Governors

The governors of Oare Church of England Primary School are:-

Margaret Thompson, Chair of Governors, Community Governor

A governor since 2012 Margaret was elected Chair in 2018. She has lived in Oare since 1990 and is a qualified solicitor. She is active in the local community both as a trustee of two charities and her involvement with Marlborough Athletics Club. As the mother of two daughters Margaret has a keen interest in education and is a regular visitor to school where she is the link governor responsible for English, curriculum, safeguarding and finance. She is also involved in the wider activities of Excalibur Academies Trust. Margaret is available to speak to parents if they wish and can always be contacted via the School Office.

Rev Mark Windsor – Foundation Governor

Mark has been a Foundation Governor since taking up his post as Team Vicar in The Vale of Pewsey Team in 2013. Prior to training for ordained ministry, Mark attained a BSc Hons Degree in Chemistry at Bath University and also spent three and a half years in church-based youth work. He enjoys most sports but particularly cricket, football and golf. In the summer months he plays cricket on Saturdays for Wilcot (the village where he lives) in the Wiltshire League. He especially likes visiting the coast and enjoys swimming in the sea, without a wetsuit, throughout the year. He is the link governor for Wellbeing.

Rachel Brace – Parent Governor

Rachel became a Parent Governor in December 2020. She and her family moved to Oare in 2018 and her daughter attended Oare Primary School until she left in July 2022 to move to secondary school. Rachel grew up in the south west and has spent most of her adult life working in and around London. Starting her career working for Marks and Spencer plc she has worked for a number of organisations in various senior HR roles; she was the Head of HR for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and is currently the HR Director for the Football Association. Rachel is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Rachel enjoys cycling and looking after all of the family animals!

Jon Ford – Community Governor

Jon and his family have lived in Oare for over 20 years, and his career has been working for a number of large international IT Companies. His background is in Mathematics and Physics, and his family includes academics and teachers. Jon’s wife is a well-respected advocate for STEM across the Civil Service and their two adult sons have moved to Manchester for their studies and careers. At his current employer, Jon is actively driving a programme for the support for staff with autism, dyslexia and related neurodiversities. His interests include photography, hiking, wildlife and cycling. Jon is the link governor for maths, SEND, computing and health & safety.

Mrs Emily Hurd

Emily Hurd – Parent Governor

Emily became a governor in February 2024. She moved to Oare in 2021 with her husband and two sons.   Her eldest son joined Oare Primary School in reception in September 2023. Emily studied maths at Newcastle University, after which she joined Ernst and Young LLP as an auditor and later a financial accounting advisor. She spent 2 years in Delhi. In 2012 she moved to Mongolia to set up her own accounting practice, alongside her now husband.  She continues to run this business from Wiltshire. Emily enjoys sewing, reading, walking.

Charlotte Curry

Charlotte Curry – Parent Governor

Charlotte has lived in the village her entire life and attended Oare School herself with her brothers. She now has her own children which are starting to attend the school and has huge enthusiasm for the school.