Meet the Governors


Doug Brawley

I’ve been the Headteacher of Copnor Primary since its inception in 2014 and it’s been a real privilege to have led it into being truly one school, with one identity and one vision.
The children are lovely and have huge potential. Over the years we have built ourselves such a dedicated staff, that my job is a pleasure.  We were all delighted when this was recognised in 2017 when the school was judged to be “Good with an element of Outstanding.” 
Before being at Copnor Primary, I started as the Headteacher of Copnor Junior School in 2003 where it was also a great privilege to lead it from “special measures” to “outstanding.” 
My teaching career started in 1989 after a very big decision to give up my career as a physicist – a decision I have never regretted.  In fact, my link with Copnor goes right back to then as my first two years as a teacher were at Copnor Middle School, so as I’m sure you can imagine:  Copnor is a very special place to me indeed. 
I have always taught in or close to Portsmouth since 1989. In fact one of the other pleasures of my job is that there are now rather a lot of parents here that I have taught at a variety of schools over the years!


Peter Stokes
Chair of Governors

I've been a Governor at Copnor since 2012.  Both of my sons were pupils at the school, but are now at secondary school, which makes me feel very old! I became a Governor because I wanted to help make sure that all the children of Copnor, mine and everyone else's, got the best possible start to their education, but also that they enjoyed their time at school and would leave at the end of Year 6 feeling confident and aspirational, as well as being well educated.

I'm Head of Data Access and Governance at the Office for National Statistics, and am quite a numbers geek (it's been said that, I'm other sorts of a geek too) - I love maths so, in addition to being Chair, I am also the Lead Governor for Maths and am on the Finance and Standards committees, where we get to look at lots data :) 
Although my children have now left the school, I still love being a Governor and hope to carry for as long as I'm of value, and feel I can help make a difference - we're lucky to have such a good school, with talented, dedicated and enthusiastic staff and it's a pleasure to play a small part in the school's success.




Lauen Findley  
Vice Chair

I'm a duel trained adult and paediatric nurse with 30 years’ experience, including working at Great Ormond Street and The Royal Brompton PICU’s. More recently Senior Sister in Southampton children’s unit and now Senior Children’s Community Nurse for continuing care for Portsmouth and SE Hampshire for children with complex health needs. My reason to become a CPS school Governor is to continue supporting the welfare of children and families locally and utilising my nursing experience in the school environment as well as being a parent for two girls within the school. I have a particular interest in safeguarding as a Governor.


Wayne Frampton
Parent Governor

I have been a heating engineer for over 30 years and have a son who attended this school. That is why I became a Governor so as to become more involved in the school and to do what I can to help the school.

    Rachel Key
Parent Govenor

My two children were educated at Copnor and I have been a governor for the past four years.  I am currently a member of the Teaching and Standards committee.  I have worked in the NHS since leaving school, mostly with people with learning disabilities.  Please feel free to approach me in the playground with any issues you would like raised with the governors.'




Mo Williams
Co-opted Governor

“I was involved in education for the whole of my career. I trained as a Primary School Teacher in Portsmouth and worked as a class teacher in schools across the city. I became Lower School Coordinator at Copnor Middle School between 1988 and 1992. Both of my children were Copnor pupils and my husband also taught here... so it was a real family school for us. I moved on to become a Deputy Headteacher and  then Junior School Headteacher in Hampshire. Towards the end of my career I was appointed as Headteacher of a large Primary School in Central Hampshire and also worked for Hampshire LEA as a Primary Strategy Consultant Leader in schools across South East Hampshire. I gained an M. A. in Education from Southampton University in 1998.
Now that I am retired I am delighted to return to my family educational “roots” as a Governor of Copnor Primary School.”



Toby Simmonds  
Co-opted Governor

I am retired firefighter whose child attended Copnor. I have had a long term interest in supporting a school who did a lot to encourage and help her achieve success. Having been on the governing body for a over ten years I hope my experience can help new governors to settle in quickly and become confident in putting forward their ideas and perspective. I am Governor Health and Safety representative.




Pam Paice 
Co-opted Governor

I started work at Copnor Junior School (as it was then known) in 1989 as the school secretary. Within a few years I became Finance Manager and as the number of admin staff grew, I became the Bursar/ Office Manager. My two eldest sons attended Copnor Junior School in the mid 1980s. and my youngest grandson is currently a pupil at the school. I retired in 2015, a year after the two schools merged to become Copnor Primary School. I was a staff governor for many years whilst working at the school and having had such a long connection to Copnor, I felt I wanted to continue to contribute and support the school after my retirement . I am also a member of the Resources Committee.



    Lynne Stagg
Authority Governor

  • A graduate of University College of Wales, Aberystwyth
  • Retired teacher of Geography and Geology (42 years service in total)
  • Local councillor first elected in 2007
  • Member of management committee and trustee of the Stacey Community Centre
  • Trustee of Baffins Pond Association
  • Chairman of Baffins-Milton Rovers Football Club
  • I became a governor because I believe in young people, their education and giving them every opportunity and encouragement to achieve the best they can


    Angela Wall
Co-opted Governor

I have been a Governor for several years. I was previously a staff Governor at Copnor Infant School. As a Teaching Assistant  I feel it is important to represent staff and parents as I have contact with them on a different level to teachers.



    Mandy Wood
Staff Govenor

I have been a teacher at Copnor since September 2017, having decided to move from the 6th Form sector into Primary! Having taught for over 20 years, and previously being a Governor at my son’s infant school, as well as a staff governor at my last place of work, I jumped at the opportunity to represent the staff here at Copnor. Motivating and inspiring pupils to love learning and to become lifelong learners is my driving force. Every child is an individual and it is important to get to know what makes each one tick, harnessing their motivation and passion for learning. My specialism is PE and I love all sport and still play hockey and softball. I also love the outdoors and try and spend most of my time outdoors, kayaking or camping in my campervan. If you would like to speak to me about anything,  you will find me at the beginning and end of each day in the KS2 playground.