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Meet the Governors

Our Governing body has full meetings each half term. In addition to this we have committees overseeing finance and standards, which each meet once per term. Should you wish to view the minutes taken please contact the office for further information.

Meet our Governors


Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.


Sarah Ackerman - Headteacher - Term of office on-going

No Pecuniary Interest
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Safer Recruitment Trained
Member of Finance Committee and Standards Committee


After almost 20 years in the classroom, and five years as an Assistant Headteacher, I decided to take the plunge and become a Headteacher! Before coming to Uplands I had taught in two very different schools across a range of year groups. I have always had a passion for teaching the key skills especially Maths.

I have been at Uplands for almost seven years now and it has been a great journey and an amazing experience. Working with the other Governors helps me to shape the direction of the school and ensure that our practise is focussed on ensuring our pupils can be the best they can be.


Dorothy Fane - Chair of Governors - Local Authority Governor- Term of office ends 9th February 2025

Pecuniary interest declared - related to a supply teacher.

Member of the Standards committee, Finance committee, Headteachers Performance Management Panel & Membership of appointment panel

Safeguarding Governor

Safer Recruitment Trained

Link Governor for Art


I am a retired Headteacher, living in the local area.  One of my grandchildren currently attends Uplands Primary School.

I have spent most of my career working in schools in the Gosport and Fareham area and throughout that time I was involved in the work of and served on various Governing Boards. I fully understand the importance of the Governing Board to the school and its contribution to the school’s effectiveness.

Since I retired from headship, I continued to fulfil my interest in education by working part time as a Link Tutor with Winchester, Chichester and Southampton Universities, visiting primary schools across Hampshire, to supervise Trainee Teachers while they were on School Experience.

I remain very interested in education and I firmly believe that schools must provide the best possible education for each and every child, so that they can maximise their ability in all areas. I therefore fully endorse Uplands’ vision “to be the best you can be”.

I very much enjoy being a member of the Governing Board at Uplands and relish the opportunity of being involved in education and working as part of the team to serve the school




Robin Tucker - Vice Chair of Governors - Co-opted Governor Term of office ends 4th February 2024

No Pecuniary Interest

Chair of Finance Committee

Vice Chair of Standards Committee

Member of the Headteachers Performance Management Panel and Membership of Appointment Panel

Link Governor for PE


Following a 26 year career in the Royal Navy, I qualified as a primary teacher and taught full time for about 10 years in several different schools. I then qualified as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and Hypnotherapist running my own practice alongside a little teaching on a supply basis. I have experience as a secondary school governor in the past and other interests have included being a UEFA qualified coach and football referee. Helping to raise the profile of mental health issues and encouraging individuals, young and old, to believe in their own abilities has been a driving force in my life; I feel this is never more important than in the early education of our children. I am now at a stage in life where I am learning to adjust to the opportunities of retirement. I am therefore delighted to be able to offer my time, knowledge and experience to the Uplands team in their quest for educational excellence.



James Delaney -  Parent Governor - Term of office ends 27th September 2022

No Pecuniary Interest

Member of Finance Committee, Pay Committee

Development and Training Governor


I have lived in the Fareham area all my life, and my wife’s family have strong ties to the school. She and her two siblings went to Uplands, and their mum was also a dinner lady here for several years. In 2006, my wife and I moved back to the estate specifically so that we would be in the catchment area for Uplands School. In September 2018, this came to fruition: our daughter joined year R. Our son will hopefully start in 2021, meaning that we’ll have at least one child at the school for the next 10 years.


I am very grateful to have been accepted as a Co-opted Governor, and I hope my experience will be valuable to the role. I have degrees in both Law and in Accounting, and I’ve worked in HR for over 10 years, and in Finance before that. Today, I work in the HR department at the head office of a high street retailer.

I have very fond memories of my own time in primary school, and I want to be able to contribute to what is such an important part of childhood – not only for my own children, but also for all the other children in the school. I am very much looking forward to helping with the school’s continued development.


Hannah Cottam - Staff Governor - Term of office 4 Years ends 1st February 2025

No Pecuniary Interest
Appointed by Staff
Member of Standards Committee

Link Governor for ICT


I have been a member of staff since 2015; I work as part of the KS1 team in Year 1/2. My role as teacher and team leader enables me to work collaboratively with my colleagues within the really supportive environment we have at Uplands. As the subject leader for PDL, I have a committed interest in supporting children's well-being and ensuring that we work to develop and prepare our children for a healthy and successful life beyond Uplands. I have been a member of the USA since 2016 and thoroughly enjoy working within our wider school community. I hope to be able to continue this in my capacity as staff governor and I look forward to supporting the school further. 


Reece Phippen - Co-opted Governor - Term of office 4 years ends 4th October 2022

Member of the Standards Committee

No Pecuniary Interest

Link Governor for Modern Foreign Languages


I joined the Uplands Teaching Team in 2015. My main role is, class teacher, I am also a Year Leader and Mathematics manager across the school. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working at Uplands as it has helped me to develop my practice and support children in all areas of their needs. What I love most about Uplands is that it is a highly supportive environment which allows everyone to grow. I hope, as a Staff Governor I can have a positive influence on supporting the school with its journey.



