Governors/Governor Info

Welcome to the Governor page of the Mengham Infant School website. As Chair of Governors, I am very proud to be a part of this school and to be able to watch the children grow in confidence, in ability and enjoy their experience.

Within this section, you will learn more about who we are as a Governing Body, what our role and responsibilities are towards supporting your children’s learning, how we do this and our aspirations for the future of the school.

If you find that what we do excites you and you would find this challenging and a voluntary role is something that you would like to do, we have a couple of vacancies, so please contact the school office for more information and I will gladly meet to discuss this opportunity.  I have loved every minute of my time as a governor.

Mark Otten (Chair of Governors)

Year R Nativity – Dec 2022

Along with several members of my Church, I was privileged to watch the Year R Nativity play in December. The children sat silently while their audience took their seats. Their costumes were inventive, their singing was beautiful and the actions and dancing were a delight. Everyone had a part to play in this festive tale.
The play ended with with Mary and Joseph seeking a room in Bethlehem, Jesus being born, the Angels singing and the visit of the Shepherds and three Kings. Such a wonderful story that I hope the children will remember for ever.
For the audience the morning brought back happy memories of their own children when they were young. There were a few tears shed but above all there was joy at being able to share such a special time with the youngest childen in the school.
A big thank you to the children and staff for a wonderful mornning. Thanks also to the Friends of Mengham Infants for the tea, coffee and mince pies. Despite the large numbers catered for, we all got served quickly. In fact I ended up with two coffees!!!
A Happy New Year to you all.
Julie Collins. Governor.

Mark Otten (Chair of Governors).

I grew up in Surrey, before studying for a degree in Engineering at Leicester University.  I lived and worked in London, before moving to Hayling Island in 2014 to start my family.

I have spent my career in the IT industry working in multi-national companies and more recently in smaller technology businesses.  Currently I work as head of Marketing and Business Development for a small, Hayling based IT consultancy business.

Currently I have a son in Year 1 at Mengham Infant School.  I have been really impressed with the welcoming and caring atmosphere of the school.  The whole staff worked so hard to keep the children’s education going during lockdown and I think that speaks volumes about the school’s ethos.  As a governor, I would like to help the school to continue to provide a positive and nurturing environment that encourages all children to flourish and achieve their full potential.

Karen Frost (Co-opted Governor)

I moved to the area when I was a teenager and stayed until my mid 20s when I left for work.  I spent time living and working in London, Exeter, Bournemouth and then Southampton.  I returned to Havant in 2001 and have lived here ever since.  I have three children, Hannah, Sam and Ben.  In my spare time I enjoy swimming, reading, cycling and making the most of the wonderful countryside and wildlife we have in the area.

I’ve worked in a variety of roles including retail and office management.  For the last decade I’ve been working in the education sector and I’m currently working as a Company Secretary, Clerk to Governors and Fundraising Manager.

I’m passionate about ensuring all children have access to the best possible education that provides them with a wide variety of experiences.   It’s a privilege to be part of this Governing Body team and I look forward to being able to contribute to the continuing success of the school.

Emma Topazio-Collis (Staff Governor)

I started teaching in 2011 and Mengham Infants is the second school that I have worked in. I attended the University of Chichester and gained a degree in Primary Education and Teaching. I taught in Reading first and then moved back to the South Coast with my husband. We now have 2 young children and love travelling to see our families, going on long walks on the beach and building dens in the woods. I have been Early Years Leader for most of my teaching carer so far and I am now part of the Senior Leadership Team as Assessment, Intervention and Vulnerable children lead.

I have been a staff governor for about 6 years now and really enjoy being part of the team, working together to ensure that we are aiming for the high standards our children at Mengham Infants deserve.

Julie Collins (Co-opted Governor)

I grew up in Cornwall and after qualifying as an infant teacher in Devon, I moved to Swindon where I taught for three years in an open plan mixed year school.
After a break to have my two children, Adam and Helen, I moved to Hayling in 1989 and resumed my career as a supply teacher.

I was fortunate to join the staff of Mengham soon after. My roles included class teaching, language development and learning support. It was my role as Special Needs Coordinator that I consider my finest achievement.

After retiring in 2005, due to ill health, I am delighted to be reconnected with the school. I now serve on the Standards committee. I look forward to working with fellow Governors and teaching staff at a school that is very close to my heart.

Sue Rolfe  – (Co-opted Governor)

After a career working in schools for 32 years I retired last August from my role as Finance Manager at Mengham Infant School.

I have lived on Hayling for over 30 years and have 3 sons, 1 of which still lives on the island with his wife & 2 daughters who attend Mengham Junior and Infant Schools. Now that I’m retired I’m able to regularly take my granddaughters to school, which I love.

I was delighted to be invited to join the Mengham Infant School Governing Body and feel I can actively support the school using my knowledge and expertise particularly in school finance and budgets.

I’m looking forward to working with other governors and staff to maintain the high standards that everyone consistently works hard to achieve for all the children.

Andrea Longhurst (Co-opted Governor).

I was born in Portsmouth and have always lived in the area surrounding, bar six months in the Netherlands, I currently live in Waterlooville.  I have two boys, Liam and Keelan, although they are both in their late twenties now, along with five stepchildren, again all adults, providing us with thirteen grandchildren between them.

I have worked in IT since leaving school, firstly in development, but more recently in Management, Product Consultancy and Project Management. I currently work for a software house offering Document Management, Procurement Analysis and Custom Excise and Duty software.

Although over the years I have had a brief period as a Child minder and a Child Protection Officer for my son’s football team, I have never worked in a school environment, so this is all new to me.   I feel that I now have the time and commitment to put something back into the community, maybe give the school a view from a non-educational background and myself a new challenge.

I was delighted to be asked to join Mengham Infant School as a Governor in December 2020, and from my initial involvement in very difficult times, it looks to be a well-run ship and I am looking forward to working with the other Governors to ensure that the children of the school get the best start in their school life.




Lea-Anne Hyam (Parent Governor)

Following a career in care homes for adults with disabilities and dementia and after my children were born, I have acquired a lot of knowledge, experience and several qualifications in children’s mental health and well being.

I am often called upon to give advice to family and friends with children that have additional need. I pride myself in giving sound advice so that the children get what they need and that parents understand the process.

I have been part of the school community for many years, 9 of my nieces and nephews have attended the school and both of my children, with my youngest at the school now. For me, now is the right time for me to give something back to the school as a thank you for all of the support that they have given me over the years, so as a parent governor I am looking forward to putting my expertise into practice and supporting, as well as working with those in school and the governing body to maintain the high standards that they promote across the school.

Ann Rice ( Co-Opted Governor)

I have lived on Hayling Island for the past 40 years and retired from a career in the NHS in 2019. I have one daughter and my Grandson joined the school’s reception class in 2023. I am delighted to join the school’s governor team and have been warmly welcomed into this role. I care passionately about the education and well- being of young people to ensure they all have the opportunity to fulfil their potential and are happy and safe at school. Being a school governor is a new role for me and I am keen to learn and develop the expertise to fulfil this responsibility, working collaboratively with governor colleagues and the school staff for the benefit of all the children.


(LEA Governor)

(2 x Co-opted Governors )

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