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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 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 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).  Jackie retired from her position of Admin Officer after 26 years at Newlands and she then joined 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 and one of the DSLs at Redbridge Community School. He brings a wide variety of  knowledge and experience with him.  Richard is the chair of our School Improvement Committee.


Andy Dobson

Andy is a co-opted governor and chair of the Finance & Resources Committee.  He has a wealth of business experience and runs his own Programme Management consultancy.  Andy is the link governor for health & safety.


Sam Townsend

Sam is another of our parent governors (Sept 2021). Sam is a local with a strong sense of community. He is keen to help others and ensure our children get the best chances in life. He has a keen interest in Safeguarding and School Improvement.

First NameSurnameGovernor       
FGB  23-Sep-2011-Nov-2020-Jan-2117-Mar-2119-May-2107-Jul-21Attendance
JoleneHalseyIn attendance - DH111111 
MandyMcPheeIn attendance - SBMN/AN/A1111 
In attendance - SENCo
In attendance - RSE lead
MarkHewittObserver     1 
Finance  13/10/202001/12/202008/01/202109/03/202104/05/202115/06/2021Attendance
JaneRimmingtonCommitee member11N/AN/AN/AN/A100%
MandyMcPheeCommittee member - SBMN/AN/A1111100%
JoleneHalseyIn attendance - DH1      
  In attendance       
  In attendance       
School Improvement
  11/11/202001/02/202101/07/2021  Attendance 
KarenMellorHT111  100% 
RichardTaylorLAN/A1Apologies  50% 
JezHarrisStaff11Absent  67% 
SandyLyonsParent1AbsentN/A  50% 
JackieJansonCo-opted111  100% 
SallyBeckenkragerIn attendance 1     
JoleneHalseyIn attendance  1    
AmyIIn attendance  1    
Details of governor appointments during the academic year 2020/21:
Jez Harris was elected as staff governor in September 2020
Richard Taylor was appointed as LA governor on 20th January 2021
Details of governor resignations during the academic year 2020/21:
Sandy Lyons resigned as a parent governor on 19th May 2021