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Meet the Governors

Rev. Ian Lovell – Chair of Governors/Foundation. Hello, my name is Ian and I’m chair of the school’s Governing Board. I have lived in Sandown since December 2008 along with my family. I am the Baptist Minister at Sandown Baptist Church.  My involvement with the school means that I am around the school at least once a week and I really enjoy seeing the children develop and thrive in their school environment. In order to relax and ‘wind-down’, I enjoy walking and photography. (but neither I do enough of!)  If you would like to speak to me as chair of the Governing Board, then please contact me via the school office.

Carolyn Corbett – Foundation Governor. Hello, I moved to the island in 1999 together with my husband and two children. Our grandson has just started primary school here on the Island. Foundation governor means that I am also a member of Christ Church, the local parish church. When not caring for my elderly parents and family, I enjoy swimming sewing and walking our dog Sam.

Anna Payne – Staff Governor. Hello my name is Anna Payne and I have lived on the Isle of Wight all my life, the best part of it in Sandown. I have been married for 28 years and have two children and two grandchildren. I adore spending time with my grandchildren and having them to stay over. I work in the school office as an administrator and I am so proud to be part of such a fantastic team at The Bay Primary and now a staff governor a role that I am very new to. I am very much looking forward to being involved in all aspects the governing board and being part of ensuring the very best for all the children.

John Poerscout-Edgerton – Parent Governor. I was born in Sandown and attended St. Johns Primary School and Sandown Grammar School before serving almost 10 years in the Metropolitan Police Force. Having studied for a Bachelor of Education (Hons) degree I then taught on the Island for 25 years and was a Teacher Governor at Carisbrooke C.E. Primary School for 6 years. I currently have two children at The Bay and am very grateful to the school for the amazing progress they have made. I am Chairman of an amateur dramatics society and always enjoy performing in our annual pantomime. I also enjoy cooking, watching movies, reading and DIY. I am now excited to be able to help what is already a very good school move forward so that everyone can enjoy achieving the very best that they are capable of.

Sally Jones – Co-opted Governor. I started working at The Bay in 2012 as School Business Manager after taking time off with my 2 children. Prior to that, I worked for a Building Society for 20 years in a variety of roles up and down the country, before returning to the Island with my family. I am responsible for the non-teaching element at The Bay which includes financial management, HR, personnel, catering, premises, communications, website and the office support of the school. I am also responsible for the financial management of Niton Primary.  I think I am extremely lucky  to be able to combine my professional experience with  my interest  in making a difference to children’s education at 2 fabulous schools. When I am not in school, I am with my family who is made up of my husband, my 2 children, the dog and me.                                  

Julie Sutch – Co-opted Governor. Hello, I first moved to the Island in 1984, with my parents to Ventnor.  I completed my education at Sandown High School and moved on to the Isle of Wight College for three years completing a Hotel Reception Course and a B-Tec Diploma in Hotel, Catering and Institutional Management Operations course. I moved to London in 1987 and worked as an Estate Agent for eleven years before moving into Local Government for twelve years where I have a background in Economic Development and Regeneration focusing on Quality and Communications, Business and Marketing and Social Media and  Town Centre Management before moving back to the Island in 2011.  I have one son who attended The Bay Primary School and is now at Sandown Bay Academy. I retrained as a Teaching Assistant and volunteered and worked at The Bay Primary school for four years.  I am now working for the Isle of Wight Council as their Childcare Development and Business Officer.  My passion in life other than my son is Portsmouth Football Club, where we are both avid fans and season ticket holders and in the summer Sandown Beach.

Ruth Noyes – Co-opted Governor. I have two sons at Niton Primary School.  I have a background in education, having taught PE on the mainland at secondary level and at Sandown High School, I then moved to KS2 at Ventnor Middle School, totalling nearly 20 years experience. I currently run my own bed and breakfast and events business in St Lawrence. I feel it is important to be involved in my children’s education, making Niton the best rural, community school it can possibly be.

Rev. Mark Williams – Foundation Governor – I am the Reverend Mark Williams and it is good to be with you as the vicar at Christ Church, Sandown and St Paul’s, Shanklin. Prior to my appointment here on the island I was a curate at St Mary’s, Portchester which is located on the inside of Portchester Castle.St Mary’s was a popular church for weddings with 50 or 60 conducted each year. Prior to that I worked for the Portsmouth Diocese for three years having left the civil service Land Registry department on redundancy after 22 years. I had been a governor at my daughters school on the mainland for the last three years and have gained valuable experience in being a school governor and I very much look forward  to serving the Bay Primary school and working with an excellent team.

Vicki Sitch – Co-opted Governor – I am a self-employed business consultant who leads large programmes of change, predominately in the public sector.  I have been self-employed for ten years and in this time worked with both Surrey and Hampshire County Councils as well as the Department for Work and Pensions, whilst also supporting a smaller private sector business.  Before this I worked for the consulting firm Deloitte. I moved to the Island 3 years ago from Guildford and have two daughters at Niton school.  We have launched a glamping business and are really enjoying encouraging more families to explore the Isle of Wight. I would like, as a governor, to be able to make a positive impact in my local community.