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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 Interim Local Governing Body (ILGB) for Kingsham Primary School which includes staff and parent governors. The ILGB 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, their roles on the governing body and their term of office 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.

The representatives of the governing body are:

Carol Hughes

Chair - Email:

Carol is the Chair of the governing body and is also the lead for Safeguarding and Maths. 

Carol is a Senior Lecturer in Primary Education at the University of Chichester and is a maths specialist. 

Hilary Faulkner

Headteacher: Email:


Anna O'Neill

Vice Chair - Email:

Anna is the Vice Chair of the governing body and is also the lead for English. Anna is the Director of Learning and Information Services at the University of Chichester. A qualified Librarian she is responsible for a converged Library and IT service. 

Jo Bennett


Jo a Parent Governor and is also the lead for SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities).

Helen Girling


Helen is the link governor, taking responsibility for  ensuring governors training and development is up to date. Helen is the Deputy Director of Human Resources at the University of Chichester. 

James Martin


James is the Head of Primary Partnership at the University of Chichester. He and his team have the responsibility of placing primary PGCE and BA (QTS) students in the institute’s partnership schools. Before working at the University James spent 25 years teaching in three schools. He was the Deputy Headteacher of two of these schools. His final Deputy Headship was at a large local primary school. He has experience of teaching from Early Years to the end of KS2.

Vito Mastrolonardo


Vito is a Parent Governor. Vito is Head of Support and Customer Experience at the University of Chichester with a background in learning technologies. 

Suzanna Troy


Suzanne Troy is the lead for Health & Safety.


Talie Wood


Talie is Managing Director at Concordis Consultants Ltd.

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