The governors of Tavistock Infant School are a small and committed group of busy people who enjoy being part of the school’s leadership team. Our role is to support and challenge the school as it works to deliver the best possible educational experience for its children, and strives to adhere to its statutory responsibilities. School governors are appointed to serve for four years.

The governors welcome contact with parents, staff and children and make themselves available at school whenever possible. If you would like to contact the governors, please write via the school to the clerk to the governors or email them at


Letter to parents January 2016


Governor Attendance 2016


Constitution Sept 2016


16-17 Pecuniary Interest


Governors Attendance 2017







Mrs Joanne O’Connor
Category of Governor: Staff

Membership of Committees
Buildings and Grounds
Finance and Personal

Positions of Responsibility


Michelle Hulse
Category of Governor: Co-opted
Membership of Committees
Positions of Responsibility
Chair of Governors
Training Liaison

Term of office: 4 years served, now into 2nd 4 year term

I joined the Governing Body at Tavistock in October 2010 and thoroughly enjoy being a member of the team. Both my sons have passed through the school and one is now in All Saints and the other at Calthorpe Park. I have a degree in Business Studies and 13 years Operations experience within IT services organisations.  My main skills are in project finance, problem-solving, back office process design, leadership and management.
I believe that as an infant school, we are responsible for providing our children with a safe and stimulating environment in which they are able to enjoy their first years of education. This is vital to ensuring that they achieve well and continue with a love of learning through to secondary school and beyond. My motivation for being a governor is to help guide school strategy to ensure that we can provide that environment and create a place where the children truly can ‘Achieve Happily Together’


Mrs Claire Jamfrey

Category of Governor: Staff

Membership of Committees
I joined Tavistock in September 2013 and at present I teach in Hedgehog Class in Year 1. I thoroughly enjoy working at Tavistock Infant School as it is a fantastic place to be. I have been teaching since 1997 and have taught in a variety of schools across the country from Reading, Berkshire to Wakefield, West Yorkshire. I believe all children have the right to a high standard of education. I strive to achieve this by creating a positive, happy, healthy and stimulating environment where all children can participate in well-planned learning journeys. I have two children myself who keep me very busy out of school. I spend most of my weekends watching them play football or being a taxi! I wouldn’t change anything though!


Jane Moore
LA Governor

I joined the Governing Body in Autumn 2012 having previously been a Governor at Hook Junior School for 8 years, 3 of those as Chair.  As a parent I believe education is one of the most important things we can give to our children and that is why I decided to become a governor.  I live in Hook and have a daughter at UCA Farnham and a son at Plymouth University.  My background is as a Chartered Accountant.  I qualified with a large city firm but since having a family I have become self employed and work for several small firms of solicitors in London.  My work brings financial, analysis and organisation skills to the governors’ role.  My time at Hook Juniors has given me a broad experience of the governors’ role having been involved with financial, personnel and curriculum matters.  I still have lots to learn and enjoy being able to contribute to the Governing Body at Tavistock Infants.


Olga Malyutina
Category of Governor: Co-opted

Term of Office: 4 years


Tracy Sacks
Category of Governor: Co-Opted Governor
Committee Membership – Pay Committee
Positions of Responsibility – Data and Assessment, Policies

I joined the Governing Body at Tavistock in June 2016, just prior to my eldest son starting in YR. The school motto of ‘Achieving Happily Together’ said to me this was the kind of school I would like to be involved in and so far I’m loving being a part of the lovely community here. I’m a secondary school teacher by trade but my career has taken me to the world of business and the charity sector as well. However all my roles have been education-related in some way and so I hope that the combination of skills I have acquired over the years will mean I can make a constructive and helpful contribution to the governors team at Tavistock.




Carlo Di Berardino

Category of Governor: Co-opted
Positions of Responsibility: IT Governor

I joined the Governing Body in October 2016 and my child is currently attending Tavistock . I have always had a keen interest in Education and when I found out that there were vacancies available in the Governing Body, I felt that it was the right way to contribute back to the school and the local community, especially considering how committed and hard working the staff is at the school. I am currently working in the IT industry with a background in business development both in the UK and overseas.




Jonathan Mewett

I joined the Governing Body in July 2017 and my son started in Year R that September. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to put something back into our local community by using my skills and experience to help this fantastic school achieve its objectives, and our children get the best start in life. Professionally, I have 20 years experience working in various IT roles in a number of different sectors mainly in a consultancy role on business change and software development projects. I run my own small business and I hope my breadth of skills will help me contribute to this great team of people, I’m really looking forward to the journey. In my spare (!) time I enjoy keeping fit, playing guitar and photography as well as spending lots of quality time with my family.



Ed Stacey

I joined the governing body in September 2017.  I live in Fleet although was born and grew up in Bath.  I have three children, all of whom have been pupils in the school (my youngest has just started in year R) and all of them have had a wonderful learning experience with Joanne and her marvellous team of teaching staff.  I am a qualified solicitor and have recently been appointed the UK senior partner of one of the world’s largest law firms.  My specialism is employment law with a particular focus on discrimination, diversity and inclusion and contentious issues.  At Tavistock, I am a member of the pay committee and I am also the early years governor and look forward to contributing to these roles in the coming years.



Andrew Mathewson

Community Governor.
Deputy Chairman of the Full Governing Body
Chairman of the Building and Grounds Committee.

I joined the Governing Body in April 2016. Having recently retired from a thirty six year career with both public and private sector experience I was keen to use my knowledge and competences to help the community. I think my strengths are in managing organisations with constrained budgets, working in a team, understanding policy and thinking strategically.  Tavistock is a great school that wants to continue to improve and I am keen to help on that.




Nick Parker

Category of Governor: Co-opted
Positions of Responsibility
Safeguarding & Child Protection
Safer Recruitment
Forum Rep

I have recently joined the Tavistock Governors and my eldest daughter started at the school this September. I’ve previously served on two other Governing Bodies as a Staff Representative but now wanted to contribute as a parent. I have further personal connections to the school as I actually attended Tavistock as a child and grew up on the Calthorpe Park estate! With nearly 20 years of teaching and school leadership behind me I have much to offer including an acute understanding of what it is like ‘on the shop floor’ and how Governors can best contribute to the continuing success of the school. Away from teaching I have a keen interest in sports and food and always look forward to the next holiday!



David Gulliver

I am in the unusual position of being retired and having two young daughters, one at All Saints and the other at Tavistock. After a career spent working long hours with actuary colleagues to build a successful business providing advice to and management of corporate pension plans, I want to “give something back” by making a positive contribution to children’s education. I believe the skills needed in my business life of finance, legal, management and HR might prove useful as a Governor.  My spare time is spent with my family, which includes two older sons and four young grandchildren, although, whenever I can, I get away sailing with or without the family.




Kerrie Cole

My name is Kerrie Cole and I have two daughters – one in year R and one is year 3 at All Saints.  I work full time as a Regional Operations Manager for a catering company producing school food (not in Fleet!) and I have a passion for offering school children quality food that gives them the sustenance to learn throughout the day.  My job involves, among other things,  managing large teams of people; detailed finance work; and lots of problem solving.  Tavistock was not actually my first choice for my eldest daughter, due to geography, but ever since we have been at the school I have been completely bowled over by the schools’ vision and ethos. It was categorically my first choice for my second daughter! I am thrilled about the education my children are receiving in a very happy environment, and this is what prompted me to be more involved with the school in a governor role.  I want to be a part of this school and to support it in any way possible so that it continues to be such an inspiring place.



Judith Lewis De Araque


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