Appleshaw St Peter's

Church of England Primary School

Meet the Governors

Debbie Henrys

Foundation Governor, Chair

Having moved to Andover at the age of 12 and attended Harrow Way School and Cricklade (now Andover) College, I consider myself a local girl. My early career was in accounting and I have been able to put those skills to good use in the various voluntary roles I have undertaken since becoming a parent, not least of which is the 14+ years spent as a foundation governor at Appleshaw St. Peter’s. During that time, which began when my three children were at Appleshaw and I wanted to contribute to their education in whatever way I could, I have worked with three different head teachers and, in more recent years, have really seen the school go from strength to strength under the inspired leadership of Mr Hickman. Now that the federation is in place and Mr Hickman officially Executive Head Teacher, I am excited at the prospect of being able to contribute to the success of both schools. I believe rural schools have an important place in our school system and we need to do everything we can to ensure their continued existence.

My interest in education, and knowledge of Appleshaw in particular, was greatly enhanced by being lucky enough to spend several years as a Learning Support Assistant there. With my family now grown though, I have returned to my earlier career in accountancy, although in a part time and less stressful role than when I was younger. “Me time” is spent running, taking part in dance-fit classes, reading and relaxing with my family which now includes two rescue cats with very individual, quite doglike, characters!


Peter Christie

Foundation Governor, Vice Chair

I became a School Governor at the end of 2019 when I joined the Kimpton, Thruxton and Fyfield C of E Primary School governing body. I have long held the ambition to participate in school governance and now that I am semi-retired I have the time to devote to the role. I have had a long career in Human Resources management, initially working in the hi-tech sector and then banking as a Human Resource Manager and for the last 30 years working as a Consultant on people management issues. My work has taken me around Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas, including a period of 7 years leading a consulting company in Dubai. I have advised several governments on their education systems and on school leadership and my work has also involved the university sector.

I am married with 2 adult children, one of whom used to be a primary school teacher; my wife was a Governor of 2 schools in Mitcham, south-west London, my grandfather was a primary school headteacher and my sister used to teach secondary children. I am fascinated by the impact that a well-run school with talented and committed staff can make to the lives of young people. I still do some consulting but I also enjoy sport (rugby and cricket especially), theatre, travel and reading. We moved to Thruxton in 2017 and are enjoying the wonderful environment that this part of the country offers.


Ros Bass

Foundation Governor

I first became a governor at Appleshaw St. Peter’s when my children were there, they are now 22 and 25. I was actively involved as a member of the PTA and was asked to consider the role of parent governor, I’m very glad I said yes and over the last 15 years I have learnt so much about primary education and in particular how that looks in a village school. I am currently a Foundation governor and am looking forward to being part of the Skylark Federation governing body and getting to know the school and community at Kimpton. My working life has been spent in Early Years education, I put some of those skills to use as Safeguarding and SEND governor.

I live in Appleshaw and am married, we have a gorgeous Vizsla called Lola you might see me out walking with her as she needs lots of exercise. Now that I am at home I enjoy reading and travelling and am part of a couple of committees in the village too.


Sarah Lang

Staff Governor

In 2019 I began working as a class teacher at Kimpton, Thruxton and Fyfield C of E Primary School, I became a staff governor in May 2020. I very much enjoy teaching and am now in my tenth year. Over this time, I have become interested in the development and strategic planning of a school and becoming staff governor has allowed me to develop these areas. Before joining the Kimpton team I taught abroad for the last six years at British International Schools in Latvia and Beijing. This was an experience I thoroughly enjoyed as it combined my passions for teaching, travelling and experiencing different cultures. Now back in England, living near where I was brought up, I am once again enjoying rural life; dog walks in the countryside and being close to my family.


Nick Harlock

Parent Governor

I have been a Parent Governor since January 2020. My three children thoroughly enjoy school life at Appleshaw St Peter’s, Freddie is in Year 2 and my twin girls, Olive & Isobel are in Year R.

I am married to Lia who is member of the PTA and we have lived in Fyfield for nearly five years. I split my time working in London and at home as a Director of a Private Equity focussed Search firm.

I have a passion for rural education having grown up in a small village in Essex and recognise the importance for a well-rounded education, where enjoyment is core to life at school.

I am also heavily involved in the local community as a member of the Fyfield PCC and I coach the Under 7’s at Andover RFC.


Charlotte Roper

Local Authority Governor

I grew up in Andover and attended local primary and secondary schools before going to Southampton University to study social policy and social work. I've been a social worker for over fifteen years working mainly in children and family services, my current role is at Naomi House and Jacksplace Hospice. Before I started university I worked at a local school for children with special educational needs which I really enjoyed and almost tempted me into teaching. I became a school governor at Appleshaw shortly after my daughter started Year R in 2018 and am pleased to continue in a governance role as Appleshaw and Kimpton have successfully federated. Times are very challenging for small, village schools and I believe they have a lot to offer, I hope to be part of the team ensuring that the Skylark Federation is a success and bring my knowledge base of safeguarding and working with families to the role. I live in Fyfield with my husband, two children and a fluffy collie and feel very lucky to have good friends and family locally.


Edward Bailey

Foundation Governor

I attended an LCC infants and primary school in the 1950s and then moved to Canterbury Cathedral Choir School, where I was a choirboy for 4 years. I completed my education in Canterbury, spent a gap year as a Lay Clerk at Ripon Minster and teaching at Ripon Choir School, and then went to University where I was a Choral Exhibitioner and Senior Scholar. I read Economics and Law. After graduating I was for two years a University lecturer, while also completing a further degree and undertaking pupillage, and I then spent 28 years at the Bar. Meanwhile I continued my interest in music. I became a Circuit Judge in 2000 sitting essentially at the RCJ in London (although I had a short stint at Winchester Crown Court and Southampton County Court) retiring in 2019 when I reached the statutory retirement age of 70. I have lived in Little Shoddesden since 1988 and have now retired here. I play the organ at Kimpton church and run the De Fakto Singers. I was asked to become a School Governor in Summer 2020 to take the place of former Kimpton School governors who were resigning after Kimpton voted to federate with Appleshaw. I come to School Governorship with an open mind, and wait to see what (if anything) I am able to bring to the party. Education is in the family. My father was a schoolmaster teaching English at St.Marylebone Grammar School in Central London; he took great pride in helping inner-city school kids get into ‘smart’ universities. My mother was a Reader at Birkbeck College, London University teaching French and Philosophy. My sister is a special needs teacher with responsibility for dyslexia teaching in Ealing. I am married with two grown-up daughters.


Callum Jackman

Parent Governor

Hi! My name is Callum Jackman, I joined the Skylark Federation governing team as a Parent Governor in the summer of 2020. I have two children, Fred is in Year 1 at Kimpton, and Rory is due to join Kimpton in September 2021. Having grown up in Thruxton Village I attended Kimpton School myself, leaving back in 2000! My wife Catherine, the boys and I live in Weyhill, just a short distance from Kimpton Primary School.

I studied Mechanical Engineering at University, and now work as a Senior Manufacturing Engineer at AWE.

I am an open minded individual, and bring a keen interest in SET Subjects (Science, Engineering and Technology), as a student I thoroughly enjoyed sports and physical education and would be keen to get involved in this area.


Caroline Tomlinson