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Our Governors

Our Governing Board provide confident and strong strategic leadership which leads to robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance. The board consists of a nominated governor from the Local Authority, a governor elected by staff, three governors elected by the parents, four co-opted governors and the headteacher. Governors have a four year term of office.

Meet our Governors

  • David Mayer - Headteacher

    Having finished my teacher training in 1988 I went to work in Boston, USA for a couple of years before beginning my teaching career in Swindon in 1990. After five years here I moved to Ramsbury Primary School followed by a deputy headship at Great Bedwyn. This led to my first headship at Drayton Primary School in Oxfordshire. After leading the school during a time were we went from inadequate to good, I became the head at St Dunstan Primary School in Wiltshire which led eventually to my becoming Head at Hungerford. I am married to Polly, a reception teacher and have two daughters; Tess who is 16 and Beth who is 14. They both go to St John’s Academy in Marlborough. We have lived in Marlborough for five years after 14 years in Hungerford so I know the town quite well. I am looking forward to leading the school as we secure our Ofsted “good” rating and move towards becoming even better.

    Term: 01/09/17

    Committees: Resources, Children & Learning

    Register of Interests: None

  • Jane Butler - Staff Governor

    I have lived in Hungerford since the age of 18.  After leaving College, I worked as a PA for a local Estate Agent, Knight Frank.   I left there to start my family and took some time out of work.   When my children started school, I began working at Hungerford Primary School as a Learning Support Assistant.  It was during this time that I decided I wanted to become a teacher.   I began to study for a Science degree with the Open University, combining my studies with bringing up a young family.   I left Hungerford Primary School in 1999 to attend Oxford Brookes University to complete my teaching qualifications with a PGCE.   My first teaching job was in a mixed Y3/4 class at Francis Baily School in Thatcham.   I was then asked to apply for a Y1 vacancy at Hungerford Primary School the following year and there I continued my teaching career.  During my time at Hungerford Primary, I have gained promotion, initially as KS1 team leader, then Assistant Head before becoming Deputy Headteacher (with a one term spell as Acting Headteacher). My family are very important to me and my spare time is often spent with my two grandchildren, Alfie and Mylo and my new granddaughter Xavi.   I also enjoy spending time with my friends, visiting the theatre, cinema and finding lovely places to eat.  I am also an avid reader and love to travel.

    Term: 31/01/22 - 30/01/26

    Committees: Resources, Children & Learning

    Register of Interests: None

  • Jan Loughlin - Vice-Chair of Governors

    I am currently a director of a Community Interest Company working to promote participation in sport and physical activity in the local area.  This includes the Breakfast and After School Clubs at the school.  I am a child carer with over a decade’s experience with children from 0 to 16 years.  I am also a sports coach with specific training in basketball, netball, dodgeball and tag rugby.  I feel motivated to help the school achieve its plans to improve and create long term success for its pupils.

    Term: 17/12/19 - 16/12/23

    Responsibilities: Safeguarding, Physical Education & Sports Premium

    Committees: Children & Learning

    Register of Interests: Innov8 Sportz

  • David Green - Chair of Governors

    I have lived in Hungerford for the past twelve years, and have two daughters who are greatly enjoying their time at the primary school. I work as a research scientist, with a focus on seismology and atmospheric acoustics. Technical governance is a large part of my job, and I hope to use these skills to help shape school policy decisions. I have volunteered as a governor as I’m keen to help Hungerford Primary School succeed in its aim to provide high quality education for all pupils.

    Term:  22/01/2022 - 21/01/2026  

    Responsibilities - Pupil Premium Grant, Science & Design & Technology

    Committees - Chair of Resources

    Register of Interests - None

  • Belinda Exelby - Co-opted Governor

    Having settled happily in Hungerford since moving here four years ago, I am keen to be involved in and contribute to the local community. I believe strongly that all children have a right to a quality education and I support the ethos and values adopted by HPS as a means of ensuring this for its students. Although I have no direct background in education, I hope that the skills I have acquired during my career in international relations, particularly in terms of project management, negotiation and problem solving, will be useful to the work of the Board of Governors. I am delighted to be part of the team and to be able to support the continued positive development of HPS.

    Term:  17.12.2019 - 16.12.2023

    Responsibilities - 

    Committees - Resources

    Register of Interests - None

  • Ryan Nortier - Parent Governor

    I was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe but grew up in South Africa! My family had a 8000ha game ranch in the Gwaai river valley, Zimbabwe which was part of a 100 000ha big 5 conservancy. I spent at least one school holiday a year visiting our family ranch, spending the majority of the day in the bush. It's here that I developed my love of nature. After leaving high school, I studied Forestry at the Nelson Mandela University situated in George, Western Cape. Unfortunately, as a student we lost our family ranch in 2001 due to politics!

    I worked as a forester, managing various forestry estates in South Africa's Kwa-Zulu Natal Province for about 20 years gaining experience in natural resource management, agriculture, fire protection and conservation with various corporate companies. In addition to this I volunteered as an Honorary Officer for the Kwa-Zulu Natal Provincial conservation authority and Chaired an Airwing unit that provided volunteer aerial support to conservation efforts within the province.

    In May 2019, I sadly left behind the beloved African bush and immigrated to the UK with my Wife and 3 girls, two of whom attend Hungerford primary and one in High School.

    Currently I am working as a Utility Arboriculture Quality and Safety Inspector monitoring contractors conducting vegetation clearing along the electricity networks. 

    I am privileged to be joining the governing board and look forward to using the various skills I have gained during my forestry and conservation career in supporting fellow governors and staff to create the best possible learning environment for our precious children.

    Term:  15.12.2020 - 14.12.2024

    Responsibilities - Health & Safety

    Committees - Resources

    Register of Interests - None


  • Jay Armstrong - Parent Governor

    I moved to Hungerford in 2009 after marrying my lovely wife Helen, who introduced me to our beautiful market town.  Our daughter, Sophie, is currently in Year 1 at HPS and enjoying learning with her teachers and classmates.  It is so refreshing to see students who are so happy and looking forward to spending the day learning.   I was born and raised in Texas and regularly slow smoke a decent BBQ brisket or ribs to keep in touch with my roots.  I earned my BBA at Texas A&M University with a focus in Business Analysis.  I've always been the geeky, tech obsessed kid.  From there, I joined the corporate information technology world spending many years at IBM.  After moving to the UK, I moved into the cyber security space which is quite active to say the least.  I lead a Pan-European services team as well as head up our digital customer experience program.  I have been a long standing member of the St. Lawrence Church PCC and choir, recently stepping aside from the choir to take on a role in the Sunday School team.

    I hope my skills and experiences can help Hungerford Primary School in shaping our future generation to take action to achieve their dreams.  I've always had a love of learning and feel privileged to be part of a team whose ethos is to inspire and prepare our children for their life-long love of learning.

    Term:  25.01.2022 - 24.02.2026

    Responsibilities - 

    Committees - 

    Register of Interests - None


  • Mike Saunders - Local Authority Governor

    Information to follow

    Term:  23.02.2021 - 22.02.2025

    Responsibilities - 

    Committees - C & L

    Register of Interests - None


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