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Southover CE Primary School

Latest Governors' Update


The governors role is to work with Noel Fadden and the rest of the team to set the strategic direction of the school, to monitor the educational performance of the school for the benefit of all pupils and to make sure the school's budget is well spent.




Please do feel free to contact the governors on any strategic matter either by email to the chairs Andrew Barnard on (co-chair) or Edward Smith (co-chair) or in person. You can see photos and bios of each governor on the website and you will find many of us in the playground at drop off and pick up.


You can also email the clerk to the governors, Sarah Greed 

Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

Meet the Governors

Andrew Barnard – Co-Chair of Governors - Local Authority appointed Governor October 2021 – October 2025


I am the local authority governor and also have a child at Southover (Alex). I live in Lewes and work in London for the Cabinet Office. I sit on the finance committee and bring with me experience of working in a number of international economics, statistical and finance related roles. My background also includes support to charities, most recently for an education charity that promotes and supports PSHE.


Edward Smith - Co-Chair of Governors - Co-opted Governor

29th September 2019 - 28th September 2023 


Hi, I'm Edward, I have been a governor at Southover since 2019. I have one child, Oliver, who attends Southover. I live in Lewes and I work as a psychotherapist privately and in a hospital setting. I have sat on the finance committee as well monitoring high achievers at Southover in the past and currently work closely with the headteacher. My background also includes SENCO, working with mental health charities as well as being a keen sportsman and traveller.


Carol Taplin – Foundation Governor

September 2021 – August 2025,


I have been a governor at Southover since 1997, when my three children were all still at Southover. I am a Foundation Governor appointed by the Diocese on the recommendation of Trinity Church Southover, and as such have a particular responsibility for ensuring that the school, as a Church of England school, remains distinctively Christian. I am a member of the Finance Committee, and am the governor linked to Safeguarding, helping to ensure that the school fulfils its responsibilities to safeguard all the children at the school – this also covers monitoring children’s attendance and staff training in areas such as Prevent.


Gill Fenton – Staff Governor

December 2018 2019 – December 2022


I've been a Class Teacher and Music Coordinator at Southover for many years and am currently Phase Leader for Years 5 and 6. Currently, I teach in both Falcon (Year 6) and Nightingale (Year 5) classes. I have 2 'grown-up' children at College and University.


Ade Napier – Co-opted Governor

July 2018 – July 2022


I have been a governor at Southover since September 2018. I am a Co-opted Governor, appointed in part for my many years of finance experience within the public sector. I am Chair of the Finance Committee which provides guidance and assistance to the Head and Governors in all matters relating to budgeting and finance, we also review budget monitoring reports, annual budget and the 3-year financial plan. I report on the school’s finances at full Governing Body meetings.



Noel Fadden – Headteacher, ex-officio Governor


I have taught in Birmingham, Hastings, Eritrea and Vietnam over the years as well as gaining an MA in International Education at Sussex University. I have been at Southover since 2006 as Deputy Head and Acting Head and have taught in all year groups from Y1 to Y6. I am delighted to have been the headteacher at Southover since September 2017 and am proud of the way the school community works together to enable the children at Southover to achieve in all areas.


Burt Browne – Co-opted Governor

September 2021 – September 2025


I am the governor for Health and Safety and e-safety. I am also responsible for the monitoring of behaviour in the school.


Sally Davies – Parent Governor

May 2018 – May 2022


I joined the governing body earlier this summer as a parent governor and have really enjoyed my first few months. I have a son currently at Southover and a daughter who will be joining in a few years’. I work in Human Resources for the Royal Institute of British Architects and been able to use my professional knowledge to support the work of the governors and the school. I sit on a number of committees including the Grievance and Disciplinary, Pupil Discipline, Pay and Head Teachers Performance Management. I am also the governor linked to Writing to help ensure writing is consistently good in all year groups across the school.


Michèle Moore - Co-Opted Governor

April 2019 – April 2023


I am delighted to be a member of Southover’s board of governors. My professional background is in adult training and development and my last role was as Head of People Development with a large contract catering company. I have been particularly involved in leadership development and managing change.


I am the governor linked to Curriculum, ensuring that it is broad and balanced and supports children to build their knowledge and apply that knowledge. I share the monitoring of Wellbeing with Sally Davies and I support training for governors.


Susanne Pollard - Foundation Governor

Sept 2019 - Sept 2023


I am Foundation Governor, nominated by Trinity Church Southover and appointed by the Diocese of Chichester in July 2019. Due to the nature of this appointment, I have a responsibility that the school demonstrates its' commitment to Christian values and a Christian ethos. 

My training and experience is as a special educational needs teacher specialising in teaching children and young people with severe and profound multiple learning disabilities. As well as teaching, I have been a department manager giving me a perspective on supporting staff and the senior management team. I am the link Governor for SEND, PP and Early Years.


Duncan Milham - Parent Governor

October 2019 - Oct 2023


I have had the honour of being a parent governor since 2019.  I have a little girl currently at Southover with one more to join when she is old enough.  Professionally, I have been a secondary school maths teacher since 2003 though at time of writing I am having a year away from the classroom to concentrate on doing the school runs and spending time with my daughters.  I grew up in Lewes and I still live here now.  


I am the link governor for maths teaching at Southover.  I am also a member of the finance committee.


Ros Toomey - Foundation Governor

September 2021 - Sept 2025



Associate Governors 


Lisa Walker  Associate Governor

May 2018 to May 2022


My eldest daughter, Matylda attended Southover and my youngest daughter, Edith is still here.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed 21 years in teaching (preschool - undergraduates), including working as an Every-Child-a-Reader Teacher and playing an award-winning role in the transformation of Rudyard Kipling Primary School & Nursery to one of the highest achieving in Brighton.  My career began working with Orang-Utans in Sumatra; arguably the best preparation for the path I’ve subsequently followed! 

I am currently the governors link to Southover Friends.


Zoe Short – Associate Governor

March 2019 - March 2023


I am Assistant Headteacher (Inclusion, EYFS/KS1 Lead) at Southover and have been a governor  for a number of years, starting as a parent governor in 2007 and now as an associate  governor.  I have taught and governed in different schools so bring to the governing body experience of the education system. 

Over the years, I have been special educational needs governor and safeguarding governor and part of the performance management of headteachers. I combine the understanding of the education issues schools face, a staff perspective and that of a parent. I am currently responsible for monitoring the improvement of the school's communication with all stakeholders.


Governors remit and structure:

All schools in the UK have a governing body whose job is to:
• Set strategic direction for the school
• Act as a ‘critical friend’ to the school and the head teacher
• Ensure that the school is accountable


Southover’s Governing Body is made up of 12 people who represent all the key groups involved with the school – parents and carers, school staff, the Local Authority, the Church, and the local community. The Headteacher is also a member of the governing body. Governors who are not school staff are not paid for their work, but carry it out on a voluntary basis. Parent governors are elected by parents and carers, while other types of governor are appointed by the Governing Body on the basis of their expertise or interest. All governors have a four-year term of office but can be re-appointed at the end of this period. The Governing Body has a paid Clerk whose job is to circulate agendas, take minutes and advise the Governing Body on its statutory responsibilities.
Our governing body meets at least six times a year, and has a Finance sub-committee which meets when required.
The Governing Body also appoints and manages the performance of the Headteacher, and acts as an independent body which can deal with complaints about the school. If you would like to know more or would like to get in touch, please contact the Chair of Governors through the school office email

Governor Attendance 2019-2020

Declaration of Interest