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Bevois Town Primary School



Welcome to our Governors' section. 

''Governors are absolutely committed to getting the best for

every pupil and know the school's strengths and weaknesses well.''

(Ofsted, October 2018)

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

Letter to parents from Chair of Governors: Shalini Mitchell

Bevois Town School Governing Body 2023-24


All Governor appointments are for a three year term


GovernorDate of ApptEnd Date of Term of OfficePositionResponsibilities
Shalini Mitchell (Parent)20/03/201819/03/2025ChairTrust, Attendance, Safeguarding & Online Monitoring & Filtering, Equality & Diversity,
Katie Stewart (Foundation)17/07/2017 12/07/2025Vice-Chair

Reading, Quality of Education 

Hilary Jackson (LA)11/11/201310/11/2024 Finance, SFVS, Pupil & Sports Premiums
Matt Bottley (Parent)20/10/23 (by WGB)19/10/2025 Health & Safety, PHSE
Sarah Sadler (Head) N/AHeadteacher 
Claire Dewsbury (Staff)09/11/22 (by staff)08/11/2026Staff Governor 
Ian Soulsby (Co-opted)01/03/23 (by WGB)28/02/2027 Maths
Neal Parker (Co-opted)29/03/23 (by WGB)28/03/2027 Humanities and the Arts
Rosalind Elsbury (Co-opted)29/03/23 (by WGB)28/03/2026 SEND, Science & STEM
Malcolm Berryman (Co-opted)29/03/23 (ny WGB)28/03/2026 Maths



Governing Body Interests 2022-23


GovernorName of BusinessNature of BusinessNature of Interest
Hilary Jackson------
Sarah Sadler

Bevois Town Primary School

Sadlesea Communications


Communications company


Spouse of director

Shalini Mitchell------
Katie Stewart

Bevois Town Community


Pre-SchoolCommittee member
Matt Bottley

Matt Bottley Landscapes Ltd

Bevois Town Community Pre-School




Wife is on Committee

Claire DewsburyBevois Town Primary SchoolEducationYear 2 Teacher
Neal ParkerKing Edward VI SchoolEducationHeadteacher
Rosalind ElsburyNone  
Malcolm BerrymanNone  
Ian SoulsbyNone  


Governor attendance at Whole Governing Body meetings for current year (2023-24)




End of Term

Of Office

Date of 


Malcolm BerrymanCo-Opted28/02/26 AXx 
Claire DewsburyStaff08/01/26 XAx 
Rosalind ElsburyCo-Opted28/03/26 XXx 
Hilary JacksonLA10/11/24 XXx 
Shalini MitchellCo-Opted19/03/24 XXA 
Neal ParkerCo-Opted28/03/27 XXx 
Sarah SadlerHeadN/A XXx 
Ian SoulsbyCo-Opted28/02/27 XXx 
Katie StewartFoundation12/07/25 XXx 
Matt BottleyParent 19/10/25     
X = attendedA = apologies accepted      




Shalini Mitchell - Chair of Governors

I became a governor at Bevois Town in March 2018. I was born and brought up in India and moved to Germany in 2005 where I then spent two years before coming to the UK in 2007. I have lived within a stone’s throw of Bevois Town since moving to Southampton in 2013 and have always been amazed with the diversity of our town. My husband and I were keen for our son to go to the local school and luckily, he was accepted to start his reception year at Bevois Town in September 2018.

After having worked in a sales role for 10 years, I made the decision to make a career change and work closer to home to have a better work-life balance and this has allowed me to pursue my interests and hobbies such as cooking and spending time with my little family.

I have always wanted to find a way to give back to the local community. I feel that schools are first and foremost community resources, and unless they work with, and are accountable to, their local communities, they cannot be regarded as community assets. This is the reason that I opted to join the governing body as I feel this should include local people. I am looking forward to the opportunity of working with the other members of the team in promoting good governance and in supporting the students, staff and parents and the role of the school in the community.


