Whiteley Primary School


Welcome to the Whiteley Governors


Welcome to the Whiteley Primary School Governor page. Below is some information about the role of the school governor and an opportunity to learn a little more about the people who volunteer to fulfil these roles. Within Whiteley this is done through 3 main groups. One is the full governing body which meets twice a term and covers many of the statutory elements of the governing body. We adopt a corporate governance model which means that no one governor is fully responsible for any element of the work of the group or school.

The curriculum group focuses on the learning aspects of school life; links with year groups and performance are essential to understand the effects of policy on the progress of the students. They also help with aspects like the parent / student questionnaire and feeding into school strategic planning.

The resources group looks at aspects of budgeting, premises, health and safety and general infrastructure which helps keep the school running.

If you have any questions on or for the governing body please contact the office who have a range of ways in which to get in touch.

The Governing body of a school is responsible under the education act 1986 for the following:

  • Take general responsibility for the conduct of the school
  • Share responsibility for the curriculum with the local authority and the Headteacher.
  • Participate in decisions about the school’s budget
  • Offer the Headteacher general principles to follow in determining a policy on discipline
  • Share in the selection of staff and, if necessary, their dismissal

The Governing body is made up of different ‘types’ of Governors.

These are:

  • Parent Governors, elected by parents of children at the School
  • Staff Governors (including the Headteacher)
  • LEA Governors nominated by the Local Authority
  • Co-opted Governors appointed on the basis of skills or experience

Meet our Governors


Profiles at end of this table

Category Appointed by Term of Office Committee Membership and Responsibilities Pecuniary Interests Declared
No of Years End Date
Vivian Achwal

Vivian Achwal

Associate Governing Body 4 31/08/2019 Resources Committee

Road Safety

Neville Baretto
Parent Parents 4 17/10/2021 Vice Chair of Resources Committee None
Maggie Coombes

Maggie Coombes

Co-opted Governing Body 4 26/03/2017 Curriculum Committee

Link Governor – Year 2 and Safeguarding


Ian David

Co-opted Governing Body 4 20/09/2021 Chair of Resources Committee None
Louise Davis

Louise Davis

Clerk Governing Body  Clerk to the Governing Body
Simon Ede

Simon Ede

Co-opted Governing Body 4 26/11/2020 Chair of Curriculum Committee,
Pay & Performance Committee Chair of HT Performance Management, Link Governor – Year 5
Emma Edgerton
Co-opted Governing Body 4 11/0/2022 Curriculum Committee, Link Governor – Year 4 None
Alyson Gibbons Associate Governing Body 4 27/11/2020 Resources and Curriculum Committees

Deputy Headteacher

Lisa Ireland Co-opted Governing Body 4 17/07//2022 Resources Committee, Link Governor – Young Governors None
Roy Jennings

Roy Jennings

Co-opted Governing Body 4 26/11/2020 Curriculum Committee, Link Governor – Year 3 Employed at Locks Heath Juniors
Kelly Kent
Parent Parents 4 20/11/2022 Curriculum Committee None
Patrick Lahive
Co-opted Governing Body 4 11/09/2022 Curriculum Committee, Link Governor – Year 1 Staff

Lesley Pennington

HT Governing Body Curriculum and Resources Committees APVideo Services – Husband records school
Ben Robertson
LA Local Authority 4 17/07/2022 Resources Committee None
Rebecca Rossiter
Co-opted Governing Body 4 07/02/2021 Vice-Chair of Curriculum Committee, Link Governor – Year 6 None
Claire Salmon  Co-opted Governing Body 4 17/07/2022 Curriculum Committee, SEN and Inclusion Govenore None
Donna Savage

Donna Savage

Staff Staff 4 07/11/2018 Curriculum Committee

Link Governor – Year R

Tom Southall

Tom Southall

Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governing Body 4 11/02/2022 Resources Committee,
Pay & Performance CommitteeLink Governor – Facilities
Wife employed at Cornerstone CE Primary
VACANCY Co-opted Governing Body 4
Co-opted Governing Body 4


Governor Attendance 2016/17

No. of Meetings Attended Out of a possible
Vivian Achwal Associate 6 13
Maggie Coombes Co-opted 12 13
Tracey Costley Co-opted 10 13
Ian David Parent 13 13
Simon Ede Co-opted 10 13
Kerry Franklin Co-opted 11 13
Alyson Gibbons Associate 14 19
Nick Greaves Parent 12 13
Steve Griffiths Co-opted 10 13
Tim Hancock Co-opted 6 12
Roy Jennings Co-opted 12 13
Lesley Pennington HT 19 19
Rebecca Rossiter Co-opted 6 7
Donna Savage Staff 13 13
Tom Southall LA 13 13
Alan Warr Co-opted 6 7
Rachel Wheeler Co-opted 7 13
Emma Wortt Co-opted 11 13


Governor Profile

Vivian Achwal

I have been involved with the school since our daughter went there in January 1998.  I was on the first school PTA (now FOWPS) that was formed, and then worked for short time as a classroom assistant; I have also worked as a lollipop lady on Gull Coppice/Yew Tree Drive crossing for three years.  I was appointed as a Community governor in 2008? As part of that role I helped shaped the current ‘School Travel Plan’.  I have been a Winchester District Councillor since 2007 and a Whiteley Town Councillor since 2003.  I enjoy walking, cycling, playing the trumpet and meeting people.

