Our Governors

Our Governors

What Do Our Governors Do?

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.

 

Our Governing Body:

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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 to support people with life limiting lung conditions.  Once I complete the MSc in Health Psychology that I am currently studying, I hope to move into a second career in psychology as my daughter becomes increasingly independent.

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!

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NICOLE DAWSON

Co-opted Governor, Vice Chair

My name is Nicole and I have been a Governor for nearly 7 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 utilise my HR skills, as I wasn’t working at the time. I have been Chair of Governors and am now Vice Chair. I am currently responsible for monitoring Early Years and my favourite part of being a Governor is to come into school and see how the children are learning and having fun at school.

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DOROTHY BAVERSTOCK

Local Authority Governor

I became a governor in 2019 – not my first experience of the role as I was a teacher of children and adults for forty years, most recently as Deputy Head Community at Romsey School, so have always been aware of governors and their role.

In 2003 I became a councillor for Cupernham Ward and in 2015 for Romsey Extra. This helps me relate to the school ‘s catchment area and I feel I can help the school’s progress, to be the best in Romsey, wearing both hats.

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, as I have I had.

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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.

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SHANE HURST

Co-opted Governor, Chair of Resources Committee

I was born and bred in Romsey, 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.

My role is Chair of the Resources Committee, and we are responsible for making sure the schools finances are managed well and the school site is a safe one for the children.

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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! 

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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. 

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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! 

Our Governor Roles, Responsibilities & Attendance:

Minutes:

  • The minutes from our Committees and our Full Governing Body (FGB) meetings are available on request from the School Office.  Please call us on 01794 514494

To Contact Us:

  • If you wish to speak to any of the Governors, please could you kindly contact them via the school office on 01794 51449 or email: adminoffice@cupernham-inf.hants.sch.uk

Governor Secure Zone: (For Governor Use only)