Our Governing Body
Michael Ball – Chair of Governors:
My wife and I have lived locally for 15 years, and both of our children attended the school and are currently at secondary school. I became a governor to help the school and add value where I can using the skills I have developed in the business world; I am a Chartered Surveyor. I am currently the Chair and additionally I have responsibility for Health and Safety and I sit on the Pay Committee. Outside of work and school I am a keen runner and enjoy exploring the trails of the North Wessex Downs.
Johanna Perry – Vice Chair:
I was co-opted to be a School Governor for St Mary Bourne in January 2022.
My Partner Richard, and I have lived in Egbury for 12 years now.
We farm an arable farm with 6 pet sheep.
I have 4 children all in their 30s and 2 granddaughters, both 2. One of my daughters has learning disabilities. I hope that I can be of value to the school and am very much looking forward to being involved with school activities. In my free time, I love walking, running, cold water swimming and looking after my grandchildren and my sheep!
I have been a governor of St Mary Bourne Primary since 2013 initially as a parent governor and then as a co-opted governor. I have 3 daughters, now 18, 16 and 14 who were all at St Mary Bourne throughout their primary education. In my professional life I have worked in IT for many years in roles from programming through to management. In my current role I work in Asset Management for a sovereign wealth fund. Where possible I try to use my professional experience and that as a governor to support the governing body in its role.
As a governor of the school, I have previously chaired the Curriculum committee, been vice chair and am currently the Chair of the Head Teachers Performance Management committee.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a governor both as a parent and then as a co-opted governor.
I became a parent governor at St Mary Bourne School in September 2023.
I have two children (5 and 8) who attend St Mary Bourne Primary School and they are both flourishing academically and socially. I feel that volunteering as a governor is a great way for me to give back to the school.
I am a qualified teacher and I have been teaching for over 13 years. I aim to support the governing body by sharing my experience and knowledge of teaching, the curriculum, pastoral care and special needs in the primary setting.
In my spare time, I enjoy exploring new places with my family and our dog.
I have lived in the Andover area since the age of 9 and my career covered nearly 40 years working for Waitrose. I started as a Saturday assistant and never left! My career covered managing in shops and also a range of Head Office based roles- a wonderfully varied and fulfilling career.
In 2023 I took early retirement and started looking for voluntary work opportunities and becoming a Governor at St Mary Bourne School is my first role, starting in January 2024.
Whilst I have no experience in the Education sector, I am looking forward to listening and learning and hope I can support the schools on going development.
I live locally and in my spare time I enjoy cricket (watching rather than playing) and can often be found in the summer watching Kent play at their beautiful ground in Canterbury (my birthplace) and I am also a loyal and ever optimistic Tottenham Hotspur fan!
St Mary Bourne School: Governors’ Diversity Statement
The Board of Governors at St Mary Bourne School is committed to promoting equality and diversity across the School’s activities and to ensuring that established principles of equality and diversity are embedded and demonstrated throughout the School.
The Board welcomes interest in membership from all those who will support us in our objectives and will contribute to the strength and success of our school community. For the avoidance of any possible doubt, we confirm that we continue to welcome and will consider all applications regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.
In the selection of appointees to office within the Board, we consider the benefits of diversity (alongside appropriate skills and experience) for the management of the Board and its affairs. The Board therefore warmly welcomes applications from potential governors from all areas of the wider community.