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Governors Pen Portraits

Dr S Port (Chair of Governors)

I become Chair of Test Valley Governing Board in Sept 2015, prior to this I was appointed as a Parent Governor in Feb 2015. I have one son at the school and another son who attends our local village primary school. I am a civil servant with a number of years’ experience in industry and government and have worked in a wide range of science and technology in addition to line management and safety. I am currently a Parish Councillor; help run a voluntary youth club, the village school swimming pool during the summer months and a Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) club in Salisbury with the aim to prevent drowning. I enjoy music, cycling, squash, swimming and spending time with the family.

Mrs E Cooper

I was appointed a Parent Governor in October 2010. I am Chair of the Curriculum and Pupil Achievement Committee and am also SEN (Special Educational Needs) governor. I have a son and a daughter and Test Valley.

My background is in archives and I currently work as Archivist at Salisbury Cathedral. I live in Salisbury and, with my husband, run our family business. I also enjoy singing in the local community choir as well as walking and looking after our guinea pigs and chickens.

Mrs S Hammer

I was co-opted as a Governor in July 2015. I have experience as a Governor in two local Junior Schools, where I was able to support using the HR skills acquired through my career in both the public and private sectors. I have been a member of my local Parish Council for 12 years, and act as a taxi service for my two children! In my spare time I enjoy riding, walking and cycling.

Mrs K Henry

I was appointed as a parent governor in June 2015.  I have a daughter at Test Valley and boy and girl twins attending a local primary school.  My working life has been spent in IT, which has involved overseeing the delivery of system developments, managing teams and analysing and solving business issues.  In the voluntary sphere, my experience has been in running a twins club and as a Brownie Guider.  In my spare time I enjoy gardening and country walks.

Ms H Lankester

I have spent my working life in education and, although my main experience has been in Further Education, I have taught at all levels. Latterly my experience in FE was in a management role. I have also worked part-time for a national exam board as a moderator and monitor of quality. Before moving back to Hampshire nearly four years ago I was a governor at a Primary School in Kent for nineteen years, seven of which were as Chair of Governors. I am actively interested in the conservation of a local nature reserve, local history and genealogy.

Mr M Lucas

I became a Co-opted Governor in September 2015. I have just retired and am keen to get involved in school life at Test Valley. I have worked in the retail industry for over 40 years, with a number of Supermarket companies and in the last few years, I ran the retail division of the British Heart Foundation before moving to Maplin Electronics as Retail Managing Director. I am also a Parish Councillor at Michelmersh & Timsbury. I enjoy running, walking and travelling.

Mrs D Martin

I was appointed as a Local Authority Governor March 2013 and in the new constitution became a Co-Opted Governor serving on the Financial and Staff and Students Committee. In February 2016 I was re-appointed as a Local Authority Governor. I worked overseas for approximately 20 years and was involved in Duty Free Shops in Dubai and Asia on the the management, finance and planning. My four children were all born in Hong Kong and I have an interest in Education and the continual challenging changes.

Mrs N Osborne

As a teacher at Test Valley School I have a vested interest in its running and security.  Staff governors offer a unique insight as their position allows them to see the link between practice and theory. I believe that good communication between the school, parents, staff, governors and pupils is essential and that governors play an important part in the school community. With my teaching experience and knowledge of the school I believe I can provide this link and also be the voice of the school staff on the governing body. I have both supported and challenged the school in the past in my role as a teacher but also when I previously served as a governor. I have experience of a classroom role but also within the wider life of the school providing trips and extra-curricular activities. I also took the whole school lead on achieving the Rights Respecting Schools Award and in fronting Pupil Voice activities. Being a governor will give me a greater insight of the whole school and therefore improve my role as a middle leader and my teaching practice.

Mr L Parker

I am currently the Head of Banking Operations for Lloyds Banking Group; this role gives me extensive experience and knowledge of operational management, budget management and people management, alongside strategy design and implementation. I have a passion for helping the local community to prosper and although I have limited experience of being a Governor, I am quick to learn and seek ways to add value. My social interests include; golf, exercise and travel, alongside being a father to my son Louie.

Mrs A Snook

I became a co-opted Governor in May 2016.  I have a daughter currently at the school and an older daughter who left in 2014.  I had a 25 year career in public service, spending a few years in finance and then around 13 years in HR becoming a member of the CIPD.  I am currently Clerk to Governing Body at two Andover primary schools.  I know Test Valley to be a very good school with great students and hope to do a little to help it stay that way.

Mrs F Wain

I was appointed as a Parent Governor in February 2017. I have lived in the Test Valley area since 2007 and have one son at the school. My career background is in Marketing Communications & Strategy, mainly within the automotive sector, though I have significant experience in sports marketing and sponsorship. I have also run my own businesses and have property development experience. I hope my skills in strategic marketing, communications and project management will be of benefit to the governing body and the school. In my spare time, I enjoy running, cycling and generally spending time out of doors. I look forward to forging closer links with the local community.