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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 is also Vice Chair of Governors of Send Church of England Primary 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.


Sarah Mackintosh, Federation Headteacher

Sarah has been teaching for 27 years. For the last 11 years she has been a Headteacher in Surrey in three different Schools, two Secondary and one Primary. In addition, for the last two years she has also been working for Babcock 4S, supporting schools with School Improvement. Sarah is passionate about education; it is a precious gift.

Life in the twenty first century offers many opportunities but also many challenges for our children and it is education that can empower them to go boldly beyond the school gates to make the most of those opportunities and face up to life’s challenges. A good education raises aspirations , widens opportunities and gives our young people the chance for personal fulfillment, whatever their ability or background. The role of the Headteacher is crucial to the success of any school and, in turn, the children and community which it serves. “This is why I work so hard to do my very best for the schools that I lead and support”.

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 a ASG at Ripley CoE 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 Place 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 lines 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 “Special Educational Needs” (SEND).

Robin Jago,

Robin Jago was appointed as a co-opted Governor in March 2015. Prior to this he served for two years as a Parent Governor for Knaphill Junior School.

He currently has a daughter in Year 3 of Knaphill School and a daughter, now aged eleven, who also attended both schools.

Robin is the link governor for “Safeguarding” and “Looked after children”.


Julie Rudd

Julie Rudd is a co-opted governor who joined the board in April 2016. Julie is the Link governor who assesses the skills of the board and ensures that training is tracked and reported, and any new issues are paid attention to and are well known. Julie is also 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 two 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 “Governor Skills and Training” and 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. She currently works for a local charity Her two children are both at the Knaphill Schools, one in each school.

Becky is the link governor for “English”.


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.




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 “Maths”.



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”.

Tania Dunton

Tania was appointed as a co-opted Governor in July 2017. She is a self-employed Programme Director running a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Centre for a management consultancy organisation. She has responsibility as Programme Director for the quality assurance processes, internal verification of the Centre’s qualifications and the management, training and development of its Assessors and candidates in line with the CMI’s quality standards and Centre approval requirements.

Tania’s work has enabled her to acquire a wealth of knowledge over the years in strategic and operational management of businesses that she feels she can bring to the role of being a Governor.
Tania has experience of working in education, many years ago, she was a lecturer at a College of Further Education and has always kept a keen eye on what is evolving in both primary, secondary and further education because it is her passion. After having her children, Tania went back to studying on a part-time basis that culminated in her achieving a BA Hons in Education.

Tania is the link governor for “Pupil Premium, Gifted and Talented, and English as an Additional language pupils”.


Elise Baird

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 Acting Assistant Head.  She is very passionate about working here at Knaphill whereeach 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.


Associate Members of the Governing Board


Joanna Concannon, Head of School, Knaphill Lower School

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 Head of School, 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.


Michelle Sebo, Head of School, Knaphill School


Michelle feels hugely privileged to be the Head of School at Knaphill School. She joined the school in September 2012 as Head of Year 6, became Deputy Head in September 2014 and more recently Head of School in September 2015. Michelle is currently on maternity leave.

Michelle led the most recent Ofsted inspection of Knaphill School as a result of which the school was judged as “Good with Outstanding Leadership and Management”. Michelle is now instrumental in taking Knaphill School on a journey to being Outstanding in all areas. As Head of Schools, Michelle is dedicated to ensuring Knaphill is a happy and safe environment that nurtures all aspects of talent and creativity and ensures that everyone has the opportunity to celebrate both their own achievements and those of others.

Lauren Daly, Acting Head of School, Knaphill School


Lauren has been Assistant Head and Inclusion at Knaphill Junior School since 2015 and in 2016, became Inclusion Leader at Knaphill Lower School. She is passionate about inclusive education and ensuring that every child reaches their potential. When Michelle is on maternity leave, Lauren is very much looking forward to being Acting Head of School till the end of June.

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.