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Meet the Governors

Governing Body

The governing body is a group of people, from different backgrounds, with the common interest of seeing Faringdon Community College remaining a vibrant, well led, and recognised centre of learning excellence for the community which ensures all pupils and staff can thrive and develop the ability and resilience to successfully address life's challenges.


As you’ll see from our bios below we are a mix of parents and ex-parents of FCC students and members of the local community so all have a vested interest in ensuring that we deliver the best experience for our children, both in the classroom, and through the extra-curricular opportunities we can offer.


If there is anything that you would like to bring to our attention, then please get in touch with us through the following link.  It is only through engagement with, and support from, parents and other interested parties that we will be able to meet our own, and your, aspirations for our community's school.

To contact the governors please email:


The structure and remit of the FLT Members, Trustees, and its committees including the LGBs is available on the Trust website and can be found here



Alex Bond (Community Governor and Chair)

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed-end date: 22-04-2020 to 21-04-2024

Alex has been a governor at FCC for over ten years, and is the current Chair of the governing body, as well as sitting on the FLT Resources Committee.  By day, Alex is a consultant engineer running a consultancy business, focussing on asset integrity management and safety.  In his spare time, he is the Regional Education Officer for the Institution of Mechanical Engineers with an aim of promoting STEM activity and support from practicing engineers in the Thames Valley region.  Both of his daughters were educated at FCC.





Paul Ray (Community Governor and Vice Chair - Finance & Premises)   Link Roles: business studies / economics link governor, finance governor and sits on the pay committee

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed-end date: 06-2-2019 to 05-2-2023

Paul joined the FCC governing body in February 2019. He is a Community Governor and Vice Chair of the LGB. He manages an electronics testing business, which has given him skills in a number of areas including strategy, recruitment and financial planning. He previously worked in procurement, gaining useful experience in negotiation and project management. Paul has two sons, one of whom is at FCC. 



Jane Braddy (Parent Governor and Vice Chair - Curriculum & Welfare)   Link Roles: Special Educational Needs & Pupil Premium

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed-end date: 29-11-2021 to 28-11-2025

Jane Braddy started as a Community Governor at FCC in 2017.  She had been volunteering as a governor at a local primary school for six years prior to taking on the role at FCC.  She has sons who are currently attending the college. 

Jane works as a GP, at the local White Horse Surgery, three days a week. She has a special interest in the health of women of all ages and has also held several extended roles, in the past, working in Mental Health and Paediatrics.

As well as her various roles as a governor, Jane also attends the school each week with her PAT (Pets as Therapy) dog, Lego. Lego works with FCC students to help promote positive mental and emotional well-being.



Christopher Preece (Parent Governor)   Link Roles: Science and Design and Technology 

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed-end date: 26-11-2019 to 25-11-2023

Chris joined the school in November 2019. This is his second post as a school governor, the first being a parent governor at a Primary in Abingdon for two years before moving to Faringdon. Chris says he became a Governor "to make sure that parents’ voices are heard and that we as a community are responsible for the running of our local school. I listen to what parents and pupils say in person or on social media and I bring those questions to the committee. I want every pupil who goes to FCC to have the best possible learning experience and to leave well prepared for the wider world." As a researcher in an Oxford University laboratory with woodworking and baking as hobbies, it makes sense that Chris' link roles at the school are Science and Design & Technology.




Mirabelle Stobbs (Community Governor)

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed-end date: 22-04-2020 to 21-04-2024

Mirabelle has two children at FCC and joined as a Community Governor.  She works full time for Swindon Borough Council and is responsible for the Carriage Works Regeneration projects. Currently building a Cultural Heritage Institute for the Royal Agricultural University, which has spurred her interest and desire to understand more about the inner workings of the British education system.  Becoming a governor is about supporting the school that her children attend.  Understanding what challenges the teaching and administrative staff face and helping to find solutions or at least be involved in the discussion to consider what may be effective to best support Secondary age students in Faringdon achieve their best. 




Kathleen Thomas (Staff Governor) Link Role: Pupil and Staff Wellbeing 

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed-end date: 15-12-2018 to 14-12-2022

Kathleen has been a member of staff at FCC since January 2007 where she trained as a Design and Technology teacher in 2009. She continued her interest in educational studies with the support of FCC by completing an MA in Education in 2012. Prior to joining FCC, Kathleen worked in the clothing industry both as a Production Consultant and Quality Control manager supplying most major high street stores. Kathleen believes that the experience gained working in industry has helped her to have a balanced view of what working life should be for staff. She is keen to keep pupils at the centre of everything we do and is very grateful for the positive experience both of her children  had during their time at FCC. 



Michael Mayes (Community Governor)

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed-end date: 26-11-2019 to 25-11-2023

Mick has a daughter at the school.  He is a serving soldier and has been since 1985.  By trade he is a logistics specialist and has been heavily involved in managing inventory, procurement contract management and have also been an inspector of accounts. Mick is currently employed in looking after the welfare of serving personnel and their families, including safeguarding.  Mick says "I wanted to become a governor so that I could have some input into the school environment and, in a small way, help the pupils to achieve the best they can.  I want to be able to support the school, the staff and the pupils in any way that I can.  In my spare time I like to read and watch sports.  I am an England Boxing Major Panel official and spend a lot of time officiating at various competitions."




Liz Holmes (Associate Governor)

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed-end date: 22-04-2020 to 21-04-2024





Governor Membership Details and attendance Register

For any information about the governors please contact the Clerk Hattie Clay at