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Welcome to our Governors’ section.


Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

Should you wish to contact the Chair of Governors, you can do so by email or by post: 

Catherine Jones 

c/o St Christopher's CE Primary School 


GL7 3LA 

School Governors


The Governors play a vital role in the running of the school, as well as ensuring that all the aims are met. All the Governors can be contacted through the School via the Head Teacher or School Secretary.


The Governing Body

Catherine Jones

Chair of Governors, Foundation Governor and Resources Committee

Appointed 27.6.2013  - term ends 25.6.2025


I have lived in Langford since 2002 and my son attended St Christopher’s between 2005 – 2012. I am the Software Engineering Group Leader, in the Scientific Computing Department of the Science and Technology Facilities Council and am also a Chartered Librarian. I feel it is important for people in the community to support their local school and have stayed on the Governing Body after my son left for this reason. As a member of the Performance and Standards Committee, I have a particular interest in supporting and challenging the school to ensure all children at St Christopher’s enjoy their time at school and achieve their potential.


Lucy Chesher

Parent Governor, Foundation and Resources Committee (Chair), Health and Safety Governor
Appointed – 28.3.2017 – Term of office ends 6.12.24



I have lived in Oxfordshire for a majority of my life with my partner Mark and have two children, Molly and Samuel who are both currently pupils at St Christopher’s. In 1998 I moved to Liverpool for University and returned to Oxfordshire to continue my studies in 2001 while working part-time at an Environmental Consultancy before moving into Health and Safety. I currently work at Blenheim Palace and Estate. My role as governor enables me to help support the school in the development of all children at St Christopher's in this stage of their education.


Tessa Farley

Foundation Governor, Performance and Standards Committee (Chair)
Appointed 1.9.2016 term of office ends on 22.09.2024
Safeguarding & Looked After Children Governor



I have known St Christopher's School for a long time - my daughter attended many years ago, and whilst she was there I was a School Governor.  I live in Alvescot and have been Churchwarden there for some years so have heard about the school regularly from local Governors. My previous employment as a headteacher in three schools over 25 years kept me busy until I retired some years ago - after some additional years of consultancy work in schools

Now, apart from part time work and volunteering for Citizens Advice, I have some time to commit, so once again I am happy to start another term as a Foundation Governor. I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with our new headteacher, to continue to get to know staff, and also perhaps some parents and children, and to support the school by being an active Governor amongst a team of skilled and dedicated Governors.


The Rev Harry MacInnes

Foundation Governor of St Christopher’s Langford, Rector of the Shill Valley and Broadshire Benefice



I have been Rector of this Benefice since 2004. The Benefice consists of 12 churches including St Matthew’s in Langford and is the largest Benefice (collection of churches) in the Oxford Diocese. I am also the ex-officio governor for St Peter’s school in Alvescot. I am involved with both schools, in particular supporting their distinctive Christian foundations. I live in the Rectory in Shilton and have 2 boys and 2 lively Springer spaniels.


Steve Poole

Foundation Governor, Resources Committee
Appointed 1.9.2015 term of office ends on 31.8.2022



My wife, Melanie, and I moved to Little Faringdon in 2014 although we have lived in the Swindon area for 35 years. I am now fully retired after a long career in the electronics industry, the last 20 years at Intel, the world’s largest manufacturer of computer chips, in Swindon. My various roles included sales, marketing, operations and general management, culminating in 10 years as European General Manager for Intel with responsibility for a very large organisation. Our children are now in their 30’s and live away but our grandchildren are just beginning to enter the education system and this has rekindled my interest in schools and desire to help the community, if I can, by serving as a governor at St Christopher’s.


Natalie Hunt 

Parent Governor, Performance and Standards Committee

Appointed – 29.01.2021 – Term of office ends 28.1.2025



Originally from London, I lived in Norwich for 10 years after studying History of Art with Literature at the University of East Anglia.  I worked as a Drama and English secondary teacher between 2003 and 2013, working in a range of state and independent schools in Norfolk and Oxfordshire. I took a break from teaching to have my first child, Eleanor (who attends St Christopher's) and retrained to be a mental health trainer and an instructor in Relationships and Sex Education (RSE). I have since worked as a freelance teacher and trainer, working to support schools in their delivery of mental health provision and PSHE/RSE. I am currently the Mental Health and Wellbeing Coordinator at Abingdon School, where I support various schools in the area, including staff, parents and students. My youngest daughter, Emily, is due to start at St Christopher's in September 2021 and I am proud to represent the strong parent community of this school.


Joanne Thompson 

Parent Governor, Performance and Standards Committee

Appointed – 29.01.2021 – Term of office ends 28.1.2025



My family and I live in Langford with our two girls attending St Christopher’s. For the last ten years, I have been employed as a Senior Lecturer in Primary Science Education at Oxford Brookes University where I am heavily involved in the teacher training process. Prior to that, I held the position of deputy head and class teacher after changing career from a research scientist at the University of Oxford. I am passionate about inspiring future generations of young scientists through developing the teaching and learning of primary science and associated STEM subjects.


Previous Governors


Stephen Richards resigned 12/7/2017. Full governing body attendance (2016-2017) – 3/5
Verity Banbury resigned 24/9/15. Full governing body meeting attendance (2014-2015) – 2/6
Fiona Dixon resigned 2/7/15. Full governing body meeting attendance (2014-2015) – 5/6
John Turberville resigned 14/7/16 Full governing body meeting attendance (2015-2016) – 6/6
David Spence resigned 14/7/16. Full governing body meeting attendance (2015-2016) - 5/6
Roger Turner resigned 11/10/16. Full governing body attendance (2016-2017) - 2/2
Phil Genge resigned July 2017. Full governing body attendance (2017-2018) – 5/6

Ali Wisbey resigned September 2020

Claire Ladwa resigned July 2020

Mike Szott resigned January 2021

Sally Denyer resigned July 2020 (term ended)


Governors Register of Interest