All schools have Boards of Governors, made up of members of the school staff, parents and participants from the local community. Their main job is to support and challenge the school management team in their delivery of the highest possible standards of teaching and care for all pupils.

School governors are all (aside from the Headteacher) volunteers.

Meet the Governors

Nick Chatrath

Chair of Governors Parent Governor C/O: New Marston Primary School, Copse Lane, Oxford, OX3 0AY

Nick has three daughters at the school and has a passion to see the school flourish in this new chapter. Nick is a Director of Artesian Transformational Leadership Ltd, which involves coaching leaders and facilitating transformation, in large businesses and other organisations. Previously he worked for McKinsey & Co. and led a tech startup. Nick is a member at Emmanuel Church and in 2014 completed a D. Phil. in Oriental Studies (Islamic Law) at the University of Oxford. Nick entered his first two triathlons in 2017 and got the bug!

Term of office ends: March 2020



Nigel Chapman

Local Authority Governor

Nigel Chapman is one of the Local Authority Governors. He is one of the City Councillors for Headington Hill and Northway and as the school is the only one in his ward, he wants to see it thrive and offer excellent educational opportunities for all the children. Education is a passion from his time as a BBC editor and World Service Director and as the Chief Executive Officer of Plan International where children’s education was the key programme in the fifty counties where the charity works. He now has a portfolio of roles including being a Non-Executive Director in the Health Service, and chair and Trustee of a number of national and international charities.

Term of office ends: March 2021



Chris Jinks

Parent Governor

Chris and his wife Antonia have two boys at the school. He also has two older children. He works for a flavour company called McCormick which produces herbs, spices, seasonings and sauces where he leads the business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

He is keen to ensure that the children at our school are helped to develop in a healthy, happy, supportive and safe environment.

Term of office ends: July 2021



David Johnson

Staff Governor

I am a teacher of Year 3 at New Marston and have been a member of staff here since September 2016 and have been teaching since 2013. I have responsibility for History throughout the school. I also have experience of working with children and adults with learning, behavioural and mental health difficulties through my work prior to teaching with Oxfordshire County Council’s Adult and Social Services.

Term of office ends: March 2021




Jake Jones

Community Governor

I am an Assistant Headteacher at Wheatley Park School (part of the River Learning Trust), leading on teaching & learning and professional learning. I have been a teacher for 10 years, training at Oxford University Department of Education and working at the Cherwell School and Wheatley Park. I was a staff governor at Wheatley Park for four years, before becoming a community governor at New Marston.

I have lived in Oxford for 14 years, having originally moved here to work for Oxford University Department of Plant Sciences as a postdoctoral researcher in the field of Molecular Microbiology.

Term of office ends: March 2021



Clare Rowntree

Parent Governor

I have two daughters at New Marston, who are both enjoying their time here. I am committed to supporting the school and seeing all of the children develop and grow during their time here.

I have a background in working with vulnerable, and homeless, people and have worked for charities, local and central government. I currently work for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government as a Rough Sleeping Adviser.

Term of office ends: March 2021




Rachel Vlachonikolis

Staff Governor

Rachel is married to George, and they have two beautiful children at the school. She has taught at New Marston for the last 10 years and loves it here! Her roles have ranged from teaching (Y2/3, Early Years) to working with the inclusion team, supporting pupils with SEN, amongst other things! She trained in Sheffield and have just completed the National Award for SEN with Oxford Brookes.

Term of office ends: July 2021




Steph Best

Parent Governor

I am delighted to have the opportunity to be a parent governor and bring my experience as a foundation stage teacher and home school link worker in a local primary school to New Marston. I have a daughter at the school who thrives on the challenge of school life. My aim is to support the excellent standards already established and ensure we maintain an environment in which all pupils can flourish.

Term of office ends: December 2023




Nilam Moorcroft

Community Governor

Nilam currently works with pupils at New Marston School as a volunteer for ARCH (Assisted Reading for Children).She has a background in work with both children and adults in inner city social services settings, mainly in London. She has worked in a number of capacities over the 27-year span of her social work career; as a social worker, manager and in social services planning and training. She is a classical Indian vocalist and a qualified yoga practitioner. She also maintains an active interest in Science, Astronomy, Spirituality, Stargazing and the natural environment.

Term of office ends December 2022


Harriet Brown

Parent Governor

Harriet has a son at the school. She works as a doctor at the John Radcliffe and has a particular interest in promoting health and well-being among pupils, and in providing excellent science teaching. She is looking forward to helping the school leadership team continue the progress that’s been made at the school over the last two years

Term of office ends December 2022





Additional Governors

Kirsten Robinson (KR) (Chair of RLT – to Chair meeting)

Tracey Smith (TS) (Headteacher)

Farida Anwar (Community)

Gillian Standing (Community)

Marya Marriot (Clerk)


Trust Board of the River Learning Trust

The Trust Board of the River Learning Trust is responsible for the functions of the Local Governing Body until a new Local Governing Body is put in place. More details will be published shortly

Details about the River Learning Trust Board can be found here: https://www.riverlearningtrust….

If you have any questions about the Trust Board, please contact


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