Cranbourne Primary School

Where Learning and Friendships Grow

Meet The Governors

Mrs Paula Jenkins - Headteacher
Start Date 01/09/18   

I became Headteacher at Cranbourne Primary School in September 2018. Over the last twenty five years, I have worked in a number of schools within the borough of Bracknell Forest. Predominantly, my class teaching days were happily spent in Early Years or Key Stage One but I have never been afraid to venture into Key Stage Two either! I have held numerous leadership roles including Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator; Assessment Lead; Deputy Head Teacher; Acting Head Teacher and Co-Head Teacher.

I love working with children—there is never a dull moment! In all the roles I have held in education, I feel I have always approached them with the children’s best interests at heart and with the belief that I am there to be the children’s advocate.


Mr Nick Payne - Chair of the Board of Governors / Co-opted Governor
Start Date - 09/07/15  End Date - 18/05/27

It has been my absolute pleasure to serve as a governor at Cranbourne since 2008. Originally a parent governor – our three children have all attended Cranbourne – I am now a governor that has been co-opted on to the governing board.

My background is in the commercial world, in both setting up and growing businesses, and managing acquisitions. Nowadays, my time is spent supporting Cranbourne, working as an Appropriate Adult and helping families book Walt Disney World holidays!
During my time as a governor, I have been heavily involved in four Ofsted inspections, two headteacher recruitments, one deputy headteacher recruitment, two major building programs, one tercentenary celebration, and supporting the school through two challenging deficit budgets and one pandemic!

As well as being Chair of Governors, I am also the safeguarding and finance governor and head up the school’s headteacher performance management and pay committees.

It has been a privilege to serve the school, to support the headteacher and wonderful staffing team, and to see all of the pupils flourishing and achieving in a safe, collaborative, friendly and fun environment.


Mrs Lara Marsden - Local Authority Governor
Start Date - 25/02/17  End Date - 25/03/25

I joined the Governing Body team in early 2013.  My daughter Harriet, is in Year 5 and Tess in Year 3.  I am a qualified accountant and work locally.  The governing body is supporting Mrs Jenkins and her team in ensuring that all the children receive the best education.  I currently serve on the Governing Body and the Curriculum and Standards Committee and I am the Inclusion Governor with a focus on SEND and the Pupil Premium Grant.


Ms Laura Pottinger - Staff Governor
Start Date - 17/10/2021 End Date - 16/10/2025

I joined Cranbourne in September 2021 and was appointed as the Staff Governor in October 2021.  My teaching role includes leading English (reading, writing, phonics) across the school which is really exciting and aligns with my passion for reading – children’s literature is amazing!  I have been teaching for over 9 years in schools across Bracknell Forest and enjoy contributing to the strategic vision of the school as the Staff Governor.


Mrs Raphinder Jhinger - Vice Chair of the Board of Governors / Co-opted Governor

Start Date - 01/02/2019 End Date 24/11/2026

I became a parent governor in January 2019, when my son was in year 2, my daughter joined Cranbourne in 2021, I have recently been elected as a co-opted Governor. I am a qualified solicitor specialising in commercial property risks and coverage and I work for a large city law firm. I am currently the Vice Chair of the Governing Board, the Health & Safety Governor and the Sports Premium Governor. I am committed to ensuring that each and every child is provided with an equal opportunity to grow and achieve their full potential, whatever their ability maybe. I will continue to ensure that the Governing Board keep the standard of education offered at Cranbourne to a high standard for the benefit for all of its pupils. 


Mrs Lara Prentice - Co-opted Governor

Start Date - 9/12/2021  End Date - 8/12/2025

I have been a Governor at Cranbourne since I became the Deputy Headteacher in September 2013. I was first appointed staff governor but more recently have become a co-opted Governor. Over the past 11 years in education, I have worked across all year groups and held a variety of leadership roles within school including; SENDCo, Well-being lead, Pupil Premium Lead, English Lead, Designated Child Protection Person, KS1 leader and most recently a Co-Acting Headteacher. My experiences in developing a whole school have been invaluable and I know that it takes a lot hard work and dedication from everyone involved! Throughout my experiences of developing a whole school, I have liaised closely with staff, parents, Ofsted, HMI and Governors. However, the most important part of a school is the children and it is the children who are at the heart of it all.


Mrs Lisa Twyman - Parent Governor

Start Date - 6/12/2022  End Date - 5/12/2026

Having been elected as a parent governor in December 2022, I am delighted to join the Cranbourne governing body. I have two sons, my eldest is in Year 3 and my youngest is in Reception.

My professional career spans 20 years within the NHS, predominately within Urgent and Emergency Care in many local Acute Hospitals and Systems.

During my tenure, I aim to contribute to the strategic vision of the school ensuring the children are at the heart of all decisions. I believe that as a parent governor, I can offer perspective as a key shareholder in the school but more importantly, enable to help our school to develop to meet the needs of our children and community.

I am passionate about Cranbourne and my overall aim is to make sure all our children reach their full potential and feel safe and happy within school.


Mr Ian Baker - Parent Governor

Start Date - 6/12/2022  End Date - 5/12/2026

As a newly elected parent governor in 2022 I feel privileged to be able to be part of the board in assisting with their role. I have 2 daughters currently attending in year 1 and seeing them develop has enhanced my passion for wanting to make sure every child who attends Cranbourne Primary School has the equal opportunity to thrive, grow and develop within a safe and secure environment.

I work in financial services and for the last 34 years my career has ranged from the high street banking world, full financial planning, property lending managing divisions of corporates as a director to now where I set up my own mortgage services brokerage back in 2020.

This life/career experience certainly gives a well-rounded view of life which will benefit the board and myself in looking at the planning and structure for the school, its staff and children going forwards.


Simon Colvan - Co-opted Governor 

Start date: 30/11/23  End date: 29/11/27

I'm the newest addition to the board of governors at Cranbourne, having been elected as a co-opted governor in December 2023. I'm looking forward to really getting to know the school and its community over the coming weeks and months and doing what I can to support its development and future thinking. I'm Head of Communications for a company that's based in Slough and hope to add value in anyway I can.    



Jo Hargreaves - Clerk

Start date - 24/04/22

Governor Responsibilities

Information about Governor appointments and terms of office

Governor Attendance at Full Governing Board Meetings 2022-23

Declarations of Business Interest