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School Governors

The School Governors oversee the running of the school in partnership with the Headteacher. To contact the School Governors, please email Mrs H Willingale, hwillingale@prospect.reading.sch.uk.

Phil Davies (Headteacher)

Phil became Headteacher of Prospect School on 1st September 2013.  He began his teaching career in 1992 after working in catering for 8 years and running his own restaurant.  After finishing in catering Phil's first teaching post was a PE teacher at White Hart Lane School in Tottenham, and he stayed there for the next five years. After this Phil became Head of PE at Whitton School where he worked until moving to Prospect in September 2013.  In his time at Whitton School (latterly Twickenham Academy), Phil was Director of Sport, Assistant Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and finally Acting Headteacher.  As Acting Headteacher Phil led the school for 2 years during the time it converted to an Academy.

In his spare time Phil enjoys playing various sports and watches his children play sport. Phil is a very practical person, with an "open door" and collaborative approach to teaching and leadership. His guiding principle is that his school has to be good enough for his children.

Carole Thomas (Parent Governor) – Chair of Governors

Carole has recently become Chair of the Governing body following her time with Prospect being a Parent Governor and Vice Chair.  Previously she had been a Parent Governor for four years at a local primary school.  Carole is a parent of four children and currently has a daughter and step-daughter who attend the School.

Carole works within the HR Department at Prudential, in Organisation Development and Talent where her focus is to combine her knowledge of the organisation and HR practices to develop fit for purpose solutions for people related challenges.  Also her focus is to support people focused elements of change and transformation, along with identifying and nurturing Talent to support the business needs.  She volunteers with Prudential’s Corporate Responsibility programme providing Financial education & employability workshops with students in Years 10 and 11.  This is across secondary schools at a local level working with Business Class which is part of an external organisation called ‘Business in the Community’.  Carole attended Prospect School and she is extremely keen to help shape the future of the school and help to continue to raise academic standards.

 
Paul Barker (Community Governor) – Vice-Chair of Governors

Paul Barker lives and works in Reading.  He has three children, two of whom are or have been students at Prospect. Paul studied economics at university, graduated to being a lorry driver, spent nine years as a Research Fellow at University College London, and now works as a Project Manager in the telecommunications industry.  Paul has been a governor since 2007, initially as a Parent Governor and currently as a Community Governor.  At one time or another he has served on all the Governing Committees, and was Chair of Governors from 2012 to 2015.  Paul’s particular focus as a governor has been on Teaching and Learning, and he has chaired that committee for several years.  Outside interests include reading non-fiction, hillwalking and cycling.

Marjorie Caballero (Community Governor)

Marjorie attended Loughborough College and went on to teach at a middle school for three years before deciding that it was not for her and making a career change into Law where she has been working for over 30 years. Originally Marjorie joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor and then when her son left Prospect she became a Community Governor. Marjorie has been on the Governing Body for more than 10 years and has previously been Chair of Governors.

Ann Giubertoni (Community Governor)

Ann was brought up in South London and then attended St Andrews University, graduating with a degree in Geography and Economics and then pursued a career in Accountancy. However, this career was not for Ann and went off travelling with her future husband. On returning to the UK Ann completed a secretarial course and then moved to Reading as a result of her husband's job where she has lived for over 30 years.  Ann joined the Administration Team at Prospect School for 12 years, working in various roles including Receptionist, Pastoral Secretary and then as PA to the Deputy Head before deciding to take early retirement in 2011.  Ann has three sons, now all in employment, two of whom were educated at Prospect School.  Ann has always had a keen interest in the Education Sector, her husband was a teacher and her eldest son now teaches in Birmingham.  Ann is currently a member of the Admissions Appeal Panel of the King Edward VI Foundation Schools has been a Governor at Prospect School since 2013.

