Members of the Governing Body

Sarah Phillips - Headteacher

Sarah Phillips Headteacher 

Headteacher of Loddon Primary School since 2012. Previously Headteacher of a Junior School. Leadership, governance and teaching experience over 20+ years in a number of local authorities within the South of England.

Rob Henderson - Chair of Governors

l work for Waitrose head office as a Development Manager in the Convenience sector of the business.   I live locally and I am former pupil of Loddon.  My two daughters attend the school and my eldest son, now at secondary school, also attended Loddon.

As a Governor I sit on the Curriculum, School Environment, Personnel and Finance Committees.

John Brady - Vice Chair

I am a member of all committees and Chair of the Curriculum Committee. I also have a role  in overseeing Special Educational Needs, Safeguarding  and Inclusion. 

In my professional capacity I am Director of Human Resources at the University of Reading and I have significant experience in people management and budgetary control.

Jenny Hall

I am a Chartered Accountant and work as Finance Director at a local IT Solutions provider, Ultima Business Solutions Limited.

I am also a member of the school Swimming Pool Committee.

Donald MacDonald

I have been a governor at Loddon Primary since 1992 and am Chair of Finance & Personnel

Gemma Didcock - Staff Governor

I have been at Loddon Primary since 2011 and prior to this worked at a primary school in Bracknell where I was a class teacher and SENCo. I work three days a week as the Inclusion Leader at Loddon and on my days off I work at another local primary school doing the same role!

Kevin Wooldridge

Director at Microsoft UK, leading global and diverse teams driving; Innovation, Training and IT Programs worldwide.

Passionate and committed to improving the learning environment for children at Loddon. A member of the Governing body since 2010 having been re-elected in 2014.

Suzanne Ambaum

I work as a Professor of Meteorology at Reading University (working under my maiden name of ‘Gray’). My work comprises academic research, teaching and administrative duties, and includes providing pastoral and academic support as a tutor to students. I have three children, all currently at Loddon  

Eleanor Gunbie - Staff Governor

I have lived in Lower Earley for almost 30 years and have four grown up children and two grand children. I started working as a lunchtime controller when my two younger children attended during the mid 90's so have seen the progression of the school into Loddon Primary.  I have been a teaching assistant for about 15 years and this is my second term of office on the governing body.  I also regularly attend the local church where my involvement is mainly within childrens groups.  

Faisal Hussain

Faisal Hussain

Architect at Microsoft , delivering solutions and managing people is my thing. I am passionate about technology and design. For me learning and teaching is the way of life and that’s what makes me most excited. I am always interested to support local community as I believe we all need to give back whatever we can. I am excited to be on governors board and looking forward to help.

Katja Strohfeldt-Venables

I am a Dean for Teaching and Learning at the University of Reading. As a Dean I am responsible for the Quality of teaching at the University and I oversee all teaching related activities within my subject areas, which include Humanities, Languages, Literature, Film, Typography and Arts. I initially trained as a secondary school teacher for Biology and Chemistry and then decided to stay at the University to start an academic career focusing on Teaching and Learning. I live locally and I am very passionate about getting involved in the local community. Our daughter attends Loddon School and she has been part of the first cohort with three form entry