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St Andrew's C of E Primary School

St Andrew's C of E Primary School

Governor Profiles



Damian Farino 

Damian is a member of the following groups:  Physical Resources (Chair)

Damian joined the Governing Board as a Parent Governor, and has been a Community Governor since July 2004. He has had two children pass through St Andrew's, and his wife Annie is currently a full time teacher at St Andrew's in Year 3. A chartered surveyor he recently retired from his company of 30 years, advising on commercial property throughout West London and the Thames Valley.

'I am looking foward to helping steer St Andrew's through some potentially significant developments in terms of the physical nature of the sc

Alex Gaze 

Alex joined the board in January 2017 as an Associate Governor and was appointed as a Foundation Governor in February 2018. He and his wife live in Cobham and have two daughters who both attend St Andrews. He is a communications professional with experience of working with public and private sector clients that includes housing and community based charities. He currently works in Ministry of Justice on the digitisation of HM Courts and Tribunals service.


Alex is a member of The Salvation Army and is also the Head Coach of Cobham Rugby Club’s Under 5s.

Phil Hopkins 

Phil is a member of the following groups: Teaching and Learning

Phil has been a governor since 2011. He has two children at St Andrew's in Year 6 and Year 4. He works in KIng's Critical Care as an intensive care consultant. He is leading the implementation of the ICU informatics program and is responsible for submitting healthcare data to allow independent statistical review of the quality of the critical care services at King's.

He chairs the teaching and learning committee at St Andrew's and brings professional data and statistical analysis skills to the team to ensure the governing body have a deep understanding of school data. He was part of the governor panel that met Ofsted in 2014.

'I believe that to understand the school and provide proper challenge to the teaching group and senior leadership team, that the governors need to both understand the school results but also understand the context of these data. This means investing time in talking to our teachers, parents and most importantly our children. Further, I believe strongly that we owe it to every child to give them the best possible opportunities in life and ensure that our pupils are not only achieve academic excellence but are given the tools to find their true voice in our world as well.'

Sharron Eklo

Sharron is a member of the Teaching and Learning group


Tim Hoare

Tim joined the governing board in January 2017 as an Associate Governor with the objective of bringing additional finance expertise to the team.

In his professional life, Tim is a chartered management accountant (ACMA) and works for IBM as a financial management consultant. He specialises in financial process change and systems implementations for both public and private sector clients.
Tim Lives in Cobham with his wife, Lucy, and son, Leo. Leo attends St. Andrew's and will be in Year 1 from September 2017.


Fiona Lascelles 

Fiona is a member of the following groups: Physical Resources

Fiona has been a Community Governor since 2009. She had three boys at St Andrew's. She is the practice manager for a private physician and dermatologist working from home. A regular attender at St Andrew's Church, Cobham, she is the Chair and Youth Leader of SAY, the church's Friday youth club. Fiona enjoys walking the dog, organising events, singing at every opportunity - including being a regular choir member at St Andrew's Church - and spending time with the family.

'I have now been involved with the school for fourteen years as parent and governor, and in that time the school has made an incredible journey of development and improvement whilst retaining its emphasis on strong Christian values, excellent pastoral care, and the development of incredibly well-mannered and well-rounded pupils.' 

Alistair Mann, Chair of Governors 

Alistair is a member of the following groups:  Finance

Alistair has been a Community Governor since March 2009. In July 2012 he became Chair of Governors, having been Chair of the Finance Froup for the previous two years. He is a Chartered Financial Planner with his own business in Cobham, offering investment, taxation and specialist pensions advice to individuals and small and medium sized companies, he has been the Chair  of Cobham Chamber of Commerce since 2008.

'I see the Governors’ role as facilitating and enabling St Andrew’s staff to make our school the primary school of preference to local families, offering excellent education in a safe and nurturing environment; challenging all our pupils to achieve their best.' 


Linda Shaw

Linda is joint Vice Chair, Foundation Governor and a member of the following groups: Finance

Linda has been a Foundation Governor since January 2016. She lives with her husband and 3 children in Cobham. 

In her professional life Linda had worked for over 30 years in the City, latterly for a large global investment bank. 

Currently she volunteers running events in the fundraising department of Woking and Sam Beare hospice, is Treasurer of a local cricket club and on the committee for the Youth work at St Andrews church. 

A regular attender for over 20 years at St Andrew's Church, Cobham, she is the Treasurer for the Youth work and has for many years taken an active role in the Kids on Sunday plans and activities. 

Linda enjoys walking her dog, watching cricket and spending time with family and friends.