

Paul Mansell





Paul Mansell

School Chaplain

  • Chaplain to the School

  • Vicar, Forest Edge Benefice

Rhyanne Young





Rhyanne Young

Co-opted Governor

  • Lived in Finstock since 2012

  • Did my CACHE Level 3 in childcare and education in 2008

  • Member with specific responsibility for Safeguarding

  • Married with two sons who go to Finstock school

  • Currently working for Our Lady of Lourdes School in Witney as a Teaching Assistant.