Silverdale Road, Earley, Reading, RG6 7LR

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Loddon Primary School

'Working together to realise the potential in everyone' - A Values Based Education

Meet the Governors

Members of the Governing Body

Sarah Phillips Headteacher 

Headteacher of Loddon Primary School since 2012. Previously Headteacher of a Junior School. Leadership, governance and teaching experience over 20+ years in a number of local authorities within the South of England.


John Brady - Chair of Governors

I am a member of all committees and Chair of the Curriculum Committee. I also have a role in overseeing Safeguarding.

In my professional capacity I am Director of Human Resources at the University of Reading and I have significant experience in people management and budgetary control.




 Donald MacDonald

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


Gemma Didcock - Staff Governor

I have been at Loddon Primary since 2011 and prior to this worked at a primary school in Bracknell where I was a class teacher and SENCo. I work three days a week as the Inclusion Leader at Loddon and on my days off I work at another local primary school doing the same role






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.


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


Hannah Milway

I work in Marketing, Communications and Engagement at the University of Reading, where I have been a Graphic Designer for over ten 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 in Y3, Y1 and F1 so I am excited to have this opportunity to contribute to the school.

Saaima Ashraf - Vice Chair of Governors


I am a newly co-opted Governor and also a current treasurer of the Loddon Primary PTA. I am a chartered accountant with over 17 years experience working in businesses of all sizes. I enjoy working collaboratively and bringing financial expertise to non-financial people and business functions. I grew up in Reading and have recently returned to live locally again. My eldest daughter is currently in the Reception class at Loddon. I am excited to have an opportunity to contribute to the School and its community.