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Carlisle & Hampton Hill Federation

Meet the governing body

Our governing body consists of governors and associate members. The governors come from a range of backgrounds, bringing diverse skills and experience to the governing body. Our associate members enrich this with their own specific expertise, which is so valuable to the schools.


Billy Day: Chair of Governors and local authority nominated governor

I became Chair of the Governing Body in September 2018, but, my association with Carlisle Infants, and latterly the Federation, dates back to 2002 and now all three of my children either are or have been at the Federation’s two schools.

I am a history graduate of Manchester University, but have worked in the investment industry for 16 years and I am a Chartered Member of the CISI (MCSI). I am Vice Chair of the Finance & Premises Committee, trying to ensure that we balance the books whilst continuing to provide an excellent education and supportive pastoral care for our community’s children. In my spare time I also coach rugby and cricket at locals sports clubs.‚Äč You can contact me at:

Jerry Appleyard: Co-opted community governor

I joined the governing body in October 2017. I am Chair of the Finance & Premises Committee.

I am a consultant in international hospital management and strategy, working in Mauritius, Egypt and China. I have over 30 years of business experience including being CEO of a listed primary care medical provider in London, covering BP worldwide, Goldman Sachs, and Allan & Ovary. I have been a Director of Welcome Break involved in building South Mimms and Oxford service areas, as well as British Waterways where I led several major heritage projects.

I am also a Justice of the Peace, sitting as a Magistrate in Wimbledon Magistrates Court.

I am hoping to add my operational and financial experience to ensuring that the Federation maximises the resources available to the financial budget, at all times keeping children's needs at the forefront. You can contact me at:

Maggie Bassett: Co-opted community governor

I am very pleased to be joining the Federation as a co-opted governor. I am Vice Chair of the Achievement & Families Committee.

I have 24 years’ experience teaching Art and Design at secondary level and have been at my current school since 2002. I have always been committed to equal opportunities in education and am passionate about teaching and learning.

I believe that good schools inspire and empower young people setting them on exciting paths for their future.

Zoe Brittain: Headteacher, Carlisle Infant School





Barbara Clifford: Co-opted community governor

I joined the Governing Body in October 2018 (on a co-opted basis) and am on the Achievement & Families Committee. 

I have a geology background and after completing my PhD, I managed various research projects on Ice Age environments before spending several years with Natural England as their Ice Age geologist. After my daughter was born, I went freelance and now work on diverse projects that include geo-publications, outreach, research projects and web design.

I have a daughter at HHJS and my son will (hopefully!) start at Carlisle next year so I have a huge interest in both schools continuing to thrive and improve and value the opportunity to support and work with the Federation. I am the safeguarding governor and you can contact me at:

Karen Hood: Co-opted staff governor

I am a member of staff at Carlisle Infant School and I am on the Achievement & Families Committee.






Paul Morgan: Elected parent governor and safeguarding governor

I am a communications expert who specialises in social media. I spent 25 years working in national media before becoming the Communications Director at Premiership Rugby, the organisation that runs Aviva Premiership Rugby.  As an author, I have written more than a dozen books about rugby union and worked for the Mail on Sunday, while being editor of Rugby World Magazine for more than a decade. I have two daughters, one at each of the Federation's schools.

I was elected by parents and joined the governing body in November 2017. I am the Vice Chair of the Pay & Personnel Committee.

Nina Raban: Elected parent governor

I was elected as a parent governor in July 2018 and sit on the Finance & Premises Committee.

I am a qualified accountant and a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), specialising in finance systems and process improvement.  I have 15 years work experience covering both the Insurance & Food industry.

I hope to add value to the Governing Body by using the skills and experience I have gained in the private sector, to help make a difference to our schools. I am a mother of three children; two at HHJS and one at nursery.

Caroline Storey: Vice Chair of Governors and co-opted community governor

I joined the governing body in October 2018 and am now Chair of the Pay and Personnel Committee. 

My background is marketing and consultancy, with over 20 years of experience working on well-known brands, managing teams and running cross-functional projects. I’ve worked in and for businesses across a range of sectors, including consumer goods, healthcare and education. I am now a Professional Coach and Facilitator.

