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Meet The Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section


Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.


We are always interested to hear from parents who may want to consider becoming a Governor and should you wish to discuss this further please do not hesitate to contact any member of the Governing Body.


Jason Batten

I joined the Governing Body in 2013 and was Co-opted in February 2015.  I currently sit on the Management Committee and have Governor responsibility for premises.  Both my children attended Burford School and have now left secondary education.  My primary reason for joining the Governing Body was to represent the local committee on the Governing Body as I also serve on the Parish Council.


David Caldwell

I became a Parent Governor in October 2013 and am currently the Chair of the Management Committee responsible for the strategic financial operation of the school. My 2 sons have benefitted greatly from their time at Burford enjoying high quality teaching and a varied and enriched curriculum to expanding their knowledge and experiences. As a Governor my aim is to help create a safe, welcoming and ambitious environment that aspires to enable all children to reach their potential at Primary School. Commercial experience from my professional life in the healthcare sector enables me to help the school navigate the challenging financial environment it currently operates in. I have lived in Marlow Bottom since 2009 and, along with my sons, am a keen member of Marlow Rugby Club.


Sarah Cooper

I have been involved in the Governing Body since October 2007 and in September 2014 I became Chair, a role that I thoroughly enjoyed until I resigned in October 2020.  For this academic year I am Vice Chair.  I have three children, one of whom is still at Burford in KS2.  My eldest child left in July 2013.  My primary reason for becoming a Governor was my belief that all children deserve a great primary education to prepare them for the next stage of school.  Over the years, I have been actively involved in the development of the Burford Curriculum and I am the governor with responsibility for Assessment and Literacy throughout the school.


Helen Creek

I am a part time teacher in Year 4 at Burford School.  I have worked here since January 2020 and have recently become the Staff Governor. I hold a BA (Hons) in Forensic Science and previously had a civilian career with Thames Valley Police. In 2010, I completed my Post Graduate GTP and was awarded with QTS in Primary Teaching Education.  Over the past 10 years, I have taught in several primary schools within Buckinghamshire across KS1 and KS2. I look forward to working alongside the Burford Governing Body and representing the views of our staff. We have two children who attend Burford School and my family love being part of the Marlow Bottom community.  


Kevin Ford

I am very pleased to be a parent governor at the school and I have been in this position since September 2017. I have lived and worked in Bucks for almost 20 years, teaching in two secondary schools in the county. Since 2010 I have worked at Great Marlow School, firstly as the Deputy Headteacher and since 2016 as the Headteacher. I have a very keen interest in sport and particularly team sports but recently my own participation has been reduced to a weekly recreational run and occasional gym visit! I hope during my tenure as a parent governor I can use my experience to make a positive contribution to the further development of this excellent school.


Ian Garner

As Headteacher, I am a member of the Governing Body and serve on all Committees.  I have taught at Burford School since September 2008 having been employed as a member of the SLT.  I became Assistant Headteacher in 2012, Deputy Headteacher in May 2015 and Headteacher in April 2016.  I undertook my teaching degree at the University of Reading where I achieved my B.Ed and QTS.  I am married with two children and enjoy spending time with my family and attending sporting events such as T20 cricket and London Irish rugby games.


Steven Griffiths


Jane Hawksworth

I am delighted to have been appointed as the Chair of Governors this year. I was co-opted onto the Governing Body in April 2016, to sit on the Management Committee as the Development Governor.  I have three children, two currently attend Burford.  Previous to this I was involved in the local Pre-school committee and was delighted to join the Burford Governing Body to be able to continue to contribute as much as I can. I am a member of Friends of Burford and also a member of the Village Hall Trust Committee.


Sally Hillyer

In September 2019 I was delighted to become a parent governor, joining a great team that works hard to support the fantastic work the school does. My two sons are at Burford, benefiting from the wonderful enriched curriculum, and the school’s dedication to fostering children’s wellbeing. My professional background is in educational publishing, developing teaching, learning and assessment resources for primary schools, with a specialism in maths. This has given me a good insight into the curriculum side of education, and I’m enjoying learning about all the other many and varied things involved in running a school.


Tracey Marshall

I am Burford School’s Deputy Headteacher and I am responsible for Teaching and Learning, Special Educational Needs, Pupil Premium and work closely with Mr Garner on the strategic development of the school.  I was appointed to my role in 2018 and thoroughly enjoy all aspects of my leadership position, although working with your children tops the number one spot! I have been teaching for many years and hold a BA (Hons) and QTS in Primary Teaching Education and hold a Master’s level National Award for SEN Co-ordination. Throughout my career to date, I have worked as a senior leader in two other settings and have taught across the primary phase. Therefore, I not only appreciate the academic learning journey of primary aged children, but their emotional wellbeing and child development milestones. Outside school, I live with my husband, three children, my cat and dog who all keep me busy J  I enjoy spending time with my family going on dog walks, exploring new places and in the holidays, reading a good novel!


Rachel Rayner

I became a parent governor in March 2021. I have always been very passionate about Burford and the fantastic education that they provide for our children. We have 2 daughters attending Burford and I have always spent as much time as I can in school helping their teachers, understanding the curriculum and how they learn. I have a background in Engineering and I subsequently moved in to Information Technology, I currently work for a large software company and I have a huge passion for all things STEM. I am absolutely delighted to be joining as a curriculum governor focussing on the area of Science. I am also a committee member of Friends of Burford.

Kevin Steele

I was delighted to be Co-opted to the Governing Body in 2017.  I have two children, one still attending Burford.  I recognize what a fantastic school we already have, but there are always opportunities for improvement!  I am excited to utilise my industry and management experience to the benefit of the school to help make it even more successful with safe, happy and thriving children.  I am currently the chair of the Curriculum Committee.


Bruce Watt


Reverend Graham Watts

I moved to Marlow Bottom in 2014 when my wife and I were appointed Vicars (we job share) of St Mary’s Church in Marlow Bottom.  I became a Co-opted Governor at Burford in February 2015.  Two of our children have already gone through Burford and we have one child still here.  I am the Equalities Governor, I sit on the Management Committee and am also the Humanities Governor. We love Marlow Bottom – the community and the surrounding countryside - and it is great being involved at Burford.