Pete Lightfoot

Pete is a Director with a private quantity surveying practice working all over the United Kingdom.  He has project management, quantity surveying and party wall experience and became a foundation governor in 2008, utilising the same skills since then.  Pete is a committed Christian attending Reynard Way Evangelical Church.

Pete is the Chair of Governors, the safeguarding governor and the online safeguarding governor and sits on a number of the school committees.  In these roles Pete is able to challenge the school leadership team, striving for good SIAMS and Ofsted ratings when the inspections are completed, while ensuring that the focus is always on the pupils, whether the safeguarding and care of the same or bettering their achievements.

Sheila Moakes

Sheila is a retired Director of Nursing who worked extensively in the Middle East and now has her own consultancy company in Health Care Planning and Equipping.  Sheila is a member of Billing Parish Anglican Church and is the Parochial Church Council Secretary.   She was invited to become a Foundation Governor to St Andrew’s based on her commitment to her faith and as a result of understanding about PFI’s and their impact on healthcare and school builds.

Sheila is the chair of the Finance Committee and sits on the Ethos Working Group and the  Safeguarding Committee where she actively undertakes reviews of the school in relation to its care and safety of the children.

Mary Lunn

Mary is a retired Science teacher with 24 years’ experience of teaching 12 to 18 year-olds and has been a Head of Biology and a Learning Manager for Key Stage 5 Science. Two of the schools she worked in had a Christian ethos. Her interest in primary education began when she helped regularly at her children’s school.

Mary is a committed Christian, her husband is a clergyman and she played an active role in each of the churches in which he served. They moved to Northampton when he retired and joined the Billing Parish Anglican Church.

Mary has always been passionate about education at all levels and welcomed the chance to serve on the Governing Body when she was appointed in November 2017. She chairs the Learning Provision Committee - this monitors pupil attainment data; the quality of teaching and learning and curriculum leadership. Mary is the link governor for Maths and the Connected Curriculum and co-lead for EYFS. She seeks to support and encourage the staff in their aim to enable each child to fulfil their God-given potential. She makes regular visits to the school to do lesson observations and other monitoring activities with the Senior Leadership Team.

Mary also sits on the Admissions Committee and is part of the Ethos Group, set up to prepare for a SIAMS inspection.

Marianne Mann

Marianne has been a class teacher at St. Andrew's CEVA since September 2014. During this time she has taken on roles of History co-ordinator, Maths Lead, School Council facilitator and runs the netball club. Marianne has worshiped at St. Peter's Church, Brackley for over 25 years.

Marianne is a staff governor and also sits on the learning provision committee.

Alan Owen

Alan is a Senior IT Project Manager with a financial services company.  He has spent over 20 years working in the retail and distribution sector in Supply Chain and IT project management roles for both major retail and logistics companies.

Alan joined the board of governors as a Foundation Governor in September 2017.  He is a member of St Andrew's Church Great Billing and has previously served as Parish Treasurer.

Both of Alan's children attended St Andrew’s school before moving onto secondary school in 2017 and 2021 respectively.

Alan is a member of the Safeguarding Committee and also the Full Governing Body.  He is committed to ensuring the school is a safe, secure environment both in terms of the physical building and also the wider child protection and welfare issues within the Safeguarding role. As a full governor he looks to provide effective scrutiny of the school's performance to ensure the School Leadership team are striving to continually raise the school's standards.

Shelley Buckingham

Shelley is a Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Officer for an Engineering development and testing company; prior to this, she worked for manufacturing and surveying companies and has 10 years’ experience in her field.


Shelley has experience in HSE best practice and compliance, conducting risk assessments and advising on health and safety across all levels.  This can range from advice on the correct safety wear to the installation of new experimental equipment and the necessary safety precautions i.e fire protection.


Shelley has one son at St Andrews and contributes to the safety and wellbeing of the school, the children who attend and providing a parental view point on issues to the Governing Body.

Esther Aravinthan

Esther works as a Quality Assurance Executive in a Pharmaceutical Company. She has experience working in a team in multiple facilities focusing on Management, Data Analysis, Risk Assessments, Internal & External Audits, Health & Safety, setting objectives and achieving goals within the timeframe.

Although she has less experience of working in schools directly, she strongly believes she can showcase her potential in supporting the school with the help of her fellow governors She has a passion for education and a willingness to learn new skills and has completed a course “Behaviour that Challenges in Children” which focuses on behaviour in children with learning disabilities, mental health issues and Autism.

She has a strong Christian background and has been actively participating in church activities.

Esther joined the Board of Governors in October 2021 as a parent Governor and sits on the Learning Committee and Ethos Working Group.  She has her daughter attending school and wants to ensure that best education, moral, ethical, cultural, spiritual and safe environment is provided for all the children so that children enjoy coming to school and shine like stars in future in our community.

Carolyn Wignall

Carolyn has been instrumental in establishing two new schools in an education career that has seen her teach, teach teachers, develop curriculum and schemes to teach reading using phonetic methods in Bahasa Indonesian.  She is also special needs trained and experienced.  Outside education Carolyn has been a Director of a significant specialist port development company for over 10 years.  She is also a Director of a company focused on assisting UK and European companies to expand into Asia, especially south east Asia.

A foundation Governor, Carolyn attends St Mary’s in Rushden, the church where she became a Christian almost 50 years ago.  She has learned that building good relationships is the best foundation for good learning.