The Governing Body of Cornerstone Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School consists of fourteen governors: two parent governors, one local authority governor, one staff governor, the head-teacher, one co-opted governor and eight foundation governors. In addition, associate members can be appointed.

The Instrument of Government can be found here: Instrument of Government Cornerstone Church of England VA Primary School

The usual term of office is four years, with the exception of the head-teacher and the principal officiating minister who are ex-officio governors.

Co-Opted Governors

Co-opted Governors are appointed by the Full Governing Body.

Sue Dawson

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Committee Membership: Resources & Personnel; Pay & Performance; Teaching & Learning;
Responsibilities: Chair of Headteacher Review Panel; Development & Training; Health & Safety; Child Protection;
Term of Office ends: 13/10/2018

I have been a school governor for the past 6 years and my involvement with Cornerstone started in February 2013. I have been in business locally with my husband for the past 30 years and we have three adult children. I have previously worked in television production and at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In a voluntary capacity I have been a counsellor, a membership ambassador for a London museum and a co-opted governor at an infant and a senior school. A significant amount has been achieved at Cornerstone during the last two and a half years, validated by the recent inspection. I am committed to supporting the school and to ensuring our children receive a happy and excellent start to their learning journey.


Foundation Governors

Foundation Governors are appointed by the Portsmouth Diocesan Board of Education (Church of England) after consultation with the Church Council of  Whiteley Conventional District.

John Foxwell

Picture John Foxwell

Committee Membership: Teaching & Learning; Strategic Planning; New Build;
Responsibilities: Chair of Teaching & Learning Committee; Headteacher Review Panel; English
Term of Office ends: 13/10/2017

I was Headteacher of three schools, all of which were C of E Primaries.  My last headship was of a brand new school which has encouraged me to support the growth of Cornerstone C of E School as a school governor.  It is, as I appreciate from my experience, a privilege to help in establishing the ethos and character of a school.  Over the last twelve years I have worked for Copyright Licensing Agency across education, health, business and local government. My wife and I live in Whiteley and attend Whiteley Church.

Sandy Matheson (Chair of Governors)

Picture Sandy Matheson

Committee Membership: Resources & Personnel; Pay & Performance; Strategic Planning; New Build;
Responsibilities: Chair of Governors; Chair of Strategic Planning Committee;
Term of Office ends: 13/10/2017

I moved to Sarisbury Green in 2003 when I became the vicar of St Paul’s. I have been a governor in four schools over the past 14 years. Before becoming a vicar, I worked in Sales and Sales Management in IT and Telephony. This provided opportunities to develop skills in sales, marketing, personnel and finance. I am also a foundation governor at Sarisbury CofE Junior School.

Philip Rutt

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Committee Membership: Resources & Personnel; Pay & Performance; Strategic Planning; New Build;
Responsibilities: Chair of Resources & Personnel Committee; Chair of Pay & Performance Committee; SEND; Able Child; Pupil Premium; Sports Premium;
Term of Office ends: 17/11/2017

I am a lay minister at St Paul’s, Sarisbury Green, having trained for ministry in Southwark Diocese.  I am a modern languages graduate from the University of London. I was previously a senior manager with Centrica with a background in Marketing management, working latterly on call centre management, business strategy and change management with a particular interest in leadership, coaching and facilitation. I am currently chair of trustees of the Fareham and Gosport Basics Bank and an expert in sorting tins. I am married with three married children and two grandchildren. I was chair of governors at a primary school in South London for four years and in the last four years was a governor at Sarisbury CE Junior School and chair of governors at Brookfield Community School.

Tim Sage

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Committee Membership: New Build;
Responsibilities: TBA
Term of Office ends: 14/10/2019

I am a self-employed architect living and working in Southsea.  I specialise in building conservation and the majority of my work is for parish churches in the diocese of Portsmouth, Winchester and Guildford.  I am a member of the Portsmouth Diocesan Advisory Committee.  Before settling into full-time practice, I had been a technical editor for a weekly journal for architects and for three years a full time university lecturer in architecture in Malaysia and subsequently part-time for a number of years in Portsmouth.  I am married to a recently retired teacher, my daughter is a secondary school teacher and I have two sons (who have both side-stepped architecture and teaching!) and three grandsons.


Jane Stockall


Committee Membership:
Term of Office ends: 4/4/2021

Bio Details to follow


Amanda Tucker

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Committee Membership: Resources & Personnel; Pay & Performance;
Responsibilities: Year 3 Link Governor;
Term of Office ends: 12/6/2018

I have lived in Whiteley for 12 years and is a regular member of Whiteley church where I currently co lead their Sunday school having previously been a church warden for 6 years. I live in Bader Way so have no excuse of traffic delays to get to governor meetings. I am a full time civil servant who is passionate about future capability and emerging technology and enjoy encouraging the next generation of Scientists and Mathematicians. I am also mother of 2 boys and the whole family keeps busy with hockey. Both my sons play outfield, myhusband manages one of the men’s teams and I play in goal.

