The Governors

The Governors

We are lucky to have an active and effective board of governors at Summerfields. Below are short biographies of our current board:

Tony Murphy – Chair of Governors

Hi, I’m Tony Murphy. I have had three very happy children pass through Summerfields Primary. I’ve been running the under 11 school football team here since 2011 and also enjoy taking assemblies as part of my role as Minister at Church on the Roundabout.

I also worked for 19 years as a science teacher at Sandown High (as it was then), so given my links to Island education and the local community, it seemed a logical step to become a school governor in September 2014.

Rob Johnston – Vice Chair of Governors

My 3 children have been a part of life at Summerfields from when my oldest attended Squirrels (Bright Sparks) preschool right up until when my youngest started in reception. I love to involve myself in my children’s education and I am a firm believer that education doesn’t stop at the school gates. It is ongoing throughout life. We have a duty as parents to do the very best we can for our children. The better start we can give our children, the better outcomes their lives will have. That is one of the reasons I am a parent governor, to engage with the school to give our children the best education we can.”

Tara Allman – Chair of Quality of Provision Committee

I took on the role of Parent Governor in November 2014.  My daughter is currently in India Class.  For 17 years I was in the role of HR Officer at a large island manufacturing company, in addition, my husband and I ran a small business from home.  After having my daughter in 2009 I chose to focus on family and left my career to take up my current job as Admin’ Assistant at a local Primary School.  Becoming a Governor has allowed me to volunteer my business knowledge, and I can help ensure the school’s skills and resources are used to provide the best education for ALL children at Summerfields.  I sit on the Quality of Provision Committee and the Pay Committee, and my areas of focus are Equality & Diversity, History and Geography.

Kay Wood – Headteacher

Nichola Walsh – Co-opted Staff Governor

Alan Bound – Staff Governor

Hi my name is Alan bound. I have been the site manager at Summerfield’s for the last six years .

My background is in the construction and security industries.  My role within the school has become quite diverse. Being a governor allows me to become more involved in the education and development of children.

Melanie Vine – Associate Member of the Curriculum and Data Committee (full voting rights)

Melanie is the Deputy Headteacher at Summerfields Primary School and until very recently has served 8 years as a very active School Governor.  Melanie sits as an Associate Member on the Curriculum and Data Committee only due to her expertise in understanding school Data statistics and the structure/ content of the school’s Curriculum.  Within this committee she has full voting rights for any decisions.  She is able to attend Full Governors Board meetings but is not able to vote on decisions in this arena.

Jacqui Foster – Local Authority Governor

I have worked for Southern Housing Group for nearly 2 years as Operations Manager for our Care and Support services that cover supported housing, outreach support, domiciliary care, extra care and registered care homes working with people who are young, old, have physical/learning disabilities, mental health problems and homeless people/families. Prior to this I worked for the local authority in their Supporting People department and Housing Services as well as some work on the My Life a Full Life programme. I have particular interests in safeguarding, and have skills in areas such as quality assurance and compliance.

I wanted to become a school governor as I am interested in the education of the young people on the Island and how we can help them to achieve the best possible outcomes in their lives right from the start of their educational journey and creating aspirational young people.

Luke Meads – Co-opted Governor

I wanted to become a school Governor to help make a difference in my local community and make a positive contribution to the education of children.  I have a passion for Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), specifically engineering, and would like to have an influence in developing the next generation of Engineers.  I believe education is vital in an ever changing world and I want to support those educating and inspiring children.

Both my wife and mother are teachers in Primary schools, and I am aware of the challenges that teachers have. With an almost constant change in school environments (budgets, targets, curriculums etc), I want to be able to contribute to the support network for theHeadteacher and their teaching team.

Helen Smith – Clerk to the Governing Body

I am an Island girl born and bred with a long history in Local Government administration, most recently with the East Riding of Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board, prior to my return home in 2016.  I am passionate about education and training, and the opportunities it can deliver to all, especially when it comes to helping young people achieve their potential and get the best outcomes in life.  I am happy to be home on the Island and gaining more knowledge and training in the field of education ready for when my young daughter starts school at Summerfields.

Roles and Responsibilities

Below is a full list of roles and responsibilities of the board of governors, along with a record of attendance at meetings.


