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Welcome to our Governors’ section. 


Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.


The Governing Board


Janet Patterson - Head Teacher Governor - Admission Appeals Governor


I have been in post since April 2014 and came to Brightwalton with over 25 years’ experience of teaching in a range of settings across all age groups from 3 years to adults. I bring 17 years of governing experience in both Primary and Secondary Schools in Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey and am very pleased to be working with such a hard-working and committed team of governors. 




Anne Clark Deputy Head Teacher - Staff Representative Governor


I joined Brightwalton School in September 1994 as a parent and a qualified teacher. My four children all attended Brightwalton School. I became part of the governing board in 2007 as the elected Staff Governor and I am a member of the Learning & Progress Committee.



Pamela Kelly- Foundation Governor


I am currently one of the Year 5/6 teachers at Brightwalton School and have been teaching this class since 2009. Over the course of my career, I have also taught in secondary schools, worked in HR and Finance and run my own interior design business. I have been a governor since 2008.  I am a Parochial Church Council Governor and am also a Resources Committee member.




Denise Herrington - Diocesan Governor - Chair of Governors - Special Educational Needs,  Safeguarding and PPG Governor - Resources & Learning and Progress Committees


I have been involved with Brightwalton School since 1998; I have 2 boys who attended the school, I was a member of the Friends Association, worked in the Reception Class as Nursery Nurse for 7 years and continue to help run after school clubs. I have been the Supervisor of a local Pre-School for over 10 years and have a post graduate qualification, Early Years Professional Status, from Reading University. I am a Diocesan Education Committee Governor and am also the Safeguarding Governor, SEND Governor and PPG Governor, as well as being on the Learning & Progress Committee & Resources Committee.



Chris Lockett - PCC Governor - Health and Safety Governor 


I am a senior manager working for a multi-national energy company with over 18 years of experience in a variety of engineering, technology and procurement  roles. During this time I have been located in a number of different locations including UK, Japan and South Africa. My daughter Holly and  my son Noah both attend Brightwalton School.  I joined the governing board in October 2015 as a Parent Governor and in 2019 moved to be a PCC Governor.  I am a member of the  Resources Committee. 



Rev Miri Keen - Foundation Governor - RE and Collective workshop Governor 


I took up my post as Rector of the West Downland Benefice in February 2018 and so became a Foundation Governor at Brightwalton Primary School.  I come into school regularly to lead Collective Worship assemblies and enjoy being part of the school services held in the village church.   As well as supporting the Christian ethos of the school I am also committed to ensuring that all of the children receive the best possible education to equip them for the opportunities and challenges of twenty-first century life.  Before I became a minister I was a primary school teacher specialising in the Early Years, Science and Maths.  Since my ordination I have been a Governor in good and outstanding primary schools and in an outstanding secondary academy. I am currently a Foundation Governor at Welford and Wickham Primary School.




Sue Cownley - Clerk to Governors


I have been Clerk to the governing board of Brightwalton Primary School since 1992. I also work in the school as the School Business Manager.


Bryan O’Meara - Parent Governor


My daughter Evie attends the school and my son Edward will attend from September 2020. I am on the Resources Committee as a Parent Governor. I am a RCVS and European specialist in equine surgery and run a surgical referral practice working with veterinarians throughout England. Since joining the board of governors in early 2020 I have been very impressed by the work of the other governors, the teachers and Friends of Brightwalton (parent association). There is a team effort. The often unseen work of all those involved makes this small school a place of big opportunity for its pupils. I hope that I can help to continue their good work.

Vanessa Romeo - Parent Governor 

I've been a Television News Producer-Journalist for 18 years with the biggest news agency in the world. After a couple of years of living in Istanbul, we returned to Wantage and my daughter Amaya joined the Reception year at Brightwalton in 2019. Soon after, I joined the Governing Board and became a member of the Learning and Progress Committee to try and add my little grain of sand towards making the future as bright as possible for every pupil in the school.


Barry Mangan - PCC Governor


I joined the board of Governors in early 2019 and currently sit as a PCC Governor. I have two children at the school Ollie and Fern both of whom have been at Brightwalton since reception and are thoroughly enjoying all aspects of school life. As part of my role I sit on the resources committee. I’m a chartered surveyor by training and work with a property consultancy based in London.