Rev Philippa Mills (Ex Officio)

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Committee Membership: Teaching & Learning;
Responsibilities: Headteacher Review Panel; Maths;
Term of Office ends: n/a

I was licensed as Vicar of Whiteley in August 2013 having been Interim Minister here since November 2012.  Before that I was the Assistant Curate at St Mary Hook with Warsash where I was a Foundation Governor for the C of E (Controlled) Primary School.  I have been involved with Cornerstone C of E Primary School from the beginning: initially as a Foundation Governor on the temporary governing body and now as the local Vicar.  I am in school at least once a week, leading collective worship on Thursdays and sometimes visiting on other days. I love living and working in Whiteley and I am excited by the opportunities here for what the C of E calls ‘Pioneer Ministry’ : connecting faith and contemporary culture.   I am married to Tom and we have a son at the University of York and a daughter at Barton Peveril College in Eastleigh.   My background is as a maths graduate, first working as an officer in the Royal Navy involved in training and then, at the end of my 8 year commission, studying to become a secondary maths teacher. After having my children I trained as a Reader (lay minister) and was very involved in the parishes of Botley, Curdridge and Durley before training for ordination. In my spare time I relax by singing in a community choir and, when I get the chance, reading, and going to the cinema or theatre.   I also enjoy cooking and sharing meals with friends and family. In all areas of life I’m passionate about the importance of good listening.

Tom Mills (Vice Chair of Governors)

Tom Mills

Committee Membership: Resources & Personnel; Pay & Performance; Strategic Planning;
Responsibilities: Vice-Chair of Governors; Year 2 Link Governor;
Term of Office ends: 1/4/2019

Born in Glasgow, I studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering (MA BSc FInstLM, Cdr(Rtd) at university and worked for a short time in industry prior to joining the Royal Navy in 1985.  I served for just under 28 years as an Engineering Training Manager, retiring in early 2013 in the rank of Commander.  After 2 years as a senior training consultant with Atkins plc I took up my present appointment in April this year in the MoD Civil Service as an Engineering Principles Lecturer in HMS SULTAN.  Married to Reverend Philippa Mills, we live in Whiteley and have 2 children; a son presently studying at York University and a daughter studying for her A Levels at Barton Peveril college.  I enjoy reading, listening to music, cooking and am a member of Botley Choral Society.  I re-live my childhood through building 1:72 scale model aircraft and one day will have a proper train set.

Local Authority Governor

Local Authority Governors are nominated by the Local Authority.

Hazel Hendley







Committee Membership: Teaching & Learning
Responsibilities: Higher Attainers; Pupil & Sports Premium
Term of Office ends: 28/11/2020

Being part of an expanding primary school is an exciting time as we work to instil our school values and grow an inspirational learning community. I  have a love of learning, educated to Masters Level in Business Psychology. I strongly believe that lifelong learning is a key skill for any individual and to start children off at the earliest possible age with a healthy, enthusiastic approach to learning is important. I currently lead the Organisational Development Team in Ordnance Survey; we’re responsible for developing the people and the culture to support the business strategy. Prior to joining Ordnance Survey, I worked with the Police Service of Northern Ireland as part of the organisations transformation from a Police Force (RUC) with a command and control culture to a Police Service with a customer focus and service culture. I’m very committed to supporting the school in ensuring that our children’s learning is central to everything we do.


Parent Governors

Parent Governors are self-nominated and elected by the parent community.

Sarah Dow








Committee Membership: Resources & Personnel; Pay & Performance Management; Teaching & Learning
Term of Office ends: 15/12/2020

I have been involved with the school since the beginning. Back in 2013, I was part of a group of parents working towards getting a second primary school for Whiteley. Now all three of my children attend the school. Since my twins joined in 2014, I have been involved in the school through the PTA and I also thoroughly enjoy volunteering in the Year R classroom one afternoon a week. I have always enjoyed working with children. During my time studying Engineering at the University of Cambridge, I volunteered at a primary school as part of the STEM (Science, Technology and Mathematics Education) scheme as well as coaching a number of school students in Maths and Physics.  I continued working with school children when I started work as an Engineer through the SEA (Science and Engineering Ambassadors) scheme. I am currently working part time as a Senior Research Analyst at NATS in the Research and Development department for Air Traffic Control. I manage a large European Research Project and a team of employees. I have always had an interest in education and am driven by a desire to get the best for the children, families and wider community of the school. As the school is growing and developing this is an exciting time to be part of the governing body, contributing to decision making and representing the parent community.”


