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Our Governing Body


Theresa Smyth


Prior to this headship, I worked in 4 schools in London and West Sussex.  I am married, have 4 children and live in Chichester - but was born in the seaside capital of the north - Blackpool!  I love to spend time walking at the beach, collecting sea glass for art projects and occasionally, when perfect weather prevails - have been known to swim!

Janet Holt

Foundation Governor 

I am the grandmother of 4 grandchildren currently at Singleton school. I went to Singleton as did most of my children, and love the family feel of our small but beautifully formed school.  We have a great governing team, and together we pool our skills and resources to ensure  the children and staff  have the support to be the very best they can be. 

Miss Kathryn Boyd

Staff Governor  
Jack Lerwill Parent Governor

I have spent a number of years working in the sport and leisure industry and have recently moved to a new role within the charity sector.  I am married, have 2 sons, 1 dog and have lived in Singleton since 2018.  I have 1 son at Singleton CofE school and 1 at Singleton Playschool.   I thoroughly enjoy being active, predominately through playing hockey, but have even cycled to Barcelona!

Kathy Manouch

Foundation Governor and

Vice Chair

 I was born in Chichester and moved to Singleton in 2020 with my sister.  I spent 18 years working as a Practice Manager for a local optician before leaving to take on the role of Manager for the Age UK Charity shop in Chichester. I am now also a  trainer for new Age UK managers in this area.  I have served on PCCs for many years and have been a church warden.  I am interested in local and family history, love gardening, enjoy the theatre and live music.

Laura Pearson Co-opted Governor

I have grown up in various parts of the country from Norfolk to Cornwall, finally settling down in West Sussex.I have enjoyed different careers from professional horse riding to working within Charity fundraising which including skydiving to raise money for vital research! I also worked as a business manager within the Early sector for 7 years. I now work alongside my husband helping him run his own company, we have two boys, one who is at Singleton. We are a very active family and enjoy a variety of different sports from sailing and mountain biking (the muddier, the better!) I also enjoy baking and have been told that I can bake a mean Victoria Sponge cake!

Avril Sargent

Co-opted Governor

I ​​​​​​ moved  from the Lake District, when I was 5 years old and now live in Chichester with John, my partner of over 40 years. We have 2 daughters, and 3 grandchildren, who are a joyful part of our lives. I have worked  in Youth Services, Outdoor Pursuits, and The Princes Trust, before turning to accounting. My love of mountains has taken me to the Base of Everest, The Alps and of course back to The Lake District.

Robert Syred Co-opted Governor I grew up in Storrington, and upon leaving college spent a year in Australia. I attended university and obtained an Honours degree in Building Surveying. I live in Tangmere with my wife Samantha and three of my five children, two of which are here at Singleton C of E Primary School. I have worked as a Surveyor and Project Manager in the brewing industry and following a life changing accident whilst abroad, I now run my own business. I have a love of listed buildings and enjoy many outdoor activities and spending time with my family
Nat Wheeler Parent Governor and Chair I grew up in the relatively local village of Portchester in Fareham and followed a traditional route through education, studying Product Design and Innovation at university. I currently live in Chichester with my wife and two young daughters (one of whom started at Singleton in 2023) and work for an engineering company developing bespoke low energy cooling solutions for data centre customers. In my (limited) spare time I enjoy working on DIY projects around our home and garden and spending time with family and friends.