Meet the Governors
Mr Neil Laver
LEA Acting Chair of Governors
I have a strong belief in improving education standards, and not just because I have 3 boys at schools in Windsor. This has led to me representing the LEA as a governor for Clewer Green since 2011. I work as a Sales Director for a large software company in Berkshire. I have previously volunteered and fund-raised for the Prince’s Trust and the British Heart Foundation. I love to travel, hike, cycle, ski and then relax with a book.
Mrs Karon Branch
After having completed a BSc Honours degree in Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London, I went on to complete a PGCE at Brunel University. In my 20 years as a Primary School teacher, I have taught children of all ages, mainly in the Windsor area, although I spent two years teaching in an International School in Hong Kong. As a very keen traveller, I have visited many countries in South America, Asia and Northern Africa and before starting university, I spent a year with my family on a Teacher Exchange visit to Australia. I am also a keen rugby supporter and I spend many weekends in Twickenham supporting Harlequins. I joined Clewer Green in 2000, and I thoroughly enjoy my role as a classroom teacher, Governor and Deputy Head.
Mr John Farmery
Foundation – Diocesan
I have been a Governor at the school for the last ten years. My involvement started when my children were pupils at the School. I trained and qualified as an Architectural Technician and have spent over 40 years working in design, building and management. I am currently working as Buildings and Estate Fabric Manager for a large UK listed Plc. It is my experience in building and maintenance work that I bring to the Governing body and I am currently a member of the Finance and Premises Committee. My outside interested include Steam railways – full-size and model, music, cooking and thoroughbred cars.
Mr Graham Farhall
I have lived in Windsor for 10 years and my daughter currently attends Clewer Green School. I hold a BSc Hons in Business Operation and Control from the University of Salford and am an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. I bring 20+ years of finance experience within manufacturing and travel industries and my current role is Regional Finance Director for an international airline. Outside of work I enjoy travel, running and cycling.
Mrs Cath Harman
Foundation – PCC
Clewer Green has been a part of my life since 1999 when my first daughter started school. My second daughter followed in her footsteps in 2003 and I became a School Governor in 2008. I volunteered in school on a regular basis by listening to the children read and spent 6 years as Chairperson of the Friends of Clewer Green. Whilst my second daughter attended a local nursery I became an inclusion support assistant there and now work as a supervisor in a local pre-school. I work and live in the Dedworth area of Windsor and since moving to the area I have attended All Saints Church, Dedworth. My life is a busy life, I work full time and study, therefore I do not have a lot of spare time but enjoy eating out with my family when time allows!
Mrs Kate Kelliher
I was appointed to the Board of Governors in 2015 as a Parent Governor and have 2 daughters who attend the school. I also play an active role in fundraising for the school and have enjoyed getting involved with gardening and vegetable growing with several of the classes. Prior to having my children I was Associate Director of a Public Relations consultancy, specialising in advising the higher education and management training sectors on reputation, communication and pr issues. I have also worked as a marketing manager for several organisations, hold a BA in Economics, MA in Marketing and several professional qualifications. In my spare time I am a member of our local Fairtrade Group, specifically supporting its educational and promotional activities. I am also a fair weather allotment owner and enjoy cooking and baking.
I have been at Clewer Green for ten years and progressed from being a TA to currently finishing my teacher training. In my previous life I was a Central London Restaurant Manager. I live in Windsor and have three lovely children. When I have any spare time I enjoy reading, cooking and spending time with my friends and family.
Mr Sanj Marwaha
I’m very proud to have been asked to be a governor for our school 3 years ago. I work very well with computers and technology having worked in the ICT industry for 15 years. Strange having completed an Honours degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering and then a Masters in Engineering! Life is busy with two young children and most of my free time centres around my family. My interests are gadgets, DIY and cars. DIY is important as it keeps my wife happy when she wants a new kitchen/floor/etc. I am a keen motoring enthusiast and enjoy doing some of the oily stuff myself. My daughter is currently at Clewer Green, which also allows me to bring a parents’ perspective to the governing body. Most people see me as approachable (I think) and hope you do too.
Mr Martin Tinsley
When leaving school in Bournemouth I had no idea where my future lay and as a result was forcibly encouraged to get a job by my parents. As a result, I started working for a Health Insurance Provider as an underwriter which was interesting but not overly fulfilling! Many people, from family and friends to colleagues, had suggested that Teaching would probably be a really good career for me, prompting me to take 3 weeks holiday and spend them in our local church school. I absolutely loved it and badgered my way on to a BA Primary Ed course, with a specialism in RE at King Alfred's College in Winchester. The rest as they say is history, and I have found my way to Clewer Green via Marlow and Maidenhead. Sport has always played an important part in my life and I have played volleyball and rugby to a fairly high standard with cricket and golf on a more sociable level. My family have always been the very essence of who I am, and though I might moan about them sometimes, my wife and 3 girls are fantastic and take up a lot of my time.
Rev Rosie Webb
I have been rector of Clewer Parish since 2013 and have previously been a LEA Governor at a Roman Catholic Primary School. Before becoming rector I was a school nurse working with the National Health in School Programme for 10 years and prior to my ordination I was a mental health adviser for a school. My passion is for the whole child's spiritual, physical and emotional wellbeing. My role on the Governing Board of Clewer Green is the pastoral and spiritual support for staff and pupils. I am also RE and Wellbeing Governor. When I do get some spare time I like to love to spend time walking the dog and being with my family.
Ms Harriet Gower-Isaac
After a degree in Classics, I moved into a career in international HR, for a large healthcare organization. I have been really fortunate to have spent the last 14 years living and working abroad in great locations around the world. I decided to return to England in 2014, happily choosing Windsor as a great place to create a more permanent home for my young family. I have one son who just started at Clewer Green and a daughter soon to follow him, so am delighted to have the chance to get more involved with the school as a parent governor. My hobbies outside work mainly revolve around trains and princesses. I am told this changes with time.
Mr Andrew Try
Andrew attended Clewer Green between 1970 and 1973, attended Papplewick in Ascot, Malvern College and graduated in business from Northeastern University in Boston, USA in 1989. Born into an entrepreneurial, Windsor family Andrew has followed the family tradition and created, grown and sold a number of businesses. Andrew’s current venture is ComXo, a new and market leading approach to 24/7 global switchboard and business concierge services. Andrew is passionate about his home town Windsor and participates in a number of local Societies including Trustee of The Windsor Festival and Chairman of the Royal Windsor Rose and Horticultural Society. Andrew is also governor at Papplewick and Berkshire College of Agriculture.
Ms Lesley Cross
I have lived in Windsor for 30 years, with 2 grown up daughters both of whom attended Eton Porny C of E First School where I was the Chair of Governors. Historically I’m a retired Police Officer, now landscape gardener. I have degrees in Education, Counselling and Therapy and qualifications in assessment. My passion is ‘anything to do with the great outdoors,’ water sports and our dog Monty. I am a bell ringer at my local church St Andrews in Clewer where I am also on the PCC hence my commitment as a school governor. I consider this a great privilege and hope to support what I believe is a truly great school with wonderful life values.