Our Governors

Updated 29th June 2020.

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

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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

Link Governor for Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

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.

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

Link Governor for Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

I have been the ‘Early Years’ Parent 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!

Kim New – Parent Governor

Link Governor for Health and Safety (H&S), and Pupil Premium Grants (PPG)

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.

Dan Brooks – Co-Opted Governor

Link Governor for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

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.

Jane Manley – Co-Opted Governor

Link Governor for Safeguarding

Clerk – Bev Sharp (Also School Finance Manager)


Clerk to Governors

Sue Butcher – Head Teacher


Head Teacher

Governor Vacancies

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 by email if you’d like to join us.

Governor Code of Conduct

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


Governors Business Interests

Beenham Primary School register of business interests updated June 2020 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

Beenham Primary School governor list 2019 to 2020. A list of all current members of the governing body, terms of office, and so on.