Governors – Who we are…
Chris Gayler – Chair
Chris has been a Governor since January 2018. She has recently retired as Headteacher of a special school and has 38 years of experience working in special education. Now she has some free time on her hands she enjoys reading, swimming, walking the dog (or should I say being walked by the dog?) and spending time with her family.
Norma Riddle – Vice Chair
Following a career in the private sector I moved to Hampshire 34 years ago. I worked for Hampshire Constabulary before starting 24 years ago with Special Educational Needs Department (HCC). I undertook a number of roles and was a Senior Special Educational Needs Officer when I retired in October 2018. I have always had an interest in the holistic well-being of all children/young people.
I have not only worked towards improving the education of children within the SEN Service but have ran or supported youth groups and also been a helper in a church creche.
I have many hobbies; cross stitch, jigsaws – ordinary and 3D, knitting, and now retired spending more time walking with my husband and time with my grandchildren.
Cathy started as a governor at Osborne School when her son attended. She loves the school so much that she stayed on when he left 5 years ago. She has previous governor experience in a special pre-school and a mainstream primary school in Camden. She has taught for many years and currently teaches in a Hampshire primary school.
Andy has been a governor since 2015. He is a Chartered Accountant and currently works as the Group Chief Financial Officer for the City Football Group. He has had a son at Osborne school for a number of years. Outside of work and family time Andy attempts to slowly drag himself around triathlon and Ironman courses.
Clerk to Governors
Nelianne is employed by Governor Services and is linked to Osborne School as Clerk to the Governors. She has been clerking since the summer of 2016 and has been expanding her clerking duties since then. Outside of work, her young family keeps her busy and on her toes.
Lynn has been a governor since Summer 2016. She is a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Winchester, which involves delivering lectures and conducting research on youth mental health. Lynn contributes to charity fundraising efforts through Winchester Ladies Circle and in her spare time she trains with a local athletics club.
Alex has been a governor at Osborne school since 2013 and is also a governor at Shepherd’s Down School since 2003 where his son has attended both schools. He is a Financial Planner and runs his own financial services company based in Chandler’s Ford. Alex contributes to charity fundraising through supporting organisations such as Friends of Osborne School and Eastleigh Rotary. In his spare time, he likes to relax with his family.
Sandra has started as a governor at Osborne School in May 2018
Local Authority governor
Mark became a governor in 2016. He has a son who started at the school last September. He has been the Managing Director of a sports and leisure consultancy for the last 16 years and lives near Alresford. He has 3 other children and 2 golden retrievers to keep him fit and active. Mark is a keen golfer, trying extremely hard to reach a single figure handicap, so far to no avail.
Brenda Ralston Teacher governor Brenda has recently joined the governing body as teacher governor, replacing Caroline Irwin. Brenda has worked at Osborne School since it opened in 2003. She is a class teacher in Year 9, Head of Art and Design and Head of Key Stage 3. Brenda loves working at Osborne. She wanted to join the governing body to become more involved in the strategic areas of Osborne's development.
Melissa Doughty is a new Governor. More details to follow.