Who are the Governors?

The school’s governing body is constituted as below and has a strong, collaborative relationship with the schools leadership team.

Roles and Reponsilities

Chair of Governors- Margaret Perkins
Clerk of Governors - Helen Miles
Safeguarding Governor- Sally Coneron

Curriculum Committee

Margaret Perkins (Chair)
Claire Tracy
Vanessa Cummings
Sally Coneron
Viktoria Bebbington
Jo Devine

Finance & Premises Committee

Jacky Chan (Chair)
Margaret Perkins
Daniel Harrison-Cox
Mehdi Nasseri

Dr Margaret Perkins

Chair - Board of Governors

I have been in education for many years – as a teacher in primary schools around the country, as a headteacher and as a university tutor working in initial teacher education. I retired two years ago from full time work but keep in touch with the world of education as much as possible. My main interest in which I have researched and published is the teaching of reading and children’s literature. I lived in Sunninghill for many years and both my children attended St Michael’s; they are now both married but I am delighted to have the opportunity to give something back to the school by serving as a governor. I chair the Curriculum Committee.

Vanessa Cummings

I joined the Governing Body in 2018. I retired in 2017, having started my career working as a Secretary in 10 Downing Street for four Prime Ministers over 17 years. After leaving No. 10 I moved into marketing management in the retail sector before finding my home in the charitable sector where my last role was as Chief Executive of a small charity working with children abandoned into state orphanages in Romania. I’ve lived in North Ascot for 15 years. I’ve been Treasurer of the Cordes Hall since 2012 and was recently elected Churchwarden at St Michael & All Angels in Sunninghill. With my partner Jim and our dog Lenny I enjoy lots of socialising with family and friends. To keep active I play ladies league hockey and lots of long walks in different parts of the country.

Miss Claire Tracy

I started at St Michael’s in 2018 to complete my teacher training. Prior to this, I worked as a teaching assistant for 3 years after studying Biomedical Science at university. I really enjoy teaching at St Michael’s where I started my journey, and I feel that being on the governing body is a great way to give something back to a school I will always be grateful to.

Sally Coneron

I have two daughters and a son. My eldest has just started Charters after completing her time at St Michaels and my middle one will be joining her there soon. My youngest is only in Year One so we have some time left at St Michaels. I live locally to the school and take a keen interest in the local area. I am currently standing for election as a Local Councillor. I run a business building a brand that my Husband and I developed, you may well have seen us on Dragons Den! I love St Michaels and feel blessed to have been able to send all of my children here. I want to give something back and be a part of the future success of our school.

Daniel Harrison-Cox

I'm married and have two young girls who both attend St Michael’s. We live in the village and I wanted to take the opportunity to provide help and support the wider community. Being involved at the school is a great way to do this. I've spent the majority of my working career in construction in some form, mainly involved in delivering new homes on large scale residential developments in and around London. I'm a chartered construction manager (MCIOB) via the Chartered Institute of Building and I'm extremely passionate about building and delivering socially sustainable communities. Currently I’m working in a role where I’m responsible for customer experience and operations for a large national house builder. As a Governor I sit on the finance committee where I also focus on Premises and Health and Safety.

Jacky Chan

I am married, with two daughters, and both of them are at St. Michael’s. As a Christian, I am pleased to be able to serve as a Foundation Governor of the school, where I can help the school uphold its Christian foundations. As a finance professional with over 12 years of experience across global investment banks and private equity firms, it is also my pleasure to be able to offer my professional skills and experience to the school on the Finance and Premises Committee. I also have prior experience sitting on the Boards of other non-profit organisations. I look forward to contributing to the local community through my role as governor.

Mr Mehdi Nasseri

I have a son in St Michaels and live in Sunninghill close to school.

With an academic degree in civil engineering, I am keen to promote a STEM-based approach for building confidence and a solid foundation in math and sciences for all pupils in St Michaels. In addition, I completed my post-graduation degree in business and finance and collaborated closely with executive teams and board of directors as CFO. I aim to apply my expertise in this area to help the school management achieve higher efficiency in managing their commercial resources.

I currently work as Business Development Manager in a large company that generously supports and contributes to the volunteering work of its employees in their community. This gives me the unique opportunity to dedicate the time needed to perform my governor duties to the best of my abilities.

Most importantly, I am a believer in giving every child the chance to build a successful future through high-quality education and advocate for creating a level playing field for children, regardless of their background, special needs, or disabilities.

Viktoria Bebbington

I joined the Governing Body at the beginning of 2024. My son attends St Michaels and I live locally in Sunninghill with my son, husband, and our dog Bosco.
I’ve worked in the media industry since I finished university (many years ago!)
I’m an Executive Producer making films, learning and branded content for businesses and governments globally. I’m also part of several mentoring schemes both in my professional life and with the schools I attended.
I’m passionate about supporting St Michaels. Being a Governor allows me to make a positive contribution to the school and our local community.

Jo Devine

I live in Sunninghill with my daughter and our cat, and joined the governing body in March 2024 as a Local Authority Governor. I currently work as Director of Music at the Marist School in Sunninghill, having spent most of my teaching career in boarding schools, including a period as Deputy Head at St Mary’s School in Ascot. I feel strongly about supporting my local community as a resident of Sunninghill, and look forward to getting involved with the governing body at St Michael’s.

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