Meet Our Governors
The membership of the governing body of Cliffdale Primary Academy is determined by the Terms of Reference.
There are three types of governors:
· Co-opted Governors
· Parent Governors
· Staff Governors
Co-opted and Parent Governors are all volunteers who are not paid. The staff governors are all paid members of staff but do not receive any additional payments in connection with being a governor.
There is also a Clerk to the Governors who arranges and attends meetings and helps with legal and constitutional matters, but cannot vote on any matter at any meeting. This is a paid post.
Statutory information about the current governors and resignations can be found in the Governance Documents section below.
Minutes from meetings of the Academy Committee are available on request.
To contact our Chair of Governors please email:
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Sherry-Ann ParsonsChair of Academy Committee
A little about myself
I am a former librarian with over twenty-years experience working in public libraries in a vast variety of roles. Most of these were community based with a special interest in adult learning and special educational needs.
What excites me about my role
I consider my role to that of a listening ear and a helping hand for the children and their families. I strongly believe that any child can succeed if the parents , carers, community and school work together. I am excited for what the future holds for the Academy Trust and our present, past and future families. I feel extremely privileged to be a part of something so special.
Louise MatthewsStaff Governor
I have worked at Cliffdale Primary Academy for 15 years, across all ages and abilities.
I have enjoyed everyday from choir, sports activities, Christmas and summer shows, summer fayres where it is lovely to meet the children's parents.
I relish in seeing each and every child become more independent.
I enjoy walking my two Dalmatian dogs, gardening, reading, listening to music and spending time with my family and friends.
Helen LawrenceStaff Governor
Helen LawrenceEmployment/careerTeacher on the Early Years site at Cliffdale Primary academy. I entered the teaching profession in 1992 and have been a teacher within Early Years for 15 years. Throughout my teaching career I have taken on a variety of roles including DSL, Head of Early Years and leading parent workshops. I am passionate about all stakeholders working together to support the whole school community.Hobbies/interestsI enjoy being outdoors, especially when camping or walking with my family. I also enjoy trying to keep fit by attending a variety of gym classes and running.What I hope to contribute and how I will make a differenceI enjoy being able to be a part of the whole school development. I believe I can make a difference by employing my Early Years' experience and expertise, and by utilising leadership skills established at a variety of settings.
Gabriela SanchezCo-opted Governor
My academic background is in psychology in which I completed my BA in Psychology in Florida and then a merit at Durham University for my MSc in Developmental Psychology.
The focus of my MSc was in developmental disorders such as autism and ADHD, providing me with specialist knowledge which will be beneficial to the role of governor at Cliffdale. Additionally, I have experience as a Research Coordinator for an fMRI study focusing on children with ADHD.
This opportunity allowed me to work closely with parents and caregivers, providing me with insight into various caring needs.
I currently work for Solent Mind, the largest mental health charity in Hampshire. I would relish the opportunity to share my knowledge and skillset in mental health and wellbeing with your teachers and staff.
I want to ensure our teachers and staff are being supported and looking after their mental health as this will directly have a positive impact on students.
A few of my interests include going on walks with my Border Collie, Maya, completing DIY projects and exploring local markets on weekends.
Adelle SpindloveParent Governor
I have a background teaching English through drama and currently work for a language school in Southampton, designing drama projects within the marketing department.
I enjoy reading, sea swimming and live with my partner and two sons. I recently wrote a children’s picture book about my sons helping to teach typically developing children about disability and inclusion.
I look forward to becoming more involved with the Cliffdale family, using my skills can support the school
Lucky LuthfunnessaParent Governor
I am currently a Patient Safety Partner working for Solent NHS Trust Adult Mental Health Services. I have four children, two of whom are neurodiverse.
I would like to be a voice for parents, especially those from the ME communities and look forward to being able to support our children while supporting families.
Charlotte SmithCo-opted Governor
I'm a former journalist and CIM qualified marketing professional with an MBA from the University of Portsmouth, currently assistant director of Corporate Services at Portsmouth City Council, responsible for services including marketing and communications, market research and engagement, digital customer, and customer services.
My parents were both teachers and headteachers, so I've been around education throughout my life. I think that is the foundation of my passion for the public sector. I was also educated in the city, as were my two daughters, and I am keen now to use my professional skills and experience to contribute to a school in the city as a governor.
Linda TurnerCo-opted Governor
I originally qualified as a nursery nurse and worked in residential and day nursery settings.
When I returned to work after having my children I worked at East Shore School as a TA and developed an interest in communication. I proceeded to gain a MAKATON regional tutors qualification which enabled me to deliver training to staff and parents as well as outside groups including mainstream college and day services staff.
I studied with Plymouth University to gain a Foundation degree and when Mary Rose School opened, I was appointed Head of 6th form a role which I continued in until I retired in 2015. In this position I was committed to develop life skills, offer work experience and enterprise activities alongside “Student Voice”
I enjoyed leading the senior students participation in Rock Challenge which was an important event each year for students to develop their confidence alongside mainstream schools.
After retirement I enjoyed supporting pupils at Cliffdale in Junior Rock Challenge and Arts Week.