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Newlands Governing Body

Welcome to our governors' section.


Our governors meet as a full Governing Body once every half term. In addition, our Finance & Resources Committee and School Improvement Committee meet regularly - at least 6 times per year.





Andy Milligan

Andy is our recently elected Chair of Governors. Andy joined the Governing Body in 2017. He works locally in Southampton in aviation and hopes to bring his experience in business and as a charity trustee to support Newlands. Andy is keen to contribute back to our community in Southampton and to see every child in Newlands has the opportunity to excel. He is our nominated Safeguarding governor.


Karen Mellor

Karen is the headteacher of our school and also a governor. She has been our headteacher since 2013. Prior to this, she was headteacher at Bitterne Manor Primary School and has been a governor in many of the schools she has worked in. 


Marloes Hayward-Vergers

Marloes is our Chair of Finance & Resources and has been a parent governor since Autumn 2016.  Marloes has a background in Human Resources and currently works at a local nursery school. She is keen to put her skills to use helping Newlands be the best place for primary education for all children.



Michael Clarke

Michael is a co-opted governor who is able to offer a wealth of experience as he was our Chair of Governors at the time of the Ofsted inspection in 2014 and has been on the Governing Body for a number of years now.  Michael lives in the local area and is passionate about ensuring the education we provide for children living in our community is the best it can possibly be.












Jez Harris

Jez is our staff governor and has been teaching at Newlands for 10 years. His main role as the PE lead is to monitor and maintain good levels of physical and mental well being across the school for pupils and staff. Jez is striving to make Newlands an Outstanding place of learning for all. He is our link governor for SEND and Looked After Children.


Jackie Janson

Jackie is our co-opted governor (September 2018) who was a long-standing member of staff at Newlands Primary  School.  When Jackie retired from her position of Admin Officer after 26 years in August 2018, we persuaded her to join our Governing Body, bringing her wealth of knowledge and expertise with her and ensuring she continues her long association with our school. She is a member of our School Improvement Committee and is link governor for attendance.


Richard Taylor

Richard is our elected Local Authority governor (January 2021).  Richard is an Assistant  Headteacher at Redbridge Secondary School and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with him.  Richard is a member of our School Improvement Committee.


Andy Dobson

Andy has recently joined as a co-opted governor (November 2019).  He has a wealth of business experience and runs his own Programme Management consultancy.  He is very much looking forward to working with the governors to help the school become the best it can be. He is a member of our Finance & Resources Committee and is the link governor for health & safety.


Parent Governor Vacancy

We currently have a new vacancy for a parent governor from September 2021. Parents/Carers who are interested can find out more information below...

Governor Attendance 2019-20