Meet the Governors
Welcome to our Governors’ section, it is an important job. We make a difference by helping to raise standards. This involves:
* Making decisions about staffing and class sizes
* Supporting off-site visits
* Monetary contributions
Plus so much more.
We are always happy to help and are keen to meet you all.
Please read our profiles to find out about more about us.
The governors are currently updating these pages and will provide further documentation after each committee.
The core features of effective governance also apply at any scale and in any context, and are common to good governance practice in the charity and corporate sectors. They include the importance of the board having:
• The right people with the necessary skills, time and commitment, and sufficient diversity of perspectives to ensure internal challenge, all actively contributing in line with clearly defined roles and responsibilities under an effective chair and an explicit code of conduct, and with active succession planning;
• Clear governance structures with tightly defined remits, particularly in relation to functions delegated to committees or other bodies;
• Clear separation between the strategic and operational in terms of the role of the board and its school leaders;
• A positive relationship between the board and its school leaders enabling robust constructive challenge on the basis of a good understanding of objective data particularly on pupil progress, staff performance and finances;
• The support and advice of an independent and professional clerk and, in the case of academies, company secretary;
• Robust processes for financial and business planning and oversight and effective controls for compliance, propriety and value for money; and
• Processes for regular self-evaluation, review and improvement including; skills audits, training and development plans, and independent external reviews as necessary.
Stuart Warren - Chair of Governors
My name is Stuart Warren and I’m Chair of Governors for Springwood Federation. I was born and raised in Portsmouth and have remained local, with many ties to the area.
I first joined the Federation as a Parent Governor in June-2016, transitioned to a Co-Opted Governor role in February-2017 and became chair of Governors in September 2017. We moved our daughter from another local primary, where she was toiling, into Springwood Junior where she continues to thrive. The positive outlook of the school and the Senior Leadership Team not only motivated me to place my daughter’s education in their care, but to also volunteer my time as a governor.
Although I started my career as a Systems Engineer, I am currently employed as a senior Project Manager with BAE Systems Maritime Services in Portsmouth. I spend my day organising and running various projects and campaigns for our Radar and Underwater products. My day-job requires numerous skills that are readily transferable to the Governor role, such as support and challenge of leadership, strategic thinking/planning, line management and performance reviews, leading teams, budget setting and management and oversight of projects.
Undertaking the Governor role requires me to volunteer my personal time, but doing so allows me to lend my professional skills to a worthy cause, most notably our children’s education. It’s not all number crunching and meetings. I attend the school regularly to monitor progress and also participate in offsite visits. As such, I have the privilege to be a small part of how the school makes a difference and improves the life chances for so many children. Being a Governor is a very rewarding experience. It also provides access to many resources and opportunities to learn that I can feed back into my professional life. I would encourage anyone who is curious, and has the time to spare, to enquire into becoming a Governor. You don’t need to be a Project Manager like me. A good Governing Body has at its heart a diverse and extensive skill set.
I have lived in the local community for over 30 years and recently retired from a career in the NHS. I qualified as a Therapy Radiography (treating cancer patients with radiation) and worked at St Mary’s Hospital in the Radiotherapy Department for more than a decade. Then I became a Course Director for the professional degree at Kingston University. I latterly worked for the NHS Breast Screening Programme (NHSBSP) in Guildford, as a Postgraduate Education Manager, for students (specialist doctors, nurses and radiographers) who came from all parts of the world. I have therefore been on the fringes of education for a very long time but never with children of primary school age.
However I have been involved as a school governor for many years. Initially it was with the Junior School on site, when it was known as Hulbert Junior School. I was part of the Governing Body when the decision was made to change the name of both schools to ‘Springwood’ and then when both the Infant and Junior Schools became a ‘Federation’ in 2012. This was to integrate both schools into a virtual ‘Primary’ with continuity of teaching methods, staffing structures and working processes. I am also on the governing body of another federation of two primary schools in the local area and this is invaluable to appreciate how other schools manage specific aspects of educational governance.
I was Chair of Governors for thirteen years both at the Hulbert Junior School and since the Federation was created until the end of the academic year 2016-17. That role was to co-ordinate all the activities of many volunteers, who form the governing body, and to work closely with the senior leadership team of both schools. This was to ensure that the pupils at our federation received the very best education and experiences that prepare them for the next stages of their life, both at Secondary school and hopefully towards an enjoyable and fulfilling future.
I absolutely love being part of Springwood Federation, as the children are so enthusiastic and full of energy for learning. Both schools have a fantastic atmosphere, spirit, drive and direction and, thus I am honoured to be associated with such a hard working team of teachers and support staff.
Chris Hosking - Co-opted Governor
My name is Chris Hosking and I have been a co-opted Governor at Springwood for just over 18 months but as I also have two daughters at the Junior School, I am keen as a parent to be able to help the school perform well.
Originally from the Wirral, I moved down to the area in January 2013 to take up a position as Quality Director at Vector Aerospace in Gosport; my wife and girls joined me about 10 months later as the weekly commute was getting to be a bit much. My career has been within Quality and Health & Safety in the aerospace industry for some 20 years now.
Still feeling fairly new to the area, we are very lucky to have settled into Springwood so quickly and easily, being made to feel very welcome.
I was a Parent Governor at our previous school for 3 years prior to moving down south, and so I was pleased to be asked to join the Governing Body here as well. I have gained some good experience through my past positions and in my current job, being able to provide some support to the Governing Body in areas such as finances, personnel management and school performance measures.
I fully believe that the Governor’s role as a ‘critical friend’ to the school is a hugely important, and fulfilling, aspect of what we do.
At Springwood, I am engaged now as Health & Safety Governor and try hard to take an active role in ensuring the safety of both pupils and staff, although the School already has an excellent record and provides a very safe environment and is working hard to promote and encourage a healthy lifestyle.
I really enjoy taking a part in helping the school develop and achieve its aims and look forward to seeing it reach the high targets we are setting, and so helping my girls and all of their friends gain a good education and to enjoy their time at Springwood.
Robert Brooks - Co-opted Governor
My name is Rob Brooks and I am a co-opted Governor at Springwood.