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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 welfare and curriculum. Should you wish to view the minutes taken then you can contact the office for further information.



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, Welfare & Curriculum Committee

Training Liaison Governor

Lin Kitchener - Chair of Governors - Term of office 4 Years ends 30th July 2021
No Pecuniary Interest
Local Authority appointed by Hampshire County Council
Chair of FGB, Headteacher's Performance Panel, Pupil/Staff Discipline/Appeals
Safer Recruitment Trained
Member of Finance, Welfare & Curriculum Committee

Training Liaison Governor

Safeguarding Governor

Appointment Panel Member


I moved to Fareham and the Uplands estate from Southampton over 30 years ago. My son subsequently came to Uplands Primary and during his time here, we took an active part in the school as parents. My 3 Grandchildren have all attended the school and so it has been an important part in my life for many years.

For 12 years I worked for Portsmouth City Council as a Human Resources Link Officer for 23 Portsmouth Schools and also covered 3 in Southampton. I had always wanted to be a school Governor but could not do this in Portsmouth as there would have been a conflict of interest with work. My role in education HR for Portsmouth gave me a good background knowledge and understanding of Governors.

When a vacancy became available on the Governing Body at Uplands it was an obvious choice and I was thrilled to be appointed as a Local Authority Governor in September 2014. I straight away took up the role of Chair of Governors which I was honoured to do.

Since 2014 I have been one of the Senior Managers for the EC Roberts Centre, which is a charity based in Portsmouth supporting children and families in crisis.



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

No Pecuniary Interest
Appointed by Staff
Member of Welfare & Curriculum Committee

Finance Committee


I have worked at Uplands for over four years and have also been a teacher representative for the Uplands School Association. I am a class based teacher in KS2 and lead the subjects of Computing and Science throughout the school. Working at Uplands has been a wonderful experience; helping children to develop into young people with many talents and skills. As a staff governor, I look forward to supporting the whole school further.


Dorothy Fane - Co-opted Governor - Term of office ends 27th September 2021

Pecuniary interest declared - related to staff member.

Member of the Curriculum and Finance Committees

Link Governor for Years 5-6


I am a retired Headteacher, living in the local area. Two of my grandchildren currently attend 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 am delighted to have become 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.



James Delaney Parent Governor - Term of office ends 27th September 2021

No Pecuniary Interest

Member of Finance Committee


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.


Zulfikar Kermali  Parent Governor - Term of Office ends December 2023

Member of the Curriculum & Welfare and Finance Committees

Pen Portrait to follow


Robin Tucker - Term of office ends February 2024

Member of the Curriculum & Welfare and Finance Committees


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.




Please click on this link to for the Hampshire Governors page

Previous Governors

Matthew Salmon - Vice Chair of Governing Body -Co-Opted Governor - Stepped down 22nd July 2020

Chair of Finance Committee and member of the Curriculum Committee

Headteacher's Performance Management Panel

Pay Committee / Appointments

Member of the Appeals/discipline committee

SIP Governor for Maths

Teresa Fraser - Co- opted Governor - Stepped down April 2020
No Pecuniary Interest

Member of the Curriculum and Finance Committees

Headteacher's Performance Management Panel
SEN Governor

Inclusion/Pupil Premium Governor

Appointment Panel Member
Link Governor Reception year


Rachel Driscoll

Parent Governor

Welfare, Curriculum & Finance Committee

Stepped down July 2018


Ben Lovett - Co-opted Governor

Curriculum & Finance Committee

Stepped down Sept 2017


Sally Iverson - Co-opted staff Governor

Welfare & Curriculum Committee

Stepped down August 2017


Emma Beckhurst - Co-opted Governor

Curriculum and Finance Committee

Stepped down August 2017


Perry Jarrom- Co- opted Governor

Curriculum and Finance Committee

Member of Discipline committee

Stepped down September 2017


Joanne Penelrick - Staff Governor - appointed by staff
Welfare & Curriculum Committee
Date stepped down 31st January 2017
Victoria Staples Community Governor - appointed by governing body
Welfare & Curriculum Committee Chair
Date stepped down 02/02/15

Matthew Cotton Parent Governor - appointed by parents
Welfare & Curriculum Committee
Date stepped down 23/09/15

Tristan Shaw Parent Governor - appointed by parents
Finance Committee
Date stepped down 21/09/15

Philip Welch Co-opted Governor - appointed by governing body
Finance Committee Chair
Date stepped down 14/10/15
Frances Simpson - Vice Chair of Governing Body - Co-opted Governor
Finance Committee
Stepped down Dec 2015

Sandy Stroud - Chair of Finance Committee - Co-opted Governor
Stepped down Autumn 2015