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Our Governors

Jessica Cobb - Chair of Governors

Jess Cobb has been a parent governor at Tillingbourne Junior School since November 2013. She currently sits on the Finance Working party and is also Link Governor. Prior to this Jess was a parent governor at Peaslake Free School for 6 years. Jess has 3 children, the younger two of whom are currently at Tillingbourne. Jess has a particular interest in supporting the school to become a 'Rights Respecting School'


Roger Crabb

Roger has worked for over 40 years on major computer systems Performance with the last  20 leading / centering on the largest  IBM data base  and transaction processing system worldwide. His work called for the development and application of  numerous innovative tools , techniques  - resulting in savings of  £10’s of millions. As a Principal Performance Consultant  he presented many times on  International  lecture circuit forums.  He has been married for over 40 years with two grown up sons,  one grandson and one grand daughter.  His hobbies & interests are physics and astrophysics, geology, natural history, walking & travel.

Kirsten Ayers

Kirsty works for a global law firm in their London office. She is the Lead designer in the learning technologies team. She specialises in designing online learning solutions for all lawyers and business services employees in the firm globally. Kirsty has been a governor at Tillingbourne since December 2015. She is a South African so did not attend school in England. She decided to become a governor because she felt it would be a good way to understand the British school system before her own young children start school. Kirsty's main focus areas are as Link governor as well as monitoring safeguarding within the school.


Emma Meadows

I have been teaching for 13 years having started my teaching career at Tillingbourne in 2005 as an NQT. During my career I have worked at a small infant school and at large primary schools, teaching Year Reception, Year 1 and 2.  I retired from teaching in July and was delighted to be accepted as a school governor at Tillingbourne where I hope to bring my educational experience to the post. I have been married for 20 years and have two children: Jobe in year 4 and Lois in year 2 at Chilworth Infants School. As well as being a busy mum I also enjoy singing, playing the ukulele and am involved in childrens’ work at my church.

Mark Skinner

Mark has been a volunteer governor of Tillingbourne Junior School since March 2016. He is a member of the Finance Committee and the Pay Review Panel. Mark moved to Surrey in late 2013 and is married with a daughter. Mark is a lawyer, working in London, having grown up in the Gloucestershire countryside.


John Peak

Now retired, my career was as a hospital physicist working at St. Thomas', St. Luke's and the Royal Surrey County Hospitals.  I have been involved at Tillingbourne since 1974 when our children started attending, first with the PTA and then as a Governor.  I have enjoyed my involvement in a great school, helping where I can in  variety of activities.

Sarah Hilton

I work as an HR Consultant and have been a parent governor since 2013. I sit on the Head Teacher appraisal committee and have a specific interest in the teaching of English within Tillingbourne. Both our children have benefited hugely from being at Tillingbourne and I am keen that every child that comes here has a similarly enriching experience.



Wayne Harris

Wayne is an accountant and business growth consultant, at the forefront of several businesses helping clients both in the UK and internationally too.  Two of Wayne’s children were taught at Tillingbourne, so this coupled with his financial and leadership skills, helps him fulfil his passion for being a school governor

Claudia Goodridge

I work for an insurance company in London as technical wordings manager.  I wanted to become a parent governor because I am passionate about education and the well-being of children.   I feel I can add value due to my experience in policy review, an eye for detail and organisational skills.  I have a specific interest in language learning, influenced by my Dutch background and degree in applied linguistics.


Mick Michell

I have worked in Surrey since 1986, having previously been a teacher in London and Bristol for 17 years and led a government sponsored science development project which was the forerunner of the National Curriculum in science.  My job in Surrey was, as a member of the Local Authority Inspectorate, to support and challenge schools in their efforts to improve. When I retired I became a governor at Fullbrook School. I also sit on the Education Committee of the Guildford Education Partnership and on the Executive Working Group of Kings College Guildford. I have been looking to use my experience to support a primary school and was delighted when I was asked to join the governors of Tillingbourne Junior School. Outside of education I am a keen watcher of cricket and Rugby union, though my diary has become even busier recently as the grandfather of 21-month old twins and a recently born grandson.

Revd Stephanie Sokolowski

I am the Vicar in Chilworth and I look after the churches of St Thomas and St Martha on the Hill. An important part of my role is to work with and support the local community. The schools play a significant part in village life and I am pleased to serve on both Governing Bodies. I have thoroughly enjoyed  being one of the Governors at Tillingbourne School and  being part of such a vibrant and thriving school community. 


Fran Sherfield

I have been a teacher at Tillingbourne School for over 6 years. In that time, I have worked in three of the four year groups. My subject leadership is in DT (Design and Technology) which I firmly believe is an essential part of the curriculum.  I also work closely with the school council and am an NQT mentor.  I am very proud to be part of Tillingbourne School: a school with fantastic facilities; a strong, supportive staff and amazing, creative children.

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