I am married with two children at secondary school, both of whom attended CIS and HHJS. I appreciate all that the Federation has given them and value the opportunity to support the schools.  You can contact me at:

Alan Went: Headteacher, Hampton Hill Junior School

We have a very vibrant Carlisle & Hampton Hill Federation Governing Body and it is a privilege to be a part of it.

As Headteacher of HHJS, I get to see the successes of this group first hand - how they challenge and support the staff team and how they work to ensure the best possible outcomes for the pupils and families of the HHJS community.

I have been involved in the governing body since my appointment as a staff member and have always been amazed by the expertise, enthusiasm and commitment shown by my fellow governors - it really is quite something - the school is very lucky to have them. 

Sharon White: Co-opted community governor

I am a Business Consultant currently working with a private training company and a further education college, helping to develop their employer facing business. I have over twenty years experience in senior roles in the learning and development sector, working with employers to implement their overall human resource strategies. I am an expert on work based learning programmes, including apprenticeships.

My experience includes a period as Managing Director of a small Skills training provider, leading the business in the development of new programmes and markets.

I am passionate about social mobility and see education as a key factor in helping young people to fulfil their aspirations.

I was a governor at Carlisle Infant School some years ago when both my children attended the schools. I am now the Chair of the Achievement & Families Committee. You can contact me at:

Derek Winterburn: Co-opted community governor

I am a member of the Achievement & Families Committee and am lead governor for Religious Education. 

I have been vicar of St James's Church Hampton Hill since 2016, and before that was vicar of St Mary's Hampton. I have a breadth and depth of knowledge of the locality. I have previously been a governor in three other schools, including being the first Chair of Governors of St Mary's Hampton CE Primary School.

I am married to Sandra, a maths teacher. Our sons attended Hampton Infants and Juniors.


Emma Simpson: Co-opted community governor

I joined the Governing Body in September 2019 and am a member of the Pay & Personnel Committee.

I am a history graduate from the University of St Andrews and CIPD qualified. I currently work as an Early Careers Talent Partner for a global construction company.  My focus is to deliver and manage our Apprenticeship and Graduate strategies, ensuring the company have a pipeline of bright, capable and driven people to support their vision. 

Through my work, I enjoy helping young people achieve their goals and think that a good education and support network is key to an individual’s success.

Zoe Claymore: Co-opted community governor

I am an education researcher and I currently lead national evaluation projects within the sector. I have experience analysing school data at a national level, translating research findings into operational ideas for school staff and policy makers, and evaluating the progress of school systems and specific interventions. I worked for a number of years in schools before beginning a career in education research and hold a masters in Psychology of Education. 

I joined the Governing Body in Autumn 2019 (on a co-opted basis) and sit on the Achievement & Families Committee. 

Associate members

Mandy Appleyard: Associate member

I am the Deputy Headteacher at Hampton Hill Junior School. I am on  the Achievement & Families Committee.






Danielle Fawcett: Associate member

I am the School Business Manager.

Vic Gabrie: Associate member

I am an associate member on the Finance & Premises Committee and work for an IT organisation managing teams of consultants delivering agile and complex IT modernisation projects.  I have worked in IT for over 20 years and been managing within large corporate environments for over 6 years.

I hope to use my business skills and knowledge to improve our schools. I live in Hampton with my wife and 2 boys, who currently attend Hampton Hill Junior School (years 3 and 5)


Sharmila Hanson: Associate member

After joining CIS as a parent governor three years ago, when the schools federated, I became an associate member and I am on the Achievement & Families Committee.

With 24 years’ experience teaching secondary science including as head of department, I have a passion for education and love working with young people. I take our children’s education very seriously, bringing enthusiasm, commitment and a positive, common sense approach.

At HHJS I have helped as a SATs reader, taken part in Learning Walks and directed fundraising activities.

I won £100,000 for my secondary school by making a science film for the 'O2 web-learning platform' in 2011. 

Beyond school, I work with my husband Andrew (a science educationalist) in devising and delivering science talks and shows at various schools and festivals, often along with our daughter.

David Wells: Associate member

I am the Deputy Headteacher of Carlisle Infant School. I am on the Achievement & Families Committee.  I've been teaching for over 15 years, working in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.  I love many aspects of teaching and leading in schools, but undoubtedly the greatest pleasure is that every day is different - you are never bored when getting to work alongside young, inquisitive children who love to share their ideas and stories with you.  You can contact me at: