BIRGITTE ATTLEY - CO-OPTED GOVERNOR
I have lived in and around this part of rural Hampshire for most of my life and was schooled in these buildings more than fifty years ago when it was a Junior School.
My two children went to school in Petersfield before going away to university. They both now live in London and I enjoy spending time with them and my wonderful grandchildren.
I was fortunate to be at home with my children when they were small and loved every minute. Once they were settled in school I ran my own ceramics studio teaching children and adults, including our head teacher. After that I helped my partner run his manufacturing business.
Now that I'm retired and living on a small farm on the outskirts of Petersfield, I have more time to pursue my love of life in the country. Alongside my duties managing the farm with its menagerie of animals, I am a keen beekeeper, sheep advisor and volunteer gardener.
I started volunteering at the school as a Year R classroom helper offering pet therapy to those children who might benefit from extra individual attention. Supporting this amazing school further as a governor seemed a natural and rewarding next step.
CARA SCHWICK - CO-OPTED GOVERNOR
I have lived around this part of Hampshire all my life, growing up in Sheet and attending The Petersfield School. Recently, along with my husband and two daughters, we took the opportunity to renovate the house I grew up in, making it our family home.
Prior to working at Petersfield Infant School, I worked as an Operations Manager at a local company. This involved implementing policies and procedures, having responsibility for health & safety, and co-ordinating training for staff members. I also enjoyed reviewing and analysing where improvements in performance had been made.
Both of my daughters enjoyed attending Petersfield Infant School. During their time at the school I began volunteering, initially by listening to readers and helping with phonics, moving on to become a member of staff in 2016.
Recently, I was lucky enough to be chosen by the school to attend an apprenticeship course in ‘Support Teaching and Learning’ with Hampshire Futures. I now spend my free time writing assignments or studying for exams!
I really enjoy working at the school and I’m delighted to be a school governor. It is extremely rewarding to be involved with a school who actively encourages children to be the best they can be.
CLARE PARSONS– CO-OPTED GOVERNOR
I was born and brought up in South Wales, leaving to study at Southampton University when I as 18. I completed a 4 year BEd Hons history course there and got my first job as a teacher in a large junior school in Portsmouth shortly after finishing. After a few years teaching I decided to try a different career and got a job in IT, working for IBM and have been there ever since. I have been lucky to do a variety of roles within the company. Currently I am a Service Manager for one of IBM UK's biggest clients, which is challenging and enjoyable in equal measure. I have lived in Petersfield since 2002. I am married to Will and we have two sons, Evan and George, both of whom thoroughly enjoyed their time at Petersfield Infant School. Since having children my spare time has diminished significantly but when I do have that rare moment I like to go out for a run, read, visit the theatre, cook, catch up with friends or relax with a glass of wine.
JULIAN JAMES - CO-OPTED GOVERNOR
I have lived in Petersfield since 2003, having grown up in Liphook and travelled the world, or at least the West Country, serving as a pilot in the Royal Navy. After leaving the Navy, my working life has mainly been focused on IT related activities including providing consultancy and infrastructure support to schools. Although no longer active in this sphere, I still maintain an interest in education and this was one of the factors that drew me to the role of governor. Petersfield Infant School is of particular interest as both of my daughters have benefitted from the outstanding education delivered by the team.
Outside of work and family I can occasionally be found microlight flying and cycling around the local area, although it would be fair to suggest that I’m generally a fair-weather participant in both activities.
PATRICK PEREZ-LOPEZ - CO-OPTED GOVERNOR
I was born in Tunbridge Wells and brought up in Kent. My work experience has mostly been with hydrocarbons, primarily with Shell. I feel very lucky to have worked in a variety of countries and cultures and with people from differing disciplines, backgrounds and levels of seniority. My wife and I have two adult sons and are Guardians to a lovely little lad who will attend the school from 2019. We moved to Petersfield a year ago and love the town and just about everything in and around it. We have family and friends dottted around our lovely planet and spend as much time with them as we can. I find most things interesting but science, art, music, sport, travel and history are especially absorbing.
