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 is the ex-officio governor.


Co-Opted Governors

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


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.


Femi Adeniran

Committee Membership: School Improvement

Term of Office ends: 05/01/2024

After finishing a degree at Kings College London in 2006 I moved to Southampton and began a career as a maths teacher at an inner city school. Since then I have worked in a variety of schools in a variety of roles and am now head of mathematics at an independent school in Sussex called Seaford College. I have a deep interest in education and follow the activities of various schools online.

Married to Reverend Amy Adeniran  we moved to Whitely with our daughter in 2018 and we now have son as well. My interests are watching and reading about rugby and studying French. I began studying the language in 2013 and by using a combination of various methods (including living in France for several months) I have achieved an A grade in AS French and reached a level of conversational fluency.



Sarah Dow







Committee Membership: Chair of Resources, Pay & Personnel;

Term of Office ends: 15/12/2024

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.”




Rev Philippa Mills

Philippa photo

Committee Membership: School Improvement

Term of Office ends: Ex Officio

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 (Chair of Governors)

Tom Mills

Committee Membership: Resources, Pay & Personnel

Term of Office ends: 1/4/2023

Born in Glasgow, I studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering 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 2015 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 in his final year at York University and a daughter at the University of Westminster.  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.



Andrew Short

Committee Membership: Resources, Pay & Personnel

Term of Office ends: 04/10/2020

Born in Jersey, I studied Accountancy at University and worked for a short time in a local audit firm before joining the Southampton University School of Nursing and Midwifery finance team where I qualified as a Chartered Global Management Accountant. In 1998, after a couple of years with the University, I made a move across to the National Health Service where I have held a variety of roles in a number of local provider and commissioner organisations over the past 21 years. I currently work for West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group as Associate Director of Finance. I have lived in Whiteley for 14 years with my wife and two daughters, one of whom is 10 and the other 14. I am the children’s leader at Portsmouth Citadel Salvation Army Church and 4 years ago launched a now-thriving Messy Church. In my spare time, I enjoy walking the family dog, running and playing the trombone (although not necessarily all at the same time).



Amanda Tucker

Picture Mandy Tucker

Committee Membership: Resources, Pay & Personnel

Term of Office ends: 12/6/2022

I have lived in Whiteley for 12 years and am 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, my husband manages one of the men’s teams and I play in goal.




Local Authority Governor

Chris Chivers







Committee Membership: School Improvement

Term of Office ends:

I was the head teacher of Rowlands Castle St John’s Primary School for the 16 years to January 2006. Following the death of my wife in the middle of 2005, I took time to consider all aspects of my future. I decided that my priority was, for the short term, to be the well-being of my teenage son and to redevelop a life, so stepped out of headship from January 2006.

However, at that time, I still needed to work, so, in the following twelve years, I developed a portfolio of experience with a broad variety of elements, some longer term, others more incidental, project-based areas. The continuous factor from 2007 was as an Associate Link Tutor with Chichester University, to which in September 2009, I added the same role with Winchester University, overseeing students on school experience and school liaison. For both universities, I conducted interviews for aspiring students, while I lectured at Chichester in Professional Studies for the 2008-09 academic year. I also trained mentors on behalf of Chichester and with Winchester. From 2014, I did similar roles with the Solent Teaching Alliance, plus quality assurance, finally retiring in the summer of 2019.

My roles as an assessor with two national award schemes allowed me to visit a wide variety of schools, to engage fully with the wider school community, interrogate strategic views and to develop opportunities for future school growth. These were time-limited projects with significant reports written after each visit. For the Inclusion work, I also developed the product and extended the rationale of the business model to its current form. This work also allowed me to be involved in the build-up to the curricular and SEND changes in 2014, as a consultant in different authorities.

I came into education as a teacher and had a very successful classroom teaching career covering a number of schools, ages and subject management experiences. These skills I carried forward into headship, often covering long-term for absent colleagues where a supply teacher might have been difficult to find or to hold the fort while one could be found for extended cover. These periods ranged from a week or two to a whole term. My teaching, which was inspected during Ofsted inspections, was judged to be excellent.

I was a successful head teacher for sixteen years, with my school achieving at a good level, as judged by County and National league tables, but through a pupil-centred approach to learning and teaching.

As a result, I have skills or expertise which were further developed as a Governor, previously Alver Valley Federation and Rowner Infants.


Parent Governors

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



Lisa Needham







Committee Membership: School Improvement

Term of Office ends: 15/12/2024

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, who both attend Cornerstone. I have lived in Whiteley for the last 8 years.



Helen Tucker

Staff Governor

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



Tamara Goddard

Committee Membership: School Improvement

Term of Office ends:

After graduating with a first-class honours degree in English Literature at the University of Southampton in 2015, I trained to be a teacher at the University of Winchester whereby one of my student teaching placements was at Cornerstone.

I then joined as a class teacher in September 2017 and have taught Year 4, 5 and 6 during this time. I am passionate about teaching and learning and wish for all children to achieve success both academically, personally and socially.

Teaching Year 6, I enjoy seeing many children complete their primary school journey and the sense of achievement this brings. I have a keen interest in extra-curricular activities during primary school, in particular the arts as a dancer for many years myself.

In my spare time, I enjoy going to the theatre, reading and a good muddy walk!


Tim Clarke


Committee Membership: Resources, Pay & Personnel; School Improvement

Term of Office ends: Headteacher

I have been working in schools for 25 years, as a class teacher, Year Leader, Senior Leader and Headteacher. I have worked as an Assistant Headteacher, a Deputy Headteacher and an Acting Headteacher 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 by networking with others within our school community, within Whiteley and the wider educational community. I have been married for 21 years and have two daughters, one of whom is 12 and the other 18. So I do understand what life is like being a parent. I feel very proud and privileged to work at Cornerstone with enthusiastic and inspiring staff, governors and parents, but most of all for the wonderful children we are all dedicated to supporting.