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Meet Our Governors

Fairfield's governing body is made up of representatives of staff, parents and members of the local community. This diversity helps to ensure that the school benefits from a wide range of skills, interests and experiences.

The governing body meets 12 times a year looking at different target areas at each meeting.  These areas include staff recruitment, budget setting, maintenance and safety of the school premises and grounds, teaching, learning and attainment. Each governor also takes a special interest in a particular area of the curriculum and meets with the teacher who is responsible for that curriculum area.

Name: Gill Tonkin

Position: Chair of Governors

Responsibilities/Committees: Chair, Finance and Maths

Date Appointed: 14th September 2017

Term of Office: 4 Years, end date 13th September 2021

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests: None Declared

Meetings Attended 2019/20: 100%

 

 

I am both a parent and grandparent, with a keen interest in education and ensuring children get the best possible start in life.  I have previous experience as a lecturer in Business Administration and IT, and currently work for a high street bank, in customer service and management, and am qualified as a Personal Banker.  I joined the governing body in September 2017 and was subsequently elected as Chair of Governors in October 2019.  I have a very strong interest in supporting my local community and utilising my life experiences to assist the school in developing a strong learning environment.

Name: Mike Smith

Position: Vice Chair of Governors

Responsibilities/Committees: Vice Chair, Safeguarding

Marketing, Parental Engagement, Pay Committee

Date Appointed: 6th October 2017

Term of Office: 4 Years, end date 5th October 2021

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests: None Declared

Meetings Attended 2019/20: 91%

I have two children who attend Fairfield, I believe that a good education and a happy school experience are the most important factors in a child's development. It is important as a parent to support our children's learning environment. I have become a school governor to play an active role in helping the school and fulfil its full potential. I have worked in local government for over 10 years with a strong background in health and safety and can therefore bring a range knowledge and experience which can enhance and support the governing body.

   

Name: Lara Jelliff

Position: Headteacher

Responsibilities/Committees: Safeguarding

Date Appointed: 4th September  2020

Term of Office: 4 Years, end date 4th September 2024

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests: None Declared

Meetings Attended: No Data

   

 

 

Name: Stacey Merrell

Position: Staff Governor

Responsibilities/Committees: Safeguarding, Development and Training

Date Appointed: 24th October 2019

Term of Office: 4 Years, end date 23rd October 2023

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests: Employed at School

Meetings Attended 2019/20: 100%

 

Name: Keith Doe

Position: Co Opted Governor

Responsibilities/Committees: Health and Safety, Finance and E-Safety

Date Appointed: 14th September 2017

Term of Office: 4 Years, end date 13th September 2021

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests: None Declared

Meetings Attended 2019/20: 52%

I joined the Governing Body in September 2017 and I am keen to put my skills and experience into helping Fairfield continue to support our pupils, parents and teachers. I have many years’ experience working in Financial, Operations and Governance roles in a variety of sectors and hope that this experience benefits the school. Having always been local and with many of my friends children having been through Fairfield, it’s a school I know well and care about.

Name: Janna Anderson

Position: Parent Governor

Responsibilities/Committees: Safeguarding, English, Wellbeing and PHSE

Date Appointed: 12th December 2019

Term of Office: 4 Years, end date 11th December 2023

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests: None Declared

Meetings Attended 2019/20: 100%

I am a mother of two boys, one of whom is old enough to attend Fairfield Infant School. I joined the governing body as a Parent Governor in December 2019. I have always wanted to join a school governing body and to be able to do this at my son’s school is a privilege.  I am particularly focused on safeguarding as a Governor, having previously had experience of this in an education environment. As well as being a mother, I am a Special Educational Needs Teacher in Further Education, with a particular interest in supporting students with emotional and behavioural difficulties. I have worked in Further Education for 10 years but trained in Primary Education and continue to be passionate about the power of education for all.  I believe every child should be proud of their unique skills and interests, and that being a confident learner contributes powerfully to achieving this sense of pride. I am committed to supporting staff, parents and children in achieving this.

Name: Amy Gosney

Position: Co Opted Governor

Responsibilities/Committees:Development and Training, EYFS, Pupil and Sports Premium and SEND

Date Appointed: 13th February 2020

Term of Office: 4 Years, end date 12th February 2024

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests: None Declared

Meetings Attended 2019/20: 100%

After working in IT and marketing for a decade, I returned to education and studied an Early Childhood degree as well as being level 3 Makaton trained. I hold a keen interest in the theory behind play and how learning through play should be encouraged throughout our educational journeys, including higher and further education! I am currently training on a PGCE to be a primary school teacher which I am thoroughly enjoying! I hope the knowledge I gain can be put to good use for Fairfield's community. I have lived locally all my life and have a family and community connection to the school, I am passionate about making a difference and aiding the school in being the best it can be.

 

Name: Lisa Kemp

Position: Co Opted Governor

Responsibilities/Committees: Wellbeing and PHSE

Date Appointed: 1st September 2020

Term of Office: 4 Years, end date 1st September 2024

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests: None Declared

Meetings Attended: No Data

I have over 27 years experience of working with children within the local community.   I am currently working at Bosmere school as an Emotional Learning Support Assistant and also run my own wrap around care business, providing an essential support to families in Havant.
 

