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Our Governors


Mrs Fiona Torley 

Chair of Governors (Co-opted Governor) End of Term  7 November 2025

Quality Assurance: Child Protection & Safeguarding

I have lived in Surrey for the past 10 years, having grown up and started my career up in Cheshire. 

My background is Human Resources, initially within the hotel & leisure industry but as an independent HR consultant since 2003. I work with both individuals and various sizes of organisations, supporting them in all aspects of HR, Employment Law, Recruitment, Training & Development.

I totally embrace what Connaught Junior School is all about when we say that we believe passionately in developing the whole child through inspirational teaching and a broad, balanced and creative curriculum, so they may become committed learners, confident individuals and caring citizens. Every child is different, and we must encourage them to be the best they can be, irrespective of their individual strengths and aspirations. 

I was delighted to be asked to join your governing body October 2017 to support the school team and my fellow governors to help build on Connaught’s strengths in providing a warm and engaging environment for children to reach their potential.

Mrs Louise Ray-Hill 

(Co-opted Governor) End of Term 19 June 2027

Quality Assurance: Community Link

I have worked in PR and communications for more than 15 years, specialising in financial services, legal services and technology. I have worked with a variety of household names, including HSBC, Samsung, Sony, Vodafone, Oracle and BT.  I tend to focus on getting clients in the press they want to be in - but can also help them stay out of the media when necessary!

I have four children, three of whom attend Connaught.  We moved into the area from Walton-on-Thames and I was keen to get involved in the community here. I have really enjoyed being a school governor. 

Mrs Hannah Taylor

Vice-Chair of Governors (Co-opted Governor) End of Term 10 September 2027

Quality Assurance: Safeguarding

After 14 years working in various global management roles for a technology company,  I took the decision to take a career break to focus on my family and have since enjoyed a number of voluntary roles in and around my local community. 

I am passionate about education and have been involved in school governance for more than 5 years. With two daughters attending Connaught Junior School, it made perfect sense to me to volunteer as a Parent Governor. Our experience of the school has been overwhelmingly positive and I am delighted to be part of a team that is striving to ensure we continue to offer the highest quality in education, within a safe and fun setting, for all our children and families. 

Mrs Catrin Hollely





(Parent Governor) End of Term 24 May 2026

Quality Assurance: SEND, Health and Safety, Community

Professionally I have been a PR practitioner for over 20 years - predominantly in the fields of health and wellbeing - but working part time in recent years has allowed me to dedicate time to supporting the local schools with whom my children have been involved. I currently have one child at Connaught Junior School and have been nothing but impressed with the school's passion, energy and eagerness to provide a positive learning experience.

With five years of PTA experience and volunteering in schools, I feel in a strong position to support Connaught Junior School in its promise of delivering continued inspirational teaching. It's a pleasure to be part of a team that is so clearly in tune with the school's core values of confident, caring and committed.

I'm already enjoying using my PR experience to spread the word about the many wonderful things that take place at the school, and I look forward to adding value as we focus on the school's commitment to delivering a broad, balanced and creative curriculum in a safe, happy and motivational environment.

Mr Mark Jones





(Co-opted Governor)

I worked in the Civil Service in various for over 37 years with the final 20 years as an HR learning professional. This role covered the full learning spectrum from commission, design, delivery and evaluation of learning programmes. I have managed large teams of learning professionals and have experience of project management of organisational change and learning programmes. I have experience of both management of and accountability for multiple budgets.

My daughter was a former teacher at Connaught and I am delighted to be able to support the school to deliver its inspiring vision.

Miss Siobhan McGann

(Headteacher) End of term Ex Officio

I have been teaching for over 25 years with experience from Reception to Year 6, overseas and in England.  I joined Connaught in September 2012 as a teacher and Year 3 Leader. I became Deputy Headteacher in 2013 and took over as Headteacher in 2018, just as Connaught went from being a single academy to part of a multi-academy trust (TAMAT). I am proud to lead such a vibrant, forward-thinking and outstanding school with the support of my SLT, a fantastic governing body and the other schools in TAMAT. 

Miss Karen Whiting






(Staff Governor) End of term 15 September 2024

I have been teaching for over 10 years and have spent my entire teaching career at Connaught.  I have had fantastic opportunities to lead Year 3, Year 5 and Year 6, giving me a unique perspective on how our children experience our entire school. I became an Assistant Headteacher six years ago and then moved to Deputy Head this year.  I love the daily challenge of improving the children’s learning and having an impact across the entire school.  I feel very privileged to work here and play a part in leading our amazing school.


Miss Zoe Parkinson

(Staff Governor)  End of Term 31 August 2025 

I have been teaching at Connaught for the last 4 years and have worked in Year 3 and Year 4, and am now in Year 6! After being a student at Connaught myself, it is fantastic to be back here as a teacher and now as a Governor. I am also an Early Careers Teachers mentor. I have thoroughly enjoyed spending my teaching career thus far at Connaught and have had many learning opportunities, even through lockdown! I am very grateful to be a part of such a wonderful school and now have a part to play in the Governing body.