Meet our Governors

31st October 2018 - our Governors having a look at all the new changes to the school grounds.

Mr Martin Tomlinson MBE - Chair of Governors

My two children attended JYS some years ago, and I have been on the JYS Governing Body ever since. I work for West Sussex County Council as the Outdoor Education Adviser within the Education & Skills Department, and am an experienced and qualified teacher and youth worker (with a number of national qualifications for the instruction of adventurous activities). I am fortunate to have been able to work closely and alongside expert colleagues in the world of education.

I am a magistrate on the Sussex Western Bench and a Trustee to the Cobnor Activities Centre on Chichester Harbour. I have been very involved in all of our successful Ofsted inspections since 2001 and I am particularly proud of the school and its talented children and staff.



Mandy Sadler - Headteacher
I joined Jessie as Headteacher in January 2015, having previously worked as a head of school and headteacher in Hampshire. I have worked at a number of different schools throughout my teaching career including infant, junior and primary and I believe this gives me a very valuable breadth of skills and experience. I am passionate about securing the highest possible standards here at Jessie and, in the process, helping every child to recognise their strengths and reach their full potential in all areas of learning.
I am incredibly proud of the staff team who work extremely hard to achieve this and also of the rich and varied curriculum we have on offer. Being the headteacher and a governor gives me the greatest opportunity to impact on the strategic direction of the school. I also enjoy working with parents and other members of our community to ensure successful outcomes for everyone.
Vera Abraham - Co-opted Governor
I have been connected with JYS for 25 years. Originally as a parent, then as a member of staff for 15 years. I've now retired but I'm pleased to still be involved with the school in my role as a Governor. I enjoy visiting the school and participating in the many varied activities that are part of school life at JYS.
Clare Few - Governor
As a local resident and former parent of three children who attended JYS in the past, I have had an interest in the school for many years.  I have a financial and management background and experience of working in WSCC schools in the role of bursar.  I also have previous experience of serving on the board of Governors at  Chichester High School for Girls. I am very much enjoying the challenges and rewards that the role of Governor at JYS brings.

Janet Medlam - Governor


I have lived in the Chichester locality for 40 years and have been actively involved in primary education for most of that time. I have worked as a teaching assistant and gained HLTA status. I also gained a degree in Learning Support with Associated Special Needs which led to me holding the post of SENCo for five years. This is an area of school life that I am passionate about.

Until recently I  worked for Aspire Adult Education delivering the Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools QCF qualification for teaching assistants; this involved me visiting a broad range of schools across the county to observe my students and gave me a valuable insight into how schools work.

I am very pleased to be part of the Governing body of Jessie Younghusband School, working with the Governors and staff to support the excellent work that makes Jessie Younghusband such a special school.


Rachel Ritchie - Governor
I have a strong connection with the school:  I teach here and help with Eco Schools work. However, I am also a Chartered Accountant, and worked as such in London and Chichester for twenty five years before training as a teacher. At my children’s primary school in London, I was a governor for eight years before moving to Chichester. I hope to bring my understanding of finance to the governing body, as well as my knowledge of the school.
Donald Vass - Teacher Governor

I’ve been at JYS since 2015, when I moved from my previous school in Worthing to become the Year 6 class teacher here. I am a Staff Governor, acting as a link between different groups of people. I help provide the governing body with an insight into the day-to-day running of the school and also relay any relevant information from governor’s meetings back to the staff.



Sam Kennedy - Governor

My son is in Year 1 at JYS.

My professional background is in Education.  I have experience across the primary years as a teacher and 12 years of leadership experience as a Deputy Headteacher.  I have always been very passionate about my involvement in children’s education and found it incredibly rewarding. I have been involved with Governing Bodies for most of my teaching career.

I look forward to bringing my professional experience to the role of Governor at JYS and actively supporting the school to ensure the best opportunities for the children and school community.

Ian Lomax - Governor

I am a lawyer with many years of experience in crime, youth, family and mental health work. I have previously been both a parent and a co-opted governor at schools attended by my own three children. I now live in Chichester with my wife and my daughter - who is a Teaching Assistant at Jessie Younghusband School. I believe the most important thing we can do as a society is to give our children the best educational start possible; as well as provide a safe, happy and inspirational  environment for them to learn in. I want to play my part in supporting Jessie Younghusband with the outstanding work they do.

David Turner - Governor

As a parent of a daughter in Year 1, I am very pleased to be a Parent Governor, actively working with the other Governors to ensure that our children enjoy every possible opportunity to succeed in a safe, inspirational and supportive environment.


A former officer in the Royal Navy, I have considerable experience in managing, leading and participating in teams, working on numerous projects ranging from setting strategic direction to managing day-to-day activities. I also have an understanding of some of the issues faced by our Service families and have an interest in seeing that their particular needs are represented.


David Fitzgerald - Co-opted Governor
I have two children at the school. I currently work in environmental health and manage two teams across two counties. I have experience in environmental education and environmental issues.
Jennifer Guilfoyle - Governor
I moved to Chichester with my parents and two older brothers when I was 7 and I attended Jessie Younghusband as a student before leaving to go to Chichester High School for Girls. I moved back to Chichester in 2009 from London and married my husband Paul in 2010 in St Paul’s Church. Both our children Edward and Camille attend JYS as students. My part time role as Head of Legal for Commercial and Technology at Virgin Atlantic, plus my history with and knowledge of Chichester and the school gives me a useful grounding for my role as Parent Governor and I am looking forward to getting to know more of the staff and parents to assist the school.