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Marlow Church of England Infant School


“provide all children with the opportunity to develop towards their full potential”

About Us

The Governing Body is an active and enthusiastic group who are committed to ensuring that Marlow Church of England Infant School remains an outstanding Church of England school. Working closely with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team, the governors are responsible for the overall strategic management of the school and for determining its aims, objectives and policies in accordance with all relevant legislation.

Over the past few years, governors have been actively involved in essential projects including the changes to home learning policy, the building of the new outdoor covered area, new innovative approaches to teaching including Jasmine PE.  

All of our governors have no governance roles in other educational institutions and have no business or financial interests in the school.  

The minutes from the Governing Body meetings are a public record and can be accessed via the School Office if required.

Who are we?

As volunteers, governors come from a variety of backgrounds, and represent a diverse range of local interests and bodies. As a church school, the constitution of the governing body is currently as follows:

  • 8 Foundation governors, appointed by the Diocese of Oxford. This includes a member of the clergy from All Saints Church, Marlow, as an ex-officio member
  • 2 Parent governors, elected by the parent body
  • 2 Staff governors (including the Headteacher)
  • 1 Local Education Authority representative
  • 1 co-opted governor
  • Associate members 

As a governing body we divide the responsibilities into three committees:

  • Finance and People
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Admissions and Promotion

If you wish to contact the Governors then please email


Mr Mark Skoyles

Co-Opted Governor

I have been brought up and lived in Marlow since 1977, attending Little Marlow and Great Marlow schools. I live with my partner Natalie and our two girls. My eldest daughter is now in Year 2 at Marlow C of E Infant School. I’m on the Teaching & Learning committee and am responsible for monitoring the Maths and PE curriculum at the school.

I have a bachelors degree in Sports Therapy and run a sports injury clinic in the Town; I also used to teach at Amersham & Wycombe college. For 15 years I was heavily involved with Marlow Football Club as club ‘physio’ before family life took priority. In my spare time I'm trying to get back in the habit of running and have been involved in local politics for the last year or so.

Term of office till October 2025

Mrs Julia Eustace - Green Flag, Mental Health

Mrs Julia Eustace

Foundation Governor

I moved to Marlow back in 2007 in order to be walking distance from Marlow Rowing Club where I was in the senior women’s squad. Although my competitive rowing days are behind me I’ve been lucky enough to stay in our beautiful town. I am mum to 3 children, 2 of whom are currently in Marlow C of E Infant with the youngest at Teatimers, and I am a solicitor with over 13 years post qualification experience, previously in litigation and now as an in house lawyer for an international pharmaceutical manufacturer.

Term of office till September 2023

Mr Barry Jennings  - Well Being , Data Protection, Rights respecting schools

Mr Barry Jennings


I moved to Marlow in 2013 and my son started at Marlow C of E Infant School in September 2019. I have always appreciated the education I have received and the important role that it has played in the opportunities I have had. I am a technology lawyer in the financial services industry. Outside of work, I enjoy cooking, cinema, gym and spending time with my family.

Term of office till September 2023


Mrs Helen Gallop

Foundation Governor

I am a Foundation Governor and started in September 2019. I am married with two children and my eldest daughter attends Marlow C of E Infant School. I work on the Admissions and Promotions committee. I previously worked as a neurological physiotherapist in the NHS for 10 years.

Term of office till September 2023


Rev Canon Dave Bull - Ex Officio Governor, R.E., Collective Worship

Rev Canon Dave Bull

Ex Officio Foundation Governor

I am the Team Rector for All Saints Church, Marlow. I am married to Helen and we have three children who all attended Sandygate.  I have lived in Worcester, Oxford, London and Reigate before moving to Marlow.

Until the age of 23 I rarely darkened the doors of a church, but I came to faith on an Alpha course in London. I worked for Unilever, a charity in South West London and a large London church before training for ordination. I love mountain biking, building Lego with my children and sailing.

