May we offer a very warm welcome to the Governor pages.

Strong governance is one of the many essential aspects that are required for any school to develop. We are all volunteers who are using our personal and professional skills to help the school leadership make Winton Primary School a great place for your children, the staff and parents.

The governors are all local people; some are parents of children at the school, there are staff members, business people, education specialists and finance specialists. Governors are appointed on the basis of their skills, and whether they have the knowledge and understanding to be able to make a worthwhile contribution towards the school's future growth.

The role of the governing board covers 3 broad responsibilities - they agree and plan out the future strategy of the school, they are responsible for the professional challenge and support of the school leadership team and they also have an oversight to ensure all of the school's money is spent wisely.

They are also answerable for ensuring the school engages properly with the children, parents, the local community and the wider school sector.

The board is divided into the Resources Committee (RC) and the School Improvement Committee (SIC). The RC uses business budgeting methods to ensure the money is well spent, and the SIC is responsible for evaluating and monitoring the progress of the children.

Neil Tarchetti


I took up at post at Winton in September 2012 and this is my third headship.  My first headship was at Durweston, a small village school just outside Blandford, during my time at the school I led it through the change from a first school to a primary.  After that I moved to Somerford in Christchurch which was a school given a notice to improve by Ofsted.  One year later, following a rapid school improvement journey, the school was judged to be good.  

Outside of my work life I have two football mad boys and am a lifelong Liverpool fan!

Jane Bingham

Chair of Governors

I have been a governor at Winton Primary School since October 2012, when my daughter started school.  In that time, I have been the Chair of the Resources Committee, Vice-Chair of the Board and am currently the Chair of the Governing Body. 

In my professional life, I have been a Project Manager, and internal auditor at a couple of major financial institutions, and I am currently a Business Manager at JP Morgan.  The skills I bring to the governing body are planning and project management, attention to detail, leadership and an ability to communicate with all levels from the senior leadership team to the pupils – and everyone else in between.

The reason I wanted to become involved with Winton Primary School was to offer my support to the head teacher, try to get the best out of the school and give the pupils the best education possible.  I have used my background and contacts to encourage new members to the board, joined interview panels, admissions committees, pay committees and participated in head teacher appraisals, appeals panels and am willing, and able to offer any help I can.

Outside of work and school, I have been a full-time tennis player, and still participate today at club, county and national level.  I enjoy going to the gym and playing with my children and family.

Bob Hucklesby

Chair of Resources Committee

I have been a Governor since 2008. The Resources Committee is responsible for the School's finances and also the maintenance of the buildings.

I am also a Trustee at the Eventide Homes on Castle Lane. Interests include walking and supporting AFC Bournemouth"

Tim Watts

Joint Vice-Chair

I joined the Board in November 2013 having come from an education background being both a Headteacher and Local Authority Inspector.

I Chair the School Improvement Committee. It has an overview of how the School Development Plan is carried out and whether it enables all pupils to achieve well. The committee has three scheduled school visits where a number of Directors meet at the school and visit classrooms to see how the curriculum and the resources are being used and the impact that these have on children’s learning.

I support the school as a member of the staff interview panel. Additionally I am a member of the Admissions Committee. We review all applications of pupils to the school and ensure that places are allocated according to our Admission Policy.  I try to actively support Winton Primary in as many ways that I can and bring to the school a commitment and knowledge.

Paul Gaston

Vice-Chair School Improvement

In 2014, I retired from full-time employment and am delighted to have recently been co-opted as a Governor. After ten years in commerce I completed my teacher training, then worked in a variety of types of school, including a private prep school, co-educational and single sex grammar schools and comprehensive secondary schools. My last 14 years prior to retirement were in senior leadership roles.

Richard Scott

I have been a parent governor at Winton Primary School since February 2016.

I was born in Bournemouth, educated locally and have spent my entire working career in Pathology at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, where I specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of Bleeding Disorders.

I have 2 boys at the school.

My hobbies include windsurfing and music.

Helen Uren

Joint Vice-Chair

I wanted to join the Board of Directors at Winton Primary as felt I could bring organisational, assessment & professional skills.  During my work as a nurse I am empathetic, a good communicator, good listener & excellent at prioritising.  I feel very dedicated to the school & its developing structure.  I have 2 daughters at the school & very much enjoy hearing about their learning experiences.  My hobbies include; camping, sewing & music festivals.

Martin Long

Vice-Chair of Resources Committee

Hello! I became a Governor at Winton in June 2017. I am a member of the Resources sub-committee which supports the non-academic side of the school, and that ties in nicely with my day job as a qualified project manager.  My son and daughter are in Years 2 & 5 and I am really excited about helping to shape the future direction of the school, for the benefit of all Winton Primary children

Robin Taylor

I have worked in the investment arena for 24 years and through my role at Barclays as a Private Client Investment Manager, I provide advice to my clients on how to manage their finances. I also head up the local Barclays Bournemouth team which looks at how best we can support the local area e.g. working closely with AFC Bournemouth FC. I look forward to bringing my skill set to Winton Primary School and help support the school in its future success.

I have 2 boys and enjoy supporting in everything that they do. I am manager of Hamworthy United Under 16s and enjoy helping the Bournemouth Colts cricket club. I am also a Wolves FC supporter for my sins!

Gerard Wherity

My first job, a very long time ago, was teaching Maths in a secondary school in London. We moved to Bournemouth in 1987 and have lived in the area ever since. I work as an acupuncturist so I am very used to listening to people’s problems and concerns. Watching my own children progress through the local education system has hopefully given me some insight into the issues faced by the school and should help me to better understand parents’ points of view.

Xiola Cochrane

Staff Governor Appointed by the Members.

Following my degree in English, I completed the Poole SCITT course and was fortunate enough to become a teacher in Year 6 here at Winton, where I have been since 2016.

Due to my deep interest in the subject, I am the RE coordinator at the school. 

When the opportunity arose to become a staff governor, I thought it would suit me due to my previous role as the student representative at university and I joined the governing team at Winton Primary School in June 2018.  I have a strong desire to help the school improve in order to become the very best.

Before working at Winton, I had worked in the Mental Health Sector for the NHS, where I was able to put my skills of helping others into practise - I have always been interested in other people’s wellbeing.  In my spare time, I enjoy yoga and walking my dogs at the beach.