I have 2 children who both began their school journey at Fairfield.  I share the school's vision that Everyone is Valued and Learning is Fun and am passionate about improving the educational outcomes of children. 

Anna Weeden - Local Authority Governor

Name: Anna Weedon

Position: Co Opted Governor

Responsibilities/Committees: Development and Training, Wellbeing and PHSE

Date Appointed: 15th October 2020

Term of Office: 4 Years, end date 14th October 2024

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests: None Declared

Meetings Attended: No Data

 

 

I have over ten years of experience as an adviser and strategist for UK Government, working on pressing matters of public policy and delivering change on a national and international scale. I moved to Havant in September and feel very privileged to have joined the governing body in October 2020. As well as building relationships with the community, I am keenly interested in the diverse responsibilities being a governor brings. I have a passion for working with people, empowering them to achieve their potential, and I am looking forward to playing my part to support Fairfield staff, children and their parents.

Name: Joanna Armitage

Position: Co Opted Governor

Responsibilities/Committees: Safeguarding, Health and Safety and E-Safety

Date Appointed: 15th October 2020

Term of Office: 4 Years, end date 14th October 2024

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests: None Declared

Meetings Attended: No Data

I joined the school Governor team in October 2020 and have a son who attends the school. It has long been an aspiration of mine to join a Governing Body and I look forward to supporting the Fairfield School community within this role. I work in Health and Social Care and have over 20 years of experience in direct care, management, compliance and standard setting roles. I am currently a Data Protection Officer for a large healthcare provider and have a keen interest in safeguarding, health and safety and information governance. I am passionate about promoting diversity, inclusion, health and wellbeing, particularly within a child’s early years and very much share the school’s ethos that Everyone is Valued and Learning is Fun.’

Name: Sandra Platts

Position: Co Opted Governor

Responsibilities/Committees: TBC

Date Appointed: 19th November 2020

Term of Office: 4 Years, end date 18th November 2024

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests: None Declared

Meetings Attended: No Data

Formerly an NHS Manager at both QA Hospital and Southampton General, Business Owner and now retired Civil Servant with experience in Finance, Business Management, Training and Staff Development, Regulatory and Legal Aspects and Health and Safety.

With two children and a grandchild I appreciate the difference that a well-managed school with enthusiastic and dedicated staff can make to a child’s enjoyment, attainment and development; thus impacting on their life experience and future success. I am keen to assist the staff, parents and children to achieve the greatest possible outcome from their time at Fairfield.      
             

Name: Preeti Mehta

Position: Co Opted Governor

Responsibilities/Committees: Looked After Children, E Safety

Date Appointed: 19th April 2018

Term of Office: 4 Years, end date 18th April 2022 - Resigned July 2020

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests: None Declared

Meetings Attended 2019/20: 73%

 

Name: Lisa Reynolds

Position: Co Opted Governor

Responsibilities/Committees: Training, Development, Safeguarding,

Safer Recruiting, Finance Governance

Date Appointed: 26th November 2019

Term of Office: 4 Years, end date 25th November 2023 - Resigned July 2020

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests: None Declared

Meetings Attended 2019/20: 55%

 

Name: Anthony Quinn

Position: Co Opted Governor (Resigned)

Responsibilities/Committees: 

Date Appointed: 14th September 2017

Term of Office: 4 Years, end date 13th September 2021 - Resigned 12th December 2019

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests: Hampshire Governor Services - SLA with School

Meetings Attended 2019/20: 75%

 

 

Name: Babs McNeill

Position: Co Opted Governor (Resigned)

Responsibilities/Committees: 

Date Appointed: 14th September 2017

Term of Office: 4 Years, end date 13th September 2021. Resigned  19th September 2019

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests: None Declared

Meetings Attended 2018/19: 82%

 

 

Name: Nick Turner

Position: Co Opted Governor (Resigned)

Responsibilities/Committees: Pay Committee, Pupil and Sports Premium

Date Appointed: 19th September 2017

Term of Office: 3 Years, end date 30th April 2020

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests: None Declared

Meetings Attended 2019/20: 67%

 

Name: Joanne Littlechild

Position: Parent Governor (End of Term)

Responsibilities/Committees: 

Date Appointed: 25th November 2015

Term of Office: 4 Years, end date 26th November 2019

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests: None Declared

Meetings Attended 2019/20: 33%

 

What do Governors do ?
 Our main role as Governors is :

  • To provide a strategic view of where the school is heading.
  • To provide support and appropriate challenge to the school.
  • To hold the school to account for the quality of the education it provides.
  • To safeguard and promote the welfare of children who are pupils at the school.

See below for a link to the 'Your School Governors' leaflet produced to tell you more about the role of Fairfield's Governors.


How to contact the Fairfield governors:
The governors are keen to hear your views and opinions of the school.  Please feel free to approach any of them either in person when they are in school,  via the school office or by email to :  governingbody@fairfield-infant.co.uk

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