About Our Governors
NIGEL LEA - PARENT GOVERNOR
Appointed 15th December 2022 - Nigel and his family moved to Chadlington in 2022, although Nigel has had a connection to the village for many years through his wife's family who farm locally. Nigel served as a British Army Gurkha Officer and on leaving the army spent fifteen years operating and growing businesses across Central Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. Previously Nigel has sat on the board of governors of a school in the Middle East which grounded him in the role governors must provide to support a school's staff. When not behind a desk Nigel is passionate about being outdoors involved in the sustainability of our countryside.
ELIZA DOUGLAS - PARENT GOVERNOR
Appointed 15th December 2022 - Eliza lived in San Francisco and New York for 15 years before moving back to Chipping Norton seven years ago. She currently lives in Over Norton. Her son is in the Elves Class at Chadlington. She spent childhood summers in Chastleton and enjoys volunteering for the Friends of Chadlington School cake sales at Chastleton church. Eliza is a perfumer. She teaches perfumery to adults and children, writes about fragrance and leads olfactory tours of museums. She is on the board of the International Fragrance Association UK. Eliza has chaplaincy and counsellor training and is very interested in holistic approaches to well-being, especially regarding nutrition and meditation, for all ages.
GEORGIANA SLACK - FOUNDATION GOVERNOR. SAFEGUARDING LEAD
Appointed 24th August 2022 - Georgiana moved to Charlbury in 2018 after living in Somerset for over 30 years. She has had lengthy experience as an Administrator and has supported her three children through their education. She is now keenly interested in her four grandchildren’s learning experience. She is a keen gardener. Georgiana joins us as Foundation Governor. She is also the safeguarding lead.
JANE TURNER - Local Authority Governor, Health and Safety
Appointed 21st November 2022 - Jane and her husband have lived in Chadlington for 25 years and have two adult children. Recently retired, she has had a diverse career, including directorships of companies involved in developing and implementing General Practice computer systems. More latterly, she managed clinical research studies at the University of Oxford, where she wrote several published papers. Her interests include art appreciation, property development and gardening.
SIOBHANN MANSEL-PLEYDELL - CHAIR OF GOVERNORS. PARENT GOVERNOR.
Appointed 20th March 2020. - Siobhann moved to the village with her family in 2013. One child has been all the way through Chadlington Primary and is now in secondary school and her younger daughter is in Wizards. Through her consultancy Make It Good, Siobhann works with businesses to accelerate sustainable business transformation. She has been Chair of Governors since 2020 and is also working with the school on their own sustainability endeavours. Siobhann is passionate about the outdoors, loves hiking, wild swimming, and trail running. She is often seen running with her dog Roo.
JONATHAN HAINES-GADD - VICE CHAIR OF GOVERNORS. CHAIR OF FINANCE COMMITTEE. PARENT GOVERNOR
Appointed June 2019 - Jon was born and raised in West Oxfordshire, and has lived in or near Charlbury for ten years. His eldest son has been all the way through Chadlington school, while his younger son and daughter are currently in Wizards and Dragons, respectively. Jon currently works for a large financial institution as an in-house Chartered Accountant specialising in tax. He has also previously worked in practice for a number of large accountancy firms and so brings his financial knowledge and acumen to his role as Chair of the Finance and Resource committee. When not crunching numbers, Jon enjoys mountain biking, hill walking, wild swimming, cooking, and drinking real ale.
DR MONIKA LEE - PARENT GOVERNOR
Appointed 12th July 2021 - Dr Monika Lee is an educational publisher and career and executive coach. She currently works as the Director of Content at Proprep, an edtech start up dedicated to improving learning outcomes for science students in higher education. Previously, she worked for several academic publishers (SAGE, McGraw-Hill Education, Routledge and Oxford University Press), publishing widely across social sciences, including Education. She counts working with Pie Corbett and launching his bestselling Talk for Writing book series among her successes. Monika lives in Charlbury with her husband and daughter. In her spare time, she loves doing yoga, ballet and learning how to ice-dance.
ALLY BAILEY - FOUNDATION GOVERNOR
Appointed 17th April 2015 - Ally and her family have lived in Chadlington for over 25 years and she is one of our longest serving Governors. Her previous career was in catering and events. Ally cooks for the elderly and plays an active role supporting various groups in the local community. Ally is appointed by the Dioscese as Foundation Governor and Policy Lead and plays an active role in supporting and championing the school.
LYN WALLACE - STAFF GOVERNOR
Appointed 10th November 2015 - Lyn has taught at Chadlington School since 2003 as a class teacher and as the school's SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) for more than 15 years. She worked for BBC Worldwide marketing before taking a career break when her two children were young and then completed a PGCE in primary teaching at Gloucestershire University. Lyn has deep teaching experience across KS1 and KS2 and is part of the senior leadership team at Chadlington Primary.
BERTIE HORNIBROOK - HEADTEACHER
Appointed 1st September 2006 - Bertie has been the headteacher of Chadlington CE Primary School for seventeen years. She has been teaching for thirty years and her educational expertise is drawn from a wide range of experiences across a diverse group of schools. She has taught all year groups across the primary phase. Bertie studied English Literature, History and Politics at degree level. She has a PGCE and also holds the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers. She is passionate about the curriculum and contributed to ‘Reclaiming The Curriculum’ by Bill Laura and Jackie Holderness. Bertie’s interests include painting, reading, filmmaking and exploring the countryside.