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Our Governors

 The role of the governing board is a strategic one, its key functions are:
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent. 

Dan lowery - Chair of governors

I joined the Governing Board in September 2015 as a parent Governor and became Chair in September 2017.The reason I became a Governor was driven by my experience of my father doing the same role when I was a child and witnessing the impact of the Board of Governors on the development of the school. I am a surveyor by profession, with over 20 years’ experience.

Currently I run the surveying division of a regional property services company. My role involves managing a team of 30 people, setting budgets and objectives for the business, as well as monitoring and reviewing the financial performance of the business. The skills I have gained professionally have assisted in my role as Health and Safety governor and also on the Finance and Staffing committee.

 I have two daughters at the school and I hope they are left with the same sense of pride in my involvement, as I was with my father.

Lesley roberts - headteacher

I joined Streatley in September 2016 as interim headteacher. I was excited by the possibilities and opportunities at the school and I successfully became substantive Headteacher in February 2017. I have been involved with educational institutions for 17 years in a variety of positions: teacher, senior leader, consultant and national adviser.

Since 2011 I have worked in interim leadership positions refining my school vision and adding capacity to school leadership teams. My strengths are matched to Streatley school’s pursuit of excellence. Since September 2016 we have internally coached in teaching and learning, developed vocabulary and phonics teaching to ensure all children have the best start, utilised our natural resources – The Follies (woodlands) and invested in the teaching and learning of maths.

Streatley school children and their families are extremely supportive and they have a thirst for learning. We aim to create Happy, Healthy Humans.

Rev Ben Phillips - Foundation Governor



After various jobs in hospitality, sales, social work and singing I studied at Cambridge - monkeys and apes and human evolution. This prepared me for a job in industry or the church. The church won.

 In over 25 years of training and ministry I have always had a passion to see children prepared for life in the world with a knowledge that they are loved and loveable by a God who has great hopes in them, and whose love is a resource in all that life is.

I have two grown up children who are now both involved in education. I have been a governor for over 20 years at 5 schools and am privileged to be involved in this school.

Sally mcCleery - Co-opted governor

I have been a resident of Streatley for just over 20 years and as a qualified accountant, I have worked part-time with a variety of SME’s from my home office.

I also work as a volunteer stylist at a charity called Smartworks and have recently taken up golf as my boys are now at University and are less demanding of my time!

I joined the board in November 2017 as I believe all children are entitled to a high quality education and felt I could make a valuable contribution to the school.

I chair the Finance & Staffing Committee and am link governor for years 5 and 6.

catherine dineen - Vice Chair

I joined the team as a Parent Governor in June 2017. I am currently Vice-Chair, Safeguarding Governor, Eco Governor and the link Governor for Years 1/2, in addition to sitting on the Curriculum Committee.

I am passionate about high quality education and maximising learning opportunities for all children.  I am lawyer by profession and worked as a tax and trusts solicitor in London for over 10 years. My legal expertise, ability to analyse and process large amounts of information, advising and dealing with a variety of people and institutions are some of the skills that I can draw on as a Governor.

I am now a full time mum with both of my boys hugely proud to attend Streatley Primary School.

Martyn drage - parent Governor

Since March 2020 I have been privileged to support the School as a Parent Governor. I recently retired, having spent more than 25 years in Investment banking, followed by nearly 20 years at the Henley Business School.

I am a member of the Finance and Staffing Committee and also serve as the Health and Safety Governor. In addition, I am co-link Governor for years 5 and 6.

My children have benefited enormously from the enthusiasm and professionalism of the Staff and my role enables me to give a little back in return.

Carol flach

I joined the Governing Board in January 2021 as a Diocese Appointed Foundation Governor.  I have a background in international development having worked for nearly 19 years for the Education Charity Education Development Trust.  During my time with the Charity I was fortunate to work on many international education projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and in the Caribbean. 

In my later years with the Trust I was Head of Research and Knowledge Management commissioning research in effective teaching practice both in the UK and with partners worldwide.  I have a wealth of knowledge of education and charity governance both as Company Secretaries to the Police Rehabilitation Centre in Goring and to Brighter Futures for Children in Reading. 

I have previously worked as a clerk to governors for many schools including at Streatley. I hope I can use my governance and research expertise to assist the school.

helen jessEp - clerk to governors

I joined the committee in September 2020, having enjoyed working as a clerk, with another local school.  

My background is in HR, finance and business administration. Over the last 19 years I have worked in a number of PA, coordinator and administration roles many of which have been within an educational environment.

In September 2015 I joined a local pre-school committee and was elected Chair, a position that I held for just under three years, managing a time of considerable change.  During this time I developed a real passion for early years and view it as a turning point in my career. I then completed the ILM School Business Management Diploma and now work as finance officer at the local primary school that my children attend.

I was particularly attracted to Streatley as I feel that my own interests align well with the schools vision for improving the use of the outdoors to the bring the community together and create happy, healthy humans. 

As well as entertaining my three boys my main hobby is walking, just two years ago I took part in the National Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for their school.  More recently, during lockdown, a friend and I have signed up for a virtual challenge.  We are currently walking from Lands End to John O’Groats.