Term of office ongoing

Mrs Joanna White  - sen & Nurture, Equalities & Diversity, Artsmark

Mrs Joanna White

Foundation Governor

I have lived in Marlow for more than 6 years and my 2  girls have been through Marlow C of E Infant School and my youngest, Jasper is currently attending. I believe this school gives children such a positive, wonderful, nurturing start in their learning journey and I look forward to giving back and offering some of my time, experience and passion for teaching to the Governing board. Before children, I taught in the primary sector for 9 years where I was in charge of English, PSHE and introduced Emotional Literacy and Values Education to schools. Prior to that, I worked in Marketing for 5 years. I am a Foundation Governor on the Teaching & Learning  committee and the Admissions and Promotions committee, helping with SEN and 'Nurture'.

Term of office till September 2023


Mrs Emily Viarnaud -  Governor Communications

Mrs Emily Viarnaud

Parent Governor

With 3 children; Giulia, Luca and Nico, I am really passionate about their education and have a long term interest in seeing the school succeed.

As a child I attended primary school in Germany followed by a boarding school and a comprehensive in the UK, which has given me a broad personal experience of education. I have made a career out of process improvement and cultural change across a range of industries; this involves working with people to analyse and fix issues to make their day to day work more effective.

I spend a lot of time training and coaching people on how to analyse and use data, how to work together as a team and how to manage successfully.

Hopefully these skills would help me contribute and support the school as a governor.

Term of office till September 2022

Mrs Angela Caldwell -  Chair of Finance & People Committee, Safeguarding, English

Mrs Angela Caldwell

Associate Governor

I moved to Marlow in 2008 and live with my husband and our 3 children. Our daughter joined Reception in September 2017 and is thoroughly enjoying school life. I currently work as a Company Director in my family business, which allows flexibility for our growing brood. However, prior to this I spent 6 years as a Criminal Defence Solicitor, working for a large regional firm.

Term of office till January 2026


Mr Robbie McFarlane - Health & Safety


Mr Robbie McFarlane


Foundation Governor

Originally from Dublin, I moved to the UK in 2000 to start University in Surrey. I met my wife in 2007 whilst I was training in Spain. Beccy is a Marlow girl through-and-through and a former student of the school. Whilst I ended up taking us to Birmingham for 12 years, we finally moved back during January 2020. We have two daughters currently attending Marlow CE Infant School.

A former Training Captain with a UK regional airline, I am now a long haul Co-Pilot with British Airways. Before flying I spent a period of time as a Telecoms Manager for a large car-hire firm, and since the '90s have been developing websites to support small businesses. In my spare time, I enjoy cycling and being out and about with my girls.

Term of office till November 2024

Mrs Daphne Howarth - Vice Chair, PFA

Mrs Daphne Howarth

 Parent Governor

I moved to Marlow in 2018 following time in London and Geneva and my eldest started at Sandygate the following year.  I've got three small children and have a long term investment in the school.

I'm a solicitor by profession and spent ten years working initially for a law firm then as an in-house lawyer.  I had the honour of being elected as a parent governor at the end of 2020 and am delighted to be able to use my experience to support this wonderful school and community!

Term of office till December 2024

Mr David Bourdillon - Science

Mr David Bourdillon

Foundation Governor

I moved to Marlow with my wife Rachel in 2015 and we live here with our two boys, Josh and Alex. We're active members at All Saints Marlow and I started as a foundation governor when Josh started in reception in late 2020. 

After a degree in engineering, I now work in digital product and proposition development in various industries, including TV (Sky), energy and most recently insurance. I also play lots of tennis in my spare time.

Term of office till November 2024


Mrs Jackie Cousins


Mrs Jackie Cousins

Foundation Governor

I have lived in Marlow for 30 years with my husband and son and daughter.

I spent 17 years teaching in primary schools and led subjects such as mathematics, science, design and technology, computers/IT and art. Then I worked for Ofsted as school inspector for 10 years followed by a short period as the adviser for early years in Southend-on-Sea. Most recently I was a Church school adviser for The Oxford Diocesan Board of Education but I retired in December 2021.

My hobbies include gardening, sewing, walking, bird watching, reading, theatre, travel and history.