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Meet the Governors

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Leigh Smith

I am Leigh Smith. I live in Braishfield and have 2 young children who attend Braishfield school. This is my first role on a school governor board having joined as co-opted governor member of the Finance and Resources Committee at the end of 2019 and I am very much looking forward to this new challenge helping to support the school.
My working career was focussed on the International financial sector, where I worked extensively across Europe, Africa, Australia and the Far and Middle East leading large scale IT and technology programmes. Relevant experiences I bring to the Governing body include change and programme management, contracts management and procurement, budget ownership and people management.

Graham Moore


Chair of Governors

I am a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 40 years experience in the construction industry working mainly on roads, bridges and railway projects of all sizes both as a project manager and a commercial manager. I moved back to Romsey in 2020 and I joined the Board of Governors in February 2022. My sons and nowadays the majority of my grandchildren have been or are being educated at Romsey schools. I am passionate about the importance of providing every child with all the life skills; technological skills; and people skills they need to realise their potential in the exciting world ahead of them.

Lillian Weatherley I am a new governor who is semi-retired and living in the Romsey area. I trained as a teacher and have taught in both the Primary and Secondary phases of education. I was a Diocesan Schools’ Adviser for 20 years as well as an Ofsted and SIAMS Inspector. I have worked extensively with Head teachers, staff, governors and clergy to improve standards and inspire and motivate young people. I am still working with schools as an independent consultant as well as working on several national projects. I am passionate about children succeeding at school and I look forward to supporting the school in whatever way I can. 
Jonty Cooke

Parent Governor Jonty has two children at the school (at the time of writing) with a third due to start in 2024. Has 10 years experience in arranging commercial finance for businesses across the UK. 
Hayley CouglinI am an experienced primary school teacher in the local area and am passionate about providing children with a range of opportunities to enrich their learning.  I am a parent governor on the curriculum committee and I look forward to supporting the school in any way I can. 
Tessa MargrieI’m Tessa Margrie. I’ve lived in Romsey for 6 years. Having recently retired from a career representing doctors with the British Medical Association, I wanted to use my skills in the community. I have experience of contracts, policies and procedures, terms and conditions and challenging them where necessary to ensure they meet the needs and are understood and implemented effectively. I was a school governor some time ago and am keen to update my learning so I can support the school in providing the best learning experience for children. I am on the curriculum committee and head teacher’s review committee. I look forward to becoming more involved as a governor. 
Julie Holland I rejoined the Governing Body as a co-opted governor and member of the curriculum committee in September 2022, having previously been a parent governor for 6 years.  I have one child in year 6 and my older child also attended Braishfield.  I am excited to bring my previous experience of being a governor to help and support the school to further teaching and learning for all our children.  




I joined the board of governors in September 2022 as a parent governor and as a member of the Resources Committee. I have one child who attends Braishfield Primary School, and my wife and I have lived in Romsey for over ten years. I very much look forward to helping the school and supporting the local community in this position.

I work full time as an executive of an energy company, which includes involvement in the setting of the strategic direction of the company and the management of financial risk, and I am a Fellow Chartered Management Accountant.