May we offer a very warm welcome to the Governor pages.

Strong governance is one of the many essential aspects that are required for any school to develop. We are all volunteers who are using our personal and professional skills to help the school leadership make Winton Primary School a great place for your children, the staff and parents.

The governors are all local people; some are parents of children at the school, there are staff members, business people, education specialists and finance specialists. Governors are appointed on the basis of their skills, and whether they have the knowledge and understanding to be able to make a worthwhile contribution towards the school's future growth.

The role of the governing board covers 3 broad responsibilities - they agree and plan out the future strategy of the school, they are responsible for the professional challenge and support of the school leadership team and they also have an oversight to ensure all of the school's money is spent wisely.

They are also answerable for ensuring the school engages properly with the children, parents, the local community and the wider school sector.

The board is divided into the Resources Committee (RC) and the School Improvement Committee (SIC). The RC uses business budgeting methods to ensure the money is well spent, and the SIC is responsible for evaluating and monitoring the progress of the children.

Neil Tarchetti


I took up at post at Winton in September 2012 and this is my third headship. Since taking up the post, I have been lucky enough to see the school through a period of growth – I have overseen the building and the staffing of the school as it increased from three forms of entry to four.
Outside of my work life I have two boys and am a lifelong Liverpool fan!

Bob Hucklesby

Vice-Chair of Resources Committee
I have been a Governor since 2008, as well as representing the School on the Bournemouth Septenary Trust from February 2019.
The Resources Committee is responsible for the School's finances and maintenance of the buildings.
I am also a Trustee at the Eventide Homes on Castle Lane. Interests include walking and amateur dramatics.

Helen Uren

Joint Vice-Chair Governors and Chair of School Improvement
I wanted to join the Board of Directors at Winton Primary as felt I could bring organisational, assessment & professional skills.  During my work as a nurse I am empathetic, a good communicator, good listener & excellent at prioritising.  I feel very dedicated to the school & its developing structure.  I have 2 daughters at the school & very much enjoy hearing about their learning experiences.  My hobbies include; camping, sewing & music festivals.

Martin Long

Chair of Governors

Hello! I became a Governor at Winton in June 2017.  For the last two years I have been Deputy/Chair of the Resources Committee which supports the non-academic, business side of the school.  By day I am a qualified project manager working for the Environment Agency, so my experience of financial control, Health & Safety, Procurement etc. has enabled me to make a positive contribution to the running of the school.  As of September 2019 I have been elected as the Chair of Governors and I very proud to be representing Winton School on behalf of all pupils, parents & staff. My eldest son has recently ‘graduated’ from Winton and my daughter is currently in Key Stage 2.  As a parent I overwhelmed by the professionalism and commitment of all the staff at the school and hope to support them as best I can to continue their great work.  If any parents have any questions about the Governing Board or want to raise any concerns, then please feel free to contact me via school reception.

Gerard Wherity

Chair of Resources Committee
My first job, a very long time ago, was teaching Maths in a secondary school in London. We moved to Bournemouth in 1987 and have lived in the area ever since. I work as an acupuncturist so I am very used to listening to people’s problems and concerns. Watching my own children progress through the local education system has hopefully given me some insight into the issues faced by the school and should help me to better understand parents’ points of view.

Xiola Cochrane

Elected Staff Governor.
Following my degree in English, I completed the Poole SCITT course and was fortunate enough to become a teacher in Year 6 here at Winton, where I have been since 2016.
Due to my deep interest in the subject, I am the RE coordinator at the school.
When the opportunity arose to become a staff governor, I thought it would suit me due to my previous role as the student representative at university and I joined the governing team at Winton Primary School in June 2018.  I have a strong desire to help the school improve in order to become the very best.
Before working at Winton, I had worked in the Mental Health Sector for the NHS, where I was able to put my skills of helping others into practise - I have always been interested in other people’s wellbeing.  In my spare time, I enjoy yoga and walking my dogs at the beach.


Angela England-Holland

School Improvement Committee
I am Barrister with twenty years practice experience. I have always worked for the public during my legal career, both locally and further afield. During those years I have dealt with many child welfare issues whilst more latterly specialising in financial and corporate matters. I live locally and have three children of school age. I feel strongly that all children should have access to good quality education that provides them with a wide variety of opportunities and enriching educational experiences that spark lifelong learning. As a governor I will use my legal skills to appropriately challenge and support the senior leadership of the school to ensure that they are delivering a great learning experience to local children.

Mathew Downs

Elected Parent Governor and
Vice Chair School Improvement Committee

I became a Parent Governor at Winton Primary in September 2019 after the Governing Body wrote to parents having identified a gap it its skills audit for someone with an education background.  I am presently a member of Senior Management at a large secondary school in Christchurch and a Governor at an alternative provision school and believe I understand the balance required between supporting and challenging a school management team.  I have already been impressed with the organisation, structure and dedication of the governing body.

I believe that Parent Governors have a special role, and should always try to assess issues and decisions from the point of view of parents/carers and families. This is not the same as representing individual parent’s points of view – it is about making sure that parent/carer perspectives (however diverse) are always considered.

I have a son in year 1 (as at October 2019) and a younger daughter who I am sure will be following her brother to ‘Big School’.

John (Chris) Appleton

Resources Committee

I’ve had the great pleasure of living in Bournemouth for over 30 years, and it’s a great place to live. I’ve just retired from work as an accountant and am very pleased to join the governor team at Winton Primary.

 I have been working with different charities and not for profit organisations over the years so hoping I can bring some of that experience to the school.

Very much looking forward to playing a part in what is already a very good school.