Meet the team

Mandy Parsons
Head of Service

Mandy joined the service in 2002 from a HR and training background and as an experienced Chair of Governors and governor trainer. She has governed at Primary and Secondary level. She is currently a Director on a Multi Academy Trust Board.

Qualified to post-graduate level and a chartered member of the CIPD, Mandy chairs the South East Governors Coordinators Group and the National Coordinators of Governor Services (NCOGS) organisation. She sits on the Department of Education Advisory Group on Governance alongside other organisation representatives to help shape policy developments. Mandy became Head of Service in 2010.

Sarah Speller
Governor Services Co-ordinator

Sarah has worked for Governor Services since 2011 having previously been employed as a stockbroker, fund manager and archivist. She has been a governor since 2002 and has held all the main governance roles in a variety of boards from both the primary and secondary sectors.

Sarah has a strong track record of improving governance and has successfully supported boards in a variety of challenging situations. Sarah holds the TAP Diploma in Learning and Development, is a qualified assessor, is an associate member of the Association of Education Advisers (AOEA) and holds The Governance Institute’s Certificate in Academy Governance.

Sarah Hicks
Governor Services Co-ordinator

Sarah clerked for multiple governance boards for several years before joining Governor Services in 2009, following a career as a project manager in the defence industry. She currently manages the governor training programme and develops e-learning programmes for the Service.

Sarah is an experienced trainer and holds a diploma in Learning and Development from TAP. She is a qualified assessor and is centre lead for ‘The Accredited Clerk’, a level 3 qualification for clerks to governance boards. She was also part of the team that developed and now delivers ‘The Professional Clerk’, a Department for Education funded development programme for clerks.

Sarah has been a governor for over 10 years, six of these as a chair of governors, and she is currently governing on the board of a large primary school.

Bob West
Governor Services Co-ordinator

Bob has been with Governor Services for over 20 years and currently manages the Hampshire Clerking Service and leads on customer care and business planning. He has been a governor at primary and secondary level and is currently on the board of a special school.

He has undertaken all the main governor roles on the boards he has served. He is TAP accredited trainer and he is part of the team that produced and delivers The Professional Clerk programme, which is a Department for Education funded event available to clerks across the south of England.

Nick Sadler
Governor Services Co-ordinator

Nick joined Hampshire Governor Services in September 2015. Before this Nick worked in Democratic Services and Hampshire Legal Services at the County Council as Appeals Manager, managing school admission and exclusion appeals. He is a Vice-Chair of Governors at a Winchester Primary School, where he is the Safeguarding link governor and Development and Training Governor.

Nick has a Politics BSc Hons degree, has previously been a member of CIM and recently obtained the TAP diploma in training and development. Nick became a Governor Services Coordinator in November 2019.

Jo Pryce-Jones
Governor Services Co-ordinator

Jo has been a school governor since 2004 and has particularly enjoyed serving on boards in schools facing challenging circumstances. She joined Hampshire Governor Services in 2008, following a career in the civil service.

Jo has a keen interest in leadership and in supporting the individual development needs of boards and chairs. She was lead facilitator for the NCTL Chairs of Governors Leadership Development Programme for the SECOGs partnership in South East England for five years, and she now tutors on Hampshire’s Leading Governance programme. Jo has conducted reviews of governance in all categories and phases of schools, and she has successfully supported boards through structural change processes including federation.

Jo is a qualified trainer and facilitator, and she is an associate member of the Association of Education Advisers (AOEA).

Gordon Duff

Gordon joined Hampshire Governor Services in February 2020. He worked for many years in retail management and has served as a school governor since 2007.

Gordon has chaired governing boards across the primary and secondary sectors of education and also several Interim Executive Board's in special schools.

In March 2015, he was appointed as a National Leader of Governance by the NCTL (now the DfE) and in this role he has supported many chairs and governing boards in maintained and academy schools on the south coast

This work has included conducting external reviews of governance, supporting boards through the federation process and working with chairs to assist them with strengthening their board's systems and processes.

Gordon is very much enjoying working within the team at Hampshire Governors Services.

Maureen Bax

Maureen has been a governor, in the primary sector since 1995. During this time she trained various police forces in diversity and managing relationships. She joined the service in 2007 and became a secondary governor in 2013. During this time she has chaired two interim executive boards in both primary and secondary schools.

Both schools were significantly under performing and had been placed in special measures and have now been judged as good.

Maureen has worked in schools closely with senior leaders and governors, improving communication and relationships. She is an accredited TAP trainer and is also accredited to deliver the People Intelligence ‘Co-acting Styles’ training on working as a team. She has coached and mentored many new chairs of governors on how to develop their teams and engage positively with school leaders.

Maureen is an associate member of the Association of Education Advisers and is currently a chair of governors in two large Hampshire secondary schools.