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. 

Bob Hucklesby

Chair of Resources Committee

I have been a Governor since January 2008. After qualifying as an accountant in 1980, I worked for both Poole and Bournemouth Borough Councils.

As well as providing accountancy services, I was also involved with the Unison Trade Union as Branch Secretary and Treasurer at various times. I am also a Trustee at the Eventide Homes on Castle Lane. Interests include walking, amateur dramatics and supporting AFB Bournemouth.

Dan Sears

I have been a governor at Winton for 15 months now.  I have been working in state education for the past 13 years, over this time I have worked in a range of diverse schools across the home counties, progressing to Deputy Head Teacher.  Currently I work for a group of secondary and primary schools in the South Wiltshire area.  I have a broad interest in education at all levels and believe that I can offer impartial and honest guidance to Winton Primary School.

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.

Lucy Brown

I have been a teacher here since 2012, working in various years throughout the school and I am currently Year Leader in Reception.  I joined the governing team at Winton Primary School in June 2014 because I have a strong desire to help the school improve in order to become the very best.

Before Working at Winton Primary School, I worked in a number of other schools in Bournemouth and Hampshire.

Paul Gaston

A year ago 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.

Mark Hames

Vice Chair of the Resources committee

I was fortunate to be selected to join the Directors of Winton Primary, where my daughter is about to move into year 2.

I am a technology risk and controls officer and am in my 23rd year working for the largest private employer in the county, where I hope the experience i have gained in my career to date will help me further strengthen this already strong team of Directors.

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.