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Our Governors


Mick Michell Chair of Governors

I have worked in Surrey since 1986, having previously been a teacher in London and Bristol for 17 years and led a government sponsored science development project which was the forerunner of the National Curriculum in science.  My job in Surrey was, as a member of the Local Authority Inspectorate, to support and challenge schools in their efforts to improve. When I retired I became a governor of Kings College Guildford. I have been looking to use my experience to support a primary school and was delighted when I was asked to join the governors of Tillingbourne Junior School. Outside of education I am a keen watcher of cricket and Rugby union, though my diary has become even busier recently as the grandfather of 5 /12 year old twins and a 3 year old grandson.

Sarah Hilton

I work as an HR Consultant and have been a parent governor since 2013. I sit on the Head Teacher appraisal committee and have a specific interest in the teaching of English within Tillingbourne. Both our children have benefited hugely from being at Tillingbourne and I am keen that every child that comes here has a similarly enriching experience.



Roger Crabb

Roger has worked for over 40 years on major computer systems Performance with the last  20 leading / centering on the largest  IBM data base  and transaction processing system worldwide. His work called for the development and application of  numerous innovative tools , techniques  - resulting in savings of  £10’s of millions. As a Principal Performance Consultant  he presented many times on  International  lecture circuit forums.  He has been married for over 40 years with two grown up sons,  one grandson and one grand daughter.  His hobbies & interests are physics and astrophysics, geology, natural history, walking & travel.

Jane Brown

Jane has been a governor since [2020] and has lived in Chilworth since 2013.  Having a had a career in law and latterly nutritional therapy, she believes passionately in the right of every child to an education which keeps them safe, nurtures, supports and inspires them. Jane feels privileged to be able to contribute to Tillingbourne as a community school governor.


John Peake

Now retired, my career was as a hospital physicist working at St. Thomas', St. Luke's and the Royal Surrey County Hospitals.  I have been involved at Tillingbourne since 1974 when our children started attending, first with the PTA and then as a Governor.  I have enjoyed my involvement in a great school, helping where I can in a variety of activities.

Wayne Harris

Wayne is an accountant and business growth consultant, at the forefront of several businesses helping clients both in the UK and internationally too.  Two of Wayne’s children were taught at Tillingbourne, so this coupled with his financial and leadership skills, helps him fulfil his passion for being a school governor



Laura Farmer

Laura joined as a parent governor in November 2022. She has lived in the area for most of her life (give or take a few years in London and overseas), recognising that it’s a lovely place to raise a family. Her son attends Tillingbourne and she is committed to helping every child thrive in their time at school.  She currently works in bids and proposal management within the engineering sector.

Amber Kinnersley

Amber Kinnersley

Amber Kinnersley is a Senior Merchandiser at Historic Royal Palaces based at Hampton Court Palace and joined the Board of Governors as a parent Governor in November 2022. Her son Jonathan joined Tillingbourne School in September 2022 and, with his increasing independence, she wanted use her life and work skills to play a role in the running of the school. She is interested in creating positive school experiences for children as the foundation for their future, and will work with the board and teachers to help make the school an even better place to work, learn and play.

Melissa Wishart


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