Governors

All Governors are volunteers and serve a 4 year term, after which they are eligible to stand for re-election. With the exception of our Headteacher, the Chaplain and Deputy Ranger; who remain Governors whilst they hold these posts. Fortunately, quite a few Governors remain on the Governing Body for a number of years with most having prior connections to the school, so their experience is invaluable in helping run our school.  We are privileged that the Chaplain provides us with his unique and very special pastoral care and guidance.

  • Ms Vivien Benn

    Chair of Governors

    Foundation Governor
    Full Voting Rights
    Re-appointed in May 2017

    Vivien lives with her husband in Windsor Great Park and has successfully owned the Post Office and General Store business for the last 20 years. Prior to this she was a Marketing Manager for an International Logistics company. Her three children attended the Royal School for a decade. Within this time Vivien was an active member of the PTA and her husband was Treasurer and Chairman for many years.

    In 2013 Vivien successfully completed the NCSL Chairs Development Programme. The programme spanned an academic year split in to modules and face to face interactive days. She is dedicated to developing her knowledge for the strategic development of the school and participates regularly in Local Authority and Diocese training. She is passionate about her role as Safeguarding governor and keen to fulfill all the requirements of this demanding role.

  • Ms Camilla Seear

    Vice Chair and Foundation Governor

    Full Voting Rights
    Appointed Foundation Governor September 2017
    Previously RBWM Governor
    End date September 2021

    Former pupil with three siblings who all attended the school, was brought up in Englefield Green and has always lived locally. She became a governor in 2007 has been vice chair since 2010. She has also been a member of the Royal School Old Scholars Association Committee since 2000.

    Camilla studied Business Studies at university before commencing a career in finance most recently as a Digital Project Manager having worked in Bristol, Reading, Southampton and London. Camilla is married and has one son.

  • Mr Paul Sedgwick

    Ex-Officio Foundation Governor whilst in post

    Full Voting Rights
    Appointed September 2015

    Paul was appointed Deputy Ranger of the Windsor estate in August 2014, and manages a team of around 200 covering activities such as property management, tourism, horticulture, marketing, grounds maintenance and forestry. Paul reports to the Ranger of the Great Park, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and also to Ken Jones, Director of Rural and Coastal portfolio for the Crown Estate.
    As Deputy Ranger, Paul sits on a number of committees including being a governor of the Royal School, a committee member of the Royal Chapel Committee, The York Club, the Royal Windsor Horse Show, Windsor Park Equestrian Club and the Royal Forest Agricultural Association.
    He is a qualified chartered surveyor and was previously a partner with Strutt and Parker. He has managed the Duke of Wellington’s Stratfield Saye estate and Lord Iliffe’s estate at Yattendon. During Paul’s tenure, Yattendon won the highly prestigious RASE’s Bledisloe gold medal for a range of successful diversification projects and a commitment to improving the rural environment. Paul is married with three children and they live in the Great Park.

  • Canon Martin Poll

    Ex-Officio Foundation Governor while in post

    Full Voting Rights
    Appointed October 2012

    Martin was born in Enfield in 1961 and educated at Edmonton County School before further studies at the University of Kent at Canterbury where he read English and Theology. He then prepared for the priesthood at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, Oxford. Served a curacy at John Keble Church, Mill Hill before joining the Royal Navy in 1990 where he served as a Chaplain at training establishments on shore, deploying with the Naval Air Squadrons and Royal Marines in the former Yugoslavia and Northern Ireland and serving in the aircraft carriers HMS Illustrious and Invincible. Promoted to Archdeacon for the Royal Navy in 2010 and then moved to Windsor in 2012 as Canon Chaplain to St George’s Chapel Windsor and serving as the Chaplain of All Saints Chapel in Windsor Great Park. He was appointed Domestic Chaplain to the Queen in June 2013. Martin is a trustee of the Association of Royal Naval Officers and serves as a member of the selection panel for prospective clergy for the Church of England. Married to Diana in 1984 and has two children, both of whom are sadly too old to attend the Royal School!

  • Mr Ian Canning

    Foundation Governor

    Full Voting Rights
    Appointed November 2016

    Ian Canning was co-opted on to the Governing Body as an Associate Governor in September 2015. Ian is now an independent HR consultant having spent over 30 years as an HR professional in the Financial Services sector, principally with the Bank of England and, most recently, as an HR Director for Zurich Financial Services. He is currently also a Governor at the Cavendish School, Camden and previously was a Governor at King's Court First School, Old Windsor. Ian is a member of the Education Committee.

    Ian lives with his wife (and the cat!) in Old Windsor. They have two 'grown up' sons who live and work in London. In his spare time, Ian sings in the Royal Chapel choir, plays golf (badly!), is a Harlequins rugby and Reading football supporter and loves to travel, especially to Cape Town.

  • Mrs Natasha Paine

    RBWM Link Governor

    Full Voting Rights
    Appointed February 2016 as a Parent Governor.
    Appointed September 2019 as the RBWM Link Governor

    Natasha was born in Bedfordshire where she lived there for all her childhood. After completing college she joined Harrods as a Retail Trainee, working there for 5 years in various roles, her last being Buyer for Perfumery and Cosmetics. She left Harrods to work for Gucci Ltd as London Sales Manager for Yves Saint Laurent Cosmetics and latter National Accounts Manager.

    She left employment to take up motherhood in 2003 and due to her husband’s job they moved to Dubai in 2003, then to Singapore in 2006. They returned to England in June 2011 and her 3 children have attended the Royal School.

