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Meet the Governors

The Board of Governors meet every half term at our Full Governing Board meetings to discuss the school’s development plan, risk assessments, safeguarding, SEND, governance matters, policies and any other business and priorities relating to the term.  Within individual Governor link roles, Governors carry out monitoring visits in their allocated school areas and provide reports at our Full Governing Board Meetings. 

 

School Governors Biographies (in alphabetical order): 

Jennie Healey - Parent Governor and Link Governor for Health and Safety

Date of appointment: 13th October 2023

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed by:  Parental Election

Business or financial interests: None

Governance roles in other schools: None

Material interests arising from relationships between governors or governors and staff: None

Meetings attended in 2022-23: N/A

Emma Meek - Local Authority Governor and Link Governor for Child Protection/Safeguarding; SEND; and OPAL.

I currently work for the Integrated Care Board (NHS) as the strategic lead for Children’s Continuing Care on the Isle of Wight. I am experienced in change management, operational and strategic planning, thinking, acting, and influencing. 


I previously worked for Barnardo’s and various educational establishments and focused on improving children and young people’s outcomes. I am particularly passionate about children’s mental health and wellbeing and the impact this has on academic achievement and I advocate the unique support individual children should receive to thrive.  I have been a a member of Gurnard Governing Board for 8 years, previously, as the Chair and now supporting the Board as the Local Authority Governor.

Date of appointment: Elected as Parent Governor on 11th December 2015 and as Local Authority Governor on 12th December 2019

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed by:  The Local Authority

Business or financial interests: None

Governance roles in other schools: None

Material interests arising from relationships between governors or governors and staff: None

Meetings attended in 2022-23: 7/7 FGB meetings

Clare Overy - Parent Governor

I have worked in Education for 18 years in various roles supporting Leadership teams in HR, Finance, Business Management and Strategic planning.  My current role specialises in Financial Planning and Data Reporting for a multi-academy trust.  I look forward to working with the school and Governing Body to achieve the best outcomes for our young people to ensure their successful futures.

Date of appointment: 19th January 2024

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed by:  Parental Election

Business or financial interests: None

Governance roles in other schools: None

Material interests arising from relationships between governors or governors and staff: None

Meetings attended in 2022-23: N/A

Roger Rickman – Co-opted Governor and Link Governor for Mathematics

I was elected to the Governing Board as a Co-opted Governor in March 2019.  I bring extensive knowledge and experience in education and children’s services to the Board.  After a period as a teacher, I trained as an educational psychologist and became the principal educational psychologist in a local education authority.  I then went on to hold senior management positions with responsibly for a wide range of education services and social care services for children and young adults.  I am now retired from my local authority director position and have since undertaken consultancy and government inspection work.  I aim to contribute to all aspects of planning, decision-making and problem solving as a member of the Governing Board and will be taking a special interest in mathematics within the curriculum.

Date of appointment: 26th March 2019

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed by:  The Governing Board

Business or financial interests: None

Governance roles in other schools: None

Material interests arising from relationships between governors or governors and staff: None

Meetings attended in 2022-23: 6/7 FGB meetings

Tom Speer – Staff Governor

I have been at Gurnard for the past two years and am thrilled to be going into my third year at this amazing primary school.  Throughout my time in the different schools I have worked in, it has become clear that the wider school community is at the heart of all that is important in school life.  Being at Gurnard, and being fortunate enough to be the staff representative on the Governing Board, has continued to show me just how vital this approach is.  Getting to know and understand the children and all their wonderfully individual personalities, is my personal teaching philosophy.

Date of appointment: 25th June 2020

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed by:  The Governing Board

Business or financial interests: None

Governance roles in other schools: None

Material interests arising from relationships between governors or governors and staff: Yes, related to another member of staff at the school

Meetings attended in 2022-23: 5/7 FGB meetings

Stuart Thomas – Chair of Governors, Parent Governor and Link Governor for English, PEACH and Compliance

My background is in operations management and fundraising planning having worked in these areas since 2012 for a campaigning non governmental organisation (NGO) based in London.  I have experience across a number of areas, including board governance, HR, financial reporting, project management, health and safety risk assessment and strategic planning which I bring to discussions and meetings and supports the school Governing Board.

Date of appointment: 

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed by:  Parental election

Business or financial interests: None

Governance roles in other schools: None

Material interests arising from relationships between governors or governors and staff: None

Meetings attended in 2022-23: 7/7 FGB meetings

Nerys Welfoot - Co-opted Governor

Date of appointment: 31st January 2024

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed by:  Co-opted by the Governing Board

Business or financial interests: None

Governance roles in other schools: None

Material interests arising from relationships between governors or governors and staff: None

Meetings attended in 2022-23: N/A

Doug Vincett – Vice-Chair of Governors, Parent Governor and Link Governor for Science and Computing

I have a wide and varied background from working on large yachts to holding a long-term position in the sales and marketing department of a successful Island marine manufacturer.  As a Governor I bring my valuable communication skills, logistics and strategic planning experience as well as a keen drive to learn.

Date of appointment: 18th November 2020

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed by:  Parental election

Business or financial interests: None

Governance roles in other schools: None

Material interests arising from relationships between governors or governors and staff: None

Meetings attended in 2022-23: 7/7 FGB meetings

 

Victoria Wells - Parent Governor and Link Governor for EYFS


I am Vice Principal at a local secondary school. I moved to the island six years ago having worked previously in education in London. I have held various roles within secondary education leadership and I trained as a History teacher. As a governor I bring my experience in helping teachers to develop and using data to inform school development plans. I am keen to support the school as it moves into an exciting next stage of development.

Date of appointment: 13th October 2023

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed by:  Parental election

Business or financial interests: None

Governance roles in other schools: None

Material interests arising from relationships between governors or governors and staff: None

Meetings attended in 2022-23: N/A

 

Clemma Yardley – Headteacher

This role involves working closely with the Governing Board and meeting regularly with the Chair of Governors.  The Headteacher attends all meetings of the Full Governing Board to report to them on progress towards key objectives; provide guidance and information on initiatives and regulations; draft policies and development plans; and produce various reports to help inform their decision making. This support helps to maximise the time efficiency of the Governing Board and assist effective governance. The Headteacher is accountable to the Governing Board and a key part of the role is to bring a whole-school perspective and day-to-day context to their meetings and discussions. 

Date of appointment: 1st September 2022

Term of office: Whilst in post

Appointed by:  The Headteacher is automatically a member of the Governing Board

Business or financial interests: None

Governance roles in other schools: None

Material interests arising from relationships between governors or governors and staff: None

 Meetings attended in 2022-23: 7/7 FGB meetings

Click here to see details of Governing Board members that have served during

the last 12 months but are no longer Governing Board members