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Updated: 14 April 2022.



We currently have vacancies for governors.

If you’d like the chance to make a real difference to young people, we’d welcome you on our team!

Please contact the Chair of Governors at if you’d like to join us.


James Tobin – Chair – Co-Opted Governor, and also a parent

Link governor for ICT and Maths.

Term of office ends 02/10/2022


Our family moved to Beenham in 2015, and our son joined Beenham Primary after attending the Pre-school. An appealing factor of moving to the village was the chance for our son to learn and develop in a more rural location.


I believe that community is very important, so I approached the school to become a governor so that I could help in any way to contribute to the success of the school.


I have a background in IT for over 17 years, and I currently work at Salesforce

focussing on how IT applications can solve business challenges. I have a passion for IT/gadgets and I’m hoping that I can come up with new ideas for technology in the school to help inspire our children.


I will also be helping with any IT challenges that the school may face in the future.


Dan Brooks – Vice Chair - Co-Opted Governor

Link Governor for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), and Pupil Premium Grant (PPG)

Term of office ends 22/01/2024

Back in 1994, it was in Mrs Caton’s infant class where I started my love of learning.


Having left Beenham Primary six years later, I was surprised to return in 2020 as a Co-opted Governor. Since age four, I have spent my entire life in education, except for one long year as an accountant.


Teaching has taken me to London and Colombia and I am now back in the area and looking to contribute to the place where it all began.


The two defining features of the school that have impressed me so far are: the level of dedication from staff and parents and how happy the pupils are to be at the school.


Amy Donnelly – Head Teacher

I joined Beenham Primary School as Headteacher in January 2021.


I have previously worked in a small one-form first school in Eton and two large inner-city schools, most recently as a Deputy Headteacher for over 8 years.


One of the key reasons I chose to apply to Beenham Primary for a Headship position was because it is a village school. I myself went to a small village school and chose to live in a village for my daughter to attend the village school. I truly appreciate the impact a local community has on a child and why maintaining the future of the small village school is so important.


I am looking forward to working as part of the governing body to develop the school and what we offer to the children and their families within the local community.


Padraig O’Hannelly – Co-Opted Governor, and also a parent

Link Governor for Safeguarding

Term of office ends 02/10/2022

My name is pronounced PAWrick, but some of you may know me as “Tommy’s Dad”.


Claudia and I have lived in Beenham since 2012, and we love the village and the school, which is such an essential part of village life.


I believe that a successful school provides a positive and supportive environment in which children can maximise their potential and be all they can be, not just academically but also socially, emotionally and ethically.


That’s where Beenham Primary School shines, and we are delighted that our son can attend such an excellent school.


My career has taken me through engineering, business development and publishing in Ireland, Germany and UK, and I look forward to contributing to the success of the school and its pupils.


Kirsty Clarke – Parent Governor

Link governor for Health and Safety, and English.

Term of office ends 28/03/2025

In 2017 my family and I made the move to Beenham and we feel incredibly lucky to have such a wonderful school in the village.


The school was a huge factor in our move; I really wanted our children to attend their village school and experience the same warmth and sense of community that I had as a child.


I joined the governing body in early 2021 and am looking forward to helping build on the success of the school. It is on an exciting journey that I am so pleased to be part of.

Nigel Hopes – LA Governor

Link Governor for Finance
Term of office ends 14/07/2025
In September 2020 my family acquired The Six Bells Public House. Our ambition is to return the pub to a genuine ‘Village Pub’ supporting the Beenham community.
I am retired and wish to contribute to the local community and was very pleased to join the Governors at the school.
In April 2021 I moved to Beenham and now live adjacent to the school.
I have a background in finance with 37 years experience at PwC, a major financial advisory firm. Following my retirement from PwC I was the Chief Financial Officer at The Prince’s Trust for 2 years. I am also a former Governor at The Abbey School - an independent girls school in Reading. I look forward to supporting the team and shall take a particular interest in the finance area.

Sophie McBean – Staff Governor

Term of office ends 02/12/2024

I have been a teacher at Beenham since September 2020 and currently teach Tundra class (years 5 & 6).


I studied for a PGCE at Oxford Brookes which gave me exposure to many different school environments; I was drawn to Beenham Primary School because of its community feel and strong values education.


I have a background in psychology and mental health and work to promote the social and emotional development of children alongside their academic development. I also believe that fun and creativity are vital aspects of learning both in and out of the classroom!


I am looking forward to working as part of the governing body and progressing the school and the experience we offer our pupils and their families.


Elizabeth Mylum – Co-Opted Governor, and also a parent

Term of office ends 18/09/2023

I have been a governor since September 2019. 


I have lived in Beenham since 2006, and as a family we are committed to the continued success of this wonderful village school.


The school is at the heart of our community and the children thrive through their continuous energy and attitude towards learning, their respect for one another and the hard work and the commitment of the staff.


I am currently Head of Human Resources for a successful Reading based IT Distributor, while balancing a busy family life centered around my son’s passion for football!


Jon Hewitt – Parent Governor

Term of office ends 21/11/2025

Biog to follow.

Clerk – Emma Smith

Having been the Clerk to the Governors at Beenham Primary School a few years ago, I happily returned to the role in September 2021.

I think the work governors do to help their school is so important. It is always wonderful to see a collection of people from different backgrounds come together and work collectively. I am happy to be part of a team which always has children’s best interests as their priority.