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.
Minutes from meetings of the Governing Body are available on request.
To contact our Chair of Governors please email:
Academy Governing Body
Sherry-Ann ParsonsChair of Governors
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.
Molly BrownCo-Opted Governor
A little about myself
I'm currently working as a Recruitment Resourcer for Blueprint Recruitment Solutions in Fareham. My role with Blueprint is to speak to people daily and try to source relevant people for the jobs I work for our clients. The company is an engineering/construction company and I head up the Permanent Recruitment for the Process & Energy Team, who focus on the Water and Oil & Gas Sector.
I am a recent graduate from Portsmouth University where I studied Sociology and graduated with a 2:1.
In my free time I enjoy going to the gym and playing tennis. I love keeping busy with exercise and going out with my friends.
What excites you about your role within the Academy and the Trust
I am excited to join the Governing Body at Cliffdale because I feel my previous experience working with children with learning difficulties will mean I can use the skills I have learnt to make a difference. I will bring new ideas and suggestions to the table. Also, I will try to listen to the issues in hand to make sure I can build on these and work together with the other governors to improve ways of thinking.
Katy WalshCo-Opted Governor
A little about myself
I have an eclectic skillset having worked in the public sector for nearly thirty years. I am part of the community, voluntary sector team at Portsmouth City Council where I lead on a number of projects including managing the city volunteer bureau.
I started my career as a registered nurse in London and I have also worked as midwife, academic researcher, and lecturer as well as working with unpaid carers in adult social care.
Hobbies and interests
I have two teenage sons, a crazy collie called Pepper and we are restoring a 1970's fishing trawler. I volunteer for a number of projects in Portsmouth, such as an inclusive theatre company and a social group for people with mental health conditions and their carers. I love to swim and spend time
by the sea.
How I aim to contribute and make a difference
I am looking forward to supporting the school with fundraising and volunteers for events and being an extra pair of hands for anything which the children, families and staff may need
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.
Will PastonParent Governor
Will PastonWill has been a Warfare Officer in the Royal Navy for the last 21 years, the majority of which has been spent in various seagoing roles in a wide variety of ships from Mine Counter Measures vessels to Aircraft Carriers and all in between. When not at sea he has worked in Human Resources at Whale Island in Portsmouth.
He moved to Portsmouth in 2007 and is married to Louisa, a School Principal in Wiltshire, and they have 2 young sons, Tom, who attends Cliffdale and Alex who goes to a local Infant School.
He is really keen to be involved in the great work that Cliffdale do for its pupils and to continue the outstanding level of interaction that the school has with parents and families.
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.