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The Federation of Knaphill Schools Governing Board

Caroline Wright, Chair of Governors

Caroline was elected as a parent governor of Knaphill School in April 2012 when her daughters were at the school, both having also attended Knaphill Lower School. In April 2014, she became Chair of Governors of Knaphill School and in March 2015 she was co-opted to the newly formed governing board of the Federation of Knaphill Schools and the position Vice-Chair of Governors. In January 2016 she became Chair of Governors of the Federation.

Caroline is a Surrey Additional Skills Governor and as such has been a Governor of another Surrey school. Before having her daughters, Caroline was a Senior Forensic Scientist for the Forensic Science Service giving expert evidence in court on a range of evidence types

Caroline is the link governor for “Safeguarding and looked after children”and for “Staff well-being”.


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.


Alan Gardner, Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of Resources Committee

Alan Gardner is a Director/Trustee of Bowles Rocks Trust an experiential learning centre for young people. He previously worked for BT both nationally and internationally and then ran his own business consultancy. He has been a school governor for 9 years and is a Surrey Additional Skills Governor (ASG). Alan is an ASG at Ripley CofE Primary School and has previously been an ASG at Town Farm Primary School and Nursery and a governor at St Paul's Primary School and Ongar Primary School.

Alan’s motivation to be involved in school governance is that “education opened many doors in my life enabling social mobility and I want to help the next generation of children to be well educated to increase their opportunities in life”. In addition to family life Alan plays tennis, golf and bridge and is interested in astrophysics; in particular, the characteristics of black holes.

Alan is the link governor for “Finance.


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 “Mathematics”.


Julie Rudd

Julie Rudd is a co-opted governor who joined the board in April 2016. Julie is our IT Link Governor.  Working with both schools' IT leads, Julie monitors the IT policies, IT plans and how IT is covered in the schools and the equipment the children have access to in order to build their ITC skills.

Julie is married with 2 sons, her eldest attends Knaphill School. Julie has worked in the IT industry for over 20 years and currently holds the role of Global Vice President of an International Technical Support Department, with a team of 800 employees.

Julie is the link governor for  “IT Strategy and Resources”.


Becky Whale

Becky was elected as a parent governor of the Federation of Knaphill Schools in December 2015. She sits on the Children and Learning Committee and has been part of the recent Strategy Working Group looking at the future development of the Federation.

Becky is a policy and public affairs professional with over 18 years’ experience, most recently in strategic roles for local government. Her two children are both at the Knaphill Schools, one in each school.

Becky is the link governor for “Early Years Foundation Stage”.


Germaine McBride

Germaine became a parent governor for the Federation of Knaphill Schools in December 2015 and sits on the Finance and Resources committee. In July 2016, Germaine became a co-opted governor in lines with government guidance.

Prior to becoming a mum, Germaine worked for more than ten years in marketing, latterly at the University of Roehampton where she was a member of the University Council. Following her more recent work in the early year’s environment, Germaine is committed to the continued provision of high-quality education for all children and wants to help the Federation of Knaphill Schools continue to flourish.

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


Matthew Furniss

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 "Science".


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"


Oliver Ivory-Bray

Oliver was elected as a parent governor for the Knaphill Federation of Schools in March 2018 and sits on the Resources committee.

He currently works at McLaren in a Service Assurance role for the IT department, with a primary focus on ensuring service delivery targets are met, managing relationships with senior stakeholders and providing input into contract, process and strategy documents. Oliver is also part of a team running a STEM programme at McLaren, working both with local schools and on countrywide initiatives to teach skills and promote careers in Science, Technology Engineering and Maths.

Oliver is the link governor for "English".


Alex Mendis

Alex was appointed as a co-opted governor in September 2018. Having recently moved into the village and started a family, being able to positively influence local primary education in the village was a big attraction to the role.

He holds experience across a number of marketing, operational leadership and distribution roles at Zurich Insurance plc, which has allowed him to gain first-hand insight into strategic and operational risks facing schools today.

 Beyond work and family commitments, Alex is also a keen cricketer which has generated a passion about the benefits of team sports on personal development.

Alex is the link governor for “Sports Grant Funding”.


Associate Members of the Governing Board

Lauren Daly, Deputy Federation Headteacher

Lauren joined Knaphill Junior School in 2011 as a class teacher. She then became Assistant Head and as well as Inclusion Leader.  Since September 2018 Lauren has been the Deputy Federation Headteacher.

Lauren is passionate about inclusive education and ensuring that every child reaches their potential. She is looking forward to working across both schools and continuing to ensure the schools work closely together, sharing best practice and ensuring that as a Federation, we offer the very best for the children.



Coral Davis, Clerk to the Governing Board

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