Lisa Needham








Committee Membership: Teaching & Learning
Term of Office ends: 15/12/2020

I am passionate about learning, I want the pupils to make the best progress they possibly can and wish to do everything I can to support the school in providing a safe, nurturing environment for all pupils to enjoy and achieve success.  I have 19 years teaching experience in a range of Infant, Junior and Primary schools, ten of which have been in senior management capacity. I currently work as Head of School in a Primary Special School in Southampton, giving me a wide range of SEND (special needs) experience. I am also a trained Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and also Children Looked After Lead. I am a Specialist Leader of Education and as my school is a teaching school, I am regularly involved in supporting other schools across Southampton and Hampshire. I am a mother of two children, my son who is at Cornerstone and my daughter, who attends a local nursery. I have lived in Whiteley for the last 8 years.

Staff Governor

Staff Governors are self-nominated and elected by the members of the school staff team.

Clare Ross

Clare Ross

Committee Membership: Teaching & Learning; Strategic Planning;
Term of Office ends: 13/10/2017

I am a member of the teaching staff at Cornerstone and have been teaching for over 30 years. This is my third period as a governor; previously as Acting Head at another primary school and as a parent governor at my children’s school. I represent the teachers of our school at governors’ meetings, offer insight into the teaching and learning that goes on in school for the governors, and I also support our Headteacher.



Tim Clarke


Committee Membership: Resources & Personnel; Pay & Performance; Teaching & Learning; Strategic Planning; New Build;
Term of Office ends: n/a

I have been working in education for 20 years, as a class teacher, Year Leader, Senior Leader and Headteacher. I have worked as an Assistant Headteacher for 6 years, a Deputy Headteacherfor 2 and a half years and undertook an Acting Headteacher secondment for two terms before  joining Cornerstone in September 2014. This is also the fourth school in which I have been a governor. I am fascinated by teaching and learning, passionate about ensuring the best opportunities and experiences for our pupils and benefit hugely by networking with others within our school community, within Whiteley and the wider educational community. I have particular enthusiasm for: Reading, writing, maths, IT, Science, History, Music, PE and drama (which is one of the reasons why primary education so appealed to me). I have been married for 15 years and have two daughters, one of whom is 6 and the other 12. So I do understand what life is like being a parent. I feel very proud and privileged to work at Cornerstone with enthusiastic and fantastic staff, governors and parents, but most of all for the wonderful children we are all dedicated to supporting.


Associated Members

Associated Members of the Governing Body are appointed by the Full Governing Body. They have no voting rights.

Paul Gosling








Committee Membership: New Build;
Term of Office ends: 21/7/2019

I am married with four children, one of which attends Cornerstones Primary School.  I have been appointed as an Associated Member of the Governing Body to form part of the New Build Committee overseeing the design, construction and establishment of the new primary school.  I own a successful architectural and surveying company and have a passion for architecture and building.  Prior to establishing my own company, I spent 17 years at a senior level working for Local Authority Building Control Departments.  Whilst employed in Building Control I managed the building control framework for all of Hampshire County Councils building projects, including schools, nursing homes, public buildings, etc.  I have been the Building Control manager for a number of prestigious projects; including venues for the 2012 Olympics and works to Blenheim Palace.  I graduated from the University of Greenwich with an Honours Degree in Building Surveying, I am a Chartered Surveyor and a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers.  In the very limited time I have away from work, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing the occasional round of golf and walking in the New Forest.  I am proud to form part of the New Build Committee and hope that we are able to deliver a well designed, well built school which serves the local community for years to come.

 Jozef Mountain








Committee Membership: New Build;
Term of Office ends: 21/7/2019

A parent of two children at Cornerstone, I have a daughter who was in the very 1st Year R class and a son who began his Cornerstone journey in 2015.  I graduated from Loughborough University in 2000 with a degree in Civil Engineering, and have worked in the Hampshire area for major construction companies for the last 16 years, from site engineer through to project management in many sectors, including education. For the past 4 years I have managed the Pre-construction department in the Solent region for one of the top 10 contractors in the UK.  In education this role includes working on the other side of the table, challenging school briefs and concepts to enable design, development and delivery of new facilities that fully meet expectations of all stakeholders. This experience will  enable the Governing Body to have an insight into how the process works behind the scenes, allowing us to challenge decisions made and ensure we get the best solution out of available funding, to ensure that the new school is the very best it can be for our children and teaching staff alike. Outside of work I am an avid sports fan (of the armchair variety) and love football (despite supporting Hull City) and rugby.  I enjoy photography, walking, travelling and, most importantly of all, spending time with my family.