School Name

Wildground Federation

Learn and succeed together for the journey ahead

School Name

Wildground Federation

Governor Information

 Please see some detailed background information about each governor on our board here:


Debbie Sawyer - Chair of Governors (Co-Opted Governor)

Debbie has been a governor of Wildground Federation since 2013 and became Chair of Governors in 2018.  She has witnessed the journey the schools have been on since federating and has been an active governor on the last two Ofsted inspections.  Debbie is an involved member of the team, taking on many roles to aid and support the strategic direction of the Federation and the development of the governing body.  Debbie has a child at Wildground Junior School and is keen to challenge and support the Federation in maintaining high standards of progression and attainment without losing the wonderful teacher/pupil relationships that are evident across the schools.  Debbie started working in the Learning & Development industry as an IT Training & Training Manager for a Gold Standard Accredited IT Training centre based in Totton, a position she held for 10 years. She left in 2007 to set up as a Freelance IT Trainer & Consultant. Debbie spent a couple of years working with the LPI (Learning & Performance Institute) as an Accreditation Consultant and taught Trainers how to assess other Trainers against the LPI’s TPMA model. Debbie is now a Training Manager & Consultant for Smarter Business Processes, specializing in Smartsheet.

Hannah Mitchell - Vice Chair of Governors (Co-Opted Governor)

Hannah moved to the area in 2015 with her family and is Head of Project Management for a leading IT company. Hannah believes that clear direction and leadership are key to an effective school governing body and therefore a successful school. She has a proven track record of managing large teams, budgets and driving through change in some challenging times and believes that this experience would be of value to the Governing Body and the school alike.


Paul Steven - Training & Development Governor (DTG) (Co-Opted Governor)

Paul has recently joined Wildground Federation as a Co-Opted Governor, with his experience in HR we warmly welcome his skills to aid us in our governance.

Amanda Mullett - Executive Headteacher (Exec HT)

Amanda Mullett - Headteacher Governor since 2009. Amanda was appointed as Headteacher of Wildground Infant school in 2009, prior to this she had taught for 16 years across the primary phase in London, Southampton and Eastleigh. Leadership roles have included English Leader, Early Years Leader and Special Needs Co-ordinator. Following Federation of Wildground Infant and Junior schools in 2014 Amanda was appointed Executive Headteacher of Wildground Federation. Amanda has two children of her own at secondary school. Amanda is passionate about the value of primary education and providing the very best for all. She also believes in the importance of children developing a love of learning that can last a lifetime.

Anneka Schofield - (Parent Governor)

Anneka Schofield lives in Hythe and has three children at the Federation. Anneka has experience in teaching and a Masters in Ecology and Environmental Biology. She currently works for the RSPB as their Schools Outreach Project Officer and at their new reserve in the New Forest, Franchises Lodge. This equips her with the skills to support the federation in keeping children safe and in to ensure that our children receive a great education. Anneka is particularly keen on forest schools activities and how this supports the curriculum and ethos of Wildground.  Anneka and her husband chose for their children to attend Wildground Federation based on the positive interactions between staff and children and the dedication of both schools in ensuring that children progress in their learning and have a positive journey during their primary school years. As an elected parent governor since Jan 2018, she hopes to support the federation so that it can become the best possible place for all our children to thrive.  

Janice Chainey - Local Authority Governor (LA Gov)

Janice moved to The Waterside from Berkshire in 2003 with my husband and two chidren firstly living in Marchwood and then in 2013 moving to Dibden Purlieu. Janice is a newly elected Governor, nominated for this position by Cllr Wade and is looking forward to the challenge of supporting the senior leaders to learn and succeed together for the journey ahead.

Jessica Spacagna - (Staff Governor)

Jessica is a member of staff from Wildground Federation and had been elected by her colleagues within the Federation to be the Staff Governor on the Governing Board.

Fiona Western - (Co-Opted Governor)

Fiona originally served as governor at both the Infant and Junior schools. She then re-joined the Infant school governing body and became Chair of Governors at the Infant school before the schools federated in 2013. Fiona is stepping back from Chair of Governors to allow for a hand over period to the new Chair, which shows excellent succession planning.  Her three children have all attended the Wildground schools and have benefited greatly from their time there. She is an active member of the governing body and a regular visitor to the schools. Fiona is a Senior University Lecturer and a Higher Education Academy Teaching Fellow. She works closely with Governors, Staff and Executive Headteacher to ensure that the strategic direction of the Federation enables all children to excel.

Julia Stevens - (Co-Opted Governor)

Julia graduated from Winchester University in 2013 with a 1st class BA (Hons) degree in Primary Education and English. She started working at Wildground Junior School in September 2015 as a Year 3 class teacher and is now teaching Year 6. She is also subject leader for English across the junior school. Julia is very proud to be a school governor for the Wildground Federation. She believes that the role gives her the opportunity to work closely with both staff and governors to help improve our school, to make contributions from a teacher's perspective and to learn about different aspects of school leadership


Alice Willis - (Co-Opted Governor)

Alice joined us in July 2019 as a member of the local community looking to help us Make a Difference to the children of Wildground Federation.

  Vacant Position - Co-Opted Governor
  Vacant Position - Parent Governor

Marika Johnson - Clerk to Governing Body

Marika has been working for the federation as part of the nursery admin team. 

Deb Summers - Associate Member

Deb Summers is Head of School at Wildground Infants.  Deb attends all the Full Governing Body meetings to advise governors on all areas involving the infants school.

Lisa Taylor - Associate Member

Lisa Taylor is Head of School at Wildground Juniors.  Lisa attends all the Full Governing Body meetings to advise governors on all areas involving the junior school.


If you are interested in becoming a governor please see our Governor Vacancies page.