Meet Our Governing Body
Clare Georgeson, Parent Governor
Chair of Governors
I became a governor in early 2017 when my son was in Early Years. He is now in Year 6 , whilst my daughter has thoroughly enjoyed her time at the infant school and has just moved into Year 3.
I was privileged to have been elected as the Chair of Governors in July 2019 and I work with an excellent and committed team of governors who never give up in fulfilling their roles and responsibilities. Being a governor allows me to challenge and support the school to ensure every child has the best possible experience and outcomes during their time with us, as well as helping to shape the short and long term vision and plans for our amazing school.
Until late 2017, I worked in Further Education designing and delivering staff training in the effective use of technology for teaching, learning and assessment. During this time, I also worked as part of the team to deliver the eLearning Designers apprenticeship qualification framework and blended learning content. I currently do not work however as a school governor I undertake continuous professional development and certainly find myself on a constant learning curve with the responsibilities and challenges presented by the world of governance and the education sector. In addition I am one of the Welfare Officers for Gosport BMX club assisting with the safeguarding and protection of children and young people within the club as well as with working parents/carers and all the riders to ensure that absolutely everyone from the local community and further afield can safely enjoy the sport.
I attend many school events throughout the year and I always look forward to meeting our parents and carers on these occasions. I can also be contacted by email at: A.Governor@locksheath-inf.hants.sch.uk or through the school office by calling 01489 584180 or by leaving a letter with the office marked FAO Clare Georgeson
Sandra Fox, Co-Opted Governor
Vice Chair of Governors
As a co-opted Governor joining early 2018, I’ve actively volunteered my time to support the school, which I manage alongside working for full time for the local Statistics office and parent to one.
What drew me to the role? The opportunity to shape the community, act as an extension to the senior leadership team and my willingness to learn something new.
What qualifies me to be a co-opted governor? Truth be told you don’t need qualifications. If you can spare the time and share the passion to support the school to ensure we get the best for the children, that is all the school requires. Having said that however, I’ve worked for the Civil Service in various Human Resourcing roles for the last 18 years, there are many skills that I can transfer to this role to challenge and support leadership as they strive to achieve the best for the school. It’s exciting to be part something that helps shape the future of our younger generations.
Robert Westerberg, LA Governor
My name is Robert Westerberg and I have been a Governor for almost 9 years. My son and eldest daughter both went through LHIS. I have spent my working life in Air Traffic Control doing various jobs both in the UK and overseas; I am currently engaged in Cybersecurity so 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 that provides 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 making sure the staff and pupils are fully supported every step of the way. I look forward to seeing you around the school sometime.
Kathryn Heathers, Parent Governor
Safeguarding Lead Governor
Development & Training Governor
When the vacancy for a Parent Governor position arose in 2018 I saw it as an opportunity to support the school beyond just volunteering for swimming lessons and school trips. I have worked in Education and Sports Development for over 15 years and I felt that the skill set that I have developed could help support the school shape the quality of its curriculum provision for all children and apply for additional funding to enhance the opportunities made available during each pupils journey through the school. I have been a Parent Governor at the school for 3 years and I have one daughter currently at the school in Year 2. My eldest has just movedinto Year 4 at the Junior School but thoroughly enjoyed her time at the Infant School. It has been a privilege to be part of such a supportive and like-minded governing body that continues to celebrate and challenge the Head Teacher and staff to strive for the best for the school and its community.
Debra Burden, Staff Governor
I have worked at Locks Heath Infant School for 28 years and I am very proud to work in such a happy, kind and caring school where the children come first. It is great to work as part of a team who are so committed to the school and the families we work with. I am now starting to teach the second generation of some families, which is an absolute pleasure and great testimony to how popular and well respected the school is in the community.
I am a member of the Senior Leadership team and enjoy my role as Assistant Head and Early Years Leader. I think it is so important to stay in touch with class teaching and teaching part time in Early Years enables me to do this.
I have been a Governor for nearly 16 years and have had experience of all the different committees. I am currently part of the Curriculum Committee through which I am able to share the great work of the school, promoting its vision and values and celebrating its many successes.
Louise O'Connor, Co-opted Governor
Chair of Curriculum Committee
I’ve been a governor since early 2019 before my eldest child joined the school and can honestly say it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done. I am mother to my daughter who is now in Year 1 at the school and my son who is four.
Becoming a governor has not only taught me an incredible amount about the education sector but it’s enabled me to learn new skills and to make a real difference within my local community. I am Chair of the Curriculum committee and being able to get involved with the curriculum provision of the school is amazing. I thrive on challenge and it’s been incredible to help to shape the school for a better outcome for the children and staff.
Professionally, I am thoroughly enjoying my role as a Support Worker looking after adults whom have complex needs and challenging behaviour. Prior to this, I’ve always worked in marketing and communications before I had children in both profitable and not for profit organisations. Being able to offer support and ideas in this area and to challenge the school is such a great feeling. We have a truly amazing board of governors at the school and working with them as well as the staff and Mr Jump is such a privilege. I look forward to many more years to come!
Daniel Blake, Parent Governor
Chair of Finance, Personnel and Sites Committee
GDPR/Data Protection Lead Governor
School Council Lead Governor
I have been a qualified solicitor for over 10 years and currently work as part of an in-house legal team for a business within the Financial Services sector. I have experience in a wide range of both contentious and non-contentious commercial matters. As part of my various roles I have worked with individuals and corporates to navigate complex legal problems and issues whilst balancing conflicting factors.
I joined the Board of Governors in December 2019 when my daughter joined the school in Year R. I wanted to have the opportunity to play a part in shaping the futures of current and future pupils of the school and give something back to the school community. The school has formed a fantastic community and learning environment for its children but it is so important to ensure that this continues to develop. Challenging and supporting the school leadership team is important to ensure this happens as well as making sure that the school community gets the recognition it deserves given all the hard work which goes on that can easily go unnoticed.
Zoë Cunningham, Parent Governor
SEND Lead Governor
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Michael Stoner, Associate Member for Finance
I am a chartered accountant and have worked most of my career in the finance departments of multinational organisations. I became an Associate Governor in January 2020 as the Board of Governors was looking for some financial experience to compliment the comprehensive work already being done to help ensure the school was being run on a financially sustainable basis. My daughter joined the school in Year R in 2019 and is currently in Year 2. I see limitless potential in all the children at Locks Heath Infant School and I believe under the leadership of Mr Jump, they are all being given the best possibly opportunity given the finite resources available to achieve this potential. If I can play however small a role in ensuring this continues, I am extremely happy to do so.
Parent Governor vacancy - we are looking forward to receiving applications for our parent governor vacancy. Please look out an email regarding this during September.
Susannah D' Souza , Independent Clerk to the Governing Body
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