Meet our Governors

Clare Few - Co-Chair of Governors
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.
Ian Lomax - Co-Chair of Governors

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.

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.
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 3 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.

David Turner - Governor

As a parent of a daughter in Year 3, 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.


Humphrey Gullett - Co-opted Governor


I work in education as the Head of Compliance for a large multi-academy trust in London, which includes 19 primary schools.  I oversee a range of operational and support functions, and want to add value to the school by sharing this experience and expertise.

I believe that every child should have the opportunity to receive an outstanding education and am committed to working with the school leadership and fellow governors to ensure the best outcomes for the children.

I have lived in Chichester for the last 15 years and am married with two young daughters.

Victor Meirinhos - Parent Governor


As a parent of a student in year 4 at JYS, I am very proud to be joining the team of governors that so actively shapes and supports the pedagogic journey of our children.

I work at the Office for National Statistics where I currently lead a large team of Data Scientists and Statisticians producing Official Statistics for England and Wales.

Throughout my academic and professional career, which encompasses extensive experience of learning and teaching in HE, I have consistently implemented a pedagogic strategy which is underpinned, at its core, by research excellence. I have consistently encouraged staff and students to play an essential role in stimulating this interdisciplinary and collaborative culture that drives both world-leading research and research-led teaching.

The development of this work has been profoundly enriching and motivating to me. I hope my passion for teaching and my experience in managing complex projects will contribute to support the excellent work that makes JYS such a special school.



Paul Neaves - Co-Opted Governor
I joined the school in September 2002 as a class teacher, and have enjoyed many different roles in my time at Jessie Younghusband School, Currently, I am Acting Co-Headteacher and gaining lots of invaluable experience in this position.
The Governors noted below, have declared the following business (pecuniary) interests:

IAN LOMAX - his daughter is a Teaching Assistant at JYS

RACHEL RITCHIE – Supply Teacher at JYS.

DAVID TURNER - his wife is a Mid-Day Meals Supervisor at JYS 



Governor Committee Groups
Name of committee Chair of committee
PLT (Pupils, Learning and Teaching) Mrs Janet Medlam
Resources Mrs Rachel Ritchie
Staffing and Pay
Mr Ian Lomax
Mrs Clare Few