Governing Body

The Governing Body welcomes you to The Forest School.

As a Governing Body, we are committed to ensuring that The Forest School offers the best all round education for the students entrusted into its care. As Governors, we all take our role very seriously and work hard to progress the school academically, financially and strategically.

Our Governing Body is made up of members with a range of expertise in many different areas; we have parents, staff, business and local community governors on our board.

The recent Ofsted Report praised our pastoral care and the behaviour of our pupils, which we are rightly proud of and given our student body comes from over 50 feeder schools across Berkshire this is an excellent achievement.

Our purpose built 6th Form Centre opened last year which means we have been able to extend our 6th Form provision to welcome new students from a wide variety of other schools across the area. It was extremely gratifying that the Ofsted Report recognised our sixth form as “good”, praising both the teaching and student support.

Of course, no website can articulate all the educational, sporting and extra-curricular activities that The Forest School provides and we would invite all prospective parents and students to visit the school on the relevant open days, to see for yourself everything that we have to offer.

On behalf of The Forest School Governing Body.

Anna McMenamin
Chair of Governors




David Auger


Richard Baden (Development Governor)


Stuart Baddeley (Vice Chair)


Prue Bray
(H&S Governor and
Chair of Disciplinary Committee)


Bill Hicks (Chair of Governors)


Alison Lovland (Access and Inclusion SEND Governor)


Anna McMenamin

(Looked After Children and Safeguarding Governor) 


Shirley Austin


Richard Sedgwick


Jaquie Blaney

Clerk/Company Secretary

Governor Biographies

David Auger

I am something of a rare animal!  I was born in Wokingham Hospital and I have lived my life in Winnersh - there is nowhere better.  I attended The Forest in the early 1970's and then secured a job opportunity in Wokingham.  Forty years later I own the business and I am the Senior Partner of a second business.  I am a Chartered Surveyor and gained my A Levels and professional examinations through private study before or after a long day's work.  I am married with three grown-up daughters.

Keith Quine (Headteacher) invited me to become a Governor shortly before his retirement and immediately after the time The Forest became an Academy.  My daughters will confirm my enthusiasm for education - not just academia but also sport, I particularly enjoy cricket and football, and the arts; the importance that everyone should develop as a person and make a useful contribution to society.

I am a member of The Rotary Club in Wokingham and a Trustee of Wokingham United Charities.  I hope to bring some diversity to school life with my experience of the private sector and links with local charitable organisations.  

Prue Bray

I have been a Governor, assigned by the Local Authority, at The Forest since 1998. I live in Winnersh, and have been one of the councillors representing the area on Wokingham Borough Council since 2000. I am also member of Winnersh Parish Council and the Winnersh Neighbourhood Action Group. My son attends the school.

Bill Hicks

Bill is currently Head of Stakeholder Engagement at Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (or LEP). Prior to this, he has held senior international marketing positions within the Media, Entertainment & FMCG business sectors.

Recent corporate experience includes working at global media company NBC Universal, where as Vice President for International Marketing, he executed targeted marketing content strategies for several major studio film and TV releases (such as the Fast and Furious film franchise, Despicable Me, the studio's 100th Anniversary campaign and Downton Abbey) across all international markets.

Prior to this, Bill has worked for Twentieth Century Fox, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Disney within the Media sector - and FMCG companies such as Bass and Gallaher Tobacco before this.

I have previously been chairman of a primary school PTA and hoped that in becoming a Governor at Forest I would be able to use my business and marketing skills for the benefit of the pupils and the school.

Bill has lived in Wokingham for over ten years with his teacher wife and 2 teenage children.

Alison Lovland

I joined the governing body at The Forest School as a parent governor in 2016. I am a Senior Training Consultant, for a leading global Human Resources service provider, specialising in offering Payroll & HR solutions to professionals, for the last 20 years.  

I have being married for 15 years my youngest son is 12 and attends the Forest School. 

My hobbies are cooking, watching my son sail and attending my son’s rugby matches and training (the taxi driver).

I became a governor to provide support to the school and to ensure there was a voice for the parents.  Previously I was a parent and co-opted governor for Lambs Lane Primary School. 

Anna McMenamin

I have worked in training and education for over 20 years, starting as a Training Manager for a large retail company for many years before moving over to corporate training, education and events for an international software company. For the last 8 -9 years I have worked in Higher Education, in areas covering professional qualifications, teacher training for the Institute of Education, and I am currently employed by Henley Business School working on postgraduate management qualifications.

I have always been involved in the PTAs of my sons’ schools and after a stint as PTA Chair for 6-7 years at a primary school the natural progression was a governing position.

In 2007 I was elected as a parent governor at Forest School and over the years I have served on a variety of committees and functions. Education today is full of challenges that a 21st century school must be equipped to meet. As well as financial and political pressures, we have changes to the curriculum, examinations and the educational landscape is constantly moving. Together with a team of dedicated governors and staff we are working hard to move the school forward so that Forest School is in the best possible position, financially, strategically and educationally to ensure that our children’s progress and potential is reached. 

Richard Sedgwick

My family moved to Reading in 1970 and I went to Highdown School in Caversham.  Apart from 3 years at Sheffield University, I have lived in the area for most of the time since.

I have built a career as a Chartered Accountant and currently work as the Finance Director of a small Multinational software group.  Over the years I have felt a growing need to do voluntary work in the area and, when my son joined The Forest School in 2013, I offered to help and was pleased when some months later Keith, the former Headteacher, asked if I would fill a vacancy for a Governor with a finance background on the Operations Committee.

There has been a lot to take in and I'm still learning, I hope that some of my experience will be useful to The Forest Academy Trust which like all schools must balance tight finances, between hard pressed government grants and ever rising costs.  So far it has been a joy to work with the Governors, Staff and Pupils of The Forest School.

Governor FGM Attendance

Full Governing Body        
Name Governor Wed, 27 Sept 2017 Wed, 22 Nov 2017 Wed, 24th Jan 2018
David Auger Appointed yes no yes
Richard Baden Appointed yes no yes
Stuart Baddeley Appointed no no yes
Prue Bray Appointed yes yes  
(H&S Governor and      
Chair of Disciplinary Committee)      
Bill Hicks Appointed yes yes yes
Alison Lovland Parent no yes yes
Anna McMenamin Appointed yes yes yes
(Chair of Governors and      
Admissions Committee)      
Mario Miccoli Staff (Teaching) yes yes yes
Shirley Austin Headteacher yes yes yes
Richard Sedgwick Appointed yes yes  
Jaquie Blaney Clerk/Company Secretary yes yes yes


Governors Date  
Register of business interests 2017-18 08th May 2018 Download
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