Governors

Who are the Governors?

The Federated Governing Board is made up of representatives from the parent community, staff, local community, Local Authority and the Diocese of Portsmouth; all of whom donate their time and expertise freely for the benefit of the schools. They all bring something different, whether that is educational, professional or spiritual.

The Governors are responsible for the overall strategic direction and focus of the schools. They are not responsible for the day-to-day running of the schools, which rests with Duncan Mills and his leadership team. Governors approve school policies and procedures, agree budgets, ensure the National Curriculum is taught to all children to the highest standard, that the children can learn in a clean and safe environment, and also act as a “critical friend” to the Head. They offer support and advice, but where necessary they also challenge and ask questions that parents would want them to be asking.

Rev. Ian Lovell

Chair of Governors/Foundation

Hello, my name is Ian and I’m chair of the school’s Governing Board. I have lived in Sandown since December 2008 along with my family. I am the Baptist Minister at Sandown Baptist Church. My involvement with the school means that I am around the school at least once a week and I really enjoy seeing the children develop and thrive in their school environment. In order to relax and ‘wind-down’, I enjoy walking and photography. (but neither I do enough of!) If you would like to speak to me as chair of the Governing Body, then please contact me via the school office.

Carolyn Corbett

Foundation Governor

Hello, I moved to the island in 1999 with my husband and two children. As foundation governor I am a member of Christ church, the local parish church. Before retiring I enjoyed working as a school librarian. In my spare time I enjoy walking, swimming and looking after our grandson. I look forward to seeing both schools working more closely together in the coming year.

Anna Payne

Staff Governer

Hello my name is Anna Payne and I have lived on the Isle of Wight all my life, the best part of it in Sandown. I have been married for 28 years and have two children and two grandchildren. I adore spending time with my grandchildren and having them to stay over. I work in the school office as an administrator and I am so proud to be part of such a fantastic team at The Bay Primary and now a staff governor a role that I am very new to. I am very much looking forward to being involved in all aspects the governing body and being part of ensuring the very best for all the children.

John Poerscout-Edgerton

Parent Governor

I was born in Sandown and attended St. Johns Primary School and Sandown Grammar School before serving almost 10 years in the Metropolitan Police Force. Having studied for a Bachelor of Education (Hons) degree I then taught on the Island for 25 years and was a Teacher Governor at Carisbrooke C.E. Primary School for 6 years. I currently have two children at The Bay and am very grateful to the school for the amazing progress they have made. I am Chairman of an amateur dramatics society and always enjoy performing in our annual pantomime. I also enjoy cooking, watching movies, reading and DIY. I am now excited to be able to help what is already a very good school move forward so that everyone can enjoy achieving the very best that they are capable of.

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Natasha Dix

Parent Governor

My name is Tash and I have a son at Niton Primary. I have a background in a combination of environmental sciences, and contracts and procurement and work at the council managing the waste contract. Being a school parent governor is new to me and I am very much looking forward to the challenge and working with the Federation to develop and nurture our schools.

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Sally Jones

Co-opted Governor

I have been with my husband for 11 years and we have 2 children, Harvey and Isabella.  We have a dog called Miley who is the fifth member of our family and goes everywhere with us.   I worked for a Building Society for nearly 20 years in a variety of management roles up and down the Country.  During a career break I began working as a Parent Governor and also SEN Governor.  After a year and a term of dedicating time to the school, I began working in Grove Road reception and then progressed to School Business Manager. During the day I look after the finances of the school and the rest of the time I look after my family.

Alan Limb

Co-opted Governor

For the past 25 years I have worked as an Insolvency Practitioner, advising Businesses in financial difficulty. This involves helping the owners of those businesses to understand the cause of those financial problems before we agree how I can assist in solving them. I believe that this background is useful to me in working as part of a team with the other Governors and Staff to provide all pupils with an excellent learning environment. I also contribute to the effective strategic and financial management of both schools.

Julie Sutch

Co-opted Governor

Hello, I first moved to the Island in 1984, with my parents to Ventnor.  I completed my education at Sandown High School and moved on to the Isle of Wight College for three years completing a Hotel Reception Course and a B-Tec Diploma in Hotel, Catering and Institutional Management Operations course. I moved to London in 1987 and worked as an Estate Agent for eleven years before moving into Local Government for twelve years where I have a background in Economic Development and Regeneration focusing on Quality and Communications, Business and Marketing and Social Media and Town Centre Management before moving back to the Island in 2011.  I have one son who attended The Bay Primary School and is now at Sandown Bay Academy. I retrained as a Teaching Assistant and volunteered and worked at The Bay Primary school for four years.  I am now working for the Isle of Wight Council as their Childcare Development and Business Officer.  My passion in life other than my son is Portsmouth Football Club, where we are both avid fans and season ticket holders.

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Ruth Noyes

Co-opted Governor

I have been a governor at Niton Primary School since 2013 and am pleased to continue with the Governing Board of the Cornerstone Federation, assisting in the development of both Niton and The Bay schools. I have a child in Year 2 (and one who has just left Primary education) and am keen to support the wellbeing of both pupils and staff at this very demanding time in Education. I currently run my own business and have 20 years experience as a teacher, both on the Isle of Wight and elsewhere!

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Vicki Sitch

Co-opted Governor

I am a self-employed business consultant who leads large programmes of change, predominately in the public sector.  I have been self-employed for ten years and in this time worked with both Surrey and Hampshire County Councils as well as the Department for Work and Pensions, whilst also supporting a smaller private sector business.  Before this I worked for the consulting firm Deloitte. I moved to the Island 3 years ago from Guildford and have two daughters at Niton school.  We have launched a glamping business and are really enjoying encouraging more families to explore the Isle of Wight. I would like, as a governor, to be able to make a positive impact in my local community.

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Rev. Mark Williams

Foundation Governor

I am the Reverend Mark Williams and it is good to be with you as the vicar at Christ Church, Sandown and St Paul’s, Shanklin. Prior to my appointment here on the island I was a curate at St Mary’s, Portchester which is located on the inside of Portchester Castle.St Mary’s was a popular church for weddings with 50 or 60 conducted each year. Prior to that I worked for the Portsmouth Diocese for three years having left the civil service Land Registry department on redundancy after 22 years. I had been a governor at my daughters school on the mainland for the last three years and have gained valuable experience in being a school governor and I very much look forward  to serving the Bay Primary school and working with an excellent team.