Governor Pen Portraits

Ms Jean Holderness

Jean has been appointed as Chair of Governors and Chair of the Resources Committee. She was until recently a foundation governor and chair of a large primary school elsewhere in the county. As a senior civil servant in the Department of Health and then as a management consultant, her background is in strategic healthcare planning and large capital projects. She is also a churchwarden.

Term of Office: May 2016 - May 2020
Mrs Sarah Gordon-Weeks - Parent Governor and Vice Chair of Governors

I am delighted to be a parent governor at John Henry Newman and have been for the past year and a half. As well as being a mum to a pupil here, I am also a Vice Principal at a Primary Academy in Banbury. I feel strongly that all children have the right to a ‘really good deal’ at school; they need to be challenged and given opportunities to develop both academically and as a considerate member of society. I am committed to ensuring that John Henry Newman is a safe and inspiring place for all its members to learn. I am really excited about the developments that have already taken place and in supporting its future goals.


Term of Office : July 2016 to July 2020

Dr David Thomas

I am a chartered chemical engineer, and work as the principle water engineer with international consultants Mott MacDonald. I graduated in mathematics from Corpus Christi College, Oxford in 1994. I returned to Oxford in 2001 and now live with my two daughters - both of whom attend JHN Academy - in East Oxford. I have worked as a humanitarian engineer with Oxfam, volunteered at night shelters, credit unions, and currently help out on several community action projects around Oxford. For a time I ran Oxford’s Ethiopian Pop-up Restaurant, and I have been Linacre College's rowing coach for several years. I joined the governing body as a Parent Governor in 2014.

Term of Office: September 2014 - September 2018
Miss Jessica Broome

I have been a Governor at John Henry Newman Academy for two and a half years and I am in my fourth year of teaching here, currently in Reception. I am passionate about giving children the best possible start to their education and preparing them fully for the next chapter in their lives. I really believe that supporting children and their families in all aspects of their development and education is crucial in order to achieve this. I am really excited to be on the journey with the school as both a member of staff and a governor. I feel enthusiastic about the changes that have been made already and excited for the future of the school.

Term of Office: March 2016 - March 2020

Mrs Ellie Payne

I have been a governor of John Henry Newman since 2007 and more recently have taken on the link role supporting pupils with SEND. Our eldest son is currently at The Oxford Academy, having attended John Henry Newman until last year, where he was very happy. Our two youngest children are currently in a local nursery school. I am an English teacher at Wheatley Park School and also a governor of Rose Hill Primary School, where I have developed expertise in supporting all pupils to achieve their full potential. I strongly believe that communities should have access to good local schools. My ambition is to work closely with the school community to ensure that this is a reality for the people of Littlemore.

Term of Office: October 2015 - October 2019

Mr Martin Bayliss

Martin is the Schools Support Officer for the Oxfordshire Diocesan Schools Trust. Martin is an AAT qualified accountant and previously worked for Hampshire County Council as an Education Finance Advisor and prior to that with Oxfordshire County Council as a Schools Finance Support Officer. Martin has recently joined the Governing Body and is heavily involved in setting the School's budget for the next three years.

Term of Office: May 2016 - May 2020
Mr Matthew Greenham
I strongly believe laying the best foundations at this young and malleable age is the most positive action we can do to ensure our children live successful, joyous lives.
Over the last year, (since my eldest boy started at JHN), I have played an active role on the PTA, working with other parents and teachers to organise events to raise much needed funds to benefit the learning experiences, well-being, and happiness of our school children.
Professionally, I have spent nearly 20 years in the media industry and have covered all kinds of broadcast work, from live ITV News, to music videos and countryside affairs. I have won prestigious awards for my feature documentaries which have been shown in cinemas all over the world. During this time I have separately ran my own company, helping me to broaden my skill set and business knowledge. I now work freelance as a photographer, video producer and editor.
I have a broad range of creative, technological & IT skills, which will be put to good use in encouraging individualism, in addition to academia. I have an exceptionally keen interest in current and future technologies and possess a solid grasp on how this will play an increasingly important role in our children's lives as they blossom into adulthood. I fully believe that there is no problem that cannot be solved using determination, logic, application and reasoning. Instilling these key attributes in children is fundamental to them believing that everything is possible.
I will offer my full commitment and utilise my tenacious, ambitious nature to ensure our children have the best possible support and tools to prepare them for an increasingly changing world.
Term of Office: May 2016 - May 2020