Louise Rankin - Co-Chair


Hello, my name is Louise Rankin and I have been on the Governing Body at Moorlands since about 2009 and a parent of children attending the school since 2003. I have been in the position of Co Chair since April 2013 and am enjoying being part of the continued success and improvement of the school. I take my role on the Governing Body very seriously, ensuring that the school is challenged and supported in equal measure but the rewards of the role and seeing the progression to benefit all the children is very gratifying.

Debbie Sewell - Staff Governor

Hi, I'm the staff governor at Moorlands Primary School. I've been teaching here since 2012 and have been lucky enough to teach in Yr3, 4 and 5 during this time.

Previous to working at Moorlands, I began my teaching career in Surrey where I taught for 6 years in Years 3 and 4. I then went on to become a supply teacher for 4 years during which I was given the opportunity to teach children aged 2-11 both in the public and private sector.

I thoroughly enjoy being part of the Moorlands team and am everyday astounded by the kindness, enthusiasm and creativity of our pupils here.
If you have any worries or queries please do not hesitate to come and speak to me.

Sarah Smith, Co opted Governor.
Both of my children now, 21 and 16 went to Moorlands. I became a Governor as I felt my skills would be useful, and that I could also learn some new skills. I have been in the civil service for 31 years, performing various roles over the years. I have found my years as a Governor both interesting and very rewarding, watching the school grow and evolve and making my contribution to this. I currently take the lead in finance. Some of my other duties have been recruitment,  prize giving, and visiting school to see some of the amazing work that goes on. I sing in the bitterne park community choir, and enjoy live music of all kinds. I also like nothing better than a good book!

Vicki Sellar

Hello my name is Vicki and I have been on the governors since 2009. I have been an Ofsted registered childminder since 2010 and look after many children who attend Moorlands. Both my girls have attended Moorlands and I have loved watching the school go from strength to strength. I have a keen interest in child development and helping each child to reach their full potential.

I enjoy the challenges of being a school governor and working as part of a team. The children amaze me everyday and it's a pleasure to be part of the Moorlands family.

Julie Geen - Co-Chair

Hello, my name is Julie Geen and I have now been on the Governing Body at Moorlands since 2011.  As well as being a Parent Governor, I have also been Co-Chair since April 2013- a role that at times I have found daunting, but also immensely rewarding.

As a Solicitor I come from a Legal background.  However my role as a Governor at Moorlands has made me passionate about education and I firmly believe that every single child in every single school has the right to reach their full potential. 

I am very proud of Moorlands and derive much enjoyment from seeing how far we have come in recent years and how this has benefitted our children.  Every Learner Matters and this is something that everyone at Moorlands, including the Governing Body is very conscious of and the reason we all continue to strive to do the very best we can for them.

Richard Harris - Local Authority

I'm Richard Harris and have been the Local Authority governor at Moorlands since 2014. I have been a governor in Southampton since 1980, originally following my sons through the school system as a parent governor including sixth form. However I stayed on Cantell governing body until 2016 serving for 30 years, in many capacities including as chair for 3 years. For 7 years I was a City Councillor including a period as the Cabinet Member responsible for schools. Currently I chair the City's School Forum which is a statutory body advising and making decisions on schools' funding. I am now retired after serving as a Principal of an adult  Education Institute and then a senior manager at City College. My range of experience as a governor is what I bring to Moorlands, and I am both pleased and proud to be associated with the school. Moorlands has made huge improvements over the last three years and as a governor I will work with my colleagues, the head, staff, parents and pupils to continue ever upwards.

Katia Pothecary

Hello, I’m Katia Pothecary and I am a Foundation Governor at Moorlands Primary School. I am currently a HR Business Partner at Southampton City Council for the Directorate of Place. This is the first Governor position that I have taken up but I am keen to get involved and feel that the skills and knowledge that I have gained throughout in my HR career will be useful to Moorlands Primary School.  I have two children who are in year 8 and year 6 and although neither of them are at Moorlands I am looking forward to getting involved in supporting the school to continue to grow and improve and to ensure that all pupils are given the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Andy Holdup

Hi - My name is Andy Holdup and I’ve been a governor at Moorlands since the end of 2018.   I’m retired now, but my background was in computing.  I watched my own daughter going through her school years and I can still vaguely remember my own.  From what I hear from my grandsons and what I’ve seen at Moorlands, I’m thrilled with how much better schools are now than the ones I went to, and I’m especially thrilled to see the atmosphere of warmth, love and support that’s been created here at Moorlands.    It’s a real pleasure to have the chance to support that work

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