Our Governors

Following our reconstitution in 2015, we have 12 members on our Governing Body.

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

Padraig OHannelly_pp_ap

My name is pronounced PAWrick, but some of you may know me already 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.

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


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 Microsoft 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.

Karen Catlin – Parent Governor


I became a Parent Governor in March 2017 and I love that my two children attend such a lovely village school. I feel passionate about contributing to the school which led to my decision to become a governor.

I work three days a week as a Sales Account Handler for JLT Specialty arranging insurance programmes for Registered Social Landlords.

Kim New – Parent Governor


I become a parent governor for Beenham primary school in March 2017. I have lived in Beenham village for the past 10 years and am keen to support our local village school which we are very lucky to have.
Over the past few years as a school parent governor, I have enjoyed learning how the school works, and seeing that so much goes on behind the scenes from such a dedicated and hard working team . I hope to continue to contribute to help maintain an environment that is conducive to the learning and growth of each individual child.
Beenham is a successful and happy school and I am proud to say that one of my children still attends and loves going to this school, and my other enjoyed this school until he moved on to secondary. I am passionate that all schools should encourage their pupils to prosper and grow to their full potential.
I currently work in the emergency department at the Royal Berks Hospital. I have worked as a nurse in this department for the past 20 years in various roles. At present I am a Emergency nurse practitioner. My children are 9 and 12 years old.

Jane Manley – Co-Opted Governor


Co-Opted Governor

Elizabeth Mylum – Co-Opted Governor


Co-Opted Governor

Linda Wright – Co-Opted Governor


Co-Opted Governor

Clerk – Bev Sharp (Also School Finance Manager)


Clerk to Governors

Sue Butcher – Head Teacher


Head Teacher

Governor Vacancies

We currently have governor vacancies.

Please contact the Chair of Governors by email if you are interested in becoming a governor or are interested in the role of Clerk.

Governor Code of Conduct

All Governors agree to abide by the Code of Conduct – September 2019.


Governors Business Interests

Register of Business Interests of Governors 2017-2018 updated January 2018 Governors at Beenham School take transparency and freedom of information to be highly important. This document lists all current governors and any interests they may have that could have an effect on governance.


Governing Body Structure

List of School Governors 2017-2018 updated June 2018. A list of all current members of the governing body, terms of office, and so on.


Governor Training

Governors Training Record, updated June 2017