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Chair of Governors

Mike McClintock – Appointed by the Members


I live very locally to the school and have a background in teaching, IT and training. I bring a wealth of real world experience to our Governors.  I now run my own companies and some rental properties locally, but have lived and worked overseas.  My partner has been a parent governor at a local senior school and is a Junior school teacher (with special responsibilities for IT) at a Bournemouth public school.  


Barras Stone - Appointed by the Members


I have had a long term interest in children’s' education both through my work and through being a parent and grandparent. I have been a school governor in Bournemouth since 1996 and with Pokesdown since 2000. I am now mostly retired, (with some part time work commitments), having worked in a range of industries including British Aerospace, Blue Circle Cement, the BBC, British Gas and Bournemouth University. I have lived within a few steps of Pokesdown school for many years and know it to be an amazing school, the atmosphere is wonderfully supportive of the children. They learn with enthusiasm and are a credit to their families. I am really proud to be a part of Pokesdown school.


Ashley St John – Appointed by the Members


I have lived in Southbourne and Pokesdown for the last 23 years. I am currently Vice Principal of a Secondary Academy in North Bournemouth, and have worked in that area for the last 19 years. Prior to that, I worked in a professional capacity for the Rugby Football Union. As a PE teacher, and a father of two girls who are keen dancers (one studying it at University), I am particularly passionate about the importance of sport and the Arts within education. I volunteered to be a governor as I wanted to put something back into our local community on a voluntary basis. I was very grateful to be offered the opportunity to be a governor of the school, and I hope that I'm able to help by applying some of my expertise from the secondary sector, into the Primary. 


Kevin Thomas – Appointed by the Members


I have lived in Bournemouth since 2003 although I've had links with the town since 1992. I currently work in the area of HR Management Information and have experience working for the Civil Service, Local Government and Charity sectors.  I have two children, my youngest is still at Pokesdown while my daughter transferred up to Bournemouth School for Girls from Pokesdown in 2019. Having seen the wonderful way my children have learnt and developed at Pokesdown I am extremely excited to serve as a Governor and support the School Community in all it does.


Paul Lord – Elected by the Parents


As an ex-pupil of Pokesdown, with my eldest daughter just finishing her journey at the school, and my middle daughter recently starting, I am extremely grateful to be given the opportunity to contribute back to the school community. As a qualified Accountant I have passion for maths, but I want to ensure that children have a wide variety of learning opportunities, to become well rounded individuals able to adapt for the future. I have worked for a variety of companies, from large corporates to local childcare. I am hoping my experiences and learning from these will support the school making positive contributions in the children's learning and development.


Anne Piggott - Appointed by the Members


My Name is Anne. I was born in Cardiff and lived there for many years until I moved to live in beautiful Bournemouth in 1999. I have been a Primary Teacher for over 33 years, a job I absolutely loved. I was fortunate and privileged to spend my last 20 years of teaching at the remarkable Pokesdown Primary School, a school I care about with love and passion! This year I had early retirement and it is a privilege and honour to become a Governor again at this incredible school. There certainly is not another school like Pokesdown. It radiates love, laughter, vision, the list goes on and it is a joy to be part of helping the school develop from strength to strength. 


James Carnegie - Elected by the Parents


Having re-located to Southbourne from Surrey in 2019 with my wife and two children, both of whom are pupils at Pokesdown, I have been struck by the strong sense of community and welcoming attitude amongst parents and those we have met here. 

I am passionate about the educational experience our children have and the impact they in turn will have in society, both locally and globally. Having trodden a somewhat unconventional career path as a self-employed photographer and film maker, embedding myself amongst the Creative Industry and working around the world with people from many varied backgrounds, I hope my skills and experience lend themselves toward making a valid contribution during my involvement as a Parent Governor.


Susan Field – Co-opted by the Directors


I have lived in the Southbourne/Pokesdown area all my life having been a past pupil of the school in the 1970's!  I have very fond memories of my time at Pokesdown School especially with regards to the community spirit that it had and continues to have.  My two grown up children were educated locally, and I know as a parent, how important those early years are in giving our young people the type of education that enables them to become confident and happy individuals for their future lives.


As a Governor, I hope that I can bring some experience I gained having worked for seven years in a finance administration role within a local primary school as well as providing Clerk assistance to the Governing Body.  I currently work at a local higher education institution.