Meet Our Governors

Susan White (Staff Governor)

Susan works in Wellington Eagles Primary as a Cover Supervisor and Welly Extra Lead. Returning to Wiltshire after a 19 year period in Germany working as a Lead LSA and Assistant SENCO, she has enjoyed settling back into English life while exploring the pretty Wiltshire countryside.

Susan was a Governor in her previous school so was pleased to join Wellington Primaries LGB as Support Staff Governor.

Josephine Osei-Konadu (Teacher Governor)

I am so delighted to be part of the Governors as a Teacher governor. My name is Josephine Osei-Konadu, and I am a year 1 teacher at the Wellington Lions Primary Academy.

I thought I would take this opportunity to let you know a little about me. I have been involved in most areas of school life but have had responsibility particularly R.E and as part of the Maths team. I am married to my husband; Patrick and we have two beautiful daughters. They take up most of my free time, but when I have some time to spare, I love to cook and catch up with friends.

This will be my fourth year of teaching at Wellington Lions Primary Academy and my desire is to inspire my pupils to have fun whilst learning. I aim to teach with a passion so that my pupils develop a desire to become lifelong learners.

My desire is to use my experience and skills I’ve obtained to support the school and Governing Body to continue to move the school forward!

Carl Riva (Parent Governor)

Carl Riva served 22 years in the Corps of Royal Engineers, fulfilling many different and varied roles. After leaving the Armed Forces he took on the role of the Health and Safety Manager for a college in West Berkshire. During his time there and learning how the education sector works, he decided to expand his knowledge and took on other roles such as Career Coach for 16 to 19 years old.

With his daughters enrolled at the Wellington Academy, Carl was delighted to take on the role of a parent governor and be part of that building block to help develop the school going forward.

Andy Barker (Parent Governor)

Andy spent 24 years in the British Army.  14 of those were spent with the Royal Corps of Signals and 10 with the Queen Alexandra Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC).  During the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic he managed an Infection Control Training Team at Frimley Park Hospital and then went on to help risk assess COVID-19 testing sites across the South of England.

After leaving the Army Andy worked for the NHS as a Clinical Apprenticeships Facilitator before launching his own Training and Production company within the film, television, education and outdoors industries.

In his spare time Andy volunteers as a Community Co-responder and RE:ACT International Responder.

Rupert Whitelegge

Rupert Whitelegge has had a full career in the Army, and his family put its roots down in the local area 15 years ago. Currently Commander Tidworth, Netheravon and Bulford Garrison, he became a Governor for the first time in Jul 23. With a Garrison of 12000 Service People and 9000 of their family members in 3500 military houses, there is a deep connection between the Army and the Wellington Primaries which can be used for the good of all in the community.

Sue Drysdale (Community Governor)

Sue has been a Detective Sergeant in the Metropolitan Police Service for 24 years working for the last 10 years in the Department for Professional Standards. She is married to a Royal Engineer Officer who has just left the Army after 38 years service and they live on the military patch near the school. Sue is currently on a career break and is now working in her Reserve role Full time for the Army in the Service Complaints Department. 

Sue’s children are both at secondary school now, but she was previously a parent governor at a primary school they attended when they were younger, and she remains interested in education. She is looking forward to her role as a community governor with responsibility for Safeguarding. 

Shaun Smith (Community Governor)

Shaun has been serving in the army for 21 years and has lived in Tidworth for the last 7 years he has 3 children 1 of which has now joined the Army and the other 2 Attend Wellington Academy. In his spare time he is a keen football referee and helps run a local football team.

Jeremy Masson (Chair)

Jeremy has been involved in the education sector for the last 15 years, predominantly leading schools in underprivileged areas. He is currently the Deputy Headteacher of a secondary school just outside Reading.

He has been involved in school governance for the last 6 years serving on the governing body of his local C of E Primary School. During this time he has chaired various committees, is the current vice chair of the governing body, has led the strategic development of governance as the designated training governor and has also supported the school in both Foundation and Co-opted governor remits. He has recently been involved in supporting the school to establish a formal collaboration across five local primary schools.

When time permits, Jeremy can often be found engaging in musical pursuits playing with his local concert band or deputising at one of the countries cathedrals.

Governor Personal and Pecuniary Interest

Cluster Primary LGB Composition and Governor Service Records

Contact

If you would like to make contact with any of our Governors please email the clerk:

cmercer@ascendlearningtrust.org.uk

Governor Personal & Pecuniary Interest Register

Governor Service Records