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Governing Body

Welcome to the Governors' page.  Here are the current members of the Governing body - to contact us or find out more about what we are doing then use the tabs on the left of the screen.

Andrew Murray.  co-opted governor

Chair of Governors - Term of office ends 1647.19

(Finance & Premises Committee, Pay, Performance & Personnel Committee, Joint Health & Safety Governor)

After serving over 23 Years in the Corps of Royal Engineers and having briefly served at Denison Barracks, I have now moved into a career with Learning & Development.  I am a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and hold formal qualifications and experience in Strategic Leadership & Management, Health & Safety, Project Management & Teaching.  Having two daughters at this great school, I naturally have a personal interest in their education, but now as Governor I have a fantastic opportunity to have a more formal interest, where hopefully I will be able to use my skills and experience to add value in assisting the school to achieve its vision.

lucy cowan, sTAFF Governor (elected)

Term of office ends 13.9.2022

(Standard & Curriculum committee)

I have been teaching for over 20 years in both  primary and secondary schools. Now in my ninth year at Hermitage Primary School I thought was the right time to join the governing body. As part of the Standards and Curriculum Committee  I will be able to work closely with the other governors to ensure that Hermitage Primary School continues to provide an environment where all children 'shine'.

Gillian Turner.  HEADTEACHER, Governor

(Standards & Curriculum committee, Pay, Performance & Personnel committee and Finance & Premises committee )

I have been a teacher since 1994.  Safe guarding training and trainer, Assessment experience, Safer recruitment.

Andrew Maye.  Co-opted Governor

Term of office ends 17.9.21

(Finances & Premises committee and Chair of Finance & Premises committee)

We moved back to Hermitage two years ago, both my wife and I grew up in and around the village before moving away. We were very keen for both our children to attend Hermitage Primary School due to the standards, ideals and the commitment to the children’s needs within the school. I have been working in and around finance, facilities management and a number of other trades for over 20 years, currently I am the group accountant for a very diverse group of companies.

As a school governor, I will lean on my knowledge and contacts to help assist the development of the school which in turn will support the school in meeting the needs of the children, staff and parents.

 melanie needham parent GOVERNOR

Term of office ends 15-11-2022

(Standards & Curriculum Committee)

I started my career as a professional dancer/performer and ran my own dancing school for many years before moving into the village. I changed my career totally working for automotive manufacturers. My three children attend Hermitage Primary School and I am proud to now be the Manager of Hermitage Pre School; I have a Level 3 in Childcare and Education and Level 4 in Special Educational Needs. As a Parent Governor, I will try to address issues and decisions from the parent/carers point of view as well as supporting the aims of the school.



Penny WiLlson.  Co-opted Governor

Vice Chair of Governors - Term of office ends 14.7.21

(Chair - Standards & Curriculum Committee,  Safeguarding Governor)

We moved into Hermitage two years ago, both my children now attend Hermitage Primary School. I really admire the sense of community the school instils in its pupils and I want to support the school further.  In my role as governor, I work with the staff and Full Governing Body to ensure that Hermitage Primary School offers a great education to all its pupils. I am particularly interested in curriculum and learning.  I work as a scientist for a global beverage company and I am a  qualified secondary school teacher. I have strong communication and management skills developed through my career and training.

Rebecca Brophy. Co-opted Governor

Term of office ends 17.9.21

(Standards & Curriculum Committee, Pupil Premium Grant Governor)

I am currently the Operations Manager at John Rankin Schools in Newbury and hold a Diploma in School Business Management and Degree in Business and Economics from the University of Durham. Previous to my current role, I held many management posts in retail. My children attend another local village school and I am committed to using my knowledge and experiences to further support Hermitage Primary’s commitment to help every child SHINE!

Matthew Whiteway, Parent Governor (Elected)

Term of office ends 27.4.20

(Standards & Curriculum Committee, Finance & Premises Committee, Marketing Governor)

A proud father of two young girls, we have recently moved to the Hermitage area and have been impressed with the schooling Hermitage Primary has delivered.  As a governor I would like to help contribute to further improving the standards for all children.  I will be learning on my sales and marketing experience to further bolster the school’s awareness and visibility in the community.

IAN HUNTER, Parent Governor (elected)

Term of office ends 18.5.22

(Standards & Curriculum Committee)

As a parent of two children at Hermitage Primary School, I want to ensure that the high standards of the school continue, and that the ethos of the school remains one that promotes positive outcomes and a general love of learning.

I have worked in the telecommunications industry for the last 20 years in a variety of roles that have used my analytical and people management skills to understand key issues and deliver improved outcomes.  Using these adaptable skills from my workplace, I can analyse the data and information available to support decision-making and hold the school to account for its ongoing performance.

Duncan Finlay, Parent Governor (Appointed)

Term of office ends 18.5.20

(Chair of Pay, Performance and Personnel Committee)

My wife and I moved to Hermitage 5 years ago largely because of the friendly village feel and good reputation of the primary school.  We now have 3 beautiful children and a very keen interest in helping to ensure the school is as successful as possible in the future.

In my mind, a great school is a school that delivers against three key things: it ‘educates’, ‘excites’ and ‘engages’ both its pupils and the wider community.  To that end, I plan to use my extensive background in marketing and communications to help the school excel against those objectives.



Sarah Greenway,  Clerk to Governors.

I have a background in Human Resources and office administration. I worked as Clerk to the Governing Body for seven years in another local primary school before starting at Hermitage Primary School in November 2012.

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