Governing Body Who's Who
Chris Brammall - Parent Governor
After spending far too long at University, I had several technical management roles in Industry for 11 years. Seeking a career change, in 1991, I moved to the Isle of Wight to join local government, initially as a recycling officer then, since 1995, as an Economic Development Officer. This involves me with all aspects of the local economy, but I have a particular interest in advanced manufacturing and the broader agenda of training and skill development. My current role is mainly strategic, but in the past I have also performed a range of marketing functions.
I was previously a community governor at Nodehill Middle School, where I chaired the premises comittee, and the Temporary governing body for Medina and Carisbrooke. I live in Brighstone with my wife Liz, and 2 children - our son who was at Carisbrooke and the VI Form before going to Brighton University and our daughter who is at Carisbrooke College. When not acting as an unpaid taxi driver for my children, I enjoy creative writing, any excuse to be doing something with the family outdoors, sailing and history. I also volunteer with the Scouts.
Claire Caddick - Staff Governor
I am originally from a small village in Gloucestershire and moved to the Island in 1998 after finishing a BSc Hons in Sport and Fitness Science.
It was after 5 years working at Little Canada in Wootton, as an outdoor adventure and watersports instructor, that I decided I'd like to become a teacher. I returned to University in Southampton in 2002 on a PGCSE course. During this time my two teaching placements were at Medina High School and Carisbrooke High School.
My first teaching role was at Osborne Middle School in East Cowes where I was also a Staff Governor. Just prior to the school reorganisation I was offered a job in the PE department at Medina High school, where I have worked until present.
It will be of no surprise that as a PE teacher I enjoy sport and represent the Isle of Wight in the Ladies Hockey 1st team. I also enjoy snowboarding.
Teresa Harris - Parent Governor
I was born in and grew up in Ryde on the Isle of Wight. I attended Oakfield primary, Bishop Lovett middle and Ryde high school. I was a member of St John Ambulance for a number of years which is where I met my husband Neil. We got married in September 1995. We have one son, who is currently attends Medina College.
I work for Wight Home Care, as a daily carer. I was a parent governor at East Cowes primary school for 4 years, then joined the community group which successfully won the bid to run Queensgate Foundation primary school, (the new school that was formed as a result of Whippingham Primary and East Cowes primary amalgamating together during school reorganisation). I then became and still am a governor at Queensgate. I joined the Island Innovation Trust as Medina College’s parent governor in October 2013. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, jigsaw puzzles, sudoku and suguru puzzles.
Jenny Hastings - Co-opted Governor
I moved to the Island in 2013, having lived and worked as a teacher and education inspector/adviser in the South, then the Midlands and, in recent years, around the country. I taught in secondary schools in Berkshire, Hampshire and the Midlands, holding middle and senior leadership positions, before becoming a local authority inspector/adviser. As principal secondary advisor, I led a team supporting rapid improvement in schools in challenging circumstances, also working across the region and country as an Ofsted inspector, School Improvement Partner and National Challenge Advisor. I became a DfE Education Advisor in 2008, joining the City Challenge Programme as Secondary Challenge Advisor to the Black County. I continued to work as a DfE Education Advisor until my retirement in 2015, monitoring underperforming academies, particularly in urban and coastal areas. I was appointed as a governor of the Island Innovation Trust schools in 2015 and am keen to contribute to their journey towards ‘outstanding’.
I’m married with three children and three small grandchildren who do not live on the Island, but wish they did! We love the island and are very glad we decided to move here, spending as much time as possible outdoors: walking, horse riding, kayaking and sailing.
Michael Hayward - Foundation Governor
I have lived on the Island since birth and attended Carisbrooke when it was the Carisbrooke Grammar School. After leaving school I joined Plessey Radar (now BAE Systems) and was sponsored whilst studying Electronics before being appointed as a Design Engineer. I am still with the company currently as a Project Manager for ATC radar equipment. I became a Governor at the end of October 2016 to seek new challenges after a 25 year period of volunteering as a Special Constable attaining the rank of Special Chief Inspector, so I’m no stranger to giving time for worthy and deserved causes.
I hope to be able to devote my personal, business and community experience to helping the Governing Board progress the colleges in the future to deliver the very best possible service to the students attending each of the three establishments.
I have been married to Monica for 38 years and we live in Wootton and enjoy travelling for holidays.
Sara Higgs Foundation Governor
I was born in South Harrow but spent much of my childhood on the Island where I attended Carisbrooke Primary School, Nodehill Middle School and Carisbrooke High School. After reading Law at university I returned to the Island to begin my training contract to become a solicitor with RJR Solicitors. I am now the Managing Director of RJR Solicitors where my focus is on residential and commercial property. My husband and I are also Foster Carers for the Isle of Wight Council and we specialise in long term placements. In my spare time I enjoy meeting up with friends, reading and travelling.
John Littleton - Foundation Governor
I am a Chartered Engineer with over 30 years' experience working in industry - for the most part in RADAR development, but more recently in Naval Command and Control systems. I was brought up in Leicester and, after leaving school, was sponsored by Marconi Radar to study Electronics and Computer Engineering at Birmingham University. A few years after graduating, I left Marconi and came to the Island for a six month design contract; I met my wife Carolyn at a fitness class; settled in Newport and, ‘The rest’, as they say, ‘is history’. Carolyn and I have two sons both of whom were students at Medina (one now at VI Form, the other studying music at Southampton University). For ten years, I was both a parent governor and community governor at Summerfields Primary School and served as Vice-Chair and Chair. I have been a foundation governor with Island Innovation Federation since May 2013. I hope I am able to bring some of my previous experiences as a governor to the federation. I enjoy armchair F1, hill-walking, sailing, and more recently a bit of parkrun.
