Contact Details


Please find below details of how our Governing Body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor. From December 2020 when we became part of The University of Winchester Academy Trust (UWinAT), our governing body became a Local Academy Committee, working alongside our Trustees who have overall responsibility for our five schools. This means that our governors focus solely on Halterworth, but the school benefits from excellent support and advice of trustees.  If you would like to contact our Governors, please email or call the School Office on 01794 512028 and ask for a call back.




David Brown (Chair)
Development & Training
Ben Meehan (Vice Chair)  


Health & Safety, Estates

Verity Pillinger-Cork  



Sustainability Champion

Adrian Martin



Luke Kotchie


Finance & Risk

John Quayle


Wellbeing & Sport

Jo SharvillParent Governor
Jo Cottrell
Executive Headteacher
Lorraine Pattinson


Assistant Headteacher

Jackie Murphy


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Halterworth School has a dedicated team of Governors who are either elected as Parent Governors or Co-Opted Governors. They remain on the Local Academy Committee for a period of four years and may be re-elected if no other candidates come forward. Vacancies for Governors are communicated through the school to parents.  Each governor has a clear role in supporting and holding the school to account, this ensures that Halterworth Governors ‘know their school’ and are able to challenge the school to achieve the very best outcomes for children. They benefit from the support of colleague governors who belong to our other Trust schools, which helps ensure a good level of challenge and support.


Chair of Governors - David Brown

David joined the Halterworth Governors in 2016 and has two children currently at school. He is a professor of History and has wide experience in higher education. He is committed to supporting the School in offering all pupils the opportunity to thrive.

David’s current role on the Governing Body is Chair of Governors. Having previously acted as Vice Chair of Governors, David is well known to parents, staff and children and often a presence in school and at evening events.


To contact our Chair of Governors please email or telephone the school office on 01794 512028 to ask for a return call.


Vice Chair of Governors - Ben Meehan

I became a Parent Governor in 2019 and have two children currently at Halterworth.  Working within estates for an NHS Trust, it seemed a good use of my knowledge and experience to take on the role of Health & Safety and Estates Governor in the following year.  This role enable me to visit regularly and monitor how the school is keeping our children safe and where they’re opportunities to improve the learning environment.  In addition I was appointed the Vice Chair of Governors in September 2022 and have enjoyed the extra responsibility this role has placed on me in these early months.  Despite ferrying my children around to various clubs / activities, I do get some spare time.   I share a similar love of running with a couple of my fellow governors and after semi-retirement have returned to playing competitive football, albeit in the Veterans section!


Luke Kotchie

I am a retired derivatives trader with over 20 years experience in the financial markets. Having run businesses across Europe and Asia, I now serve as the finance and risk link governor and take the lead on the monitoring of creativity, teaching, learning, and outcomes. I have two children at Halterworth School. I can be seen regularly about the school listening to children read, helping out with school trips, and sporting events. In my spare time I like to play football, golf, and tennis. I coach children at both Romsey Town Youth Football Club and Romsey Rugby Club.


Verity Pillinger-Cork

I've been a Governor at Halterworth since 2020, when my son was in Year 1. Before that I was a Trustee for many years at a secondary school in South London. I'm passionate about inclusion and sustainability, and I try to champion these values in my governance role. At work I manage websites and apps; outside work I have a long history of volunteering with children and young people, most recently becoming a Beaver Scout leader. I also (much to my surprise) really enjoy running with the Halterworth Harriers.


John Quayle

I have been a co-opted governor since 2021. I live in Romsey with my wife and two sons, the eldest of which currently attends the school. I am currently employed as an IT manager for a global insurance firm and find that the governor role provides a very different challenge to that of my day job. Outside of work, I am a keen runner and a member of Romsey Road Runners, trying to get out two or three times a week. I also enjoy watching sport, in particular football and rugby union. I also enjoy live music.


Jo Sharvill

My skills lie in financial planning and reporting, auditing, controls and change management. I am a chartered accountant with 18 years experience, currently working on a global business transformation project at Twinings as a Financial Planning & Analysis expert. I am also a mum of two at Halterworth Primary School and am passionate about ensuring that they, their peers and all associated with the school have the best possible experience.  I am enthusiastic about supporting the school and having a role in its governance.  


Adrian Martin

I joined the Governing Body in 2019 and currently look after Safeguarding. I have a daughter at the school and actually attended Halterworth as a pupil myself many years ago now! I have worked in Waitrose for over 20 years and am currently Branch Manager in the Andover store. This background allows me to support the school Leaders strategically and I have experience in HR, People and Cost Management.