Barnett Wood Infant School

Our Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about the school’s governors and the work that we do.


Our Governors are representatives of the parents, school staff and the local community. They meet every half term as a whole Governing Board.

The Governors are responsible for the overall policies of the school, making key appointments, monitoring the running of the school and having overall control of the budget.

Governors have a duty to regularly review the way in which the school is organised, monitor its achievements and to contribute to the development of the school. Governors work in partnership with the Head Teacher in every aspect of the school’s life.

Our Governors


Chris Williamson - Chair of Governors


I was invited by the Governors to help with succession planning and to further develop governance at the school, on a nominal one-year deployment.  I have been a Governor for well over 30 years, completing 13 at St. Andrew's Primary School in Cobham until 2001, Chair for six, and nearly 18 at Howard of Effingham School in Effingham where I was Chair for eight years.  I became a Governor just to help the schools my children attended and found it such a rewarding volunteering experience that I stayed on well after they left and am now helping other Surrey schools.


I am retired from full-time work after a career as a chemist with GSK for over 36 years.  Married, with two married children and four grandchildren, you will often see me out on a road bike in the lovely Surrey hills.




Guy Bailey - Vice Chair of Governors

I joined the governing body in February 2017 shortly after I had relocated back to the area after a spell living and working in Asia. I became a governor in order to give something to the local community, share my experience, help to improve the school and to learn / develop professionally and personally in an environment outside of the private sector. I have a wide range of supply chain, procurement, and end to end business / operational management experience. I am also currently working to establish his own consultancy firm specialising in helping organisations to understand their carbon footprint, and to reduce it.


I live in Ashtead, I am married to Clarissa, and we have four young children together; two are now part of the school alumni, one is a current pupil, and one attends the pre-school. Most of my “spare” time is spent with the family enjoying travel, adventures, camping, cycling and generally having fun. I am passionate about food (has a bachelor’s degree in food science) and love to cook a good curry (from the time I worked and lived in Asia).




Claire Brooke-Wilson - Co-opted Governor



James Sutcliffe - Parent Governor


I have been a parent governor for just over 14 months now. I work in IT strategy in a logistics company and I became a governor to use my experience in strategy and governance roles to play a role in shaping the future successes of the children and school well beyond my term of office. When I'm not at work you will probably find me playing board games, watching NFL or spending a day at the cricket trying to keep as well hydrated as I can on a sunny day.




Sophie Bloxam - Parent Governor


I’ve been a parent governor since April 2021. I have more than 15 years’ experience in communications in education and technology, mainly working for large public relations agencies in London. My daughter Jessica leaves Year 2 this year and my son Jonny will be starting in September.

I enjoy running and since last year am a keen member of Ashtead’s F45 HIIT community.




Sue Willis - Local Authority Governor

I have recently rejoined Barnett Wood as a Governor after a break of over 14 years. I was previously a Parent Governor when both my children were at the school and when the opportunity opened up I was delighted to be part of the school again. I have lived in Ashtead for over 30 years and enjoy being part of the local community. I have worked during most of my career in areas of HR, Resourcing and Development mainly in the retail sector and I now spend most of my work time as a Career Coach.

My family have now grown up and almost left home but do still bounce back occasionally!

I have several interests including travel, live music and sport which I plan to do much more of with my husband in the years ahead.


Marie Cast - Co-opted Governor

I have lived in Ashtead for the last 12 years with my husband and three children. I work in a local independent school teaching mathematics at secondary level. Before that I qualified and worked as a chartered accountant and have only just been appointed to the board of governors, and I am looking forward to getting to know the school community.



Helen Ball - Co-opted Governor



Becky Clements - Staff Governor



Andrew Hughes - Clerk to Governors


I am the Clerk to the Barnett Wood GB, a role which is often called the “back-office-boy”. My job is to save governors too much boring admin work.  I have clerked Governing Bodies since 2003, when I retired from my career in engineering.  Since then I have assisted about 60 schools with governance, ranging from 16 years as Clerk to one school, to an occasional sick relief at others.  I even spent a few years training new clerks.  It’s a worthwhile and interesting occupation, and I find my (current) six schools keeps me quite busy.  In my (little) spare time I play competitive bowls and fly microlights.