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The Governing Board is an essential leadership group within the federation and has three core functions:

  • ensuring there is clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the federation and its pupils and the performance management of staff
  • overseeing the financial performance of the federation and making sure its money is well spent

We have thirteen governors on the board which meets once each half term and two committees, Finance and Resources, and Standards and Curriculum, which meet termly. In addition, governors come into school regularly to monitor the progress the schools are making to ensure that every child receives the best possible education.

Governors at Bursledon are ambitious for the federation and are committed to improving both educational and pastoral outcomes for everyone in our learning community to live out our vision:

To see God’s LOVE thrive in our Bursledon community: where no-one is lonely, isolated or unsupported; where we RESPECT diverse beliefs and we all speak well of each other; and where we all ASPIRE towards a fulfilling future of lifelong learning, built on strong relationships and hope. 

Click here to read our Governor Handbook. 

Our Governing Body

Hilary Bax   

Foundation Governor and Chair of Governors 

Hilary has been closely associated with the schools since she moved to Bursledon in 1982. Her three sons attended the infant and junior schools between 1982 and 1995, where they flourished at the start of their learning journey. She has been a foundation governor for a number of years and is very involved in the life of the church in Bursledon, as well as being involved in many other aspects of village life. Hilary is also a NGA Federation champion - click here for more information. 



Rev John Pawson  

Foundation Governor

John returned to Bursledon with his wife Helen, in July 2018 to take up the post of Vicar at St Leonards and St Paul’s churches. As a family they spent time in Bursledon between 2002 and early 2006 when John was serving in the parish as a trainee vicar (Curate). During this time their children attended Bursledon Infant and Junior schools, making lots of good friends and laying the foundations for future academic success. During the 12 years they were away from Bursledon John learned a lot as a Governor in a New Forest school and is looking forward to serving with the committed team that leads the Bursledon Federation.


Dan Button 

Parent Governor         


Jim Paine  

Local Authority Governor

 Jim has lived in the area for most of his life, growing up in Hedge End.  He previously served as an Elected Parent Governor at Kings Copse and Wildern schools between 2004 and 2013. 

After a 24 year career in the Royal Navy, working in the propulsion world of nuclear submarines, Jim moved into the power industry and took a sideways career step into occupational health and safety, supporting power stations across the UK and leading and delivering safety culture projects. His last role included supporting all facilities management operations in the UK from a safety point of view.

Jim believes strongly in team work and collaboration and brings a valuable set of leadership and management skills to the Governing Body



Staff Governor


 Jana Murray    

Foundation Governor

Jana believes passionately in empowering young people through high quality education. Her background is in video production, photography and writing and she has managed her own company since 2006. She lives in Bursledon with her teenage daughter and two Burmese cats and sings in the worship group at St Paul’s church.



Co-opted Governor



Holly Radford  

Parent Governor

Holly was elected in 2021 and has a daughter who joined the school in 2020.  As an ex-teacher, Holly has a good understanding of issues relating to teaching and learning.  Holly is studying for a PhD in Psychology and volunteers as an Autism Ambassador for Autism Hampshire.  She has a keen interest in equality, diversity, inclusion.


Dr Alex Lambert  OBE 

Co-opted Governor

Alex has a daughter at the Infant School and joined as a Governor in Jan 2022. With a PhD and early career in scientific research, Alex has spent the last 20 years delivering public services in the central civil service. Recently responsible for setting up COVID infection testing in households and schools across the country, he is now part of the leadership team at the Office for National Statistics. Alex is keen to use his leadership, business management, HR and finance skills to support the school achieve its vision and aims. 


Charlotte Goodson  

Co-opted Governor

Charlotte attended both Bursledon Infant and Junior school and has lived in the local area all her life. Her eldest daughter is now in attendance at the Infant School. Charlotte has been qualified as a Solicitor for over 5 years and is currently practicing at a regional firm in Portsmouth.  She is keen to become involved with the school's ongoing development both as a parent and local member of community. 


Cain Richards          

Co-opted Governor

 Cain joined the school governor board in Sep 2022. He has a son in the infant school and is a parent of two. Cain is a trained primary school teacher, having qualified with a specialism in science education, he worked at a local primary school in Hampshire before deciding to take a short career break. He plans to return to teaching soon and joining the governors board is a great way for him to step back into education. Recently he has been working in strategic leadership roles within the veterinary industry. Cain is keen to use his leadership and strategic experience, alongside his knowledge of teaching to support the Burseldon federation to achieve its vision and aims.


Sharon Hopkins         

Co-opted Governor

 Sharon is a mother and grandmother and lives in Bitterne. She taught in independent schools for several years before she joined the Civil Service as an officer, working there for 15 years. She is now retired, having spent the last five years of her working life as a registered childminder. She is particularly interested in children’s mental welfare, and the support of special educational needs. 


Kerry Stamp 

Executive Headteacher 

Kerry joined the Federation in January 2021 having been a Headteacher and National Leader of Education for many years in different schools.  


Clerk to Governors - Natalie Compton 

Please click here to read our Overview of Governance.    

If you would like more information regarding the roles of Governors please click this useful link DfE Governors information

If you would like to get in touch with the Chair of Governors Mrs Hilary Bax - please contact either school reception and they will organise this for you. 

Governor interests and register 2022-23