Paul McKillop - Foundation Governor
I am a teacher at the Isle of Wight College and I manage the Computing section and have specialised in the teaching of programming, database design and robotics. I have been involved in the training of other teachers in the Certificate in Education programme. I also write material for use by awarding organisations for use in the teaching and assessment of courses in the Digital curriculum area. This allows me to work with colleagues from across the country who are involved with education up to degree level.
Before coming into education 12 years ago, I worked in the satellite industry devising software used in the location of satellites. This work took me abroad for large amounts of time working mostly in the United States, Mexico and mainland Spain. I was lucky enough to work in 37 of the states and this often allowed me to practice my Spanish.
I now live in Cowes, but when I lived in Yarmouth, I was a member of the Lifeboat crew there for 19 years. This experience has taught me a lot about the management of stress and the advantages of teamwork. I am now too old to serve as Crew but continue to support the organisation through fundraising.
I am 100% geek and have never regretted having chosen technology as my career focus. I love the demands of staying up-to-date and discovering new things. The STEM area will offer even more exciting opportunities to young people coming through school now.
I have a strong interest in photography and take a large number of very average pictures, and just a few very good ones. I am a widower with three fabulous children who are all much cleverer than me; just as it should be. I have three grandchildren, two boys and one girl.
Madeline Paterson - Foundation Governor
I grew up in Gurnard, went to Carisbrooke High and studied at Sheffield Hallam University. I first taught English in Italy and, after qualifying as a teacher, worked for the UK’s first computer-based learning company. Since the 1980s, I’ve specialised in distance learning, working for media and IT businesses as a Learning Designer, Project Manager and Learning Consultant; and then as Corporate Communications Manager for a plc. I moved to higher education in 2001, working for UCL and the Open University where my team of editors, designers, software developers and project managers produced all the courses for the Faculty of Social Sciences.
I qualified in Coaching in 2004 and started my own business. Family commitments brought me back here in 2007 and I worked at the University of Southampton (in Employer Engagement and Student Transition). Since 2004, I have worked as a Writer of university online courses and as a Career Coach. I’m married, with a son of working age and live in Cowes. I love being back on the island and enjoy the outdoor life.
I’m determined to keep on learning and to help others do the same, both for Symmetry Coaching and as a Foundation Governor.
David Pickernell - Foundation Governor
I am a new governor, as well as being a recent resident of the Isle of Wight. I moved to the island after becoming Professor of Small Business and Enterprise Development in Portmouth Business School at the University of Portsmouth, having previously worked at the University of South Wales. I have a wife and young son and in my spare time help to look after our 4 rabbits.
Peter Webb Foundation Governor
After working on the Mainland running my own service sector business and then being in senior management, I decided to retrain to teach in the mid 90s. I moved to the Island in 2006, teaching in Secondary and Middle schools.
I then retired in 2013 to follow my many other interests but, having been a member of Senior Leadership Teams in schools and with my business background, I was quickly invited to be a governor. My employment experience both inside and outside of education gives me a useful insight into both how schools operate successfully, but also how they can cope with the additional pressures put upon them by the modern education system; the issues they have now constantly to address in order to succeed and progress.
I hold governor posts at two schools on the Island and am involved in a variety of local interest groups, but still find time for many other leisure pursuits including sailing, sea kayaking, photography and historical research.
Vanessa Whitewood - Co-opted Governor
I have been a Governor since May 2016. Before becoming a co-opted Governor I was Chairperson for Carisbrooke College Parents Voice which I had been involved with for 4 years, and really enjoyed. I was born on the Island and attended local Schools including Carisbrooke College. I have always lived and worked here. Before having our son, I worked in retail management for 10 years. My husband and I now run a gardening business. I have been involved with volunteering, including Cubs/Scouts, and also as a Child Welfare Officer for a Youth Football team.
I am a busy person, and when times allows, I enjoy walking, meeting friends and spending time with my family.
Peter Whitlock - Foundation Governor
I am a Computer Systems Consultant with over 38 years’ experience in the IT industry. I work for Yokogawa, a Japanese Control systems vendor, at their software development centre in Cowes where I am currently managing the Software Quality Improvement program. Prior to this role in the company I spent 20 years traveling the world working with customers in the Oil and Chemicals businesses designing and implementing Production Management Systems.
Before coming to the Island some 21 years ago I worked for the IT department of a European manufacturing company in Worcester.
I have been a Governor for over 14 years now, initially with Carisbrooke High and latterly with Island Innovation Trust since its inception.
I’m married with 3 adult children, all graduates of the Island education system. When time allows I get out walking or Sea Kayaking round the Island and other parts of the UK.
Different types of Governor:
Parent Governors are elected by parents of federation pupils.
Staff Governors are elected by federation staff.
Co-opted Governors are appointed by the Governing Body.
Foundation Governors are appointed by the Island Innovation Trust.
Local Authority Governors are nominated by the Local Authority and appointed by the Governing Body.