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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors' section

On this page you will find details of the names and terms of office for all members of our Local Governing Body (LGB), together with details of their category of Governor, positions of responsibility and details of any additional committees that they serve on. We have also included details of the business and financial interests of each Governor and information about any Governance role they play in other schools, as well as a full breakdown of the structure and responsibilities of the governing body of our school and its committees.

To contact the governors please email: 


The structure and remit of the FLT Members, Trustees, and its committees including the LGBs is available on the Trust website and can be found here


If you are interested in becoming a Governor, please see below for further details.

Chair of Governors:  Adam Pickford

Appointed: November 2017

Term: 4 Years                                                                                          Current term ends:  November 2021

Parent Governor

Responsibility:  Safeguarding

 I have been a member of Faringdon Junior School Governing Body since 2017 and have just been re-elected as Chair. During my time to date, I have worked on the Performance and Standards Committee as well as the Resources Committee alongside fellow Governors and the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team. My professional work in Adult Learning and Development equips me with a range of skills and experiences which I draw upon as a Governor. In addition, I also bring a perspective as a parent. I was motivated to become a Governor to help the school achieve its goals and provide a positive educational experience for local children. I enjoy interacting with the other Governors, Headteacher and staff, as well as observing the school and its pupils in action to achieve these aims

Vice-Chair of Governors: Dawn El-Masri 

Appointed: November 2019

Term: 4 years                                                                                                          Current term ends: November 2023     Community Governor

Responsibility: Chair of Resources


My name is Dawn El-Masri and I have been a primary school teacher for over 20 years, teaching all years from Year 2 to Year 7. My roles have included subject leader, school improvement leader and most recently Assistant Head teacher, with leadership of the Gifted and Talented program among other things. I have taught both in this country and more recently in British Curriculum schools in Dubai.

Currently, I’m taking a career break and wanted to use my experience and knowledge to give something back to the community. I am looking forward to being a community governor for FJS and supporting the Head teacher, Staff and Governing body as they work to provide the best possible learning experience for every child in the school.

Governor:  Anthony Cook

Appointed: September 2018

Term: 4 Years                                                                                          Current term ends:  September 2022

Responsibility:  Modern Foreign Languages


During my 7 years as a Governor at FJS, I have worked closely with the school's leadership team, staff and the other members of the LGB to help define the long term development of the school through challenge, strategic direction and strong decision making.  I work for an international food and drink company as Head of European Commercial Capability and I am also a certified Executive Coach and Facilitator. I have enjoyed working with members of staff, visiting the school to develop future plans and objectives, as well as using my personal and professional experiences to help take the school forward.  I have always had a passion for education and continue to value having the chance to get involved in the local community to improve educational provision for the children of Faringdon now and in the future. I am also a Trustee of the Faringdon Learning Trust and chair the Trust Resources committee.



Governor:  Lucy Edwards

Appointed: November 2020

Term: 4 Years                                                                                  Current term ends:  November 2024

Parent Governor

Responsibility: Finance & PR


I have been a part of the Governing body since 2020. As a Parent Governor, this academic year my subject will be Geography, plus I will be help the long term strategy of the school through the responsibility of finance, liaising with the Trust and becoming a member of the Resources Committee.  I remain, helping guide FJS in communications, which is my background. With two kids at the school I am fully invested in helping and maintaining the strong reputation the school has within the community. I’ve also helped start up a Friends of Faringdon Junior School fundraising team.

Governor: Ian Pugh

Appointed: October 2019

Term: 4 years                                                                                           Current term ends: October 2023

 Parent governor

                  Responsibility: Pupil Premium Grant


I have lived in Faringdon since 2010, and joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in November 2019, shortly after my daughter started in Year 3 at the school. I value being a part of the Governing Body to support the Headteacher and staff and contribute towards the development of the School. As a governor I have responsibility for Pupil Premium and Music.


Professionally I have worked in Higher Education for the last 12 years, and currently work as Assistant Registrar of a University, looking after education policy and academic regulations, monitoring and interpreting external regulatory standards and working with regulatory and accrediting bodies. I am also working on the regulatory aspects of a project to set up a brand new University. Prior to this I worked for a University of Oxford college managing all academic administration, providing welfare support to students and managing the College’s academic budget and scholarship trust funds

Governor: David Border

Appointed November 2019                                                                    

Term: 4 years                                                                                                    Current term ends: November 2023                                 Community Governor

                         Responsibility: Safeguarding and SEND 


My wife and I have lived in Faringdon since summer 2018. Since arriving we have been made to feel very welcome by many members of the local community, so have each been looking for ways to give back. Serving as a Governor at FJS seemed like the perfect opportunity to do so. Having graduated from the University of the West of England with a degree in Pharmaceuticals I went on to Christ Church, Oxford to study for my PGCE. Upon completion I worked in several local state secondary schools before moving to Abingdon School where I have taught Chemistry since 2012 and served as a Housemaster since 2016. In this capacity I am responsible for the pastoral care and academic progress of roughly 100 boys from 13-18 years of age. I have also been heavily involved in coaching various sports, Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, and debating. I look forward to my work as a Governor where I will be particularly linked with SEND, Art and DT.   


Governor: Debbie Hulme

Appointed: November 2020

Term: 4 years                                                                                                                Current term ends: November 2023          

Governor Responsibility:   Looked After Children


Having grown up in Faringdon, I returned to live here about 11 years ago. I attended FJS many moons ago and now I have three daughters, one of which currently attends FJS and I hope for the other two to join her in time. I am delighted to join as a governor, hopefully to give a little bit back to the community and contribute to the well being and future of our school.  I studied Biochemistry at university and have worked as a Forensic Scientist for the past 18 years. My job over the years has involved specialist DNA profiling, examination of crime scene evidence, management of workloads under strict time pressures and training and management of other scientists. More recently I have trained to become an expert witness in court and now deal with police forces daily to ensure work is completed for them.

Governor: Tom Gilbert

Appointed: November 2020

Term: 4 years                                                                                                        Current term ends: November 2023          

Governor Responsibility: Health & Safety, Premises


I moved to Faringdon in December 2019 with my wife and 4 daughters and joined the LGB as a Parent Governor in November 2020. My eldest 2 attend FJS and the youngest 2 both attend Faringdon Infants. I joined the LGB in the hope that I could assist in delivering the most effective, safe and stimulating learning environment for our children and felt that working with staff and senior management team and the governors in the LGB was the best way to facilitate this.


In my professional life I head fire risk management in Europe for a global construction company headquartered in Australia. I have qualifications in both fire and health and Safety and have worked on a number of government and British standard committees shaping best practise in both fire safety and construction.

Governor:  Sharon Farrell

Appointed: September 2017

Term: n/a                                                                                                  Current term ends:  n/a

Co-Headteacher Governor


 Governor:  Taniya Ahmed

Appointed: September 2021

Term: n/a                                                                                                  Current term ends:  n/a

Co-Headteacher Governor

Governor: Heather Bourne

Appointed: December 2018

Term: 4 Years                                                                                          Current term ends:  December 2022

Teaching Staff Governor


Clerk to the Local Governors: Alex Molton

Appointed: July 2021

Governors who have recently stepped down:


Lisa Row - Staff Governor - February 2020 - December 2021

Caroline Tilling - Parent Governor - June 2016 - June 2021

John Turner - Community Governor - December 2016 - December 2020

Calum Ison-Jacques - Teaching Governor April 2016 - October 2018

Ewan Quibbell - Community Governor June 2015 - November 2018

Kayleigh Taylor - Support Staff Governor December 2016 - November 2019

Susan Long - Community Governor - March 2016 - March 2020


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