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Lt Col Thomas Jefford - Co-opted Governor and Chair

I have been in the Army since 1999, and have served around the world, including extensive periods in Germany and on operations in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.  I am currently the Commanding Officer of the Armoured Fighting Vehicle Technical Training School, one of the garrison units, based in Lulworth and Bovington.  I am delighted to both represent military families and support the local community as a member and current Chair of the Governing Body.  My eldest son attends the School, and my twins will be following him soon!

Joy Allan - Co-opted Governor and Vice Chair

My involvement with school started 18 years ago when my eldest boy joined the reception class, followed by my youngest, both of whom had a good start in life given to them by the amazing staff at the school, the role of governor came about when my youngest was in year 4 and the journey has been one I have enjoyed and learnt from in so many ways, it was one of the best decisions I have made in my life to be able to support the teaching staff and to see how the school has changed and grown over the years.

I have lived in the village of Winfrith for 20 years, but I was born and brought up in the Purbeck’s but have had opportunities to travel and experience different cultures and countries.

My first career was in catering and I worked for many companies learning lots of skills and meeting different people who all had and influence on my life and its outcomes.

I started at Winfrith Preschool back in April 2005 and took over as Preschool Leader in 2015, it is a career that I am passionate about and with my team strife to give the children the best start in life.

My family are all volunteers for Weldmar Hospice, and we all help in fundraising for a worth while cause, we also help with upkeep of St John’s the Evangelist Church East Holme, where my father is the church warden.

My hobbies include floristry which I qualified in back in 2006, reading and listening to music.

Philip Mann Co-opted governor

Having spent fifty years in primary education as a headteacher, advisory headteacher, Ofsted inspector and Education Consultant, becoming a governor in a local primary school seemed a natural progression. An additional aspect of my career has been in the training and embedding of technology in the classroom. Make a child curious and they will learn. As governors our brief is to ensure the highest quality of Teaching and Learning in this school and to ensure its pupils enjoy being curious and to enjoy their learning.

Joanne Selfe - Co-opted Governor

My name is Joanne Selfe.  I first became a governor at Winfrith School in 2000. With a background in foreign languages, tourism and IT, I had a lot to learn, and the role of a governor has become a great deal more accountable over the years. I have seen the two small village schools become one entity and move from First to Primary. Until recently, I was the Foundation Governor, appointed by the Diocese as a representative of the local church community as we are a Church of England school. I was chair of the governing body from 2008 – 2018 and am now enjoying my role as governor who reports to the board on Safeguarding and SEND. I consider it a privilege to serve this very special little school.

Claire Whincop - Parent Governor

I became a Parent Governor towards the end of 2019, within my role I hope to give something back to the school for all their hard work with my 2 children that currently attend the Lulworth site.
I have worked in Primary education for three and half years as a Learning Support Assistant but have also over the years worked as a volunteer within schools.
Prior to working in education I spent many years within the Finance sector in Investment Banking and have also been the Director of my own company looking after the financial side of the business.
I also bring experiences from being a military wife as my husband served thirteen years in the RAF so I know how challenging life can be having to move your children around the country and changing schools.

Dean Hutton - Co-opted Governor

Dean Hutton joined Junior Leaders Regiment Royal Armoured Corps (RAC) at Bovington in 1972 and served with 17th/21st Lancers in Wolfenbuttel Germany, on Scorpion as light reconnaissance on the then East German Border, in Fallingbostel on Chieftain MBT, in Munster as a Troop Leader on CR1 MBT, and in NI on foot.  He had two ERE tours at the RAC Signal School Bovington in 1985 and again in 1993, the second after amalgamation to for the Queen’s Royal Lancers as RSMI during Brig Andrew Gadsby’s (Late RTR) time as Comd RAC Centre. On commissioning Dean worked again at the Armour Centre as SO3 BOWMAN, developing the requirements throughout the RAC for all the armoured vehicles new communications platform.  After 26 years, he left the Army in 1998 to forge a second career and worked in various roles with Marconi, BT and Fujitsu before developing his own company delivering strategic marketing with guidance to senior executives.  This period included support to a UK initiative to build 7 hospitals for the Ghana Health Service, working at Ministerial level.  His most recent role saw him develop marketing and communications planning for a training company delivering support to the Defence environment.  Keen to support the Army again Dean was selected to become the Regimental Secretary for the Royal Tank Regiment in July 2018.

Dean is a keen sportsman who represented the RAC at Rugby.  He continues to keep himself fit and can be seen out running throughout Dorset where he has lived for the past 28 years with his wife Valarie; they have 2 grown up sons, Tristan a Chartered Surveyor and Crispin who owns and runs his own film and video production company.