I was born in Hampshire and trained to be a teacher at Rolle College in Exmouth, qualifying in 1996. I have worked in my current role as Headteacher at Queen Eleanor’s since September 2010. Before becoming Headteacher at QE I was Deputy Headteacher for 4 years at The Chandler C of E Junior School in Witley. I have taught in Church, State and Independent schools both in the UK and abroad over my career. I worked in the United States for 4 years, teaching in British schools in Washington DC & Chicago and have worked in state schools in the UK including the well renowned Guillemont Junior School in Farnborough. I have been very lucky in my teaching career and had many wonderful experiences. I have taught and lived in another country and had experience of both state and private schools. I have worked on Government pilot projects and had research published by the National College of School Leadership. I have also recently completed my training to become and Ofsted Inspector. I have many different hobbies and interests including supporting my beloved Tottenham and snowboarding. I am very into film and live music and attend concerts as often as I can.
Chair of Governors
Vice Chair of Governors & Chair of Finance and Staffing Committee
I studied Mathematics with Music at the University of Surrey, and liked Guildford so much that I stayed in the area. I am an active member of All Saints’ Church in Onslow Village, directing the handbell team and co-leading the children’s choir there. I really enjoy being part of the Governing Body of Queen Eleanor’s. I started as a member of the Finance and Staffing Committee in September
2009, applying my skills from my work as an auditor, and became Chair of the committee in December 2010.
I am the St. Nicolas Church PCC appointed Foundation Governor. I have lived in Guildford for nearly 20 years and both my daughters went to QE before moving onto the County School and university. I serve on the Children’s Committee. I work as a Teaching Assistant in Guildford, providing me with an insight into the world of education.
I am a Parent Governor, and have had at least one of my three children at Queen Eleanor’s since 2003. I became Chair of Governors in 2012 and am also a member of the Finance and Staffing Committee. I was previously Chair of Governors at Onslow Infant School for a number of years. Before having children I was a Personnel Manager, but now work as a Bursar at a local infant school.
Cllr David Goodwin
Local Authority Governor
I joined Queen Eleanor’s Governing body in 2007 as its Local Education Authority (LEA) Governor and I’m a member of the Premises, Health and Safety committee. I am also a Governor at St Nicolas Church of England school on Portsmouth Road, Guildford.
I have lived in Guildford with my wife and daughter for sixteen years. I am elected as both a Guildford Borough Councillor and Surrey County Councillor through which I help constituents with their problems and concerns on local issues.
I decided quite early on in my life that I wanted to be a teacher, following in my Mum’s footsteps, and so spent four years at University in Worcester training to do this. After completing my degree I moved back to Surrey and started working at Wyke Primary, teaching years 5 and 6; I then moved to Northmead Junior in Guildford teaching in years 6 and 3. During that time I have bought my house and am enjoying living in Guildford! Outside of school I enjoy horse riding, swimming and I am a big fan of rugby, particularly supporting my team: London Wasps. I’m also partial to a spot of reading and find you can’t beat lying in the sun with a good book!
Non-teaching Staff Governor
I was delighted to become a Parent Governor in June 2012. I am now a member of the Children’s Committee, the link governor for Special Educational Needs & the Child Protection Representative. My oldest son is now in Year 4, and my youngest in YR 2 at Onslow Infants. After graduating from UCL as a Speech & Language Therapist, I worked for the NHS for many years in schools in London & Devon. More recently, I was employed by a Special School, where I was Head of the Speech & Language Dept for 5yrs. During that time, I experienced (& survived) two OFSTED Inspections. Currently, I’m working independently. I like to think that I am approachable & hope to represent QE parents to ensure the best for all our children.
I joined the governing body as a Foundation Governor for All Saints Church in July 2012 and currently sit on the Finance and Staffing Committee. I currently have one daughter in year 4 and another 3 who will all come through the school over the next decade so I look forward to being involved in the school for some time to come. Having studied English Literature and Language at University of Wales in Bangor, North Wales, I then qualified as a solicitor working in the corporate and commercial department of a London firm until having children. Since then I have been involved in the Guildford branch of the National Childbirth Trust in various roles and recently have gone back to work part time as a consultant to a FSA regulated firm. Outside work I enjoy singing and am a member of Guildford Choral Society.