Our Governing Board

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Mark A'Bear

Hub Steering Group Chair and Chair of Governors for Whiteknights Primary School

Mark has been a governor since 1998 when he first joined Polehampton Junior School. He then became a parent governor at Kendrick School in Reading in 2004, subsequently joining the Interim Executive Board at Shinfield St Mary’s Junior School in 2010 where he became Chair and led the school out of Special Measures to Good in December 2013.

In September 2013 Mark was elected Chair of Governors at Whiteknights as the local authority governor, supporting and challenging the school’s journey from ‘Requiring Improvement’ to ‘Good’ as judged by Ofsted in September 2014.

Governor Services asked Mark to support other governors in Wokingham and he does this by acting as a mentor to new Chairs of Governors. He is a National Leader of Governance, and also an independent education consultant undertaking governance reviews of other school boards locally.

Mark’s huge contribution to school governance was recognised in the summer of 2014 when he was awarded an MBE for services to governance, and he also has a book published entitled ‘Effective School Governance’.

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Nina Edwards

Hub Steering Group Vice Chair and Vice Chair for Whiteknights Primary School

Nina Edwards currently works at the University of Reading where she is responsible for the training and development of new teaching staff. She has been involved with Whiteknights Primary School since September 2012 and has seen first-hand how the school made fantastic progress under the leadership of the headteacher, Mr Walker. Nina has been a part of the governing body of the school since December 2014, having been appointed by the full governing body and enjoys working with the pupils, parents and staff to help ensure the continued success and best outcomes for the pupils at Whiteknights Primary School.  

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Steven Curtis

Hub Steering Group Member and Whiteknights Primary Governor

Steven Curtis is an electrical engineer by profession, and works locally for National Grid as an operational manager at the Electricity National Control Centre. He is passionate about school development and currently serves as a member of the Resources committee within the Whiteknights Primary School governing body.

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Francois Walker

Hub Strategic Lead