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Chawton CE Primary School

Chawton CE Primary School

Love, Courage and Fellowship

Meet the governors

Mr Howard Bayliss
(Foundation Governor; Full Governing Body Vice Chair; Resources Committee Chair)
Howard Bayliss is a chartered accountant, currently working for a London-based international PR business.  He has lived in the area since 2007, is married to a GP and has 2 children at the school.

Briony Cavell

I have three children at a local primary school.  I enjoy being clerk to the Chawton governors as it allows me to better understand how a school works not just from a parent's perspective.


I am a qualified solicitor with six years experience predominantly in the project finance sector working both in London and Oxford. Whilst at University I took up rowing and spent two years with the Great Britain Rowing Team Development Squad. During that time I won the Remenham Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta and a gold medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Rowing Championships as well as representing Great Britain internationally.

Dr/Mrs Candy D'Sa
(Co-opted Governor; Standards Committee Vice Chair; Pay Committee Chair)
I am a Co-opted Governor, and have proudly served on the Governing Board since 2014.  I have lived in Alton since 2011.  My son, Logan, left Chawton last year for secondary school, and my daughter, Tori, is in Year 5.  As a family we are privileged to be part of the school and its close links to the local community.  I have spent many formal years in the education system myself and climbed the academic ladder through to PhD standard, and in between my commitment to the school I run my own business in animal behaviour and legal consultancy – in a nutshell, problem pets and dangerous dogs!

Mrs Emma Gosden
(Parent Governor; Resources Committee)
Emma Gosden has worked in the arts and heritage at a national level for 20 years, with a specialism in marketing, project management and publishing. She was until recently acting Chair of CSSG, the school PTA committee. She is a member of the Governors' Resources committee.

Mrs Jane Owen
(Foundation Governor; with responsibility for Development and Training)
Jane Owen is a foundation governor.  She retired recently after thirty years in sixth form education and is enjoying finding out about life and learning in the primary sector. As governor with a responsibility for Development and Training, she keeps a focus on training that will help governors do their best for the school. Jane is married to a parish priest in a Hampshire village. She has three grown up daughters and three grandchildren.

Mrs Jenny Perring
(Parent Governor; Resources Committee)
I have an arts background but converted to law in my late 20s, qualifying as a solicitor and going on to specialise in family law for a number of years. After having children I became a governor at their primary school in London for 4 years and also worked for Camden Council as a Governance Officer focusing on secondary schools.

Having moved to Chawton in 2016, I became a governor here shortly afterwards.  My youngest child is now in year 5 and my eldest has moved on to secondary school .  

I also sit on the Parish Council and work as an assistant to a barrister in Winchester and London.

Mrs Victoria Retallack
(Parent-Governor; Standards Committee; SEN)
I am a parent governor and have one child at the school.  I have been working in Education as a teacher, deputy headteacher and SENCo in a range of primary schools for over 20 years.  At present I am the SEN governor and sit on the standards committee.

Reverend Tony Pears
(Foundation Governor; Resources Committee)
Reverend Tony Pears has been Rector in Chawton and school governor since 2005. He is married to Gill, who is a teaching assistant at a primary school; their daughter is a primary school teacher and their son is studying for A' Levels. Tony is a keen golfer and tennis player, and loves watching sport. He is keen that all our Chawton Primary School children play as much sport as possible.

(at November 2019)
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