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Pen Portaits

Mick Luck, Chair of the Governing Body

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.

Graham Thomas, Safeguarding Governor 


I joined as a parent governor in 2021 and am enjoying working to ensure Shawfield’s success. I have two boys at the school, and it has been a real insight to understand process of school governance. I’m looking forward to the challenges the role brings, and what I can offer from my experience. I have a senior role for a global technology company, and my job allows me to explore all manner of technology and how it can be used in everyday life. One of those main areas is education, so it’s an area I focus on even more as a parent and now as a governor. Outside of work, my interests include music, film and motorsport, as well as annoying everyone in the house with far too many smart home gadge


Esther Thiong'o-Njenga, Vice Chair FGB - Chair of Finance and Staffing

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 Counsell



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.   

Jodie Kemp

Strategy Director, Chartered Accountant, Mother. Currently work in the Technology industry, driving performance improvements.  I have a broad professional background working with organisations of various sizes within a variety of sectors, all with very different and complex needs.  Professional specialisms include:  Data Insight & Performance Measurement, Operations & Finance, Process Design & Improvement, Project Management & Change Management.  Mother to two primary aged children.                               

Hannah Bignell

I was co-opted as a member of the Governing Body in January 2024. I am really excited to join the Governing Body of the School - from looking around the School, it is clear that the ethos shines throughout the School and the children very much enjoy being there. Having grown up in Surrey and having a parent who is a secondary school teacher living in Ash, I know about the local area and hear about some of the issues affecting mainstream schools.   I am a charities solicitor specialising in education law at Bates Wells LLP. I really enjoy dealing with schools, colleges, universities and education charities and have been to many board meetings throughout my working life. I am very passionate about education, particularly about fair education and education for all. I am separately a trustee for a mental health children’s
                                  charity in Surrey called the Matthew Hackney Foundation. In my spare time, I
                                  love walking my Springador Stanley, swimming and playing guitar. 

Jack Pammer

I have just been elected as a co-opted governor and am looking forward to working alongside everyone at Shawfield to help ensure Shawfield’s continued educational excellence and success.  I have a Bachelor of Laws degree and professionally, I am currently a chartered accountant working for a multinational tech and online retail company. My past professional roles specialised in the review of government financial statements and spending.  I grew up in Farnborough, and now live in North Camp with my fiancée Lauren, and our two cats, Loki and Lexi. Outside of work, you will normally find me either playing golf or cricket!

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.