PEARL WHEELER – CO-OPTED GOVERNOR
I was born in Odiham but grew up in Silchester and Horndean. My early working life was spent in the manufacturing industry, marketing consumer durables. I moved to Petersfield following my marriage in 1980 and took a career break to spend the pre-school years at home with my two sons, Dan and Luke, now adults.
I thought about how I wanted to spend the rest of my working life and decided to retrain as a language teacher at the University of Portsmouth. I spent my teaching practice at secondary schools in Hayling Island, Horndean and Woolmer Hill and later taught in Leigh Park, Havant. The most enjoyable part of this role was as a tutor and mentoring trainee teachers. As part of an MFL initiative, I spent time with primary teachers and helped coordinate language-learning for that age group.
Although retired from teaching, I continue to be very interested in the development, welfare and education of children. In my free time I am an avid reader and a member of a bookclub. I enjoy music, current affairs, travel and foreign culture.
REBECCA LEETE - LOCAL AUTHORITY GOVERNOR
Having grown up in Portsmouth, I moved back to Hampshire in 2007, and live in Liphook. I have a niece at Petersfield Infant School, and a nephew who has now moved on to Herne Junior School. After studying languages at university, I started my professional life working for youth charities, before moving into the public sector. For many years, I worked at the Department for Education (DfE), where I was involved with a wide range of policy areas - from early years and childcare to the English curriculum. Lately, I have focused on corporate services: I was the Board Secretary at the DfE and am now responsible for governance and risk at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. I love to travel, and recently crossed China, Mongolia and Russia on the trans-Siberian railway. When I’m at home I enjoy long distance walking, yoga and cooking.
RICHARD CRABTREE - PARENT GOVERNOR
I’ve lived in Petersfield since 2009 moving here with my wife to work in the Portsmouth area, since settling here we have built a family and have a son and a daughter. We have grown to love Petersfield, the people who live here and the local area. My son is at the infant school and as we watch him grow and learn we’re constantly reminded of what an amazing school Petersfield Infant is. I enjoy supporting the school as a parent governor and helping the school to continue to move forwards. I grew up in West Sussex and studied Aerospace Engineering at university, now working as a technical programme manager. In my spare time I enjoy playing sports, taking the children to their various club activities and also coach my son’s year group at Petersfield Rugby Club.
SARAH PIRIE - PARENT GOVERNOR
We’ve lived in Petersfield since 2014, having moved from Southsea in search of a quieter life! Initially we rented a property, but soon decided that we wanted to put down some roots, and we bought our house here in 2016. I live with my husband and daughter, who started at Petersfield Infant School in 2017. I grew up in Fareham, and attended Portsmouth University, before training as a Chartered Accountant at BDO in Southampton. Since qualifying in 2007, I have worked mostly in online businesses (retail / travel) and I’m currently a Head of Finance at an online local retailer in Portsmouth. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family. When we’re not out at a local attraction or going for walks in the forest, we’re at home, making things and spending time in the garden. I’ve recently taken up running again, so you may see me making my way around Petersfield in the evenings!
SUE BARROWS - CO-OPTED GOVERNOR
I grew up in Fleet and left to join the Royal Navy when I was 19 to train as an engineer officer. 17 years of adventure later, I changed career, becoming the Headmistress’s PA at a school in Portsmouth. At the same time, I decided to get involved in my local community and so became a governor at Petersfield Infant School. In 2013, my husband’s job took us abroad for 4 years but on my return I was delighted to re-join the governors. I am currently working as a Maths teacher in a Secondary School. I have lived in Petersfield with my husband since 2008. I enjoy singing, cycling, reading, travel and spending time with my nieces and nephews.
SUSAN PHILLIPS – CO-OPTED GOVERNOR
I live in Petersfield having moved here from London in 2010. My working background is in the public sector, beginning in a central London local authority and now as a civil servant in Westminster. I have had a number of roles in each organisation, most of which centred around children and young people and improving their life chances and opportunities. Away from work I enjoy the theatre, music and reading, working on my garden and allotment and I am becoming increasingly interested in the environment. I enjoy my role as a governor for Petersfield Infant School and hope that my life experiences help support the school team to make pupils' time here the best it can be.