Meet the Governors
Welcome to our Governors’ section, it is an important job. We make a difference by helping to raise standards. This involves:
- Making decisions about staffing
- Supporting off-site visits
- Reviewing budgets
Plus so much more.
We are always happy to help and are keen to meet you all.
Read below to find out more about us
Robin Parker - Co-opted Governor (Chair of Governors )
My name is Robin Parker and I joined as a parent governor at Springwood in October 2018. From November 2021 I am now a coopted governor. My son and twin daughters started at the infant school and are now in the junior school.
Originally from Oxford, our family moved to the area 5 years ago, coinciding with having our wonderful children. When the time came to choose schools, Springwood easily stood out as a something different and we're very excited to see them progress. As a governor, I get to contribute something positive towards helping all the children get the best start in their education. That's a good feeling!
I spent many years working in training and consultancy, plus ran my own web application and data management business. I gave up working for 4 years when the kids were born and really enjoyed the time I spent with them, even including running a twins playgroup session. On returning to work, I took the opportunity to indulge two hobbies; I'm now a handyman and dog trainer! I have 4 dogs of my own, but can often be seen walking down our road with many different breeds.
Andy Brown - Co-opted Governor (Vice Chair)
I joined the Governing body team at the start of the 2018-19 term. After assisting in school activities prior to joining I felt I could offer more support to the federation by becoming a school governor. It is also a role that I am happy to put my own time into as it is very rewarding.
I have a son in the junior school and daughter in the infant school. My son thoroughly enjoys his days in school and has benefited from the style of teaching and such activities as PEEP. There is also a great community spirit around the school and although I live in another area we feel are a part of this.
My self and my wife moved into the Portsmouth area in 2007 as my job (running Restaurants at the time) moved us down here. We decided to make this our home after years of moving around the UK and enjoy very much the benefits of living on the South Coast.
Currently I work as a project supervisor at the Shard in London a role which allows me to enhance skills I hope will benefit my position as a School Governor.
Angela Jones - Local Authority Governor
I have lived in the local community for over 30 years and recently retired from a career in the NHS. I qualified as a Therapy Radiography (treating cancer patients with radiation) and worked at St Mary’s Hospital in the Radiotherapy Department for more than a decade. Then I became a Course Director for the professional degree at Kingston University. I latterly worked for the NHS Breast Screening Programme (NHSBSP) in Guildford, as a Postgraduate Education Manager, for students (specialist doctors, nurses and radiographers) who came from all parts of the world. I have therefore been on the fringes of education for a very long time but never with children of primary school age.
However I have been involved as a school governor for many years. Initially it was with the Junior School on site, when it was known as Hulbert Junior School. I was part of the Governing Body when the decision was made to change the name of both schools to ‘Springwood’ and then when both the Infant and Junior Schools became a ‘Federation’ in 2012. This was to integrate both schools into a virtual ‘Primary’ with continuity of teaching methods, staffing structures and working processes. I am also on the governing body of another federation of two primary schools in the local area and this is invaluable to appreciate how other schools manage specific aspects of educational governance.
I was Chair of Governors for thirteen years both at the Hulbert Junior School and since the Federation was created until the end of the academic year 2016-17. That role was to co-ordinate all the activities of many volunteers, who form the governing body, and to work closely with the senior leadership team of both schools. This was to ensure that the pupils at our federation received the very best education and experiences that prepare them for the next stages of their life, both at Secondary school and hopefully towards an enjoyable and fulfilling future.
I absolutely love being part of Springwood Federation, as the children are so enthusiastic and full of energy for learning. Both schools have a fantastic atmosphere, spirit, drive and direction and, thus I am honoured to be associated with such a hard working team of teachers and support staff.
Robert Brooks - Co-opted Governor
My name is Rob Brooks and I am a co-opted Governor at Springwood.
Trudi Duncan - Co-opted Governor
I was born in Portsmouth but have lived in the local area since 2005.
I joined the Springwood Federation as a Co-opted governor in April 2017 and have governor responsibilities for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) within the school.
I have 20 years’ experience working in early years with children aged from birth to 5 years, including managing pre-schools and a 90 place full day care setting. I am currently an Early Years Professional working across four nurseries in the Havant area.
I have two children at Springwood, one in the infants and one in the juniors. I am always impressed by the welcoming atmosphere and family feel of the school. I am passionate about the importance of parental involvement in education and value the opportunity as a governor to be more involved with the federation.
Lauren Watson – Staff Governor
My name is Lauren-Marie Watson and I have been a Staff Governor at Springwood since September 2018 and a teacher at the Federation since 2015. Over the past 6 years, I have been based in the Infant school, teaching years 1 and 2 and loving every second!
Teaching has always been a passion of mine and supporting children to learn and grow is something I thoroughly enjoy. In 2015, I completed my 3 year degree in Primary Education and have been at Springwood ever since.
I wanted to become a governor because I am dedicated to making a difference and ensuring our children at Springwood are well equipped for a happy and successful future.
Sue Jezard – Co-opted Governor
I have recently re-located to the Portsmouth area to be closer to family, having been both an Executive Headteacher and Headteacher across a range of schools in Lincolnshire and Devon for 22 years. I have also worked as both a National Leader in Education and a School Improvement Partner within Devon. I have 38 years experience in education as a teacher and in Senior Leadership positions across a diverse range of schools. I joined Springwood Federation as a Co-opted Governor in January 2021. I have interests in SEND, Pupil Premium, Equality and Diversity together with Curriculum Development.
Elle Jones - Co-opted Governor
My name is Elisabeth Jones and I have been a Co-opted Governor at Springwood since September 2019 and a teacher at the Federation since 2016.
Over the past 4 years, I have been teaching in the Junior School, teaching in year 6 and love working as part of the Springwood Team!
I enjoy teaching as I love watching children grow and learn over time. I completed my PGCE in 2016 and have been at Springwood ever since. I enjoy watching our children at the federation flourish and have the ability to acquire new skills.
I decided to become a governor because I want to make a difference to ensure all children have the possibility to enjoy learning, as well as preparing them for their lives in the future.