May we offer a very warm welcome to the Governor pages.

Strong governance is one of the many essential aspects that are required for any school to develop. We are all volunteers who are using our personal and professional skills to help the school leadership make Winton Primary School a great place for your children, the staff and parents.

The governors are all local people; some are parents of children at the school, there are staff members, business people, education specialists and finance specialists. Governors are appointed on the basis of their skills, and whether they have the knowledge and understanding to be able to make a worthwhile contribution towards the school’s future growth.

The role of the governing board covers 3 broad responsibilities – they agree and plan out the future strategy of the school, they are responsible for the professional challenge and support of the school leadership team and they also have an oversight to ensure all of the school’s money is spent wisely.

They are also answerable for ensuring the school engages properly with the children, parents, the local community and the wider school sector.

Lance Paget

Chair of the Governing Board

The majority of my career was spent with a large American bank, where I ran a number of Global Technology functions. I have extensive board experience and bring a variety of financial, resource management and organisational skills to the Governance team from my 29 years there.

My wife and I have owned a local day care nursery for the past 12 years, and we have children ‘graduating’ from the nursery into Winton Primary every September. Through this I have gained a wealth of experience in balancing budgets and funding whilst ensuring favourable outcomes for young children and their parents.

I have 2 children, both currently in secondary school, and unlike Neil, I am a lifelong Everton fan!

Helen Uren

Vice-Chair of the Governing Board

I wanted to join the Board of Directors at Winton Primary as felt I could bring organisational, assessment & professional skills. During my work as a nurse I am empathetic, a good communicator, good listener & excellent at prioritising.  I feel very dedicated to the school & its developing structure.

I had 2 daughters undertake their primary school education at Winton.  My hobbies include; camping, sewing & music festivals.

Mathew Downs

Member of the Governing Board

I became a Parent Governor at Winton Primary in September 2019 after the Governing Body wrote to parents having identified a gap it its skills audit for someone with an education background.  I am presently a member of Senior Management at a large secondary school in Christchurch and a Governor at an alternative provision school and believe I understand the balance required between supporting and challenging a school management team.  I have already been impressed with the organisation, structure and dedication of the governing body.

Chris (John) Appleton

Member of the Governing Board

I’ve had the great pleasure of living in Bournemouth for over 30 years, and it’s a great place to live. I’ve just retired from work as an accountant and am very pleased to join the governor team at Winton Primary.

I have been working with different charities and not for profit organisations over the years so hoping I can bring some of that experience to the school.

Amy Watt

Member of the Governing Board

I am delighted to have the opportunity to be a Governor here at Winton. Since my son joined the school over a year ago, I have been very impressed with the quality of teaching and learning and the opportunities he has had available to him.

I come from a career in education specialising in Early Years. I have taught and worked in a number of primary schools and special educational settings. Despite currently having a career break I still feel very passionate about all children having the best quality education and start in life. I look forward to bringing my experience and expertise to the board.

Before children I enjoyed travelling and relaxation. This has now been replaced with trips to Farmer Palmers and school runs!

Neil Tarchetti


I took up at post at Winton in September 2012 and this is my third headship. Since taking up the post, I have been lucky enough to see the school through a period of growth – I have overseen the building and the staffing of the school as it increased from three forms of entry to four.

Outside of my work life I have two boys and am a lifelong Liverpool fan!