Zulfikar Kermali - Parent Governor - Term of Office ends December 2023

No Pecuniary Interest

Member of the Standards Committee & Pay Committee

Health & Safety Governor

Elected by Parents

Link Governor for Design Technology


I qualified as a pharmacist in 2009 and after working for a large high street chain I settled as a manager for a supermarket pharmacy. During that time, I had the opportunity to be part of the Local Pharmaceutical Committee (LPC) helping shape pharmaceutical services across Hampshire.


In 2012, when my eldest daughter was born, I opened my first pharmacy with some friends and the second in 2014 when my youngest daughter was born. Recently, I’ve bought Opticians with my optometrist business partner and we co-manage them.  I was delighted to be elected as a parent governor in 2019. I care about the education and experience my children and their peers have in school. I strongly believe that early education has a critical role in building our children’s foundations for the future. I am humbled to be part of this diverse team and hope to make a positive impact and support the school in their commitment to continuous improvement.



Andrew March - Co-opted Governor - Term of office ends 22nd September 2024

No Pecuniary Interest

Vice chair of Finance Committee

Member of Headteachers Performance Management Panel

Patch Forum Representative 

Deputy Safeguarding Governor

Safer Recruitment Trained

Link Governor for Personal Development Learning


I have been a Secondary School Governor for some 10 years and in that time I have gained a wide range of skills, knowledge and expertise, which I will use to benefit the Governing Board at Uplands. At the same time, I am keen to take on the new challenges presented within a primary setting and continue my learning to ensure our pupils, staff and the community flourish. I am married with two daughters in their  early twenties and have a background in Financial Services. Alongside my governor role, I am the trustee of a small education charity providing English teaching in rural Laos, south east Asia.



Mrs Katie Hutton - Co-opted Governor - Term of office ends 24th November 2024

No Pecuniary Interest

Co-Chair of Standards Committee

Governor for SEND, Inclusion, Pupil Premium

Link Governor for Geography


I joined the governing body of Uplands in 2021. I have been a teacher for 19 years. I spent 16 years teaching in a junior school, and am now teaching in an infant school. I have a secure knowledge of teaching and the curriculum, and I look forward to supporting Uplands from a more behind-the-scenes role.


I am also interested in Special Educational Needs (SEN) and supporting all children to achieve their full potential within a school setting. Having grown up on the Uplands Estate, I am now settled here with my young family. Both my children attend Uplands, and I really appreciate the passion that the staff have, and their desire to give our children the best possible opportunities. I am also a member of the Uplands School Association, and enjoy participating in fundraising activities for the school.


Mrs Fatimah Hameer - Co-opted Governor - Term of office ends 24th November 2024

No Pecuniary Interest

Co-Chair of the Standards Committee 

Link Governor for Science and Religious Education.


I was born and raised in Tanzania and I came to the UK for my university education in 2009. I am a pharmacist by profession and I have had the opportunity to work in both hospital and primary care services. I have always had a passion for teaching and education, volunteering at faith schools both here in the UK and back home in Tanzania. I thoroughly enjoy working with students and facilitating their learning accordingly. One of the primary reasons for wanting to be a school governor is to be able to engage with my local community and invest in the education and development of students. As a parent, I would like to be involved in the decision making process for a holistic approach to learning. I am grateful for the opportunity to have become a member of the Governing Board and I look forward to working with and supporting the school.










Laura Melsome - Co-opted Governor - Term of office ends 16th March 2025.

No Pecuniary Interest

Member of the Finance Committee

Member of Pay Review Committee

Link Governor for History and Music


I have spent most of my life in the Fareham area and went to Uplands for a couple of years, many moons ago, before moving to Portchester.  My early adult years took me to North Yorkshire and then Germany, for several years, but I moved back to the area in time for both my sons to attend Uplands.  While my sons were at Uplands I was a regular visitor, taking my oldest sons class for cooking, once a week, and listening to  reading in my younger sons class. I was an active member of the PTA during this period.  For the past 20 years I have worked in the financial sector and am currently an Account Manager with a commercial bank, where I work within the Invoice Finance team.  I completed a Chartered Management Institute level 3 diploma in Principles of Management and Leadership in 2019, which gave me new skills and showed me that you are never too old to learn.  For the past two years I have also been the Health and Wellbeing representative for my office, supporting colleagues, when required.  I look forward to my term as a Governor and hope that my work experiences, along with my experience as a Mother and a Grandmother, help me support Uplands to be the best school that it can be.



Sue Johnson - Clerk to Governors

No Pecuniary Interest


I have worked as Clerk to the Governors at Uplands Primary School for a number of years. My role is to provide administrative support and offer legislative advice as required, to the governing body. I find the clerk role very interesting and enjoy supporting governors in their role.



Please click on this link to for the Hampshire Governors page

Previous Governors



Graham Wells - Staff Governor - Term of office 4 Years ended 1st February 2021

No Pecuniary Interest
Appointed by Staff
Member of Standards Committee


Mr Jamie Sweeney - Co-opted Governor - Term of office  10th February 2021 to 30th April 2021

Member of the Finance & Standards Committee