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Our Governors

Governor Responsibilities 2020-2021:


  • Leadership and Management – vision, ethos, strategic direction – All governors
  • Teaching and Learning – educational performance and outcomes for all pupils (Link to termly priority areas on SIP) – All governors
  • Financial performance of school (to include SFVS, PP and Sports’ grant) – Finance Committee:-
                                                                                                                                           Emma Bruce
                                                                                                                                           Eric Hemming
                                                                                                                                           Becky Kujabi 
  • Vulnerable Pupils (including SEND) – Lesley Holmes
  • Curriculum (alongside Governor Monitoring  Programme Co-ordinator role) – Lorraine White
  • Safeguarding (to include annual audit, Single Central Register) – Becky Kujabi
  • Behaviour and Attendance (to include after school clubs, behaviour cards) – Lesley Holmes
  • Early Years – Becky Kujabi
  • Community Outreach – Lorraine White
                                               Valentina Macchi
  • Pay Committee (meet 1x year) – Emma Bruce
                                                              Eric Hemming
                                                              Becky Kujabi
                                                              Valentina Macchi
  • HTPM – Eric Hemming
                    Becky Kujabi
                    Emma Bruce 
  • Health and Safety – Emma Bruce
  • Training and Development – Alison Starnes (Clerk to Governing Board)
  • Website monitoring – Emma Bruce
  • Governor Monitoring Programme Co-ordinator – Lorraine White





Eric Hemming

Chair of Governors

Eric Hemming was co-opted in July 2019.  He has been involved with corporate governance in public and private healthcare organisations as an executive and non-executive director since the early 1980s.  After he retired to IOW he became a school governor in primary academies, including as Chair of Governors in Shanklin.  He brings business and organisational management skills, including coaching and mentoring senior managers.  He is Chair of Governors at Arreton & Oakfield CE VA Primary Federation, and a founding member of the board of Ed-WISE IOW, the Island’s charitable community benefit society dedicated to enhancing the education and life chances of IOW children and young people.




Jane Wilford

Head Teacher


My name is Jane Wilford and I am the Headteacher at Wootton Community Primary School. I have been a part of the education system since leaving school many years ago, first working as a Nursery Nurse before moving onto teaching. Since moving to the Island, I have taught across the whole Primary range before becoming a Specialist Leader of Education. This role enabled me to work with colleagues from many island schools before joining Greenmount Primary as a Deputy Head. I am excited to be leading the school forward as we begin a new exciting phase working with the whole school community.

Becki Kujabi


Co-opted Governor

I work at Little Herons Pre-school which is on the same grounds as Wootton Community Primary School where I have worked for nearly 20 years and lived in the village for the same amount of time. My daughter attended the school over 15 years ago, so over the years I have seen many children grow up into delightful young people and feel this is in part due to Wootton Primary School and the community feel and values it promotes.


Rachel Ball


Staff Governor

My name is Rachel Ball and I am the Year 1 teacher at Wootton Primary School. Before I became a teacher I was a Teaching Assistant, specialising in SEND. Before completing my teacher training I completed degrees in both Understanding Learning and in Early Years Child Development. I particularly enjoy forest school and outdoor learning, making use of our fantastic sensory garden space.

When I am not in school, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our two young sons, as well as our 2 dogs. 

Lesley Holmes

20/01/20 – 19/01/24

Co-Opted Governor

I first became a parent-governor when my daughter was at Swanmore Middle School, some 11 years ago.  I then moved on to governance in the local secondary academy when education on the Island went through some considerable changes.

Most of my career has been spent working in the statutory and voluntary sectors;  I am currently a senior manager for a national charity where I support teams who provide community services across the South of England.

I am pleased to have the opportunity to support Wootton Primary School as a co-opted governor, and to play a small role in enabling the school to continue on its journey to even greater success.

Alison Starnes


Clerk to Governors

I am delighted to be Clerk to Governors for Wootton Community Primary School, a role that commenced in September 2020.

An an experienced clerk (since March 2014), I also look after four other governing boards on the Island and thoroughly enjoy the work.

Prior to clerking, I worked in a number of admin-based roles, and as a volunteer for a charity where I took minutes for trustee meetings.

In my spare time, I play the violin in the IW Symphony orchestra, enjoy reading and walking, and have my own book blog which is published online. I also support Portsmouth Football Club.

I am Island born and educated, with a degree in English literature.

Lorraine White

22/11/19 – 21/11/23

Parent Governor

I’m Lorraine White and I’m proud to be a parent governor at Wootton, where I have a daughter in Year 1.
My background is in journalism, having worked as a reporter and sub editor at the Isle of Wight County Press for 12 years.
Three years ago, I turned my hand to events and fundraising and I’m now the regional fundraiser for Wessex Cancer Trust, a charity which provides practical and emotional support for Islanders affected by cancer.
My career path has given me a wonderful knowledge of the Island and its incredible community as well as excellent contacts which I am keen to utilise as a governor at Wootton.
When I’m not organising an array of wacky fundraising events I spend my time with my husband and two girls, playing netball, walking and supporting my beloved Chelsea FC!

Valentina Macchi

22/11/19 – 21/11/23

Parent Governor

I landed on the Isle of Wight about a year ago after travelling and living in various parts of England, and I now know I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else but here!

My background is working with children whilst running a forest school in Sussex, where I helped them to embrace the outdoors, whilst also learning within that space and organising events with extraordinary tutors. I now write Isle of Wight based novels inspired by the people I have had the blessing to meet in my life, the boatyard we run and are developing in Wootton, classic powerboating and the timeless beauty of this Island.

Being a Governor is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the hard work and passion the school put into our children, what an inspiration the team is and how grateful I am that my son loves Wootton Primary!