Meet the Governors


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.


Mr Wayne Frampton
Parent Governor

I have been a heating engineer for over 30 years and have a son at the 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.

    Elaine Cowley  
Co-opted Governor

I have been a school Governor since September 2012 when my youngest child started Copnor Infant school. I became a school Governor to make a difference not just to my child but to all the children in Copnor Primary School. I work for a local Printing Company as a data processor, (basically I breakdown large sums of data into simple easier to view versions) When looking at the demographics for the area, I would be considered an average parent and hope to bring the majority of parent’s views to the Governors. I believe that all schools should provide quality education for all.  I intend to use my skills to help maintain the good work already done at the school, to support the school’s management and to raise the school’s profile as one of the best in the area. I am chair of the Curriculum committee and have participated on Inset days to ensure our Curriculum is both fulfilling and rewarding. I look forward to hearing parent views, you can often locate me on the playgrounds in the morning. Please feel free to approach me anytime. 



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 and  is currently at University. 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

Now retired but previously, Bursar of Copnor Junior School.



    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 Teacheing Assistant  I feel it is important to represent staff and parents as I have contact with them on a different level to teachers.



    Lynn McBeth
Co-opted Governor 


Chartered Structural Engineer with the Institution of Structural Engineers which is the worlds leading authority in structural engineering. 
Over 20 years experience in Civil and structural engineering in both private practice and public service including 4 years as the chief structural engineer with Portsmouth City Council. Currently owner and principle engineer in own structural engineering practice. 



    Rachel Stewart
Parent Govenor

'I have a child at Copnor and have been a governor for the past four years.  I am currently a member of the 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.'