Meet the Governors

Find out a more about our Governors:

Philip Tillman
Chair to the Governing Body

I am a qualified teacher with an Honours and Masters degree in Education and the National Professional Qualification for Head Teachers. I was the Head of the Religious Education Department in a large 11 to 18 school and then a senior leader in three schools with my final teaching position being that of consultant head teacher at Etone College in Warwickshire. I am particularly proud of the fact that the last four Ofsted’s I was part of as a senior leader were ‘outstanding’. On leaving teaching I worked for Turner and Townsend, a worldwide project management consultancy, forming their education team, developing and delivering new 6th Forms, new BSF schools and Free Schools.

I then spent two years with the law firm Anthony Collins as an Academy Advisor working with 14 Church of England Diocese, a Roman Catholic Diocese and the Seventh Day Adventists supporting their academy conversions and multi academy trusts. Four years ago I set up my own consultancy advising schools on Academy conversions and forming Multi Academy Trusts. My main client is the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham but I will travel anywhere in the Midlands.

In my spare time, I am a trustee at the Henley Heritage Centre, a member of Henley Tennis club and a sides man at the local church where I have been known to deliver sermons that the vicar describes as very like assemblies!

I have been a governor at the school for 23 years and chair for 7 years.



Jan Morgan
Foundation Governor

I have been a Governor at this school since 1992, a year after my family and I moved to Henley-in-Arden and both my children attended this school. During that time I was Treasurer of the PTA and as a Governor have held various positions including responsibilities for training and Special Educational Needs. I have held the posts of Chair of Governors, Vice Chair and am currently Chair of the Finance & Personnel Committee. As you can imagine after almost 25 years I have seen many changes in the school but what has remained constant is the care and commitment of staff and all those connected with school for all our children, their education and well-being.



Sue Westcott
Parent Governor

I have been a parent governor since 2015, and have two children currently at the school, Molly in Year 5 and Seth in Year 4. I work as a designer as part of Warwick University’s marketing group and run my own design business. I am part of the school’s Reading Army and really enjoy going into Year One each week to listen to the children read. I am also a Trustee and Secretary of Own Books, a small local charity that recycles books free of charge to children through schools and libraries. I am an active member of the PTA and have helped to organise and run a number of events, along with applying for and winning grants help raise funds. Outside school I’m a Beaver and Scout leader at the 1st Henley & Wootton Scout Troop.

Parent Governor
Standards Committee

I have been a governor at Henley Primary since 2007 when my daughter was a pupil at the school. I chair the Standards Committee whose responsibilities include monitoring the achievement and progress of pupils. In addition I work full time as an Assistant Headteacher in a large secondary school in Birmingham.




Naneh Hovhannisyan
Parent Governor

I was educated in the Soviet Union, finished university in an already-independent Armenia, and more recently did a post-graduate degree in the UK. All of this strangely and uniquely prepared me for a critical and contributing role in education. I’ve once even run my own after-school education business in London! I applied to be governor (thinking it would be easy!) following our move to Henley as a family. I’m all for schools placing an emphasis on knowledge and academic attainment, but there is as much room in my heart for free-spirited, experimental and play-based learning experiences for children. My own daughter enjoys the community and friendship aspects of this school as well as the teaching and learning. There’s no denying the challenges for our school, but seeing the dedication of the staff and governors feels me with much pride and grounded hope. If you have comments or concerns, feel free to speak to me, in confidence, if you wish. And look out for volunteering opportunities – we need all the help we can get.

Rev. John Ganjavi
Premises Committee

I have been Rector of Henley in Arden since September 1989. All three of my children attended our local Primary School.  I am delighted to serve as a permanent member of the Board of Governors. As you can imagine, I have a particular responsibility to promote the Christian ethos of our Church School and to further develop the links between our school and our parish church.



Ian Paterson
Clerk to the Governors

I work as a consultant to businesses in the postal industry (letters and parcels). I live in Barford and have four children at primary school (Wellesbourne), high school (Stratford) and college (Warwickshire College). I’ve been Clerk at Henley Primary since May 2016 (and I’m also Clerk at Henley School, since December 2014).




David Mitchell
Vice Chair to the Governing Body
Finance & Personnel Committee
Standards Committee

Having five children, who have gone through the school, and being a self-employed barrister, my spare time is limited, however I enjoy music and live sound engineering, as well as holidays on canal boats.






Jane Ferguson
Child Protection Officer
Church and Community Committee

I have been a parent governor since 2015 and have lived in Henley since 2004.  I have two step children that attended the school and currently a daughter in year 5.  I am the Vice Principal for Safeguarding & Pastoral Care at a College in Coventry and have worked in education for over 20 years.  I am the nominated governor for Safeguarding/Prevent & SEND at the school.