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Pen Portaits

Mick Luck 

I have been a Governor at Shawfield Primary School for over 20 years and hope I have helped the school continuously improve the education given to our pupils during this time. I am currently a co-opted member of the Governing body.
I lead the Governing body on Child Protection and Finance.
I live in the village and my wife Gillian runs the Jack & Jill Nursery located in the school grounds. I  have three children and 5 grandchildren.
I have an Honours degree in Physics and following 42 years in the Telecommunications industry, I have now been retired for 6 years. My interests include Kayaking, Walking, DIY, reading and spending time with my family.

Steve Manning


I have been a Governor at Shawfield Primary School since 2017.

My motivation for taking on the position as a Parent Governor was a desire to influence the strategic direction of the school, helping to ensure it continues to grow and improve whilst retaining its core values and role in the community. I have been a civil servant for 17 years, working on Government policy across a range of public services, including transport, housing, taxation and currently the UK's orderly exit from the European Union. I previously obtained under and postgraduate degrees at Winchester University. I live in Ash Vale, married with two young boys aged 7 and 3.  When I am not grappling with the demands of work and young children, indulging in music and reading helps with the highs and lows of supporting Tottenham Hotspur.

Darren Speed

I have been a governor at Shawfield School for 14 years and held the position of chairman for many years, I work in the local government social housing sector as the maintenance supervisor, I have also attended many residential experiences to Avon Tyrell.
I support the school's strategic premises decisions and undertake regular Health and Safety visits.




Esther Thiong'o-Njenga

I am the MD of E-Human Ltd and a military wife.  Professionally am an Independent Legal Consultant with over 5 years experience in the legal world, helping out with the basics of law is my main drive.  I am also HR consultant with over 5 years experience in Employee relations, Recruitment and Administration, as well as a newly qualified Counsellor.



Attieh Fard

I joined the Governing Body in April 2021 and am delighted to have the opportunity to work with the governing team, staff, pupils and parents.  I am a community activist, charity trustee and a local solicitor specialised in family law and immigration.  As part of my job, I deal with all sorts of family issues and their impact on children's growth and development.  I believe the education and a safe family environment are key in transforming lives of young people.  I live in Mytchett with my husband.  We have a dog who loves families and walking with us in the beautiful green lands of Surrey.


Penny Gray

I was co-opted as a member of the Governing Body in 2021 and consider it a privilege to be able to give something back to the education system. I look forward to connecting with the staff, pupils and parents and through my own experiences, skills and continued commitment, hope to add a fresh perspective and help to enhance the strategic direction of our village school.  

I have a BA Hons in Music Industry Management which integrated my passion for music and the world of business. I have been in the property industry for 20 years and am currently the Conduct Risk Manager for a company in Guildford, ensuring governance and compliance within our workplace.  

I am currently the secretary and a trustee for the Shawfield School Association (SSA) and have been an active member since 2017.  I live in Ash Vale with James and our 2 children, both currently attending Shawfield Primary School. As a family, we love to explore the local area, go to music festivals and spend many a weekend camping. Prior to lockdown, I was a member of a local choir getting involved with lots of local charity events. I also play the piano and have recently taught myself the ukulele.   

Lou Aherne


My name is Lou Aherne. I have just been elected as a parent governor and look forward to working along side the school, the pupils, staff and parents in helping to ensure Shawfield’s continued improvement and success.  I have lived in Ash Vale with my husband Marcus since 2004. We have 4 children, our eldest now at Ash manor who went to Shawfield, 10 year old twins in Year 5 and our youngest daughter due to start in September. I have a Bachelor of Education Honours Degree Primary with QTS, and have taught in the Primary Sector since graduating in 2002. My interests are animals, walking, cycling, theatre, reading, travelling, and spending quality time with my family.