About our governors

At St Mark’s, the governing body is composed of representatives from the staff, the local education authority, Immanuel Church, parents and the head teacher. Apart from the Head Teacher and the Immanuel Church incumbent minister, all governors are appointed for a term of 4 years. Elections are held for staff and parent governor positions when a governor term ends or a vacancy occurs. Governors have a number of legal duties as outlined by the government. These duties include having financial, personnel and curriculum management of the school, with responsibility for setting the strategic direction of the school and in the oversight of the school management.

All Governors are expected to undertake training and to attend Governing Body meetings and committee meetings, undertaking school visits and review work in support of the Governors responsibilities.  Governors are all volunteers and are unpaid for the work undertaken.

The Governing Body is led by a Chair and Vice Chair, elected annually by the Governing Body members, who work closely with the Head Teacher and the Senior Leadership team.

Graham Robins

I have been involved with the school in various roles since 1997 and as a governor since 2002, initially in a parent elected post, and from 2004 as a Foundation governor.  I am closely involved with both Immanuel Church and with St Marks, Kempshott, and also in roles with the Winchester Diocese. During my time as a governor I have chaired all of the committees at various times, and was Chair of Governors from 2013 to 2018.

I initially joined the governing body to assist with, and oversee, the extension of the school from a one form entry to the current three form entry, with particular interest in the early years and the year 6 suite of rooms and the Bridge facility, as Chair of the Premises committee. I continue to have a role in maintaining the high Christian ethos in the school and the school’s close links with Immanuel church.

Having retired from a global financial group where I was a senior manager in audit and investigations, covering Europe and the Middle East, I am now involved as a senior exams invigilator with a local secondary school, and undertake voluntary work with the church.

My other interests include singing, travelling, walking, reading, and of course, my family and household including two dogs and four cats.

Ena Bull

I have been involved with the school, in various roles, since the beginning and a Foundation Governor for over twelve years.   I originally joined the governing body when my grandchildren were both pupils at the school.  I have witnessed many exciting changes in that time but through it all the education and happiness of the children has always been a priority as well as maintaining the Christian ethos within the school.  I serve on a number of committees as well as the governing body.  I also volunteer in the school on two afternoons a week.

I worked for many years in the Financial sector where I was a Financial Advisor on company products.  I was the Business Support and User Testing Manager before I retired.  

I am a regular member of St Mark’s church and served as Church Warden there for over twenty years.  I do voluntary work including helping run the Christians Against Poverty budgeting course. I have also been closely involved with Immanuel church over the years.I enjoying travelling, especially cruising, gardening and cooking.  My family are also very important to me and luckily I see them and their dog often.

Brian Simmonds

My name is Brian Simmonds and I live in Hatch Warren. I am the Local Authority governor at St Mark’s. I am deputy chair of the full governing body, and also chair of the Standards committee. I am also the H&S governor.
I have been a governor at St Mark’s for 4 years, and before that I was a governor at Kempshott Junior School. I am retired, I used to work for Lansing Linde, which was previously known as Lansing Bagnall.
At least once a week I get out for a long hike and have walked nearly every country path in Hampshire.


Phil Neeves

I recently joined the governing body of St Mark’s after seeing an appeal for foundation governors in my church notices. As my eldest child was about to start at the school and I live in Hatch Warren I felt it would be good to more closely involved with the school.

I sit on the Standards committee and have taken on the responsibilities for Maths and Quality of Teaching.

My day job is working for an IT services company and part of my role is being involved with the non-emergency numbers 101, 111 & 105. Over the years of supporting these systems I have done a lot of data analysis to prepare regular reports for the respective customers. I feel that the work I have done preparing these reports has put me in a good position to analyse the data that we get presented with at the Standards committee meetings.

I am a regular church goer and have been attending the same place, St Mary’s Eastrop, since 1986. I am currently part of the sound\AV team and have been involved with the children’s groups in various forms over the years.
Outside of church and work my other interests include football, rugby & F1.


Aidan Kinnell

I joined St. Marks’ governing body in 2019, following an appeal for a Parent Governor. Being local to the school and having seen my daughter settle into year R in September 2018, I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to give something back to the school.

I sit on the Resources committee with a keen interest in the school finances and the efficient use of this limited resource. My wider role will be to support the school and educational development of the pupils.

My day job is working for a large telecommunications and broadcast infrastructure provider based in Winchester. I’m a qualified accountant with experience in handling confidential data, internal controls and audit procedures, financial reporting, and influencing change. My background provides me with the ability to support and challenge both the committee and school leadership whilst influencing the direction of St. Marks.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my young family, getting out and about with them – often ending up having coffee & cake. I always have a project on the go; next up is a tour of the Scottish North Coast 500. Where I can find time, I will be found in the garden or out on my bike.


Nicola Ledington

I have lived in Hatch Warren all my life and am very well acquainted with the area. I joined as a foundation governor in 2019, having been asked by Immanuel church where I attend with my children. I felt that the opportunity to be part of a local governing body would be a good way to help the pupils and the teachers at the school. I am very keen to make the curriculum rich and inviting for everyone and for children to make good progress towards their next stages.

I work at a local preschool during school hours and occasionally work at weekends at a local theatre. My preschool job provides me within an insight in the early years framework which forms the basis of year R’s assessment. I understand that the first few years at school are incredibly important and as a governor this is something I am truly passionate about.

Outside of work I have a young family and love spending my time with them both at home as well as going on day trips. I enjoy quizzes and have a strong knowledge of Disney films. I have recently completed the couch to 5k and try to get out running in local areas as well as a parkrun over the weekends.

Paul Wernham

My name is Paul Wernham, a foundation governor of St Mark’s School. I am married with two grown up children. I am Basingstoke born and bred, attending local schools. I studied physics at London University, also finding christian faith there. After graduation I started teaching in Basingstoke, spending almost my whole career in local secondary schools. My one ‘escape’ from Basingstoke was to take my family to north west China in 1986 for a year to teach English to trainee teachers. My wife and I have remained involved with China by recruiting and supporting professionals to work there.

My wife and I are now retired. We have been active members of the local community church for a long time. We enjoy travelling both at home and abroad; where possible we like to use our little caravan. Thankfully we have the time, energy and health to involve ourselves in voluntary work, especially the local foodbank








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