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Our Governors

Sally Johnson

Ex Officio Governor

Appointed as Head Teacher in September 2017, Sally joined Winchcombe Abbey CE Primary School as Deputy Headteacher in September 2006.

She was Head of School for the last academic year.

Aisling Stranack

Staff Governor

Aisling is Deputy Head at Winchcombe Abbey.

James Markwick

Parent Governor

Deputy Chair of Governors

James was born in London, but was brought up in Winchcombe and Cheltenham and was a pupil of the school a long, long time ago!  He qualified with Geography degrees from Leicester and Nottingham Universities.

James has two children, Ben now in Winchcombe School and Alex at Winchcombe Abbey. He lives in Winchcombe with his wife, children, cat and guinea pigs. He has spent the vast majority of his career working in the environmental sector and currently works  for Natural England, the government’s adviser on wildlife and countryside issues. 

He enjoys walking and cycling, watching sport, quizzes, the cinema and catching live music whenever possible.

Andy Cowling

Parent Governor

Andy was born and bred near Leeds in West Yorkshire. After a brief stint in Teesside where he completed his A levels Andy went on to graduate from Brunel University in Uxbridge with a degree in Microelectronics.
Andy now lives in Winchcombe with his wife Etel and his two children, both of whom attended Winchcombe Abbey. Andy has worked for the last 13 years as a software development manager at a market data company based in Eagle Tower in Cheltenham.
In his spare time Andy enjoys exploring the great outdoors, cycling and reading.

Jackie Pawson

Co-opted Governor

Jackie Pawson has lived and taught in Winchcombe for over thirty years.  She thoroughly enjoyed working as a class teacher in Winchcombe Junior School, and has worked as a part time teaching assistant and one-to-one teacher at the Primary School. Jackie still comes into school regularly, offering all sorts of practical help, most recently making felt pictures with the children. She  loves accompanying Year 6 and Year 4 children on their residential visits which she has done for many years. She also spends a few hours a week teaching voluntarily at Winchcombe School.

Her two children are grown up and moved away but she is thrilled to have five grandchildren to spoil.

If you need to book the Guide hall for a function, contact Jackie for the details as, along with education, she hasn’t quite managed to give up her association with Winchcombe Guides.

Sharon Taylor

Co-opted Governor

Sharon was born and bred in Doncaster and after completing her A Levels she moved to Newcastle to study Business Information Technology at Newcastle Polytechnic.

Sharon lives in Winchcombe with her husband Richard and  daughter Imogen, who is now at Winchcombe School.  She has worked in Warwick, for Avelo, a software company providing client relationship management software for financial advisers, for the last fifteen years and is their Client Communications Manager.

In her spare time Sharon enjoys going for long walks in the Cotswold countryside and socialising with friends and drinking the odd glass of white wine!

Linda Barnes

Clerk to the Governors

(until 31 December 2017)

Linda is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the governing body by organising meetings, minutes and training and maintaining a record of the governors. She has two boys, Walter and Albert at Winchcombe Abbey.