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Meet Our Governors

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Julie Amies – Co-Chair of Governors
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Julie has a firm belief that a child’s physical and mental wellbeing forms the building blocks for them to thrive in their education. This extends into her professional life as a Chief Executive of a Charity, Energise Me, which works across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to tackle the things that prevent active lifestyles.

When her eldest daughter started school at South Wonston Primary, she wanted to support her education by volunteering. She started on the PTA and was then first elected as a Parent Governor in 2000.  She has served on every committee and chaired both the Curriculum and Standards Committee as well as the Full Governing Body over her time.


Bernie Labuschagne – Co-Chair of Governors

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Bernie Labuschagne is a British Army Officer working within the local Army Training Establishment at Worthy Down. A strategic leader with experience in change management, finance and HR, Bernie was welcomed as a Governor in April 2022.

With two children attending South Wonston School, Bernie wanted to share her expertise whilst also helping to build the relationship between the local and the military community.





Gary Westbrook – Vice Chair of Governors

Gary has been a co-opted Governor since 2018.  He is an experienced Chartered Accountant, and has worked in a range of advisory finance roles in both the public and private sector, as well as senior leadership roles in Local Government. He is passionate about building on the strong foundations and potential of our wonderful school making it a safe, happy and inclusive community that nurtures every child's potential. 

Gary lives in Sutton Scotney with his young family, aging spaniel and four chickens.  He currently has two children at the school. 



Jessica Lott – Headteacher

As Headteacher, Jessica has an overarching responsibility to lead, develop and support the strategic direction, vision, values and priorities of South Wonston Primary School.  She works with the Governors to help facilitate effective, long-term school improvement - with children at the heart of everything. She is passionate about each child being given the best quality education on offer to help them with their future happiness, career ambitions and to become confident learners for life.

Jessica has two children – one in her 20's and the other at nursery. When not working, she enjoys family holidays from caravanning in Wales to adventure holidays in America. To relax, she enjoys long walks, dancing and reading.


James Kosy – Chair of Resources Committee

James has sat on the Governing Body as a Parent Governor since April 2020 and brings his knowledge and experience of leading large teams and managing commercial budgets to the board.  This has led to James being the Chair of the Resources Committee.  He has worked in the hospitality industry for 22 years and enjoys an active lifestyle, often out walking with the dogs or playing a round of golf.

James has two children that attend the school and has lived in South Wonston since 2015.




Sarah Mack – Chair of Curriculum and Standards Committee

Sarah is the Deputy Headteacher for Education at a large primary school in Southampton. In this role, she is responsible for the design and progress of the curriculum and supports the staff in becoming the best practitioners they can be through coaching and development. She has been a Governor for seven years and joined the body in order to make a lasting difference to the children in South Wonston.

Sarah lives in the village with her husband and two young children, appreciating the time they spend together as a family.



Fiona Barrow – Vice Chair of Curriculum and Standards Committee
Fiona has been a Governor at South Wonston for the past four years. She is an Assistant Headteacher of a large primary school in Basingstoke and is a passionate leader of education. She believes every child deserves the best opportunities through a progressive and creative curriculum. Fiona became a Governor as she feels that a school should be at the heart of a community and should be supported by everyone in it.

Fiona is also part of the PTA and enjoys helping at events. She has two children at the school and lives in the village.




Nikki Linton – Co-Opted Governor

Throughout her career in Sports Development for Leisure Management Companies, Nikki has been involved in financial and risk management, facility building/development, public relations, marketing, safeguarding and sourcing grants. In addition to working closely with National Governing Bodies for sport Nikki also works with a range of disability groups to ensure access to facilities and activities are inclusive.

In deciding to become a school Governor Nikki wanted to give back to the local community utilising her professional skills and experience. She lives in South Wonston and has one child at the school.


Karin Ling - Parent Governor

Karin is a freelance writer with a background in the media.  As a Governor she works on communications and assists with grant applications. 

Her four children have all attended the school with the youngest still there and the eldest about to graduate university.  This gives her a broad knowledge and experience to inform her contributions to strategic planning.  She has a special interest in fostered/adopted, SEN, and military children being supported to achieve full potential.  She has lived in South Wonston for 22 years.




Ben Baxter - Co-Opted Governor

Ben is a social worker and was part of local authority safeguarding teams before starting his current role as Head of Safeguarding at Treloar's School & College for students with physical disabilities in Alton.  He also sits as a board member on the Hampshire Safeguarding Children Partnership, representing independent education settings.

Ben wanted to become a Governor both to help pass on his knowledge and experience and also to learn more from the community who run, support and learn at South Wonston Primary. He lives in the village and has one child at the school.



Lt Col Fraser Dowling - Associate Governor

Lt Col Fraser Dowling has spent two decades in the British Army with the majority of this time spent as a learning and training specialist having completed a PGCE (adult education), PG Dip and MSc in Educational Practice and Innovation. Fraser is the Commanding Officer of Worthy Down Support Unit which looks after the whole Worthy Down site in terms of security, infrastructure, equipment, discipline, welfare and safeguarding.

Fraser has previous experience of being a Governor and so understands the importance of the role and is happy to be supporting South Wonston Primary where his youngest of three boys attends.



Simon Baker – Co-Opted Governor

Simon works for IBM, a large global IT company focussed on Hybrid Cloud and AI technology and consulting. He works with IBM’s business partners who provide value add services and support to a wide and varied set of customers. Along with his long-time experience in the IT industry and a Diploma in Strategic market management Simon helps address business challenges by using enterprise design thinking methods to apply the value of technology.

He sails competitively on a racing yacht, mountain bikes, wild camps, likes cooking and gardening. Simon lives in Winchester and has four children, three of whom attended South Wonston Primary School.


Maria Percy - Staff Governor

Maria has been a member of staff at South Wonston Primary school for 14 years and a teacher for the last eight. She is looking forward to extending her involvement within the school to support its nurturing and caring ethos as the Well-being Link Governor. She aims to promote a whole-school approach to mental health and explore how this can be embedded in the curriculum and other experiences by developing procedures and best practice in the work that the school does. She is also a member of the Curriculum and Standards Committee.

Maria has lived in the village for 20 years and all three of her children attended the school. She also enjoys photography, walking her dog and going to the gym


Katherine Wagg - Co-opted Governor

Following a career as a solicitor, Katherine has worked as a teacher in higher education for the last 7 years supporting aspiring solicitors and barristers to achieve the academic qualifications they need to practise law. Katherine has completed a PgCHE (postgraduate certificate in higher education) and is currently working towards an MA in Education.  She is passionate about education at all levels and believes that learning should be a lifelong passion for everyone which is sparked in the earliest years.  Katherine is looking forward to using her expertise to support the school in providing the best learning experience for every child at South Wonston Primary. 

In her free time Katherine loves baking cakes for her family, running, yoga and reading.  Katherine lives in Sutton Scotney with her husband and son, who is due to start at South Wonston Primary School in September.