In partnership with the school staff and yourselves, school governors have a shared responsibility for providing your children with the best education we can in terms of skills, knowledge, values and relationships. This school year, we have a number of newly appointed governors and we are delighted to introduce ourselves to you.


So what do the governors do?

But, first, what exactly do the governors do, and what is the make-up of the Governing Body? The most important thing to understand is that governors are not involved in the day to day management of the school. This is the responsibility of the Head Teacher and senior school leaders. Rather, our function is to concentrate on matters relating to strategy, finance and school improvement.

Specifically, our job as governors is to:

  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Hold the Head Teacher and senior school leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.
  • Oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure that its money is well spent.

The membership of the Governing Body is based on a 'stakeholder' model of governance with five categories of governors, each with a particular stake in the school. As presently constituted, the governing body consists of:

  • Four parent governors, elected by the wider parent body: Vicky Dixon; Alison Edmundson; Heidi Hinton and Jason Mallen.
  • One local authority (Hampshire County Council)-nominated governor:  Ivan Proctor.
  • One staff governor, elected by school staff: Mrs Amber Cole, elected in July 2017.
  • The Head Teacher: Mrs Jo Jearrad.
  • Four co-opted governors drawn from the local community and appointed on the basis of relevant skills and experience: Jackie Barker; David Clark; and Chris Slater, plus one vacancy.
  • Three foundation governors appointed by the Winchester Diocesan Board of Education: Tricia Caffyn; Revd Julian Williams; and Pat Wootten. Nursling is a Church of England School and the Church is represented on the Governing Body by this category of governors. They have the same responsibilities as all the other governors but, in addition, are responsible for making sure that Christian values underpin the life and work of the school and that RE is taught according to the agreed syllabus.

The Clerk to Governors is Lindsay Manning

Governor profiles


Parent governors




Vicky Dixon joined the Governing Body in July 2017. Her eldest daughter is in Year 2 and her youngest daughter will join Nursling next year. Vicky is a registered nurse and has spent the last 11 years in sexual health, specialising in the care of young people. She will soon be starting a new role in the Health Visiting team.





Alison Edmundson was elected as a parent governor in April 2017. She has two children at Nursling who are currently in Year 2. Alison works for a local NHS Trust as Governance and Quality Manager and has a wealth of experience in finance, risk assessment, change and project management, and food hygiene. Alison is the school's health and safety governor.




Heidi Hinton became a parent governor in July 2017. She is a mum of six, three of whom are now adults. Her seven-year old son is currently in Year 3 at Nursling. Heidi has been a foster carer for 10 years, and really enjoys it.  She joined the PTA (parent teacher association) in May, which has been a great opportunity to work in a wonderful team. The PTA arranges lots of fun things for the children and parents to enjoy, including discos and a very successful summer fete.




Jason Mallen has been a parent governor since May 2016. Three of his children currently attend the school. Jason is a qualified accountant and heads up a risk, compliance and governance function for an insurance company. In his spare time, Jason enjoys spending time with his family and playing sport when he can.  He lives locally in Rownhams and relishes being part of the school and overseeing its impact on the local community. Jason is currently chair of the Environment and Resources sub-committee.


Local authority governor



Ivan Proctor joined the Governing Body in May 2017. He is a chartered electronic engineer, specialising in cyber and data security assignments for a management and engineering consultancy company. Ivan is actively involved in a number of local voluntary and community organisations, including the Nursling and Rownhams May Fair organising committee.  He has a son at the school.


Co-opted governors


Jackie Barker was appointed to the Governing Body in May 2017. She is Director of Finance at a secondary school academy on the edge of the New Forest, and has expertise in all aspects of school administration and management.  Jackie is chair of the Pay and Human Resources sub-committee and the school's safeguarding governor.



David Clark first joined the Governing Body in October 2012, and was elected chair of governors in July 2017. He is a retired university lecturer and has lived in Nursling and Rownhams for many years. When not being chair of governors, he enjoys cycling the lanes and byways of southern England.



Chris Slater joined the Governing Body in August 2017. She is a retired head teacher from Cheshire, who is now living in the local area. She is experienced in school improvement and is as committed as ever to aiming high for every child. Chris has been a Hampshire governor for three years, as well as working as an associate tutor delivering training for Hampshire Governor Services. She is also Chair of Governors at Calmore Junior School unitl 30th April 2022


Foundation governors



Tricia Caffyn joined the Governing Body in August 2017. She spent all her working life in the NHS, first as a nurse and then as a counsellor in a GP surgery. Until recently, she was a governor, chair of governors and lastly a volunteer at a special school near Winchester. Tricia is the school's SEND governor, with particular responsibility for overseeing systems and procedures for supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities.



Julian Williams has been vicar of Nursling & Rownhams since 2000. A talented musician and keen cyclist, Julian is the longest serving member of the Governing Body.



Pat Wootten was first appointed a governor in November 2012 and was elected vice-chair of the Governing Body in July 2017. She is a retired primary and combined (first and middle) school head teacher and also a former Ofsted inspector.  Pat is currently chair of the Standards and Progress committee.