Governors – Who we are…


Penny Parkinson – Chair
Co-opted governor

Penny has been a governor at Osborne School since June 2015. Before that she taught at the school for many years. She has had experience of both teaching and leading professionals and is now Chair of Governors at Osborne School. She has recently retired and spending her time between her garden and charity work.


Cathy Taylor – Vice Chair 
Co-opted governor

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 Young 
Parent governor

Andy has been a governor since March 2014. 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.


Cecily O’Neill 
Co-opted governor

Cecily is a new governor, who started in May 2017. She taught English and Drama in secondary schools, and was responsible for in-service training in Drama in London before moving to the US where she was an Associate Professor of Education at The Ohio State University. She is active in local theatre, and enjoys adapting classic texts for performance.


Steve Hedger 
Co-opted governor

Steve has been a governor since 2016. He is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, and currently works as a Health and Safety Consultant for a firm based in Reading. He has had a daughter at Osborne School, and now Osborne College, for several years. He was, until recently, active in the local rugby team, and is now occupying his time with learning to write computer code and enjoying time with a new addition to the family.


Lynn McKeague
Co-opted governor

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 McWhirter 
Co-opted governor

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.


Caroline Irwin 
Staff governor

Caroline is a Deputy Headteacher at Osborne School. She has worked in special education for 17 years, with pupils who have a wide range of needs and has been on the governing body for nine years.


Marie-Louise Johnson 
Parent governor

Marie-Louise has been a governor at Osborne since December 2013. She has previous Governor experience at Shepherds Down where her youngest son attended before coming to Osborne. She used to run her own Interior Design business in London doing hotel and domestic interiors. After having her third son, she now works with her husband in a PR and Marketing Agency specialising in the marine industry.


Mark Steward
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.

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