The School Governing Body

Our governing board has three core functions.  These are to:

1. Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

2. Hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;

3.  Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Our Governors are all either elected or appointed for a four year term according to our Instrument of Government, which is approved by the Local Authority (West Berkshire), in order to ensure we have a cross section of opinions and experience. We all have the primary aim of providing an outstanding education to the children of The Willows.

Throughout the year, members of the Governing Body attend applicable training courses and forums arranged by the Local Authority, we also have access to many online tools so that we are up to date with current policy and legislation.

You can find out more about the members of the governing board below as well as the most recent membership and attendance register. 

We do this in meetings which we hold monthly. Our Instrument of Government can be viewed by clicking on the button below.

The Willows Primary School Full Governing Board

Chair of Governors - Huw Griffiths

Chair of Governors - Huw Griffiths

Huw Griffiths

Huw has been a member of the governing body at The Willows since May 2018 and is our Chair of Governors and our data governor. He works for West Berkshire council and is responsible, among other things, for collecting and analysing end of key stage results for primary schools. Previously he worked in the financial IT industry for a number of banks and data providers, and he also ran his own company for 15 years. He has many years’ experience in software development and data analysis.

Huw has two grown-up children who both attended Streatley School and The Downs. He was a parent governor then LA governor at Streatley. He has lived in Newbury for five years and he became a governor at The Willows to support his local school in providing the best possible educational opportunities for all children. In his spare time he “enjoys” running marathons and can be seen regularly pounding the local streets on his training runs.

Steve Beeson

Nicky Cother



Peter Rimmer

Peter Rimmer has many years’ experience of human resource management and leading wage negotiations with trades unions, and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.  After graduating, he initially worked in the nuclear industry.  Until his retirement in September 2016, Peter was the Director of Employment Affairs and Skills at an employers’ organisation representing the commercial interests of specialist engineering contractors active in the construction and facilities management industries.  An important part of his job involved encouraging young people to train for an engineering apprenticeship and fostering work experience links between schools and employers.    

Peter is a firm believer in the importance of a sound, rigorous education as a route to improving young peoples life chances.  As a member of the Governing Board of The Willows since May 2016, he takes an active role in helping the school achieve the ambitious targets it sets for the young people who attend the school.



JO Macarthur

Jo has been the Head of the Willows since September 2018 although she has been working with the school since Autumn 2017.


Rekha Bhagat

 Rekha is a parent Governor at The Willows. She has a background in engineering and prior to moving to the UK had completed 1 year of teaching in India. She has previously been a parent volunteer within schools. Currently, she works part-time as a company secretary and director to a PLC. She has two children at The Willows.

She has a keen interest in academics and a desire to help all children get to the next level and achieve their full potential.

In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, listening to music, watching movies and helping children in their studies.

Nikki Stephens

Nikki is a parent governor and has a daughter who has attended The Willows, and after school club, since Nursery. She has an older son who attends St Barts School.

Nikki has nearly 20 years of experience in education and became a governor as she wanted to contribute to the life of her local school.  She trained as a secondary school teacher and has been Head of Department and Head of Inclusion / Special Needs Co-ordinator.  She managed a Pupil Referral Unit for children who were excluded, or at risk of exclusion, in West Berkshire for five years. She now works for West Berkshire Council in the Special Educational Needs and Disabled Children’s Team. She has a particular interest in supporting the education of learners with Autism and ADHD and those at risk of exclusion.  

In her spare time Nikki enjoys cooking, reading, music, comedy and yoga.

mike Steer

Mike is the Deputy Head of the Willows and he is also the staff governor on the FGB. Prior to appointment at The Willows, he worked in 2 other West Berkshire schools gaining valuable experience across KS1 and the Early Years. He completed an MA in Education at Reading University in 2016 and is a Local Authority EYFS moderator.

In his spare time, Mike enjoys travelling, cooking and participating in a wide variety of sports!


Nicki Cother