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Meet the Governors

The Governing Body consists of a maximum of thirteen governors who meet to support the school in strategic planning and decision making. The work is extremely varied and evolves around the board’s three core functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Governors at a Glance


The governors at Colden Common Primary School set their vision for the school as follows:

We are committed to:

  • Developing children who are confident and motivated to take risks, enjoy challenges and persist with new learning
  • Providing children with a broad and balanced curriculum which enables them to succeed in each stage of their education and become lifelong learners
  • Maintaining a united staff team with a shared vision that recognises and celebrates success and offers collective support
  • Creating and encouraging opportunities for staff development, including leadership, to enable a collaborative approach to effective curriculum development, teaching and learning
  • Communicating the school’s core values and purpose to the wider community and recognising its evolving and diverse nature
  • Encouraging the community to have a role in the school



The Governors

We are keen to introduce your school governors to you. For more information about the structure and the responsibilities of the Governor Body and its individual governors, please scroll down.


Mrs Angela Kirby



Co-Chair of Governors 

Co-opted Governor
Member of Curriculum Committee

"I have 2 children at Colden Common and have worked in primary schools as a teacher for a number of years, I am currently the inclusion manager at a small rural Hampshire school." 

Mr Glen Taylor




Co-Chair of Governors 

Co-opted Governor

"Having lived in the village of Colden Common since 2013, I am proud to be part of the school community. With a daughter already in the school and a son joining in September, I feel it important to support the school wherever possible as a Parent Governor, whereby I have been in the role since March 2018.  With 18 years’ Sales / Management experience in the Corporate IT / Medical industries, I have a good grasp of the operational and financial requirements to ensure long term sustainability and success, which I hope, in the fullness of time will support CCPS in their future endeavours. Above and beyond my love all sports (pretty much all sport!), I am actively involved in various charity organisation’s serving in Chairman and Trustee positions." 


Mr Jason Cannons




Staff Governor

Member of Curriculum Committee

"I joined the governing body in September 2017  and am a member of the curriculum committee. As a member of teaching staff at Colden Common, I  enjoy contributing to strategic decision making with teaching and learning as a priority." 


Mrs Linda Sims



Co-opted Community Governor

Member of Curriculum Committee

"I have lived in Colden Common since 1979 with my husband and daughter who was educated through our school and Kings. As a family we have been involved in many groups within the village including the village playgroup and having an allotment . I have also helped or worked at the school since 1992 and was a Governor for eight years previously."


Mrs Nicola Mitchell


Parent Governor

Chair of Curriculum Committee

"I was elected as a governor in October 2019.

I have three children at the school and am actually a former pupil myself.  I am therefore passionate about the success of the school and its place in the local community. 

I am a Solicitor and run my own firm in the village specialising in family law."


Mrs Sue Lapham



Co-opted Governor 

Vice Chair of Governors 

Chair of Resources Committee

"I responded to a request looking for people with financial expertise to join the Governing Body back in September 2017 and joined in February 2018.
I’m an accountant with several years of experience in the public sector working with departmental management teams to deliver public services against a backdrop of substantial financial challenge and I hope this experience can help the school continue to provide effective learning for all the children attending it despite the increasing pressures on resources.
I live in the village close by to the school, it has been a part of my experience of living in Colden Common since moving here over twenty years ago and I welcome the chance to put something back into the community where I live."


Mr Don Fielder


Co-opted Governor
Chair of Health and Safety Sub-committee and member of Resources Committee

"I am a retired Professional Engineer with experience of managing manufacturing facilities. I have been a school governor since 2004  with Health and Safety monitoring responsibilities." 


Mr Wayne French 

Co-opted Governor

"Born in Eastleigh, in 1957, I have spent most of my life in the local area.

I am married to Meryl, and have 3 adult children, and three grandchildren, one of whom will be going to Colden Common Primary School in a few years time.

I am a qualified accountant by profession, holding senior financial roles in various companies, including, British Transport Docks Board, Marconi Space & Defence, Schlumberger and Cobham Plc.

I have 7 years experience as a Non Executive Director of a mental health trust in Bournemouth, and have been a Mental Health Act panel member since 2008.

I now own my own manufacturing business in the Midlands, and spend 2 days a week in Derby, and “work from Home” the rest of the week.

I have been very active in the village community for many years. Firstly for the Youth football club as a referee since 1994, and as team manager/coach for numerous teams since 1995, and as Chairman for the past 11 years. I have helped Meryl run the Colden Common tots group every Friday morning at the Community Centre for the past 14 months."


Mrs Nelianne Devexhiu


Clerk to Governing Body.

"I have been a clerk to governors since 2016 and support the Governing Bodies of several local schools. I have completed my Clerking Accreditation and am supported in my role by Hampshire Governor Services. I joined Colden Common governors in November 2018." 




Mrs Hannah Williams


Parent Governor

Development and Training Governor

"I was elected as a parent governor in October 2019. 

I have 2 children in the school and wanted to join the Governing body so I can help the school continue to encourage, create, and sustain an environment for every child to learn and grow. I've worked in Human Resources at large national and international companies for over 10 years and I'm looking forward to bringing my skills and experience to our successful school's governing body"





Which governor types are there?

The Governing Body is made up of governors from a variety of backgrounds and with a wide range of expertise. There are two parent governors, who represent and are elected by the parents of the school; one staff governor who represents all the staff; one Local Authority Governor who is appointed by the Local Authority; and eight co-opted governors who are appointed by the Governing Body because of their links to the local community and/or their specific skill set. The Headteacher is also a governor. All governors, no matter what type of governor they are, have the same overall responsibilities within the Governing Body.



The Governors meet as a full Governing Body every half term, but in addition they divide up into separate committees with specific responsibilities:

  • The Curriculum Committee is responsible for curriculum matters and reviews the school’s performance data. They meet five times a year.
  • The Resources Committee is responsible for reviewing the school’s budget and financial performance, as well as Health and Safety across the school. They meet six times a year.
  • Minutes of Governing Body meetings are available on request

Both committees feed back into the main Governing Body meetings.


Governor Roles

In addition to being part of a committee, most governors also have a specific role or responsibility.



Co-Chairs of Governors

Angela Kirby

Glen Taylor 

Vice-Chair of Governors

Sue Lapham 

Curriculum Committee

Nicola Mitchell (Chair)

Angela Kirby
Linda Sims
Jason Cannons

Laura Bellows
Frances Hardy

Resources Committee

Sue Lapham (Chair)
Don Fielder
Glen Taylor
Hannah Williams
Wayne French
Frances Hardy

Health and Safety                           

Don Fielder and Hannah Williams

Safeguarding/ Child Protection

Wayne French

Pupil Premium (PPG)

Nicola Mitchell

Special Educational Needs (SEN)

Linda Sims

Development and Training Governor

Hannah Williams 


Jason Cannons

Safer Recruitment

Angela Kirby

Pay Committee

Resources Committee except for any staff members

HT Performance Management Panel     


Sue Lapham
Don Fielder


Governor Meeting Dates 2020-21

The Full Governing Body meets six times a year (once every half term) on a Monday. The dates for 2020-21 are as follows:

Monday 14th September 2020

Monday 7th December 2020

Monday 8th February 2021

Monday 29th March 2021

Monday 24th May 2021

Monday 12th July 2021


Minutes of meetings are available on request at the school office.