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Meet the Governors

Members of the Governing Body

Sarah Phillips, Headteacher 

I have been the Headteacher of Loddon Primary School since 2012. Previously I was Headteacher of a Junior School. After training in the North East of England I have successful leadership, governance and teaching experience, spanning over 25 years, in a number of local authorities within the South of England. I am also an advisor for values based education and have mentored/coached a number of other Headteachers and school leaders.


Hannah Milway, Chair of Governors

I work in Marketing, Communications and Engagement at the University of Reading, where I have been a Graphic Designer for almost 15 years. Now a senior member of my team, I am involved with line management, workflow process and recruitment in addition to my design projects. I have a passion for effective design communication and I also enjoy working with people to develop their skills and achieve their potential. Outside my professional role I have worked with children in a voluntary capacity for many years, including having run an annual week-long residential activity holiday for 9-12 year olds.

My own three sons are now at Loddon and so I am excited to have this opportunity to contribute to the school. I joined the Governing Body in 2018 and am also Chair of Environment Committee.



Saaima Ashraf, Vice Chair of Governors

I am a chartered accountant with over 19 years experience working in businesses of all sizes. I enjoy working collaboratively and bringing financial expertise to non-financial people and business functions.

I joined the Governing Body in 2019 and I am a current member of all Governor committees. I was also a previous Chair of the Loddon Primary PTA.

Both my daughters currently attend Loddon Primary. I am excited to have an opportunity to contribute to the School and its community.


Donald MacDonald

I have been a governor at Loddon Primary since 1992 and am Chair of Finance & Personnel


Katja Strohfeldt-Venables

I am a Dean for Teaching and Learning at the University of Reading. As a Dean I am responsible for the Quality of teaching at the University and I oversee all teaching related activities within my subject areas, which include Humanities, Languages, Literature, Film, Typography and Arts. I initially trained as a secondary school teacher for Biology and Chemistry and then decided to stay at the University to start an academic career focusing on Teaching and Learning. I live locally and I am very passionate about getting involved in the local community. Our daughter attends Loddon School and she has been part of the first cohort with three form entry



Rebecca Chard 

I have been a Governor since February 2018. Prior to this I was chairperson of the PTA and so I am pleased to have been able to serve the school community for a number of years now. I have a particular interest in PSHE and pastoral care.


Bethany Wadey, Staff Governor


Chris Poston

I am an IT Infrastructure Manager for a large hospitality company based in Reading and have been in the IT industry for nearing 20 years. I became involved in the school PTA in 2018 and have assisted in many events or projects alongside others and have recently become a governor in 2021. I enjoy serving the community and have also been involved in many projects with Church, Readifood, charities and leadership in a summer fun day for a local area. Both my daughters are currently attending Loddon. I am excited to have an opportunity to contribute to the School and its Community.

Katie Richardson

I have a science background majoring in chemistry and for the last 18 years have worked for an organisation within in the chemical industry.  I currently work in management and oversee a team of customer facing technical experts.  I hope to be able to bring the skills I have developed within my professional life to my role of parent governor. 

My children currently attend Loddon Primary School.  Prior to becoming a governor, I have been actively involved in the PTA for the last 5 years initially as a ‘happy helper’ and for the last 2 years as part of the PTA Committee.  I have found it rewarding giving back and supporting activities which benefit the school & its pupils and look forward to continuing this as a governor. 


Nida Ahmed