Governor biographies

Linda Gregory, Chair of Governors & Safeguarding Governor





Linda is a solicitor who works full time as a Head of Legal in a national communications infrastructure and media company.  She became a Parent Governor at Harestock in late 2010 and became a Co-opted Governor in late 2014.

Over her time as a governor with Harestock, Linda has been the “link” governor for Community Cohesion, Chair of Staffing and Vice Chair of Governors. Linda is currently Chair of Governors having been elected to the post at the start of the 2015/2016 academic year. Linda currently sits on the Finance and Staffing Sub-committees and has previously sat on Learning & Standards as well.

Alistair Scott, co-opted governor (Chair of Learning & Standards)

Alistair is a local businessman who brings to the Governing Body experience in finance, operating a business and a personal interest and qualification in professional education and development.

Alistair is what is known as a “co-opted” governor and was co-opted following the Governing Body conducting a skills audit refresher; advertising for potential governors in the school newsletter, local publications and via Hampshire County Council; and a formal application and interview process. In addition to training provided to new governors by Hampshire County Council, in his first year as a Governor, Alistair attend various Governing Body Committee meetings as part of his induction before being allocated to an appropriate committee (or committees) and getting stuck in to the work of the Governing Body. He was elected as Chair of Learning & Standards following the retirement of Michelle Nye, a Parent Governor who had completed her four year term.

Ross Mardle, co-opted governor (Chair of Finance & Resources)

Ross Mardle for Governor webpage

Ross is a Director working for one of the big 4 global accountancy firms and works with their clients to deliver large finance and technology projects.  He became a Co-opted Governor in late 2014 having previously served as what was then known as a Community Governor.

Initially sitting on the Learning & Standards committee, Ross was elected to the Chair of Finance in 2015 and also sits on the Headteacher’s Performance Review Panel.”

Miranda Woolfenden, co-opted governor (Chair of Staffing & Development and Training Liaison Governor)

Miranda Woolfenden for Governor webpage

Miranda has worked in local government for 25 years and currently works part-time as an Administration Co-ordinator for Hampshire County Council, in the Property Services Department.

Miranda became a parent governor in November 2010 and a co-opted governor in November 2014.  During that time, Miranda has served on the Learning and Standards and Staffing Committees and is now Chair of Staffing Committee.  She has also been on the Headteacher Performance Review Panel and is currently the Development and Training Liaison Governor (DTLG).  She currently has two children at the school.

Derek Rutherford, co-opted governor

Derek Rutherford for Governor webpage

Derek applied to be a governor and completed the formal application and interview procedure following the roll being advertised in the school newsletter and local publications. He was co-opted on 27 June 2017.

Derek is a retired Army Officer who served in the Adjutants General Corps at Worthy Down and brings to the Governing Body experience in finance, payroll, general IT and safeguarding.  He is a committed Christian supporting his local Church, St Barnabas, the Winchester community as a Street Pastor as well as being a Samaritan.  He is a Hampshire hockey umpire actively participating in school, college and university level games. He has 5 grandsons aged between 3 and 8 all living in Hampshire and is keen to support Harestock Primary School to achieve the best standards of education for all. 

Since his appointment Derek has undertaken a significant amount of training in addition to the basic governor induction course to enable him to be an active part of the team. Particular training has been around safeguarding to enable him to become the lead governor in safeguarding in the near future. Derek has been appointed to the finance and resources committee and attends the learning and standards committee to grow his knowledge in this area.


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