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The Knaphill Federation of Schools Governing Board

Marleen Naessens, Chair of Governors

Marleen is a Parent Governor who joined the governing board in February of 2020. Marleen is our Link Governor for Behaviour and Attitude. Working across both schools, Marleen monitors the behaviours of the children and their attitude towards learning.

Marleen is married with 2 sons, the youngest attends Knaphill Lower School and the eldest attends Knaphill Junior School. Marleen has extensive experience in education, having worked as a Secondary Mathematics teacher for 18 years.

She has extensive experience in training and coaching of teachers, and is passionate about pedagogical development and research.

Marleen is the link governor for “Behaviour and Attitude”, and for “EYFS


Jo Concannon, Federation Headteacher

Joanna has been teaching for 16 years. She completed her PGCE in July 2000 specialising in Early Years Education and throughout her teaching profession has taught in every year group from Nursery to Year 2. Since joining Knaphill Lower School as Deputy Headteacher in 2007, she has had the pleasure of leading Teaching and Learning in both the Early Years and Key Stage 1.

As Federation Headteacher, Joanna is committed to providing a wide, challenging and balanced education which meets the needs of each child. She is passionate about ensuring the very best standards in teaching and learning.


Anne Pinot de Moira, Chair of Children and Learning Committee

Anne Pinot de Moira was appointed a parent governor of the newly federated schools in March 2015 and in July 2016 became a co-opted governor in line with government guidance. She is the chair of the Children & Learning Committee which considers all child-focused matters including teaching, assessment and special educational need provision.

Anne has a daughter and son who attended both the Knaphill Schools. She is a statistician and has spent most of her career in the field of Key Stage 4 assessment. This means she has a clear understanding of school assessment data.

Anne is the link governor for “Curriculum” and “Outcomes”.


 Claire Davies

Claire was appointed as a co-opted governor in September 2019 and sits on the Resources committee. 

Claire currently works as a Wealth Manager for Coutts in Guildford. She has worked for Coutts for over 10 years. Claire has a passion for education and giving young people the opportunity to succeed having given time to many local schools to deliver “financial awareness” and career education sessions. Claire lives in Brookwood and is keen to give back the local community and provide children with the opportunities that they need to succeed during their education and beyond.

Claire is the Link Governor for “Premises and Health & Safety”


Liz Stephens

Liz was appointed as a co-opted governor in September 2019 and sits on the Children & Learning Committee. Together with her husband, Liz is a Director of a Design and Photography business. She has worked in many finance roles including the Education sector and as a Trainer for Barclays Bank. Liz is married and when her two children were young, she completed an Early Years qualification and worked with children with special educational needs. She has enjoyed many years as a member of Girlguiding UK.

Liz is the Link Governor for “Enrichment/Cultural Capital”


Claire Larkin, LA Governor

Claire was appointed by the Local Authority as a co-opted governor in June 2019 and sits on the Resources Committee. 

Claire has lived in Woking since 1998  and has three children who attend local schools. Claire worked in tax consultancy at EY before moving into HR within the professional services industry initially specialising in recruitment before moving to a HR generalist role supporting a multi-site operation at Allianz. Returning to work in 2015 after a career break, Claire initially worked as a Teaching Assistant in a local primary school before joining Babcock 4S (now known as Strictly Education 4S)  on the HR Helpdesk advising on the requirements for Disclosure and Barring Service checks in addition to providing generalist HR advice tailored to schools and other educational establishments. In 2017 Claire moved into an HR Consultancy role within Strictly Education 4S role specialising in research, policy, resource and product development allowing her to focus on building a better understanding of the impact 

of school culture on school staff wellbeing and the factors affecting the recruitment and retention of teaching staff.

Claire is the link governor for “SEND and Pupil Premium”.



Matthew Furniss, Chair of Resources and Finance Committees

Matt was appointed as a co-opted governor in March 2017. He currently works as a management consultant at KPMG, primarily focusing on large scale business transformation, and is also training as a management accountant with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Matt has previously worked for both national and local charities, including Teach First and Woking-based LinkAble.

Matt attended both Knaphill Schools during his childhood, and is passionate about ensuring current pupils are provided with the necessary foundations, to continue to succeed, beyond their time at the Knaphill Federation of Schools.

Matt is the link governor for "Finance".


Elise Baird, Staff Governor

Elise is the staff governor elected by the staff of the Federation.

Elise joined Knaphill School in 2011 as a teacher, became Head of Year 5 and since September 2017, she has been the Assistant Federation Head.

She is very passionate about working here at Knaphill where each child is able to feel safe, supported, whilst developing a real love and passion for learning. She feels privileged to be able to work across both schools and be part of such a wonderful team across the Federation.

Elise is the link governor for “Governor skills and training”.


Alison Packman, Vice Chair of Resouces

Alison was appointed as a co-opted governor in March 2019. She is married with a daughter in Year 5 at school in Guildford where she lives with her family and dog Peggy.

After 25 years in the Engineering industry, Alison moved into the Education sector and has worked in Primary, Special and Secondary Schools. She is a full-time Compliance Officer so brings to the Federation detailed knowledge of statutory regulations affecting schools, understanding of the admissions processes for SEND pupils and excellent health and  safety practices.

Alison is the Governor of “Safeguarding” and “GDPR”


Patryk Kolmer,  Resources Governor

Patryk is married and has a daughter. He is a Senior Investment Consultant at PwC in London, working with institutional and private clients and advising on governance, portfolio construction and alternative asset classes. Patryk is a CFA Charterholder. He recently moved into the area and is keen to get involved with the local community. Education is a cause close to his heart.  Patryk is the Governor of Resources.