Governors Profiles

Mark Collings


Hi, my name is Mark Collings and I am currently in my second year as Chair of Governors. I became a Parent Governor for the Federation in 2007 whilst my daughter was at Newport Junior School and since then I have served on several of the governing body committees.

I work for Waverley Borough Council as a Greenspaces Contract Officer and in my spare time enjoy family time in my caravan in Dorset, gardening and British wildlife.

I thoroughly enjoy serving both schools in this role and I am particularly looking forward to welcoming the School Council representatives to the next Full Governing Body meeting in May.

I would recommend that anyone considers becoming a member of the governing body. The forward thinking vision and aims of the school, alongside exceptional staff and leadership, make the two schools outstanding places for children to learn and ‘be the best they can be’.

At present we have vacancies for school governors and if you feel you have the skills or commitment, or know of someone within the local community that would be of value to the schools, then please contact myself or Mrs de Sausmarez via the school address or email.


Mr. Michael Corke


I have been a School Governor for nearly 30 years and was very involved when our two schools Federated in 2006.  As we were the first schools to federate I visited many schools in Hampshire when they were considering federating and I hope that it helped with their decision making. Over the years I have served on all of the committees and I am currently Chair of the Personnel.

I am a retired electrical engineer having spent 40 years with a large international company. Most of my life I have been a member of the Scout Association and I was a former District Commissioner for Aldershot.


Mrs. Clare de Sausmarez


As Headteacher of Belle Vue and Newport Schools since 2006, being a governor is an essential part of my role. By working closely with the governors, we have been able to bring about so many improvements over the years, making our schools exciting and vibrant places to learn. All the governors are regularly invited in to school so that they can feel really well informed when it comes to decision-making and setting the right priorities for the schools. They always act in the best interests of the children, offering challenge and support to the school leadership teams.


Mrs. Rukhsana Hayat

I became a parent Governor in 2010 when my youngest child was in Year 3. My Job involves working with children and making sure they are able to access the curriculum, so it makes sense to support the school that are giving all children the best start in life.

Personal Interests:  I enjoy reading, gardening and sewing.


Hannah Rowe


Hi, I love my role as school governor as, living near Newport Junior School, it enables me to contribute to my local community and help ensure the best possible education standards in our neighbourhood.

I work at Farnborough Sixth Form College as Senior Curriculum Manager for Geography and enjoy working alongside teachers developing this subject in schools.


Brian Cainey


Hi, my name is Brian Cainey and I am a Co-opted Governor and I joined the Governing body in June 2015.

I have two daughters - one is in Y5 at Newport and the other is in Y8 at Connaught School. Both attended Belle Vue and Newport Schools.

I work for the Road Safety Team at Hampshire County Council, where i am a School Crossing Patrol Supervisor.



Ross McGauran


I started as a co-opted governor in February 2016. I am an experienced museum learning practitioner and currently work for Hampshire Cultural Trust in north Hampshire. Prior to my current role I have worked as a History Teacher, Supply Teacher and Freelance Museum Educator. I gained my PGCE in History from the University of Oxford. I see the role of school governor as an ideal way for me to be able to apply my skills and experience from this background, to contribute to the community in which I work. I am looking forward to working with the schools and helping to build on their excellent successes into the future.



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