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Meet the Governors


Mark Larby, Chair of Governors

I joined the governing body in 2012 and took on the role of Chair in September 2015.  Even though my children have left I still feel part of the Ashford Hill School Family and enjoy visiting the school and seeing both staff and pupils living the values and being the best they can be.  My focus as chair is supporting the school in maintaining it's high standards, and ensuring the vision for the school is implemented and strives towards it's aspiration of being formally recognised as the outstanding school we all know it is.


Sue Yockney, Acting Head Teacher

I first joined the Ashford Hill School community as a parent, then as a supply teacher, moving to part time and then full time teacher. Now over 20 years later I am the Deputy Head and have been a governor for the past 10 years. I believe that I have a large amount of educational experience which I bring to the governing body. I strongly believe in our school ethos, that our children deserve the very best and I am proud to be part of a community who is striving for excellence.

Belinda Mines, Co-Opted Governor

I am a parent of a child who attends Ashford Hill Primary school.  I moved to Ashford Hill just over 3 years ago.  I love living in the village and all of the new friends that I have made.  I really do feel part of the community rather than existing within it.  Being a parent governor only cements this further.

Professionally I work full-time in an events role this encompasses both corporate and private events.  I have been with my current company for nearly 8 years.  Previous to that I worked for a premium automotive brand.  I ran their flagship brand marketing experience in central London.  Previous to this I worked for Hampshire Constabulary holding two positions one operational role at the headquarters in Winchester and the second in a facilities and admin role at Basingstoke Police Station.

I hope to bring some of my experience learnt within marketing to the role of Governor and help to enhance Ashford Hill Primary School’s profile within the community.

What spare time I have is taken up with home life and getting together with friends and family.


Liz Betts, Co-Opted Governor

I grew up in Bristol and moved to Hampshire in 1990 after meeting my now husband Simon. We have been married for 20 years and have two sons Jack 15 and Leo 12. Before having children my career was in sales, initially internal and then covering the south of England as account manager. I returned to work at a local pre school when Leo started school, I was there for 7 years and decided I would like to stay in this environment but was ready for a new challenge, and I joined Ashford Hill Primary School where I have found the challenge I was looking for,working in Keystage 1 using my Early Years skills and developing new ones.

In my home life I enjoy spending time with my family, walking, days out, watching films, camping and enjoying relaxing times together.

I also enjoy the company of a large friendship group, we have a reading group who formed when my eldest Jack, was in reception class and we still meet once a month after all these years. I enjoy being in peoples company and consider myself very socialable and quite the organiser. I was Chair of the PTA at my boys school and enjoyed kick starting and co-ordinating events.


Ken Rhatigan, Co-Opted Governor

I have been a Governor now in excess of 8 years having been appointed while a Borough Councillor for Basingstoke & Deane. I took over the Chair’s role in September 2012. My main focus is to improve the progress of the children while providing support to the school in all areas through challenge, understanding and respect.
I always look forward to speaking to pupils and parents, both old and new and those looking to join us in the future.
I feel my interaction with the adults within AHPS provides me with a rounded and reasoned understanding of where we can improve and my goal is to ensure that this happens.


Peter Grayson, Co-Opted Governor

I have been a governor since 1995 and have held a wide variety of posts including Chair of Governors. During my period as a governor the school has experienced four Ofsted Inspections the last three of which have all resulted in a good rating.

I have been retired for some years after training as a Chemical Engineer and had a wide range of experience in the Nuclear and Pharmaceutical Industries.

I am strongly committed to support of the local community through membership of Loddon Valley Lions club and school governorship. My other interests include golf, gardening, ornithology, walking, music, reading and crosswords.

I am currently Chair of the Resources Committee which is responsible for Finance, Personnel, Buildings and Health and Safety and am strongly committed to help the school management provide a first class education to our children in a happy and safe environment.


Philip Crisford, Co-Opted Governor

A Governor for AHPS from July 2010. I’m currently in my first year as vice chair of the School’s Resource Committee. Other roles have included helping with staff recruitment interviews, health and safety walk rounds and observing fire evacuation drills, as well as the normal Governor teaching and learning visits.


I am now semi retired, but for the past 12 years I have been a self employed consultant providing external quality assurance services to awarding bodies delivering vocational qualifications. Prior to that I served for 27 years with Hampshire Fie & Rescue Service.


I live close to the school and have four grown up children and seven grandchildren, who all live in the borough. When not working or meeting up with the family, I enjoy my garden and my little dog. I’m a keen motor racing fan and sponsor and support an old army chum who races a classic 1967 Ford Escort Mexico Cosworth. I’m also the pound owner of a Plus 4 Morgan and a member of the Morgan Sorts Car Club.


Kate Coxhead, Parent Governor

I have two children and experience of five different schools between them. In my opinion, Ashford Hill Primary is an absolute gem and it is my aim to help the school maintain this status and ensure other parents appreciate that this this is not the norm. The school  provides an environment for the acceptance and understanding of children with learning difficulties, which helps to develop caring individuals.

In the short time that my child has attended the school, I have been encouraged by the effective and sensitive manner in which the staff have dealt with a couple of incidents to maintain the ethos of zero tolerance of bullying, which has given us the confidence to trust the great environment provided by the staff.

We often rely on Ofsted reports to help us select a school for our children. Having witnessed the damage that can occur when there is the change of head, it is easy to see how the reputation of an institution can hang on a single individual.

I wish to add my support to the wonderful work performed by all the staff and to maintain a continuity of the caring attitude through the natural life cycle of the school.