Meet Our Governors
Marty Johnson, Chair
I have lived in the Andover area since 1963 and have three grown up children. I joined the Governing Board at Vigo Infants School as a Co-opted Governor in 2015. Previously I worked at Andover College for thirteen years both as a Lecturer and as an LSA specialising in working with SEND students. I have also worked at a local Primary school for two and a half years. I became Chair of the Governing Board at the beginning of the Autumn term in 2018 when Julie Bray was appointed Head Teacher. I feel very fortunate to be part of the school during this exciting time, when as a Governing Body, we will be focussing on developing and supporting improvements, ensuring every child will achieve their learning potential and enjoy a high quality education.
Sara Falk, Vice-Chair
I joined the Governing Board of Vigo Junior School in December 2014. I am passionate about improving education in Andover and sit on the governing boards for John Hanson and Smannell Fields School. I am also part of a team that set up a local charity called Kids on Track which runs activity clubs during the holidays and after school. I have four teenage children but before that I worked as a Management Consultant.
I joined Vigo FGB in March 2019 as a co-opted governor. I have no direct experience in education but I have two sons who recently graduated from UK universities and I live in the local area. Through personal circumstances I am passionate about the mental health and well-being of our children. I believe in developing self-awareness and building resilience in children from an early age to ensure they will be robust enough to face the challenges of the modern world ahead. I am looking forward to taking a special interest in the teaching of English within the school and continuing to evaluate the overall School Improvement Plan along with the FGB.
My name is Jackie, I have lived in Andover for most of my life after my parents settled here when my father left the army.
I am really interested in anything to do with Human Resources and finance which set me in good stead for when I started my own cleaning business.
My history with Vigo School goes as far back as the late 1980's when I volunteered in the classes along with organising netball games whilst waiting to go to college.
My daughter and great nephew currently attend Vigo.
I am extremely passionate about a great education and believe that every child should be encouraged to be the best they can and to have fun whilst doing so.
I love my role as chair on the Friends of Vigo and having now become a Parent Governor I am excited about the future of the school.
I moved to the Andover area in September 2020. I have three primary school aged children. Since having children I have become passionate about education and children's wellbeing. I am thrilled to have been appointed a governor at Vigo and look forward to contributing to the school's ongoing success.
I practised as a solicitor (specialising in Professional Conduct and Regulation) in London for ten years before having children.
From 2015 to 2019 I served as a governor at my children's school in London, with a particular interest in teaching & learning and faculty development & welfare.
My family were on a posting in Argentina 2019-2021 where I also served as a governor at our children's school.
Lucy Starbuck Braidley
I joined the FGB in Summer term 2021. I have over ten years' experience working in Hampshire primary schools - including Vigo where I held the post of English Lead and Year 5 Lead. I left Vigo to go to work for the National Literacy Trust, where I run national reading for enjoyment programmes and became a governor shortly afterwards. I am passionate about increasing social mobility through improving literacy and work corporate and government funders to improve school library provision and reading engagement on areas of financial disadvantage across the UK. I currently focus on assessment and early years on behalf of the governing body.
I live a few miles outside Andover and was keen to become a school governor having had almost 30 years experience in education. I am a qualified teacher and taught for many years in London primary schools, however, after having my own children I decided to return to work teaching English and Drama on a part-time basis. Three years ago I retrained at the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Trust and now work as a SEN teacher at schools in Winchester and London. I am a co-founder of a local charity, Kids on Track Andover and was also a governor at John Hanson School. I became a co-opted governor in 2020.
I was appointed Staff Governor at Vigo Primary School in October 2021. I am immensely proud to be part of the Vigo community and have been a member of the teaching team at Vigo in September 2017. Since qualifying as a teacher in 2004 I have held many teaching and leadership responsibilities across different educational settings in Hampshire. I have been on the Governing body of a number of Hampshire schools. I see myself as a life long learner. I am passionate about supporting children and young people to achieve the best educational outcomes.