Our Governors

Meet our Governors

The role of the governing board is a strategic one with three key functions:

1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils

3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


Over the year we share progress relating to our strategic objectives, as well as making transparent the work of the governing body, through termly updates. The minutes from our meetings, policies and procedures can be made available upon request by contacting the Clerk to the Governors.


Meet the Governors

Lead Governor for: Chair of Education Committee.
Allison brings vital research and data skills to the team gained from 13 years of experience in the public sector; working for the Department of Health and NHS England as a policy developer and analyst and her PhD in mechanical engineering.

Allison Jordan (Parent Governor)

Co-Chair (Education)

Lead Governor for: Chair of Education Committee.
Allison brings vital research and data skills to the team gained from 13 years of experience in the public sector; working for the Department of Health and NHS England as a policy developer and analyst and her PhD in mechanical engineering.

Lead Governor for: Chair of Headteacher Performance Management & Chair of Finance Committee
Chris brings 20 years of experience from IBM gained through managerial roles, personnel management, business development, strategy and project management. Chris brings vital leadership, communication, negotiation, coaching, decision making and recruitment skills to the governing board.

Chris Westwood (Co-opted Governor)

Co-Chair (Finance)

Lead Governor for: Chair of Headteacher Performance Management & Chair of Finance Committee
Chris brings 20 years of experience from IBM gained through managerial roles, personnel management, business development, strategy and project management. Chris brings vital leadership, communication, negotiation, coaching, decision making and recruitment skills to the governing board.

Lead Governor for: Safeguarding.

James Gorton (Co-opted Governor)

Safeguarding Governor

Lead Governor for: Safeguarding.

Lead Governor for: Vision & Strategic Direction and Marketing & Communications.
Tim is a Director of local Digital Agency and brings critical business, strategy, digital and marketing skills and experience to the team gained from over 17 years experience leading digital and marketing projects across a variety of diverse sectors.

Tim McMillen (Parent Governor)

Vision & Strategic Direction Lead

Lead Governor for: Vision & Strategic Direction and Marketing & Communications.
Tim is a Director of local Digital Agency and brings critical business, strategy, digital and marketing skills and experience to the team gained from over 17 years experience leading digital and marketing projects across a variety of diverse sectors.

Lead Governor for: Health & Safety.

I have been in the education for over 15 years now & have worked in a variety of school teaching children of all ages from Nursery through to Y8. I’m currently Deputy Head & DSL at St Swithun’s Prep School.  My educational ethos is simple – children need to be happy in school in order to thrive and to that end it’s a privilege to be involved with a school that genuinely believes the same.
Outside of work I love the outdoors and most of my free time is spent on the water with offshore sailing being my passion.

 

Kate Grosscurth (Co-opted Governor)

Lead Governor for: Health & Safety.

I have been in the education for over 15 years now & have worked in a variety of school teaching children of all ages from Nursery through to Y8. I’m currently Deputy Head & DSL at St Swithun’s Prep School.  My educational ethos is simple – children need to be happy in school in order to thrive and to that end it’s a privilege to be involved with a school that genuinely believes the same.
Outside of work I love the outdoors and most of my free time is spent on the water with offshore sailing being my passion.

 

Lead Governor for: Inclusion.

James Moth (Co-opted Governor)

Inclusion Governor

Lead Governor for: Inclusion.

Lead Governor for: Development and Training.

Sabina Labrow (Co-opted Governor)

Designated Training Governor

Lead Governor for: Development and Training.

Lead Governor for: Staff.
Alongside her expertise in teaching and school leadership, Natalie brings valuable insights to the operational work of the school. Natalie represents staff views and acts as staff liaison to the governing board.

Natalie White

Staff Governor

Lead Governor for: Staff.
Alongside her expertise in teaching and school leadership, Natalie brings valuable insights to the operational work of the school. Natalie represents staff views and acts as staff liaison to the governing board.

Clerk to the Governing Board.

Eleanor Belton

Clerk to the Governing Board

Clerk to the Governing Board.

Headteacher

Wendy sits alongside the governing board in her role as Headteacher of Owslebury Primary School and brings her wealth of expertise, and passion for children’s learning which she has developed through teaching and school leadership across multiple schools.

Wendy Smith

Headteacher

Headteacher

Wendy sits alongside the governing board in her role as Headteacher of Owslebury Primary School and brings her wealth of expertise, and passion for children’s learning which she has developed through teaching and school leadership across multiple schools.

