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Welcome to our Governors' section. 

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.

Meet our governing body


Ella Palmer - Headteacher 

I am very proud to have worked as Headteacher at Wootey Infant School for 13 years.  As  a member of the Governing Body we work together to ensure that our core values of Happiness Respect and Creativity feature in all that we do in our school. When I am not at school I enjoy time with my husband Mark and our 14 year old son Tom. We have fun camping, walking and cycling together. I also play Hockey each Saturday for Romsey Hockey Club which I joined when I was 11!


Sarah Thirkell – LEA Governor, Chair of Governors and Chair of Resources Committee

My name is Sarah Thirkell and have recently been appointed as the Chair of Governors for Wootey Infant School. I have been a governor since 2010 when my son had just started at Wootey Infant School.
During my time as a governor I have also been chair of the resources committee (that’s mostly the non-curriculum bits e.g. premises, staff, health and safety and safeguarding).
I live in Alton with my partner Alan and our son Nathan. I was born in Anglesey and moved to Alton in 1977 when my dad was posted from Yorkshire to Odiham. I attended Wootey Junior School, Eggars and Alton College. I later took evening classes at Farnborough College for my accountancy exams and now work full time as a finance manager for Culinary Concepts, a lifestyle homewares brand based in Crondall.
My son is now at Eggars and as a family we enjoy weekends away in our camper van – nicknamed ‘Amanda Lamb’! (don’t ask!!).
I became a Governor because I wanted involvement with the school but as a working mum was unable to commit to helping in class regularly. The role is extremely rewarding and it’s great to able to give something back to the community.


Lucia McMullan – Community Governor, Vice Chair of Govvernors and Chair of Curiculum & Standards Committee 

My name is Lucia McMullan and I have been a governor for nearly 5 years. I have lived in Alton for 30 years.  I am married to Ian and I have four lovely children, Annie (16yrs), George (15yrs), James (10yrs) and Harry (6yrs).   All of my children have come to WIS and have enjoyed and flourished under the core values of Respect, Creativity and Happiness.I thoroughly enjoy the challenge of being a Governor and would say to anyone who is considering it to give it a go as it is very interesting and rewarding.


Liza Raper – Staff Governor

Hi, my name is Liza Raper and I am a Learning Support Assistant in Wren Class. One of my other roles here at Wootey Infant School is as staff Governor. I have held this post for the last 5 years but I still learn something new with each meeting I attend. I am a Welsh girl married to a wonderful Yorkshireman who has just left the Royal air Force after 23 years service, we have a beautiful daughter who has just started an apprenticeship in Farnham. We are a very close family and love spending time with each other, walking our beagle, watching Hampshire play cricket at Ageas Bowl, eating out and relaxing with friends. Little known fact about me - I am a qualified chef and while I served in the Royal air Force I cooked for The Red Arrow team, The Queen, Queen Mum, Charles and Diana !


Lucy Loosemore – Associate Governor

I live in Alton and have 2 children, Jacob (who is now at Wootey Junior School) and Demi (who will start in Year R in September). I work in marketing and PR although I used to train horses for many years . As a family we really enjoy taking our dogs, Maximus and Brian, for long walks on the beach or through the woods. I am also a keen baker, thanks to all the eggs from our chickens Honour, Elsa and Hilda.  My favourite is carrot cake. It is very exciting being part of the Governing Body at Wootey Infants, supporting the school and seeing the hard work of all the staff and children.


Mr Peter Wallace – Co opted Governor

I am married and have lived in Alton for many years. I have two grown up daughters who are both Wootey ‘graduates’ and my grandson now attends Wootey Infant School.When I retired I wanted to have a more active role in the community. I was a teacher, mainly in Secondary School with some experience in a Primary School. My subjects were Humanities and ICT. I welcomed the opportunity to continue my interest in education, but in a new role. I believe it to be a great privilege to help and guide young people in the classroom and to support the teachers whenever possible. I am quite new to the job but so far have found it very rewarding to belong to the Governing Body getting to grips with the many responsibilities, jobs and challenges involved. Working in partnership with so many other people to ensure that all pupils have a happy and secure environment in which to develop and achieve their potential.


Chris Lamey - Co-opted Governor.

Hello. My name is Chris Lamey and I became a Governor in May 2016. I am a retired Primary School Teacher, and always wanted to become a School Governor at my local school on retirement - to "give something back". It has proved a very happy coincidence that my local school is Wootey Infants - and my grandchildren attend the school! I come into the school regularly to "hear readers" and love the children's enthusiastic attitude to learning which the hard working staff manage to inspire. I know how important a thriving Governing Body is to the effective management of a school, and I am finding the role interesting and challenging; I feel very fortunate to be part of the Wootey Infant School team. I am thoroughly enjoying the variety of opportunities that retirement allows!


Clare Allen - Co-opted Governor.

I have lived in Alton for over 30 years and have always enjoyed being involved in the life of the town. My sons (now both grown up) went to school in Alton and then to Alton College. was a Governor at St Lawrence many years ago, and now that I am working fewer hours, I am delighted that I have the time to be a Governor again. am full of admiration for the team at Wootey Infant and am proud to be involved with such a great school. am linked to Robin and Wren classes and am enjoying my visits to see what they get up to at school.

I have worked in Alton schools for the past 23 years, mainly as a School Business Manager. I am currently employed part-time as a Finance Officer at Andrews’ Endowed, in Holybourne, and have my own freelance business, offering business support to local schools.

I am a keen walker and love cooking – especially baking. keep a couple of beautiful hens in my garden and they produce most of the eggs for my cakes. am a member of Alton Methodist Church and Alton Local Food Initiative.