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Governors Profiles

Thorpe Lea Primary School, Governing Body

         Caroline Wright, Chair of Governors

Caroline is a Surrey Additional Skills Governor and as such has been Chair and Vice-chair of Governors of other Surrey schools. Before having her daughters, now aged 18 and 15, Caroline was a Senior Forensic Scientist for the Forensic Science Service giving expert evidence in court on a range of evidence types. She first became a governor in 2012 when she was elected as a parent governor.

Caroline has been asked by Surrey to join the board at Thorpe Lea for a year as an additional governor to strengthen governance.


         Pete Bailey, Headteacher

Pete began teaching in 2005 after completing his four-year Bachelor of Education Degree in Plymouth. Since then he has taught in all Key Stage 2 year groups and held several roles of senior responsibility. Having spent his entire career in Bracknell Forest, Pete moved across to Surrey to take up his first Headship at Thorpe Lea Primary School and Nursery.

He is committed to the education, safety and well-being of all stakeholders and is immensely proud of the school and its community.




      Peter Bernard

Peter is the governor elected by the staff of the Thorpe Lea Primary School in October 2017. Peter has been the Year 5 teacher at Thorpe Lea since September 2016 and is about to start is fourth year this September. He currently heads the Computing Curriculum in school, looking at the teaching of and provision of computing across all areas. Peter also looks at how e-safety is taught throughout the school. For the governing body, Peter is on the Premises Committee, looking at the school environment and how it can be improved and made safe for all who use it.




               Jaz Malhotra

Jaz is a parent governor appointed to the Governing Body of Thorpe Lea Primary School in October 2016 and is the lead governor on Safeguarding.

Jaz has a daughter who attends the school and has spent a lot of time getting to know her role as the safeguarding governor. As the governing body is quite new, Jaz is enjoying the responsibilities surrounding her role. Jaz is a Team Manager in a female prison and loves being in the school with the children, which is a pleasant change of environment from her day job!







       Stuart Wingate

Stuart is a parent governor appointed to the Governing Body of Thorpe Lea Primary School in February 2017 and is the chair of the resources committee for the Governing Body.

Stuart has three children in both key stages of the school. He has spent a significant amount of time within the school getting to know the children and his nominated year group. Stuart is an Operations & Communications Manager for Guildford Borough Council, Licensee and an Incident Liaison Officer for Surrey County Council. Stuart enjoys engaging with the pupils and staff and discovering something new each time he visits Thorpe Lea.


      Matthew Pullar

Matthew was appointed as the Local Authority Governor at Thorpe Lea Primary School in October 2018. Matthew has two children at the school and has served on the Governing Board since April 2014 when he joined as a parent Governor.

Matthew works for the NHS in a technology based role and has done so for over 20 years at various hospitals. With a scientific and mathematical background Matthew loves a graph or a table of figures!


      Janet Franck

Janet is a co-opted governor who was appointed in November 2016 although her connection with the school goes back many more years through her work for the NHS as a community paediatric physiotherapist.  She retired from secular employment in 2013 and then in 2014 she was ordained deacon and joined the ministry team at St Paul’s Egham Hythe. She was priested in 2015. She is married to Tim and has 3 grown children and 2 grandchildren.

Janet is in her first term of office as a governor and has found it challenging but enjoyable and very rewarding.

       Alan Gardner

Alan is a co-opted governor who was appointed in July 2019

       Brooke Rogers

Brooke Rogers OBE is a Professor of Behavioural Science and Security in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London.  Her research focuses on public and practitioner responses to low-likelihood, high-impact events, protecting crowded places, business continuity resilience; pathways into violent radicalisation, insider threats, and community resilience.   

Brooke is Chair of the Home Office Science Advisory Council (HOSAC) and the Cabinet Office (CO) National Risk Assessment and National Security Risk Assessment Behavioural Science Expert Group (BSEG).  She maintains membership across numerous advisory groups, including the HO Office for Security and Counter Terrorism Science, Technology, Analysis and Research Programme Challenge Board; Public Health England’s (PHE) Behavioural Science Advisory Group; PHE’s Emergency Response Development Psychosocial and Behavioural Issues Sub-Group; and the Greater London Authority London Resilience Academic Partnership, among others. 


    Christopher Ward

Christopher has been a member of the teaching staff of Thorpe Lea Primary School for five academic years. Before making the decision in 2014 to move into the field of formal education at Thorpe Lea, Christopher had previously worked in the field of youth and community work. This role included opportunities to work as both a youth development worker and community centre manager in different locations across the country.

After three years as a class teacher and keen to learn more about the inner workings of the school, Christopher was appointed onto the governing body as a co-opted governor in October 2017. Thorpe Lea has changed enormously since 2014 and Christopher is very proud to have contributed significantly during his time at the school. 


      Gavin Fuidge

Gavin is an associate governor appointed to the board in October 2018 and is the lead governor on Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) for the Governing Body.

Gavin is a previous pupil of Thorpe Lea and has a child currently attending which means Thorpe Lea runs deep within him. To be able to help guide Thorpe Lea to be the best school possible for our children means an awful lot to Gavin and it’s something he is enjoying very much. Gavin recently undertook the role of SEN governor, a role he takes very seriously, and one that allows him to ensure the children of TLPS are receiving the very best support in education.

Outside of school life, Gavin operates a courier company and feels the skills he has from this help him in his Governor duties.


       Chris Haxell

Chris is an associate governor appointed to the board in October 2018 and is the Deputy Headteacher of Thorpe Lea Primary School. Having

served on the Governing Body since Nov 2012 and been in a governing role within schools for over 10 years, Chris decided to take a step away from his full governor role in order to offer the development opportunity to other members of staff and took up a position as an associate governor. He still remains a very active member of the governing body and the link between the governors and the PTA.



      Lynette Davies, Clerk to Governors

Lynette is the professional clerk to the Governing Body. Her role is to provide advice to the governing body on governance, constitutional and procedural matters, ensure the board is properly constituted, to provide effective administrative support to the governing body, and to manage information effectively in accordance with legal requirements.

Lynette has lived in Surrey for nearly 30 years and was a governor for 17 years starting as a parent governor when her youngest daughter started junior school and then moving on to be a co-opted governor when she left.   She served on various committees, held a number of different governor positions and was responsible for child protection and safeguarding.

Lynette started working as a clerk in 2005 supporting a governing body in a struggling school, using the experience she had gained from being a governor.  In addition to Thorpe Lea Lynette now clerks two other schools - an academy in a MAT and the school and Trust Board in a diocesan MAT.

Lynette works part time supporting the senior management team at an exam board.

She has seen the role of the clerk and the governors change and evolve over the years and enjoys the challenge this poses.