All our governors have a four year term of office. Each governor can be re-elected or re-appointed at the end of their term by their appointing body, except parent governors who must be elected by the parents of the school.

All governors have declared no relevant business and pecuniary interests including:

  • Governance roles in other educational institutions.
  • Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives).



Name Governor Type Responsibilities Appointing Body Term Starts Term Ends
Jess Butler Headteacher (Ex-Officio) Headteacher
Mrs Hayley Munro Co-opted Chair, Finance, Health and Safety Governing Body 31/8/14 31/8/19
Miss Jo Fitzpatrick Co-Opted Governing Body 13/3/19 12/3/23
Mr Trevor House LA Vice Chair, Safeguarding LA 02/3/16 28/3/20
Martin Ponce Clerk Clerk LA 31/3/20
Mrs Caroline Thompson Parent Health & Safety Governing Body 02/5/18 30/4/22
Lucy Lindsay Co-opted Governing Body 13/3/19 12/3/23
Miss Sophie Appleby Co-opted Safeguarding Governing Body 02/5/18 30/4/22
Mr Steven Marr Parent Governor Governing Body 26/06/19 25/06/23

Gemma Hubbard

Parent Governor

Governing Body

Jess Butler

Headteacher (Ex-Officio)

Miss Sophie Appleby


I’m a full-time PE teacher at St Helen and St Katharine School in Abingdon. I started in September 2017 after graduating from the University of Exeter following my degree in Sport and Exercise Science, then a PGCE. I work with girls aged 9 – 18 years old teaching GCSE and A Level as well as the full range of sports within curriculum PE. We have a huge range of extra-curricular activities on offer for the girls, and I particularly play a role in the netball programme. From September 2018, I will be one of four Heads of House at the school and a year 8 form tutor.

I am very excited to be a co-opted governor, with responsibilities for teaching and learning. I want to use my experiences as a teacher at SHSK, and the policies and procedures we have, to make an impact on the learning opportunities the pupils have at Stephen Freeman. I will be undertaking a Masters in Education programme with Exeter beginning in September which will allow me to have access to up to date, research based knowledge within the education field which I think can allow me look at the way in which children learn at the school and how that can be fine-tuned. Finally, I would like to help with the extra-curricular activities provided for children at the school. I could talk for an age about the benefits of exercise, but I believe it is essential to get children enjoying being active from as early on as possible.

Miss Jo Fitzpatrick

I am a local childminder, and I am currently studying for a leadership diploma in children and young people’s services.
My current experience is in early years and I am looking forward to developing my understanding of other aspects of primary education through my role as parent governor
I can offer insight on working in partnership with parents, express my understanding of the policies in place, support in safeguarding and welfare aspects, as well as other transferable skills as I progress in this role.

Mr Trevor House

Vice Chair/Safeguarding

I am currently retired having ended employment in July 2011 after a total of 43 years with Thames Valley Police. I served 30 yrs and 9 months as a police officer rising to the dizzy heights of Detective Sergeant.

I specialised in Criminal Investigation spending 7 years on the Drug Squad, half of that time as Detective Constable and later as Detective Sergeant. In between I was seconded for two years to the South East Regional Crime Squad. In January 1983 I was seconded to the Home Office Forensic Science Laboratory as a Police Liaison Officer for three years.
I subsequently held a number of different posts as a Police Supervisor including time at Oxford, Abingdon, Didcot and Wallingford. In 1996 I became the first File Quality Manager for what is now South and Vale. As part of this role I established an admin hub for Licensing and Warrants at Didcot. After retirement in December 1997 I worked briefly as a Private Investigator for a Didcot based company before working for a short while at Rutherford Laboratory in the Finance section.

I returned to TVP at Oxford in the Identification Department during which time I helped in the introduction to TVP of an electronic ID process perfected by West Yorkshire Police. I returned to the business of quality assuring files en route to CPS as well as being Decision Maker in Youth Justice Cases. In 2007 I became Criminal Justice Manager for Oxfordshire taking responsibility for quality assuring all processes from Charge to final Court disposal in respect of Criminal Cases. This included managing performance of Warrant execution, Youth Justice processes and the supervision of 3,000 Licensed premises across the county. I was also instrumental in introducing pilot schemes in the Criminal Justice arena due to Oxfordshire being selected as a Beacon project on behalf of TVP. I chaired the Criminal Justice Mental Health panel, the Special Domestic Violence Court Operational Group, the Pre Trials Performance Management Group and the Cross County Licensing Group. Since retirement I became the Chair of the Didcot Neighbourhood Action Group; I am the South and Vale representative on the Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Association and I chair the Wantage Probus Club.

I believe in children being encouraged by family and schools together to achieve their full potential in order that they can become balanced Independent members of society who contribute to safe welcoming and thriving communities.

Mrs Hayley Munro

  Chair/Finance governor

I’m Hayley Munro, a parent Governor acting as Link Governor for Early Years. With two children currently attending the school, in year one and the Nursery, I am committed to ensuring that Stephen Freeman continues to provide a safe and effective learning environment for our children. I am currently a Bid and Project Manager working for a major rehabilitation services company throughout the UK on behalf of the NHS. This and my previous role as an operations manager for a life safety systems company provide me with a financial, operations and general management skills which I believe can assist in the challenges our growing school will face in the coming years. As a working mother of two, I understand the balancing act many of the parents and carers within the school face and as such recognise how important it is that we utilise modern communication mediums to ensure that, together, school staff and families can provide a consistent, familiar and effective environment for our children to learn and grow.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, watching films and generally spending time with my family.

Lucy Lindsay


Mrs Caroline Thompson

Health & Safety

My name is Caroline Thompson, originally from a small sea side village in Northern Ireland, I moved to England in 1990 for work which provided me with the opportunity to move around the UK and over seas, living in some lovely locations. I work for the Ministry of Defence and have done for over 20+ years. I bought my first property in Didcot in 2004 whilst I worked at RAF Benson. I loved it so much that I am still here!
At home, I live with my partner Scott and have a daughter Ciara who is currently a pupil at Stephen Freeman in year two. In my free time, I enjoy exercising, be it a spot of Zumba, fight club or running. I look forward to being a part of the Governing Board and doing what I can to contribute in ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and direction of the school going forward.

Mr Martin Pounce


Mr Steven Marr