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Kingsham Primary School

Our Governors

Meet the Governors

The role of governing bodies in all schools is to have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

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

In addition, as part of the University of Chichester Academy Trust, governors of Kingsham Primary School are expected to work in partnership with the University and the other academies in the Trust to secure excellence for our students.

The University of Chichester Academy Trust has set up a small, strong Local Governing Body (LGB) for Kingsham Primary School which includes staff and parent governors. The LGB meets three times in each school term. A key element of all meetings is to review the progress the school is making towards its Journey to Excellence Plan.

Being a school governor is a rewarding voluntary role which gives an insight in the workings of the school and an understanding of the education system more generally, as well as an opportunity to develop skills in strategic decision-making. All the governors are keen to hear views and opinions about the school from parents. Wherever possible, Governors are in attendance at Parents’ Evenings so please feel free to approach any of us on those occasions or make contact with us at any time via the school office.

You can read more about the role of a Governing Body in the Dfe Governors Handbook. 

All of the governors at Kingsham Primary School are appointed by Chichester Academy Trust. For information about the governors and their roles on the governing body please see below.

Unless explicitly detailed alongside the name of the governor, the governor has declared no business or financial interests that impacts Kingsham Primary School. Details of registered interests are also included in the attendance information at the bottom of the page. If you would like to contact a member of the governing body please email

The representatives of the governing body are:

Suzanna Troy - Chair of Governors

Suzanna Troy is the Chair of Governors and the lead for Health and Safety. Suzanna lives locally and used to teach next door at Chichester High School for Girls.  She enjoys spending time outdoors and she now works for Chichester Harbour Conservancy in their Education Team teaching school children of all ages about the wonderful area we live in.

Should you wish to contact Suzanna, please email her at:

Term of office: June 2018 to June 2022

Carol Hughes


Carol Hughes works as a senior lecturer in education at the University of Chichester and gets great job satisfaction from playing a part in training the next generation of teachers. She started working at the university in 2009 and prior to that had over 25 years as a primary teacher in schools in many different parts of the country. In her spare time, she tries to stay as fit as possible and enjoys spending time in the company of her friends, family and dog!

Term of office: September 2018 to August 2022

Lee Dallinger






Headteacher: Email:

Lee is proud to have worked for the University of Chichester Academy Trust for seven years and excited to lead Kingsham Primary School on the next steps on its journey to excellence. He is passionate about working with children and believes that the high expectations of all stakeholders is key to the long term success of the school. Bringing an awareness of the world outside the classroom to all children at Kingsham is central to the development that he wants to bring to the school.

Term of office: September 2020 - 

Emma Bruce





Emma joined the governing body as a school staff governor. She has been a Year 5/6 class teacher at Kingsham since September 2020 and is currently subject leader for English. Emma qualified as a teacher in 2016 and has benefitted from teaching in a range of schools in different local authorities. She is passionate about providing the highest quality education, whilst meeting the needs of each individual pupil. Outside of teaching, Emma enjoys travelling, dog walking in the local area and finding a good coffee shop to read a book in!

Term of office: September 2021 to September 2025.

Talie Wood

Talie is a single mum and, in 2001, stepped out of a mainstream career to form her own business which allowed her more time to raise her daughter – now 26!! She has an interest in the success of local schools as both she and her daughter were educated locally.

Term of office: March 2017 to March 2021

Julie Tanner





Julie originally trained as a primary school teacher, at the University of Chichester and has previously worked in a few primary schools across West Sussex and Hampshire.  She now works at Chichester High School as the Data Manager.  She enjoys spending time with friends and family, particularly on a campsite, around a campfire.

Term of office: February 2022 to February 2026

Mark Oliver








Mark is one of the parent governors with two children in the school and is responsible for safeguarding, GDPR, data protection and any children who are looked after. Mark has worked in youth work for 25 years and currently works for the local authority as a manager of a mental health and emotional wellbeing service. Mark is a keen runner and you can often spot him going for a run after drop off!

Term of office: December 2020 to December 2024

Information regarding individual governors attendance at meetings can be found in the attachment below.