Our Governing Body ensures accountability to all parties who have an interest in the school, especially to you the parents and your children. It is not there to run the school on a day to day basis but is made up of a group of volunteers who, working together with the Head Teacher and Leadership Team, share a common desire to be involved in supporting the school. Our Governors aim to help the school provide the best possible education for each and every one of its pupils.
DAWN ASTLE-McDONALD – Co-opted Governor, Chair of Governors, School Improvement Plan Committee Chair
Since leaving the Royal Navy in 2012, my psychology studies and a strong desire to help led me towards becoming a governor when my own daughter was still a pupil here in 2016. I live locally in Romsey with my family and also do voluntary work for Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis. I am currently completing a MSc in Health Psychology.
I’ve been SEND governor throughout my time as a governor and also became Vice Chair in 2018/19 before taking on the Chair role in 2019/20. I hope to help our amazing school to continually aspire to achieve more!
NICOLE DAWSON – Co-opted Governor
My name is Nicole and I have been a Governor for nearly 9 years. My background is HR in Professional Services and Investment Banking but having taken a career break, I moved from London to Romsey and had two children and I now work in the Education Sector (though still in HR).
I became a Governor when my daughter was in Year 2 at Cupernham as I wanted to find out more about the school and education and to utilise my HR skills. I have been Chair of Governors and am now Vice Chair. My favourite part of being a Governor is to come into school and see how the children are learning and having fun at school.
CAROLINE FLINN – Co-opted Governor
As a mum to 3 children, I am very interested in education and the development of children. My youngest child attended Cupernham Infant School and thoroughly enjoyed it and I loved the nurturing environment. I therefore welcomed the opportunity to get involved with the school as a Governor.
Prior to having my third child, I worked for 15 years as a chartered accountant in both practice and industry. I then took a career break to raise my children. From 2015-2018 we lived as a family abroad which was an amazing experience. When I am not running my children around to their many activities, I like to read, walk our dog and practise yoga and pilates.
SHANE HURST – Co-opted Governor, Chair of Resources Committee
I was born and bred in Romsey, and I am really passionate about the town and became a Governor as I wanted to make a difference to the children living within it. Having attended many of my daughters activities at the school, I realised I wanted to be involved in education and help contribute to the children having a fun and rewarding experience during their time at Cupernham.
I have been leading, managing and developing businesses over the years and felt I could use those skills to contribute to a positive future for the school. When time allows I love to watch any sport, specifically football, being a big Southampton FC fan.
ANGELA MAY – Co-opted Governor
I’ve lived in the Southampton area since moving here to study at Southampton university. I work in the private sector in scientific R&D as a project and line manager.
I moved to Romsey in 2012 and my son attends CIS. I volunteered as a governor despite my very busy work schedule because I wanted to be able to positively contribute to the school and the wider community, but also to learn more about the educational system in general. I am very proud to be part of such a lovely school!
LIZ SAGE – Co-opted Governor
I have worked for the Ministry of Defence for over 15 years now, in various roles within Finance and more latterly as a portfolio and then Programme Manager. I am a Chartered Accountant and have qualifications in project and programme management.
I have three children who have all been pupils at Cupernham Infant school and I have been a school governor for just over 2 years.
JANE NORTHEDGE – Co-Opted Governor, Vice Chair of Governors
I moved to Romsey in 2020 and although I am new to the School I have had several years experience as a school governor in Kent. I have 20 years experience of management in the NHS and 14 years working in the private sector undertaking audit and consultancy.
As Governor for Early Years and I believe that, right from the start of a child’s formal education, we want to give them the confidence to move forward and at Cupernham Infant School we shall invest in their education providing them with all the life skills; technological skills; and people skills they need to equip them for the exciting world ahead of them.
JANET BURNAGE – Local Authority Governor
I have a long association with Romsey having completed my secondary education here. I have lived in Romsey since 1984 (with a short time away) and now live a few metres from Cupernham School.
I am the Test Valley Borough Council and parish councillor for the Cupernham ward – many of the children who attend Cupernham infants live within the ward and it was this that sparked my interest in the school. Gaining an Open University degree late in life also made me realise how important the first few years of education are. As a governor I would like to do what I can to support the school experience for the youngest pupils and make sure they are given every opportunity to have a strong start in their education.
CLAIRE BROWNE – Co-opted Governor
My background is in school administration and finance having worked in a Junior School for 8 years managing the budget and the school office. I really enjoyed working in the education sector and undertook many training courses on how to make the most of a school budget with best value in mind. I have 3 children and 2 miniature dachshunds all of whom keep me very busy.
With my finance and personnel training and keen interest in volunteering within the community I feel I can help enhance the experience of the children, staff and parents at Cupernham Infant School.
DOROTHY BAVERSTOCK – Associate Governor
I became a Governor in 2019 after a teaching career spanning forty years. In 2003 I became a councillor for Cupernham Ward and in 2015 for Romsey Extra.
Children and adult education have always been my priority. They are our future and we have a duty to ensure they have the best learning experience possible, that they exceed all our expectations and have a love of learning for the rest of their lives.
IAN RICE – Associate Governor
In my current role as a Teacher of Physical Education and a Head of Year I have significant experience in both a pastoral and academic capacity, albeit with a significantly older age group.
I have a strong desire to encourage others to discover the rewards that sport can offer and help young people to discover and improve their own talents. I believe this role will afford me the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the lives of young people in the wider community beyond my place of work. I hope to contribute to the school by making a positive impact on the well being of the pupils, their families and the staff of the school, particularly through sport and physical activity.
NEIL GWYNNE – Clerk
Having retired from 30 years working as a project manager, I then spent a year at drama school (I was Chair of the Plaza Theatre for 8 years) and have now taken on a number of part-time roles in the public sector. These include being a Test Valley and Romsey Town councillor, and Clerk to School Governors.
The role is to provide clerking services to the Governors including minuting and administration for meetings. As well as making sure everything done is within the rules!