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Meet the Governors

Welcome to the Governors Information Page

Chair of Governors

Pauline Buckley


With one child at the school, I have been a parent governor at Braishfield Primary School since September 2016 but I have also acted as teacher governor at a number of other schools. I was a teacher for 11 years with my main specialism being in key stage 1 and the early years. I now work in compliance within the block management sector. I serve on the curriculum committee, am on the Headteacher Performance Management Committee and was part of the Headteacher Recruitment Panel.    

Julian Knott

I’m Julian Knott and I live in Abbotswood with my wife and two young sons. I joined as a governor in March 2019 wanting to give back to the local community. I work in the Further Educational sector as an advanced teacher and I sit on the curriculum committee which I hope will help lead the school with its continued high level of teaching and learning. I am very humbled by this opportunity to be a Co-opted Governor and to help shape the future of Braishfield Primary School.


Leigh Smith

I am Leigh Smith. I live in Braishfield and have 2 young children, one of whom attends Braishfield school. This is my first role on a school governor board having joined as co-opted governor member of the Finance 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.
Chris Pelletier I've been a co-opted governor since January 2018 and I'm Chair of the Finance and Resource Committee. I live in Braishfield and I have two children attending Braishfield Primary School. I’m an NHS and local government senior manager with international experience in the development, delivery, and management of community and public services, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to support the school staff and governing body to continue to provide a well-led, high performing, and sustainably managed school.  
Tanya Ritchie I live locally and I am privileged to join your school as a Co-opted Governor and a member of the Curriculum Committee.  I am interested in young people and education and I wanted to become more involved in my local community.  I currently work part time in a school, helping children with Speech and Language development difficulties and I start training as a Special Needs Dyslexia teacher from September.  Previously, I worked in finance in my twenties, started a gardening company in my thirties and this decade I have helped my husband form a research centre for The Brain Tumour Charity.  I am a Mum of 3 lovely boys.  
Rosie Groves

I live in Braishfield, and when I was part of the team that produced the Braishfield Memories it became clear to me that the School has been essential in contributing to the unique character of the village over the years. It has been a crucial part of the village since 1877 and it is lovely to see how it still continues to thrive. As a governor I hope to be able to contribute to its continuing success.  
Hayley Couglin I 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.  
Debi Simmonds

I’m Debi Simmonds and joined as a School Governor in March 2019. I have a young child and live in Romsey so have a real interest in education within the local community. This is my first role as a Governor but I really look forward to contributing to the achievement of the School’s strategy over the coming years.

My background is in finance - I am a chartered accountant and certified internal auditor. This experience will enable me to bring insight on what good practice looks like across a number of areas such as governance, general controls and risk management. 

Amy Taylor I have recently joined the governing body, firstly as an Associate Governor and then I was made the Governor in charge of Health & Safety along with Safe Guarding. I am a secondary school teacher at Kings' in Winchester. I have taught Geography for 18 years. I am keen to develop my understanding of Key Stages 1 & 2 compared to those at secondary school. Both my husband and I have totally loved being Romsonians for the last 14 years and welcomed our daughter three years ago into our family. I am delighted to be given the opportunity to support Braishfield Primary School, fulfilling my duty to the community and the children I share this incredible town with.