    During her time at The Royal School she joined the Governors in 2015, is on the Committee of The Old Scholars Association in 2014 and has been involved in the PTA since 2011

  • Mrs Susan Calvert

    Foundation Governor

    Full Voting Rights
    Appointed September 2017

    Susan is the current Headteacher at Braywood CE First School, a rural, Victorian school not unlike The Royal School. We have a similar intake of pupils; a common approach to teaching and learning and share values which carve out our Christian distinctiveness. Susan has previously worked as an interim Headteacher for The Royal School and this helps her have an in-depth knowledge of our great strengths and our next challenges.

    After attaining a teaching degree Susan pursued a career as a classroom teacher. She has not only taught children in a variety of year groups, she has also taught children from a range of backgrounds and locations throughout England. Susan is now a Headteacher and uses these skills to support other professionals to teach. She thoroughly enjoys her job!

    Personally Susan is a mother of three children who lives locally in Bray. She enjoys travelling, cookery and any form of creativity. She loves building projects, landscaping and interior design.

  • Miss Charlotte Beale

    Staff Governor

    Full Voting Rights.
    Appointed September 2019

    Charlotte is currently the Year 2 teacher and SENCO at the Royal School. Charlotte completed a music degree at City University of London and then completed a PGCE at the Institute of Education.

    Charlotte is very musical and in her spare time enjoys playing the flute and singing in the choir at the Royal Chapel. Charlotte is also a very good cook and makes amazing cakes.

  • Mrs Danielle Thornton

    Foundation Governor

    Full Voting Rights.
    Appointed September 2019

    Danielle is a teacher, currently working in a large Primary school in Slough, with a leadership focus on safeguarding and wellbeing.  Her links to The Royal School go back 40+ years, when Danielle and her siblings were pupils here.  Whilst a pupil at the school, Danielle's parents were heavily involved in school life and her father, Peter Reddy, was the first parent governor and chairman of the PTA.  Latterly he was a foundation governor, until earlier this year.  Danielle is extremely excited to be following in her father's footsteps and feels very privileged to be able to be a part of The Royal School’s governing body. She is hoping to use some of her expertise in her current job and her links to the school to support wherever possible. 

  • Mrs Fiona O'Connor

    Parent Governor

    Full Voting Rights
    Appointed September 2019

    Fiona is mother to triplet boys in Year 1. She was born and brought up in Ealing, West London and studied Nursing Sciences at University College London.

    Following a career working at Charing Cross Hospital and also in a Secure Forensic Intensive Care Unit, Fiona had a complete change of career and spent several years in the airline industry fulfilling her lifelong ambition of worldwide travel. She then sought a new challenge which resulted in the opportunity to work within the Specialist Crime Directorate of the Metropolitan Police focused on Child Protection.

    Fiona believes that the Royal School offers a unique learning environment and is keen to make a positive contribution whilst undertaking the role and communicating the parent/caregiver's perspectives to the governing board.

  • Mrs Louise Wilkins

    Parent Governor

    Full Voting Rights
    Appointed September 2019

    In her work life Louise is General Counsel for the Methodist Church in Great Britain and is pleased to be able to utilise her legal and governance knowledge for the benefit of the Royal School. She has one daughter at the school and seeing her thrive at the school over the last year has highlighted to Louise how important it is for school to nurture children both in their confidence and education. Louise will therefore seek to ensure that the school continues to be a place where all children can thrive academically and as individuals.

  • Mrs Carole Aspden

    Foundation Governor

    Full voting rights
    Appointed September 2020

    My background spans 38 years of working in Finance, HR, Health Management and, latterly managing IT Software Start-ups. In trying to outdo my husband who served over 30 years in the Royal Navy, my workplaces have been in several places around the UK with one or two projects actually taking me overseas. With 2 children, I have had to balance my working life with family needs so we have had to be resilient and adaptable, and have learned to move house often (far too often!) and integrate quickly into new environments.

    Whilst living in the Portsmouth area I was an elected Parent Governor in 2000 at the Church of England Primary School the children attended and became a Foundation Governor in 2013 at another Portsmouth Primary School. Husband Andy and I were also part of a small team running the Portsmouth Cathedral Youth Club whilst our children were at the age for attending.

    The education environment offered to our children is critical in defining their future aspirations and I have a real interest in doing what I can to support local schools. Our two sons navigated their way through many school moves to university, the eldest is now teaching in Madrid and the youngest is working for a US software company based in the UK.

  • Dr Edmund Newell

    Associate Member

    Appointed September 2019

    Edmund has been Principal of Cumberland Lodge since 2013. A priest in the Church of England, he was previously Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral and founding Director of the St Paul’s Institute, following this he was appointed as Sub-Dean of Christ Church, Oxford.

    Before ordination he was a Research Fellow in Economic History at Nuffield College, Oxford. His publications include (with John Reynolds) Ethics in Investment Banking and (with Sabina Alkire) What Can One Person?, a theological response to the Millennium Development Goals. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Society of Arts, and a contributor to Pause for Thought on BBC Radio 2. His professional qualifications include BSc (Econ), MA, DPhil, Cert Theol

    Edmund lives in the park with his wife, and two children.

  • Ms Bev Coombridge

    Ex-officio to all committees

  • Mr Jonathan Paull

    Foundation Governor

    2007 - July 2021

  • Mr Sean Bui

    Parent Governor

    September 2019 - July 2021