Maggie Coombes

I am married to Brian and have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.  We moved to Whiteley last year and I have been a governor at WPS since 2013. I was Deputy Head of an Infant school in Southampton until my retirement and have always been passionate about children education.   Among my many roles there, I was Special Needs Coordinator, Child Protection Officer and Literacy Coordinator.  I also represented the school on the committee of the local preschool.

Since my retirement I help to run a children’s play centre at Southampton General Hospital where I organise all the craft work. My grandchildren attend WPS and I have been volunteering in Key Stage 1 for some time now. It’s a great school and I’m delighted to be part of it.

Ian David

I was elected as a Parent Governor in January 2016, and since that time have learned much about the functioning of the school and the key part that the Governors play in that.

I have lived in Whiteley since 1997 and am married to Ruth with two sons, Tom and Bradley who have both benefited from the amazing teaching at the school. We enjoy being outdoors as much as possible and you will often see us out taking our Airedale terrier out for long walks.

When not at work as the financial controller for a manufacturing company in West Sussex, I enjoy being with my family as much as possible. I have been involved with running our local scout group since 2010 and also try to find time to do a bit of dinghy sailing and keeping my classic car on the road.

Louise Davis

I am married and have 3 children, 2 who currently attend Whiteley Primary School.  I have lived in Whiteley for 8 years and work at the link secondary school The Henry Cort Community College as Communications and Press Officer.

I was a co-opted Governor from April –December 2015 and have brought my experience with websites and communications to help and support the school and governing body.  I am now Clerk to the Governors and support the Governing Body preparing agendas and taking minutes.

Simon Ede

It’s hard to believe but I’ve been a governor since 2007 when my daughter was in Year 1. She’s just left Whiteley but I still have Kieran who has just moved into Year 3, my how time flies.  I became a governor originally to support the school and the community of Whiteley and to have the opportunity to gain an insight into the running of a school and the issues it faces.  I can honestly say that working with the school on a regular basis makes you realise how hard the staff work behind the scene to make Whiiteley Primary School the success it is.  One of the most enjoyable elements of being a governor is having the opportunity to listen to the children talk about their lives as Whiteley Pupils and how we can improve as a school.  One of the most interesting questions we ask is what they would change if they were Mrs Pennington for a day…….you can guess the responses.

Alyson Gibbons

This is the third school I have worked in and the third governing body I have been part of.  So probably spent most of the last 20 years as a governor.  I live in Chandlers Ford, am married to Andy and have two children James and Katie.  Andy coaches James’ football team and I am the welfare officer for the club so we spend a lot of our spare time either watching, coaching or playing football. Also, we have recently added two ginger kittens to our household called Toffee and Fudge.

Lesley Pennington

I became a staff governor at Whiteley many years ago, as I wanted to have a better insight into how the school was run. Since my appointment as Deputy Headteacher in 2003, and subsequent appointment as Headteacher in 2011, I have come to greatly value the contribution of governors to our school and I realise how fortunate we are to have such active governors at Whiteley Primary School who are well-equipped to support and challenge the staff in their strategic role.  My daughter, Emily, was born in 2008 and she helps me to keep a work-life balance – especially as I am starting to realise that I am no longer just a mum to her, but also her taxi driver! However, I also find a bit of time to indulge my love of singing and performing in my spare time, and I am a member of Solent Sounds Ladies Chorus.

Donna Savage

I work as a Learning Support Assistant in Year 5 and having had my two children pass through the school I wanted the opportunity to learn more about how it was run and to support the school and the community of Whiteley in its future development.

Tom Southall

I have been living with my wife and our three wonderful boys in the Whiteley community for the last 10yrs. Two of our sons already attend Whiteley Primary with our youngest due to join in the coming years.  When I’m not working, playing with the boys, or doing DIY I enjoy running and cycling, and can often be found running the trails of Whiteley!  Living in such a community as Whiteley I quickly felt that I would like to give a little back.  I have always had a little knowledge about teaching and education as both my mother and my wife are teachers and especially since having children this has become more important to me. Becoming a Governor seemed a great way to contribute towards shaping the future for not only my own children but all the children in the local area. So here I am! I have been a Governor for the last 18mths now and it is a role I have found to be hugely enjoyable and very rewarding.