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Meet the Governors

Role of the Governing Body 

The Governing Body of a school is akin to the board of directors of a company. It provides leadership at a strategic level, acting as a “critical friend” to the headteacher who is responsible and accountable to it for the operational day-to-day running of the school. The Governing Body has three core functions:

  • Setting the vision and strategic direction of the school
  • Holding the headteacher to account for its educational performance
  • Ensuring financial resources are well spent

The Governing Body is accountable to Ofsted for its effectiveness, and consists of members elected from/by parents and staff, members appointed by the Local Authority and members appointed from the local community.

The Governors 

Steve Leniston

Steve is 64 years old, married, and moved to Emsworth when he retired as a British Airways pilot in 2005. He has two grown up daughters, and was a parent governor at their middle school in the 1990's, including four years as Chair. After moving to Emsworth, Steve wanted to get involved with the local community, and a request for governors at Emsworth Primary School seemed to fit the bill. He has now been a governor here for eight years. Steve’s leisure interests include sailing, tennis and golf; he has also taken on an allotment, so plenty of fresh air and exercise! 

Sandy Keefe
Vice Chair

Sandy has lived in Emsworth with her family for over 30 years. Having now retired from a 30 year career in education, latterly as a head teacher and a Local Authority School Improvement Manager, she now spends time doing the things she has had little time to do when working full time. However, her interest in all things educational and passion for learning continues. She is delighted to represent the community on the governing body of Emsworth Primary and hopes that her experience and knowledge of the education system complements the skills and expertise of the rest of the governing body. Above all, she wants the children who attend this rapidly improving school community to have the best start in life and to be able to look at their primary school years with pride. 

Carol Jones
Co-opted Governor 


Carol joined as a Local Authority Governor in September 2013. She is married and has two sons who live in Surrey. Carol moved to Emsworth from Plymouth in January 2013 where she was a Foundation Governor at a Church of England school for seven years. She was a Health Visitor for some years and during that time had much contact with small children and their families, also visiting playgroups and nurseries. Carol enjoys being part of Emsworth Primary School's life and activities. 

Simon O'Hea 
Co-opted Governor 


Simon is 55, happily married with three teenage children and has lived in Emsworth since 1992. He is interested in giving children the best possible start in life and also in giving something back to the Community. That’s why he is delighted to be serving as a Governor of the School. Up to his recent retirement Simon had been working for several years in the communications and marketing fields for a local company. His interests include singing, cycling and sailing.

 Jan Morgan
Co-opted Governor 

 Jan is passionate about education at primary level and wants to help maintain its motto of 'Enjoy, Persevere, Succeed'

Jan worked as a Science Technician for Chichester College, and a Pharmacy Practice Technician at Portsmouth University, where she discovered a love of teaching and gained qualifications in I.T. and became a volunteer Adult Literacy & Numeracy tutor and obtained Teaching Certificates.  She managed an I.T. based Learning Centre for Chichester College  helping and teaching students and adult learners at all levels and lecturing part-time in Key Skills and ‘A’ Level I.T.C. Business Studies. Before retiring Jan became a Registration Executive at the Land Registry in Portsmouth.

Jan is currently Treasurer for Emsworth Forum and a member of the Emsworth Horticultural Society and organises yearly coach trip to gardens of interest.  Her hobbies include needlework, knitting, decorating, gardening and helping friends with their I.T. queries. She hates cooking!

Jackie Oiller
Co-opted Governor

Jackie has lived in Emsworth for 40 years and both her sons attended EPS, as does her grandson now.
A lecturer at South Downs College for 25 years, she is still passionate about education believing that a good start in the early years is the basis for life long learning. Enjoying volunteering at the school once a week she felt she had something more to offer so she was pleased to be asked to join the Governing Body. She also volunteers at the Rowans Hospice, is an active member of the Emsworth Slipper Sailing Club, and also Ems Valley U 3A and enjoys her grandchildren. That's when she is away on holiday!

Paul Curtis
Co-opted Governor



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Cathy Faulkner
Parent Governor

Cathy has had children at Emsworth Primary School for the past 10 years, and has been a parent governor for 9 years. She is currently working part time for the Civil Service. In a previous existence before children she worked in Germany translating, and more locally for a medical rescue company arranging medical repatriations for holidaymakers. During her time as governor Cathy has had responsibility for Health and Safety, Safer Recruitment and Safeguarding. When not working or acting as a taxi service for her children, she enjoys swimming, country walks, reading and playing the piano. 

Eloise Dodgson
Parent Governor

Eloise has been a parent governor at EPS for 8 years and has a daughter in Year 5 and a son at senior school – both have loved being at EPS! She chose the school because of its inclusive nature and happy, caring environment and has seen it go from strength to strength. Her work history includes housing, personnel and teaching aerobics. Since having children Eloise embarked on a full time course at Portsmouth University and gained a first class honours degree and masters in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She is a volunteer puppy socialiser for Hearing Dogs which the family really enjoy. Passions are travelling, walking and live bands. 

Manisha Cox
Parent Governor 

Manisha is keen to play an active role in supporting the school in its drive to continually improve upon its already good status. She wants to make a positive contribution to the school and every child’s education. Manisha is entering her tenth year as a registered nurse and hopes to enrol in a Masters degree to become a specialist nurse practitioner. She has previously volunteered in the community, supporting breastfeeding mothers. Manisha is married with two children (Sofia and Beaux) and her daughter has recently started at EPS and is thoroughly enjoying it. Hobbies and interests include learning Spanish with her children, baking birthday cakes, and when time allows she loves to sew and make clothing for her children. 

Lizzie Meager 
Parent Governor 


Lizzie has lived in Emsworth all her life and has worked for Hampshire County Council, Adult Services for over 20 years.  Having looked at 5 schools in the area she chose the school because of its positive ethos, leadership and welcoming environment. Her son now attends EPS and she wanted to give something back and make a contribution to the school. She is delighted to have joined as a Parent Governor and brings with her experience and knowledge in Adult Social Care, learning disability, social work and commissioning. 

She is kept busy being a working single Mum, spending much of her time supporting her son's activities, golf, Beavers and swimming but when she has spare time she enjoys gardening and being outdoors.


Chris Phippard
Staff Governor 

Chris lives in Emsworth and has worked in Early Years Education since her children were little. Prior to this she worked in the health service. Chris has worked at Emsworth Primary School since 1998, during which time she has been both a parent and staff governor. She is passionate about state education providing children with the same opportunities as those in the private system, and as a governor works hard to ensure that all children in our community have those opportunities. All three of her daughters went to EPS and she believes that their subsequent success at Cambridge, Oxford & Sussex universities is testament to this. When not in work Chris enjoys a range of creative projects including painting, knitting, sewing, knitting, gardening and upcycling.

Contacting Us 

Please feel welcome to contact the Chair of Governors via the School Office. 

Chair of Governors
Emsworth Primary School
Victoria Road
PO10 7LX                                            

 Tel: 01243 375750