NORTHWOOD Primary School
"A world of opportunities"

Governors- Who are we?

Northwood Primary School Academy Trust – As at 1st September 2015

Ms Viv Garrett (Appointed, Member*) Chair



I was born and educated on the Island before leaving to train as a teacher in Sheffield.  I taught in schools in the city before joining Sheffield Hallam University and working on Leadership and Management programmes for teachers with the National College for School Leadership and providing leadership courses for headteachers.  I welcome the opportunity to join the Governing Body of Northwood      Primary School.

I am a member of both the FMA and the ACL committee.


Mr Alex Moffat (Appointed) Vice Chair



Born in Appley, I returned to the Island in 2000 and live in Wootton. My only child attended Nine Acres Primary, Nodehill Middle, Medina High and College and the Innovation VI form campus: he is now in his second year at university.

Currently employed as the school business manager at Haylands Primary School in Ryde, I have 15 years professional experience in education finance and administration both at school and local authority level. I was previously the school’s financial adviser for all Island schools and supported Northwood through its academy conversion on a consultancy basis.

I am delighted to have been appointed to Northwood’s governing body and look forward to utilising the full depth of my knowledge and experience to support, and when appropriate challenge, the school leadership in order to ensure the best possible outcomes for all our pupils.

I am chair of the FMA committee.


Ms Wendy Bluestone (Appointed, Member*)


I have been lucky enough to have had two interesting careers – firstly as a teacher and later as an accountant.

I have seen three children through this amazing school, at that time I was a fulltime working Mum.  Now I have the opportunity to give something back by being a governor of a school that offers so much to our children.

I am a member of the FMA committee.


Dr Catherine Brignell (Appointed)

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I am a member of the ACL committee.



Mrs Sarah Collier (Appointed)

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I moved to the Island in my late teens, and started work in marketing at a renowned local sailing school before going to University in Southampton to study PR and marketing. After a few years in industry on the mainland I decided to retrain as a secondary school teacher, specialising in English. My husband and I have since relocated our young family back to the Island, and decided to send our daughter to Northwood having looked at all the local schools. We have been so happy with her experience here that when the school asked for a new influx of governors I was pleased to volunteer. I look forward to helping the staff drive the school forwards.I am a member of the ACL committee.

Mrs Jemma Harding (Appointed)

As a parent, Vice-Principal of a local secondary school and advocate of providing children with a well-balanced and broad education, when the opportunity of being a school governor was offered, I was very keen to support. Whilst a background in school senior leadership and Ofsted plays a valuable role as a governor, nothing is more comforting than knowing that I can continue to have an active role in improving children’s educational attainment and opportunities outside of my own school too.

Northwood Primary has always impressed me as a school that is dedicated and committed to ensuring thatchildren have a varied and happy experience. As an active governor, I feel privileged to be part of this team and look forward to working with the children, staff and the local community.

I am a member of the ACL committee.

Ms Sarah Hussey (Ex-officio, Headteacher)

I am a member of both the FMA and the ACL committee.


Mr Neil Reed (Appointed)

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Born and raised on the Island, I moved to Northwood Village 10 years ago. My son currently attends Northwood Primary so I have seen first hand how good and supportive the school is and can be. I would like to utilise the skills I have gained over the years running my own company (pet supplies business) and am looking forward to actively fulfilling my role as a school governor.

I am a member of the FMA committee.

Mrs Anne Sheath (Elected, Parent)

I am a parent governor with four children at the school. I have a busy home life, and enjoy being part of a school community which constantly aims to provide a caring and inspiring environment for the educational and social well being of all within its care.

I am a member of the ACL committee.

Mrs Avril Sice (Appointed, Staff)

My children came to Northwood and it was shortly after they started that I became a parent governor. I remained involved and am now a staff governor. I am committed to supporting the school and helping to shape its future.

I am a member of the FMA committee.


Mr Adrian Smith (Appointed)

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 I am a member of the FMA committee.


Mrs Hayley Williams (Appointed)

I am Mum to Billy in Year 6 and my two older children both came to Northwood.  After a long “career” with Northwood’s PTA, I became a Parent Governor in 2010.  I am proud to be on the Governing Body and part of a team who are passionate about delivering the best education possible for Northwood’s children.

I like to get involved with school sporting activities and coach the netball team.  I have also been fortunate to accompany the Year 5 children on their annual residential trip to East Dene for the last four years.

I am a member of the ACL committee.

Mrs Jo Parkinson (Clerk to Governors)

I am delighted to be appointed as the Clerk to the Governing Body.  I have many years of experience in governance in the charity and health sectors, as well as in adult education and I will utilise my knowledge and experience to support and guide the Governing Body, ensuring a bright future for the school.

To contact any of our governors, please call the School Office (01983 293392).


Academy trusts do not have shareholders; they have members.  The role and rights of members is analogous to that of shareholders. Members of an academy trust do not have rights of ownership in the company like shareholders because the profits of the company cannot be distributed to them. However, the members can control changes in the constitution (subject to DfE approval) and other fundamental decisions relating to the academy trust. Members also have the right to remove a governor by ordinary resolution (a vote passed by a simple majority of members).


Northwood Primary School Academy Trust has an additional two members –

Mr Mark Horton and Mr Richard Quigley.








Northwood Primary School Academy Trust has an additional two members –

Mr Mark Horton and Mr Richard Quigley.