Helen Hathaway (Community Governor)

Helen has lived in Reading for the past 42 years and has 3 grown up children.  She currently works at the University of Reading Library as Head of Academic Liaison and Support and has a teaching role. She is a University Teaching Fellow and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.    Helen has been on the Governing Body for a number of years.  She has also been a Reading Borough Councillor for the Norcot Ward.  Helen is committed to young people aspiring as high as they can and interested in them developing transferable skills for lifelong learning.  Outside of work and family life Helen likes walking, films and travelling.

Paul Reilly (Community Governor)

Paul was educated at St Marks Comprehensive School, Harlow, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge and Harvard Business School, Boston.  After graduating from Cambridge University with a Science degree, Paul spent his early career in finance (he is a qualified accountant) and corporate finance with BCMB, Schroders and AT&T Capital Corporation.  The latter role enabled Paul to work across Europe.  In 2006 Paul joined Peter Brett Associates, a national engineering design consultancy headquartered in Reading with 21 offices across UK and Europe where he is Managing Partner. 

In his role of governor, Paul is keen to support Prospect School through access to staff, and wheresoever useful, the firm’s wealth of experience to proactively show students how STEM based subjects provide the tools to creatively deliver new buildings, public spaces and infrastructure and create new communities.  Paul is keenly interested in Physics and Maths and is Chair of the local schools-business partnership cluster.  Paul lives in central Reading with his family.  Paul became a Community Governor in March 2015.

Lisa Akister (Support Staff Governor)

Lisa has worked in secondary schools since 1995 and has worked at Prospect School in many differing roles over the past few years.  Lisa has been Clerk to the Governors in two schools and has just started her second term on the Governing Body as a Support Staff Governor.  She has five children, two in full time employment, one on the Schools’ Direct programme at a local primary school training to be a teacher, and two at secondary school.  Her husband is also a maths teacher.

Nick Beard (Staff Governor)

Nick has been working at Prospect School since 2006. He is currently Assistant Head Teacher with responsibility for Progress and attainment in years 7 and 8; Primary transition; student voice and Parental Engagement.  Nick has been on the Governing Body for several years.

Alexa Holt (Staff Governor)

Alexa has been a teacher in the History department at Prospect for over 13 years. In this time she has held positions of responsibility for PHSE and Citizenship, Staff Development and most significantly as Assistant Head of Sixth Form for the past ten years. In addition to her work at school she has been a Community Governor at one of Prospect’s feeder Primary Schools.

Jo Lannon (Parent Governor)

Jo started her career in her home town of Worksop in Nottinghamshire as PA to the CEO of a nationwide newspaper group, before moving to Reading in 1998 to work for a Henley-on-Thames firm of solicitors.  In 2004 Jo took a break to have her two children, the eldest of which now attends Prospect and the youngest is at a local primary school, soon to join Prospect.  In 2007 Jo joined a local legal firm, where she still works.  Jo joined the Board of Governors in September 2016 as a parent Governor.

Shona Parker (Parent Governor)

Shona has a Performing Arts background and completed a degree in Technical Theatre Arts at Manchester University followed by a Certificate in Education (F.E.), before becoming Programme Leader of the BTEC National Diplomas in Drama, Dance and Technical Theatre at Reading College.  After having two daughters, one of whom is now at Prospect School, she gave up teaching but her passion for a decent education for all has never waned, hence her appointment of Parent Governor in September 2016.  Her interests also include gardening and sewing.

Callum Purvis (Parent Governor)

Callum has worked in the IT industry for over 30 years which including the stockbroking and telecommunications areas and was heavily involved with the start-up company “Three” at the beginning of their launch.  Callum has learnt through his children's time at primary school the way of teaching was changing and felt that becoming Parent Governor would help him to better understand this and be able to guide his own children through secondary school as well as helping others do the same.  Callum was appointed as a Parent Governor in September 2016.

Helen Willingale (Clerk to the Governors)

Helen has been Clerk to the Governors since 2011.  She has 3 children all of which are at a local Primary School.  Helen was brought up in Reading and attended Primary and Secondary schools in Tilehurst.