Governor Profiles

The Board of Governors (Governing Body)

Membership of the full Board of Governors

Dr. Kathy Bacon, Chair of Governors

Kathy has a PhD in Spanish Literature and has taught at universities including Cambridge and Stirling. She is also a qualified teacher of English as a Foreign Language and has several years’ experience teaching
English as a Foreign Language (EFL) to students of a range of ages both in the UK and in Spain. Since moving to Portsmouth in 2007 she has been bringing up her three children and has held a range of volunteer roles. Kathy is a member of St Jude’s Church, where she has been a leader in groups for young people and in Connect (the mid-week women’s group). Her children have all attended St Jude’s School. She has been a Foundation Governor since 2015.

Jackie Jones, Co-opted Governor and Vice Chair

Jackie is a self-employed Management Consultant, specialising in Leadership, Management Development, Coaching and Soft Skills. A Director of a Training and Consultancy Company for 12 Years she became self-employed 6 years ago to gain a better work/life balance. In managing to do this she has been able to spend more time with her family, namely her husband, 2 children and 2 grandchildren and her love of travel. Mindful of the importance of education which she placed highly when bringing up her children, she believes that not only “what” good education looks like for children, that together with the importance of “how” they interact with others and the world is vital too. A passion for giving children the very best start in life from sound education supported by parental care and interest can only set children on an exciting path to fulfil their potential.

Wendy Evans, Local Authority

 Wendy is a qualified accountant and fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountant (FCMA).  In addition to a career in financial management, Wendy has a teaching qualification (QTLS) and taught in post 16 education.  Her early career included working in industry in a senior financial role and latterly in further education and business training.  Wendy currently works training leaders in governance and finance and is Chief Executive of a charity providing an adult mental health services and counsellor training.  Wendy is a member of St Jude’s Church and her two children attended St Jude’s school when she first joined the Board as a governor in 2002.

Reverend Neil Smart, Ex Officio Foundation Governor (St Jude’s Church)

Neil was born in Southsea, with relatives here that he returned to visit after the family moved to North Hampshire where he grew up.   His dream was always to be a vet and this was his career for 14 years,  before God called him into full ministry in the Church.  As a partner within a large vet practice he gained skills in management and strategic planning.  After training in Cambridge, he served in Southampton before spending 11 years as vicar of Brockenhurst in the heart of the New Forest.  During this time he was a school governor at the local CofE Primary School.  In September 2018 he arrived to take up the post of Associate Vicar at St Jude’s Church and is the ex-officio foundation governor appointed to the governing board.

Kelly Nash, Parent Governor

Kelly has lived in Portsmouth all her life and now works for Portsmouth City Council, on a variety of projects. She volunteers as a mentor for young people in the city, supporting them in the later stages of their education. Kelly is a parent governor for the school, having previously been actively involved with the school Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and her sons attend/have attended the school. Kelly loves being part of the school community.     

David Jeacock, Co-opted Governor

David is a senior leader within the financial services industry having spent 16 years working for a Global financial services company, both here in the UK and overseas (Middle East, Europe and Africa) before moving to the Bank of England in 2011. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Application and holds an honours degree in Mathematics & Physics and a Masters in Applied Mathematics. David has a keen interest in scouting and outdoor activities. His current role at the Bank of England is focused on ensuring Insurance companies operate with strong governance/capital and in a manner which provides stability to the UK economy. David became a governor in 2012 and has one girl and one boy currently attending the school.

Teresa Barnett, Foundation Governor

Teresa has a BA Ed with qualified teacher status and has been a Primary School Teacher in Hampshire for 17 years, carrying out various roles within school and on the Leadership Team. Since having her 3 children, she changed to part time teaching and currently enjoys working 2 days per week in Year 2 in a local school. Five years ago, Teresa opened her own school holiday childcare business, which serves the local community and keeps her busy, but allows her to spend time with her children. Living in Southsea, she enjoys spending time out and about with family and is a member of Portsmouth Cathedral. Teresa joined the governing board in November 2017 as a Foundation Governor, appointed by the Cathedral and her 2 daughters are currently thriving at St Jude’s Primary school.

Dr Ed Morrison, Parent Governor

Ed is a lecturer at the University of Portsmouth since 2009, having previously worked in scientific and medical publishing. He has a PhD in psychology, an MSc and a BA degree. Ed attends St Jude’s church and helps with children’s work there. He has two children attending St Jude’s school.

Pippa Henderson, Staff Governor

Pippa has worked at St Jude’s Primary School for 6 years as a class teacher. She started her career in education as an LSA for 3 years, before completing a PGCE. Pippa has an Open Degree, majoring in Childhood and Youth Studies with a minor in Accounting and Finance. Her passion for working with children started at the age of 14 when she became a Young Leader for the Scout Association and has worked with children ever since. Pippa enjoys supporting the school in her role as Staff Governor.

Mark Mavrikakis, Co-opted Governor

Mark is a management graduate and former senior executive with leading FTSE100 and world leading multi-national organisations encompassing Food & Support Services, Facilities Management (FM) and Property Management Services. He enjoyed a highly successful 17-year overseas corporate career before returning to the UK with his family. As a Portsmuthian he is very committed to supporting the local community and presently represents his local church as a volunteer safeguarding officer. He is currently navigating the Covid-19 landscape to grow a soft FM services business to provide a platform for further serving the community at large. He is currently the incumbent health & safety link governor. 

Dr. Olubisi Ige, Co-opted Governor

Olubisi is a senior lecturer in Construction Project Management at London South Bank University, the position he started in early 2020, having practiced in construction industry and in the education sector, both internationally and in the UK for over 20 years. He has a PhD in civil engineering from the University of Portsmouth and has been researching on fibre reinforced concrete and soil blocks enhanced with agricultural wastes for sustainable and affordable housing in developing countries. He has been presenting his research output at national and international conferences. Olubisi is also the location minister of Victory Chapel International, Portsmouth, and was one time a governing committee member of Fledgling Pre-School, Southsea between 2013 and 2014 while his child was attending. He is a member of Chartered Institute of Building, Institute of Civil Engineers, and American Society of Civil Engineers. He is happily married with 3 children. 

Miss Rachael Osborne, Headteacher and Staff Governor