Our Governors

Current vacancy for Co-opted Governor. Please contact school office for more details

Mr Chris Rossiter – Chair of Governors

Chris is the Chief Executive of Driver Youth Trust, a national charity that works with schools to improve literacy in disadvantaged young people.

Chris originally trained as an applied psychologist and has worked across the private, public and charitable sector for over fifteen years. He has particular expertise in special educational needs and disability, and organisational psychology.

He is a Trustee of the Astrea Academy Trust, member of the literacy sub-committee of the Hastings Opportunity Area and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Mr Mat ParkerVice Chair

Since becoming involved with the school, firstly as a parent and then a Governor I have been continually impressed with the schools unflinching high standards of education and holistic care.

It’s with great pride that I have been able to serve as a Governor and I hope that my years in a professional commercial environment will bring valuable perspective and experience during my tenure.

Outside of my role as a Governor I am a self confessed book worm and passionate runner.  It’s probably understandable therefore, that I hold both literacy and physical education in high regard.

Mrs Hannah O’Neill – Headteacher

In September 2017, I joined Oaklands Infant School as Headteacher. Prior to joining Oaklands, I was five years as a deputy at an outstanding infant school in Bracknell Forest and before that, 14 years at a primary school in Wandsworth.
I am a Specialist Leader of Education, have moderated Key Stage One in different schools and have been the leader of Special Educational Needs for the past 11 years.


The ethos and values initially attracted me to the school, along with the professional teaching team and the great links with governors, parents and the wider community.


I find the school has a real family feel about it, with everyone working together to create a love of learning for the children.I feel honoured and lucky to be working with such a great team of people and children.

Term of Office 01/09/17 – no end date

Mrs Carole Barke – Co-opted Governor

I am a Mum of three, with all my children currently or previously attending Oaklands Infant School.


I hugely enjoyed, and valued, my own education experience and realise the importance of a good school in shaping a child’s outlook so that they can be happy, sociable and successful in life. I therefore feel excited and privileged to have the opportunity to be a Co-opted governor and part of the school community. 


I always enjoy my visits to school and seeing the children safe, happy and immersed in their learning.

Term of Office 22/01/20 – 21/01/24

Mrs Dawn Croxford – Parent Governor

Hi, I’m mother of 2, the eldest having started in Reception at Oaklands this year. Before having my children I was a Primary school teacher, mainly teaching Year 1.

I have also taught one to one at a school locally as a Pupil Premium teacher. I feel excited and privileged to be part of the governing team and hope to make a positive contribution to the future of Oaklands.

I am on the Teaching & Learning and Community sub-committees. I will be linked with Ash class and I’m looking forward to meeting the children and their parents at class visits and assemblies!

Mrs Lesley Brown – Co-opted Governor

I am a Higher Level Teaching Assistant and have been working in the school since my own children were pupils. My role includes supporting children in the classroom, and I particularly enjoy running the friendship group and overseeing the library. I have been a Staff Governor for eleven years.

Mr Angus Goodenough – Co-opted Governor

I became a governor at Oaklands in September 2019. However, my links with the school go back a number of years as my daughters, both now in their 20s, attended Oaklands.

I initially trained as an accountant, but shortly after qualifying switched into teaching. Over the past 30 years, I have taught Financial Accounting and Auditing to trainee accountants and Business Studies, Economics and Accounting to GCSE and A-level students in several secondary schools.

With my teaching and finance backgrounds, I am looking forward to helping Oaklands achieve the best educational outcomes from its increasingly challenging budgets.

Miss Ellen Weston – Associate Member

I joined Oaklands Infant School in September 2017 as Deputy Headteacher and Year 2 class teacher.

Prior to joining Oaklands, I taught in a primary school in Bracknell Forest for 10 years, I was the KS1 Phase Leader, staff governor and I taught across the infant year groups. The values of the staff, parents and pupils at Oaklands Infant School are something to nurture and sustain. I am committed to upholding, modelling and promoting those values and being a positive and enthusiastic voice for the staff, and therefore pupils, of the school. I am passionate about supporting the school to be the best it can be for all of our pupils and their families.

Term of Office 15/1/18 – 14/01/22

Mr Kevin Davis – Associate Member

I am a father of four, the youngest having just started at Oaklands this year, and my eldest in her final year at University. I work within the Engineering Construction Industry and having travelled extensively with work I am now keen to become more involved in the school. I have always been impressed with the values and environment at Oaklands, and when the opportunity to become a parent governor arose, it was an easy decision to apply. I am looking forward to contributing to the development of the school and the children’s experiences, which at this stage of their lives is so important.

Mrs Gemma Thompson – Clerk to the Governors

I am a mum of two boys who have both been through the school which nurtured and cared for them. Before children I came from a sales and admin background, currently I am a lunchtime controller at the infants as well as clerking so I am a familiar face amongst the children. I have also previously been a vice chair for the PTA which was fun and rewarding.

Miss Sukina Carr – Co-opted Governor

Sukina Carr former co-opted governor, term ended 26.6.2020 .