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Meet Our Governing Body

Welcome from all of the School Governing Body! To see more about us and our vision of the school, please see below...

Finance and Personnel Committee


    Paul Gutman, Chair of Governors  

I have been a governor for nearly eight years and have been Chair of  Governors for four of those.

I started as a parent governor when our second child started school and I am now the LA governor. In my governor role I am also chair of the Finance and Personnel committee.


    Clare Georgeson, Parent Governor         

I am delighted to have joined the governing body for our school.  I am mother to two children, one of whom joined the school in September 2016.  Being a governor is very rewarding and has given me a new perspective on early years and primary education.

I am enjoying working with our school and being a source of support, challenge and a critical friend to our Headteacher and staff throughout the school.  I will strive to always consider and contribute to ensure consistently high standards are achieved and that the children's best interests are at the heart of all that I do as a governor.                            


   Martin Tidby, Parent Governor

My name is Martin Tidby and I am currently enjoying my second spell as a governor at LHIS. I originally joined the Governing Body in 2005 at the point at which my daughter entered the school. Being a Governor certainly gave me a whole new perspective on      school life and what a fabulous job all of the teachers and staff do for our children.


After an extended first term I eventually had a break. When invited back in 2015 as a co-opted governor the temptation was too much to refuse. Whilst being a governor is quite a responsibility, it is also very rewarding, especially at such a great School.


Sites and Buildings Committee


   Tammy Johnson, Parent Governor

My name is Tammy-Jo Johnson and I have been a parent governor since 2015. I have four children who have either been or are currently at Locks Heath Infant School. I enjoy supporting the school and the position of Governor has facilitated me making a positive contribution to the school that has done so much for my children. I work at the Office for National Statistics specialising in the legal and policy aspects of data sharing and enjoy running and playing the bassoon in my spare time.


   Robert Westerberg, Parent Governor

My name is Robert Westerberg, my son went through LHIS, my eldest daughter is currently at the school and my youngest daughter will come here in due course. I have spent my working life in Air Traffic Control doing various jobs and am currently engaged in International Relations so travel a fair amount. Through this though I have developed an eye for detail and a willingness to challenge assertions, skills I bring to the Governing body.


I am passionate about our school, it is an amazing place, a really brilliant environment for our youngsters to start their educational lives and I am fully committed, as are the rest of the governors to make sure the staff and pupils are fully supported every step of the way. I look forward to seeing you around the school sometime.



 Jamie McLeod, Parent Governor

I am an Armed forces Veteran, I completed 23 years service in the Royal Navy. My last position included teaching/mentoring Oxford and Cambridge Royal Navy university students. I currently work as a Relief Marine Officer (Skipper) for the Southampton Harbour Master. 

I currently have a child in year R and another child who will hopefully attend the school in the future.
As a Parent Governor my aim is to utilise my skills and experience to ensure that we achieve the best education for our children.



Curriculum Committee


Claire Benfield, Vice Chair of Governors

I have been a Governor for three years. I was voted in by the other Governors because I have a background in environmental education, but I also have a child in Early Years so can take a parent's perspective. I was really pleased to take on the Chair position for the School Improvement and Curriculum committee two years ago and am always interested to see the different ways the school uses to keep education stimulating.


Lorna Cheesman, Co-opted Governor

My name is Lorna and have recently been co-opted as a governor. I have a daughter going through the infant school and my second child will be joining in 2018.

I work for Timeout childcare based at the Junior school and I also run my own catering business and cookery school with my husband.

I am very involved in the school and love doing so. I help    with the library, help with swimming and on the Friends for Locks Heath committee.

                                    I am very excited and raring to go as a governor for the school.


Paul Offord, Parent Governor

My name is Paul Offord, I have been a parent governor for nearly two years now, during this time I have sat on the school improvement and curriculum committee.

I am immensely proud of the hard work that the staff put into the education and growth of our children.  I have a background in project and change management and use this experience to help challenge and support to ensure the school is moving                                         in the right direction.



Tracey Bryant, Staff Governor

My name is Tracey Bryant and I was elected as the school’s staff governor in November 2008. I have worked at the school since September 2006 and have had various roles both in class and as part of the office team. At the moment I am an LSA in Year 1, a designated first aider, the school’s Health and Safety Manager and student database (SIMS) Manager.

Being a governor gives me the privilege of representing the school’s staff in the   strategic decision making of the school. It is a role that I take very seriously, respecting the need for confidentiality and using my expertise to support the school in working to achieve its aims. I am a member of the School Improvement and Curriculum Committee and have been appointed as the designated governor for Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Looked After Children.