Katie Stewart - Vice Chair 

I have always  been impressed with the passion of the teachers and the inclusive ethos of our school, which is why I’m delighted to have recent extended my term as a Governor at Bevois Town.

I currently work (from home) in Marketing but have tried my hand at a few things including banking and Butlins.

I have two children, one still at Bevois Town but try and make time for my love of reading, gaming and seeing my dearest friends. We also have a cat who is clingy yet adorable.

I know Bevois Town is already a success, embracing values which are very close to my heart. I can’t wait to see what challenges we can overcome and what fantastic outcomes we’ll see from our wonderful student body.


Hilary Jackson

I became a governor at Bevois Town in November 2013 and was the Chair of Governors from September 2014 to 2018.  

I was previously a headteacher of a Hampshire secondary school for 13 years until I retired in 2013.  Prior to that I was a modern languages teacher and deputy head at Chamberlayne Park School here in Southampton.  The City has been my adopted home-town since 1987, having met then married an ardent Saints supporter whilst we were both working at a lively London comprehensive.

I live in Portswood and was keen to become involved in the community once I had more time; I greatly appreciate the opportunity to contribute as a governor in my local primary school.


Matt Bottley

I moved to from Birmingham to Southampton to attend university 23 years ago. I liked it so much I decided to settle here and have lived just up the road from the school for the last 12 years. Since moving to the area I’ve had two children, one of whom is now a pupil at Bevois, the other starts next year.

My eldest has special educational needs. Before she started school we viewed all the local options and nothing came close to Bevois Town. Our decision has been fully vindicated during her time as a pupil.

I love the schools diversity, it’s welcoming attitude and it’s sense of community. The staff are fantastic and I was pleased to be asked to assist them, albeit in a very minor role, in running this great little school.

I have a degree in Marketing and Design and aside from a 7 year stint in corporate recruitment, I have spent my whole working life in the construction industry. I currently run a local landscaping business.

Before I had children I enjoyed 5-a-side football, squash, fishing and walking.


Ian Soulsby

Returning recently to live in Central Southampton and wanting to contribute to the local community I was pleased to be co-opted as a governor in Spring 2023.

My background is as a solicitor and retired employment judge as well as having experience in managing various businesses. 

A father of four I also have previous experience as a parent governor at both primary and secondary state schools and served as Chair of Governors at the primary school.


Neal Parker

I have been a classroom music teacher in a variety of independent schools for over 25 years. I started my career working in schools in London and Newcastle, before becoming a senior leader at a large independent secondary school in Yorkshire. In 2019 I became Head of King Edward VI School in Southampton, moving to the city with my wife - a Deputy Head in Portsmouth - and my teenage son, who attends King Edward’s. 

Having previous served as a member of the Governing Body for Leeds College of Music, I was keen to offer to help at a school in our city, and was very pleased when it was suggested that I might join Bevois Town as a Governor. I am looking forward to supporting the staff and school leaders of the school, as they continue to provide the children with an excellent education and start in life.


Malcolm Berryman

I feel very privileged and honoured to have been appointed a governor. I have only lived in Southampton for just over 4 years and have been keen to make a contribution since I arrived. I'm an Actuary by profession and worked in financial services all my working life being a Chief Executive of two insurance companies and a Non-Executive Director of four others; hopefully the knowledge and experiences I've had can be of benefit to the school. 


Rosalind Elsbury

Having lived and worked in Southampton for the last 8 years, I was looking for a way to get more involved in my local community. When the opportunity to join the team of governors for Bevois Town in Spring 2023 arose it seemed like the perfect opening. I was attracted to the School’s welcoming ethos and values and care for each child as an individual.

Working in healthcare for the NHS I enjoy working as part of a team focusing on achieving a common goal and hope I can transfer some of my skills from the workplace to being a governor at Bevois Town. I am looking forward to supporting all the staff as they create a welcoming and safe environment for all children to learn and develop.



Our Staff Governor is Claire Dewsbury.





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