Lead Governor for: Communities.
Penny has lived in the village since 1989, became a School Governor in 1996 and brings vital local knowledge and expertise to the governing board alongside valuable insights about the ways in which the community is developing. Penny and her husband run their own business and play key roles in the heart of the village through their work with St Andrews; the village church, the Parish Council and the village Hall amongst others.

Penny Bowes

Associate Member

Lead Governor for: Communities.
Penny has lived in the village since 1989, became a School Governor in 1996 and brings vital local knowledge and expertise to the governing board alongside valuable insights about the ways in which the community is developing. Penny and her husband run their own business and play key roles in the heart of the village through their work with St Andrews; the village church, the Parish Council and the village Hall amongst others.

Lead Governor for: Strategic Development and Monitoring.
Fiona brings 15 years of experience from teaching, school leadership and national & international education advisory work. She sits on a number of education boards as a non-executive director, has regular columns for Headteacher Update and Primary Leaders magazines and is currently completing her PhD in Education.

Fiona Aubrey-Smith

Associate Member

Lead Governor for: Strategic Development and Monitoring.
Fiona brings 15 years of experience from teaching, school leadership and national & international education advisory work. She sits on a number of education boards as a non-executive director, has regular columns for Headteacher Update and Primary Leaders magazines and is currently completing her PhD in Education.

Governing Board policies & documents


The minutes from our meetings, policies and procedures can be made available upon request by contacting the Clerk to the Governors.

Current vacancies

There are currently 3 vacancies to join our governing board. Experience in the education sector is not necessary, and nor is any existing link with the school or local community; we welcome applications from those with skills in any of the following areas:

  • Finance
  • Strategic Direction
  • Leadership
  • Educational Development
  • School Improvement
  • Safeguarding
  • Health & Safety
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Marketing
  • Estates Management 
  • Human Resources

Contact us

If you would like to raise a matter with the Governing Board you can do so through the following routes;

  • Contact the Chair of Governors
  • Contact the Lead Governor for the area that your matter relates to – see ‘Our Governors’ for the current list of names and lead areas;
  • Approach one of the parent governors.

Please bear in mind that governors are responsible for strategic, not operational matters. Any concerns regarding your child, teaching or other day-to-day matters should be raised with the relevant teacher or headteacher. In the unlikely event that this process does not resolve your matter then you should raise this with the Chair of Governors.

Join our team

If you are interested in becoming a governor you can find out more on the Governments webpage, or come and speak to any of us.

Find out more

Summary of Governor appointments

Governor Name Term of office Elected by Roles and Responsibities Pecuniary Interests / Business or Financial Interests / Governance roles with other Educational Institutions
Wendy Smith    
  • Headteacher
Employed by Owslebury Primary School
Natalie White 21/9/2022 Staff
  • Lead Governor for: Staff
Employed by Owslebury Primary School 
Allison Jordan 01/11/2020 Parent
  • Co-Chair of Governors
  • Chair of Education Committee
None Declared

Chris Westwood

18/9/2020 Co-opted
  • Co-Chair of Governors
  • Chair of Finance Committee
  • Chair of HTPM
None Declared
James Gorton 08/5/2022 Co-opted
  • Safeguarding Governor
Special Constable for Hampshire Constabulary & Teacher at Harestock Primary School
Sabina Labrow 04/2/2023 Co-opted
  • DTG
  • Chair of Pay Panel
None Declared
Tim McMillen 20/11/2020 Parent
  • Lead Governor for: Vision & Strategic Direction and Communications & Marketing 
Director of Profound; company providing website hosting services to the school
Kate Grosscurth 14/1/2023 Co-opted
  • Lead Governor for: Health & Safety
Deputy Head Teacher and member of governing body at St Swithun’s School, Winchester
James Moth 14/1/2023 Co-opted
  • Inclusion Governor
None Declared
Co-opted Governor Vacancy        
LA Governor Vacancy        
All governors above are full governors with full voting rights.
Working with
Eleanor Belton    
  • Clerk to the Governing Board
Employed by Owslebury Primary School
Fiona Aubrey-Smith    Associate

 

Columnist for Headteacher Update; Non-Executive Board Member at The Compass Partnership of Schools; Non-Executive Board Member at The Inspire Learning Partnership

Penny Bowes    Associate
  • Lead for: Community
None Declared

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