Meet our Governors

The Board of Governors exercises its powers and functions with a view to fulfilling a largely strategic leadership role in the running of the academy, addressing such matters as:

  • policy development and strategic planning, including target-setting to keep up momentum on school improvement;
  • ensuring sound management and administration of the academy, and ensuring that the Senior Leadership Team are equipped with relevant skills and guidance;
  • ensuring compliance with legal requirements;
  • establishing and maintaining a transparent system of prudent and effective internal controls;
  • management of the academy’s financial, human and other resources;
  • monitoring performance and the achievement of objectives and ensuring that plans for improvement are acted upon;
  • helping the academy be responsive to the needs of parents and the community and making it more accountable through consultation and reporting;
  • setting the academy’s standards of conduct and values;
  • assessing and managing risk (including preparation of a statement on the academy’s risk management for its annual report and accounts).

The Full Board of Governors have established four primary committees to exercise powers and functions on behalf of the Governors and their constitution;

These Committees are;

  • Resources
  • Pastoral
  • Teaching Learning and Assessment
  • Audit

Additionally, committees to discuss pupil discipline, staff appeals, pay review, pay appeals, complaints or as required by circumstances will be formed from a pool of governors agreed by the Full Board of Governors, based on their availability.

Nicola Rawlings

Nicola has been a member of the Governing Body since December 2015. She has previous Governor experience; having been a parent governor for three years at a Primary School whilst living in Southsea. Nicola has worked for IBM for 22 years. She is one of two Vice Chair of Governors and Chairs both the Resources Committee and Pay Committee. Nicola has one child at Cams Hill School and another at college in the local area.

JoAnna Bowles

JoAnna joined the Cams Hill Governing Body in December 2015 and is a former pupil. She is committed to giving back to the school she once attended. JoAnna Chairs the Pastoral Committee and is the Bridging the Disadvantaged Gap/Pupil Premium Link Governor. JoAnna is also a member of the HT performance panel.

Sara Brooker

Sara is a staff Governor and sits on the Pastoral Committee. She works closely with both the Senior Leadership Team and Safeguarding Link Governor in her role as a Designated Safeguarding Lead, to ensure children are safe within Cams Hill School.

Richard Cheatle

Richard is the previous Chair of Governors at Cams Hill. He was elected as a parent governor in October 2013. He is now on his second term of office and Chairs the Headteacher Performance Panel. Richard is also the school’s Health and Safety Link Governor and Vice-Chair of the Pastoral Committee.

Gwennan Harrison-Jones

Gwennan became Headteacher of Cams Hill in September 2015 and is a Governor by right of her job role. She is committed to working collaboratively with the Governing Body and the Senior Leadership Team to ensure all pupils at Cams Hill have an excellent and holistic education.

Chris Reilly

Chris joined Cams Hill as an appointed Governor in July 2018. He is a science teacher at a local secondary school and he brings his knowledge and experience to the Governing Body. Chairs the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee.

Chris Keep

Chris Keep is a former Cams Hill pupil and joined the Governing Body in February 2019. He has a background in IT and network security. Chris is Vice-Chair of the FGB, in conjunction with Nicola Rawlings, Chairs the Audit Committee and is Vice-Chair of the Resources Committee.

Helen Farmer

Helen joined Cams Hill governing body in October 2019. Helen is a former Cams Hill pupil and has more than 30 years’ experience as a MFL Teacher including senior leadership roles and Head of MFL. Helen’s passion for education has taken her around the world; fulfilling teaching roles in Malawi and Egypt. Helen also has experience in overseas sales and marketing. Helen sits on Teaching and Learning Committee and is the MFL Link Governor

Nichola Bryce

Nichola joined the board of Governors in November 2020. She is an experienced Governor at Redlands Primary School and has over 10 years’ experience as a Chartered Accountant. Nichola is passionate about education and understands the importance of great teachers providing caring and thriving environments for young people. Nichola loves Maths and Science and successfully tutors pupils studying GCSE Maths. Nichola is a member of our Resources Committee and has recently begun shadowing the Safeguarding Link Governor role.

Lynda Smurthwaite

Lynda joined the Governing body in March 2021. Lynda is a HR Specialist at IBM and has over 19 years experience in this field.  Lynda is also skilled in project management and is an English Literature graduate. Lynda is passionate about supporting good mental health and is a trained mental health mentor and personal coach in her workplace. Lynda also volunteers at a local primary school, youth football team and Beaver Scouts group. Lynda sits on the Pastoral Committee and is SEND Link Governor.

Craig Boyce

Craig became a Governor at Cams Hill School in May 2021. Craig is a member of the senior leadership team at a local prep school and as Director of Studies has extensive experience of teaching and learning. Craig believes that the impact on children should be at the centre of any decision-making process within a school and hopes the role of Governor will allow him to learn from others and gain a deeper understanding of the education sector. Craig sits on the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee and is the Careers Link Governor.

Lauren Robinson

Lauren was elected by the staff body to become a Governor in  May 2021. She is currently a Head of Year and Teacher of History at Cams Hill School. Lauren has strong pastoral experience and passionate believes that ‘Every child deserves a champion’. Lauren sits on Resources Committee.

Bobby Mehta

Bobby joined the Governing Body in November 2021. He is an experienced Governor at two previous primary schools and works in the education sector at the University of Portsmouth. Bobby is passionate about the success of Cam Hill School  and enthusiastic about supporting the school in getting the best education for the pupils at Cams Hill School. Bobby is a member of Resources Committee and is also Safeguarding Link Governor.

Mandy Sadler

Mandy is Clerk to the Cams Hill Governing Body and is responsible for ensuring all members have the information they need to make informed strategic decisions about the school moving forward. Mandy also ensures the smooth running of both Committee and Full Governing Body meetings by working with the Chair to manage agendas, policies, documents and minutes.

Download Articles of Association

Download Terms of Reference - Full Board of Governors

Download Terms of Reference - Resources Committee

Download Terms of Reference - Pastoral Committee

Download Terms of Reference - Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee

Download Terms of Reference - Audit Committee

Download Scheme of Delegation

Download Governors Roles 2021 22

Download Governor Declarations of Interest Sept 2021

Download Governor Meeting Attendance 2020 -21

Download Governors' Meeting Attendance 2019 -20

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