Chair of Governors                                      Tony Murphy – Co-opted Governor

Vice Chair of Governors                           Rob Johnson – Parent Governor

Terms of Office

Surname Forename Position Appointed By Date Elected End of Office Date expired/ resigned
VINE Melanie Staff Governor Staff Governor 20/09/2012 20/09/2016 19/09/2016
WALSH Nicola Co-opted Governor Governing Body 18/05/17 17/05/2021
ALLMAN Tara Parent Governor Parents 27/11/2013 27/11/2017
JOHNSTON Robert Parent Governor Parents 21/01/2014 21/01/2018
MURPHY Tony Co-opted Governor Governing Body 04/09/2014 04/09/2018
WOOD Kay Headteacher Ex Officio 06/01/2014 N/A
BOUND Alan Staff Governor Staff Governor 23/09/2016 23/09/2020
FOSTER Jacqueline Local Authority Governor LA (Nominated by Cllr Price) 16/02/2017 15/02/2021
 MEADS  Luke Co-opted Governing Body  18/05/2017  17/05/2021 VACANCY
VINE Melanie Associate Member Governing Body 24/11/2016 24/11/2017

Governors Pecuniary Interests

Pecuniary Interests 2016-2017
Name: Directorships, partnerships and employments with businesses that provide goods or services to the school. Trusteeships and Governorships (other than Greentrees)


Any other potentially relevant interests:
Kay Wood None None Employed at the School
Rob Johnston McDonalds None None
Tara Allman Employed Hunnyhill Primary School None Child attends school as a pupil
Tony Murphy None None None
Nicola Walsh None None Employed at the School
Alan Bound None None Employed at the School
Melanie Vine None None None
Jacqui Foster Employed Southern Housing Group None None
Luke Meads Employed GKN Aerospace None Wife employed at the School

Areas of Responsibility               

Responsibility Governor Term of office
Special educational needs co-ordinator Tony Murphy; Co-opted 4/9/14 – 3/9/18
Early years foundation Kay Wood; Head teacher 2005 onwards
Child protection/safe guarding Tara Allman; 27/11/13 – 26/11/17
Health and safety Rob Johnston; Parent

Nicola Walsh; Co-opted

21/01/14 – 20/1/18

18/05/17 – 18/05/2021

Performance management Tara Allman; Parent

Tony Murphy; Co-opted

27/11/13 – 26/11/17

4/9/14 – 3/9/18

Equality and Diversity/ Equality champion for staff Tara Allman; Parent

Alan Bound, Staff

27/11/13 – 26/11/17

23/9/16- 22/9/20

Development Governor   Tony Murphy 4/9/14 – 3/9/18


Membership of the Governors committees 2016-17


Curriculum and Data                                              Quality of Provision Committee

Kay Wood                                                                  Rob Johnston

Jacqui Foster                                                            Kay Wood

Nicola Walsh

Alan Bound – Chair of Committee                        Tara Allman – Chair of Committee

Tony Murphy – Chair of Governors                     Tony Murphy – Chair of Governors

Melanie Vine – Associate Member


Pay Committee

Tony Murphy – Chair of Governors

Tara Allman


Governor’s attendance at Meetings 2015-16

03/09/15 10/12/15 25/02/16 21/04/16 07/07/16 TOTAL %
Kay Wood (Head) 1 1 1 1 1 5 100
Melanie Vine (Staff) 1 1 1 0 1 4 80
Rob Johnston (Parent) 0 0 1 1 1 3 60
Tony Murphy (Co-opted) 1 1 1 1 1 5 100
Tara Allman (Parent) 1 1 1 1 1 5 100
Nicola Walsh (Staff) 1 0 1 0 1 3 60
Lisa Marks (Co-opted: resigned 17/3/15) 0 0 0 N/A N/A 0 0


Quality of Provision Committee  
08/10/2015 03/12/2015 04/02/2016 17/03/2016 TOTAL %
Kay Wood (Head) 1 1 1 1 4 100
Melanie Vine (Staff) 1 1 1 1 4 100
Rob Johnston (Parent) 1 0 0 0 1 5
Tony Murphy (Co-opted) 1 1 1 1 4 100
Tara Allman (Parent) 1 1 1 1 4 100
Lisa Marks (Co-opted: resigned 17/3/15) 1 0 0 0 1 25


Curriculum and Data Committee
17/09/2015 19/11/2015 21/01/2016 19/05/2016 TOTAL %
Kay Wood (Head) 1 1 1 1 4 100
Melanie Vine (Staff) 1 1 1 1 4 100
Nicola Walsh (Staff) 1 1 0 1 3 75
Lisa Marks (Co-opted: resigned 17/3/15) 0 1 0 N/A 1 1


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