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: 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 (Co-opted Governor)

Chair of Governors

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.

Lead Governor for: Personnel.
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)

Vice Chair of Governors

Lead Governor for: Personnel.
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: Inclusion and Equality.
Dan brings 20 years of education experience in teaching and educational leadership, gained from working as Head of Department for a large Hampshire College through to workshops with children, students and teaching professionals. Dan is in demand as a musician and composer alongside his teaching work, which includes lecturing in Music at the University of Southampton.

Dan Mar-Moilinero (Co-opted Governor)

Chair of Teaching & Learning Committee

Lead Governor for: Inclusion and Equality.
Dan brings 20 years of education experience in teaching and educational leadership, gained from working as Head of Department for a large Hampshire College through to workshops with children, students and teaching professionals. Dan is in demand as a musician and composer alongside his teaching work, which includes lecturing in Music at the University of Southampton.

Lead Governor for: Data and SFVS.
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)

Chair of Finance Committee

Lead Governor for: Data and SFVS.
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: Marketing and Communications and Health & Safety.
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

Lead Governor for: Marketing and Communications and Health & Safety.
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: Personnel.
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

Community Governor

Lead Governor for: Personnel.
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: Development and Training.
Deb brings a wealth of experience gathered through professional project management covering a range of public sector areas. Alongside her organizational, expertise Deb brings vital critical thinking and problem solving skills. As the previous Chair of Governors Deb also provides important continuity, advisory and mentoring support to the governing board.

Deb Tyler

Associate Governor

Lead Governor for: Development and Training.
Deb brings a wealth of experience gathered through professional project management covering a range of public sector areas. Alongside her organizational, expertise Deb brings vital critical thinking and problem solving skills. As the previous Chair of Governors Deb also provides important continuity, advisory and mentoring support to the governing board.

Lead Governor for: Pupil Premium.

Chris Searle (Co-opted Governor)

Chair of Pay Committee

Lead Governor for: Pupil Premium.

Lead Governor for: Safeguarding.
Link Governor for Class 1 (Early Years)

James Gorton (Co-opted Governor)

Vice Chair for Educational Performance

Lead Governor for: Safeguarding.
Link Governor for Class 1 (Early Years)

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

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: 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 Bolton

Clerk to the Governing Board

Clerk to the Governing Board.

Current vacancies

There is currently 1 vacancy for a co-opted governor, and we welcome applications from those with skills in any of the following areas:

  • Teaching & Learning
  • School Leadership
  • Educational Development
  • School Improvement
  • Safeguarding
  • Health & Safety.

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 (Staff Governor) 21/9/2019 Co-opted
  • Lead Governor for: Statutory Plan & Monitoring
  • Link: Governors
Employed by Owslebury Primary School (since 22/9/2014)
Fiona Aubrey-Smith 15/3/2019 Co-opted
  • Chair of Governors
  • Lead Governor for: Governance Direction & Improvement
  • Link Governor for: Class 2 (Years 1 & 2), and Administrative Staff
MAT Board Member for The Compass Partnership of Schools, and The Inspire Learning Partnership Columnist for Headteacher Update, Primary School Management and Primary Leaders.
James Gorton 9/5/2021 Co-opted
  • Vice Chair for Educational Performance
  • Lead Governor for: Safeguarding
  • Link Governor for: Class 1 (Early Years)
Special Constable for Hampshire Constabulary and Playworker at The Ark After School Club
Allison Jordan 20/11/2020 Parents
  • Vice Chair for Financial Performance
  • Lead Governor for: School Financial Value Statement, Training
  • Link Governor: for Class 3 (Years 3 & 4)
Parent of child attending Owslebury Primary School
Chris Westwood 18/9/2020 Co-opted
  • Vice Chair for Personnel and Community
  • Chair of Headteacher Performance Management
  • Lead Governor for: Personnel and Community
None
Tim McMillen 20/11/2020 Co-opted
  • Lead Governor for: Communications & Marketing and Health & Safety
Parent of child attending Owslebury Primary School
Dan Mar-Molinero 25/1/2020 Co-opted
  • Lead Governor for: Inclusion, SEND, More Able and Equality
Employed by University of Southampton
Chris Searle 9/5/2021 Co-opted
  • Chair of Pay Committee
  • Lead Governor for: Pupil Premium
Employed by Feeder School
LA Governor Vacancy        
Co-opted 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
Deb Tyler (Associate)    
  • Lead for: Development & Training
 
Penny Bowes (Associate)    
  • Lead for: Community
 

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