Meet the Governors

Meet the Governors

The governors are a hard-working group who work closely with the staff to direct and monitor the work of the school. Currently, our governing body is made up as follows:

Mr Paul Mason: Headteacher

Mr Pete Barrow: Chair of Governors and Co-opted Governor

Mr Keith Evans: Vice-chair of Governors

Mr Kevin Jay: Parent Governor

Dr Elaine Pullen: Vice Chair of Governors and Local Authority Governor

Mrs Caroline Wood: Deputy Headteacher & Staff Governor

Mr Simon Hounsell: Parent Governor

Pete Barrow



The theme of my career has been proactive intervention which transforms organisations for the better. I can bring a step-change in performance and results while raising team morale. In Dorset Fire and Rescue and at Weymouth Sports Club, I planned and implemented change for the better.

I’ve also served the community in a variety of voluntary roles, including helping disadvantaged young people through the Prince’s Trust and the setting up of Weymouth Skatepark and I am delighted to be able to help my local primary school as a governor.

I chair our meetings, liaise closely with the headteacher, act as a link with FOSS and sit on the Personnel & Finance Committee.

Caroline Wood


I joined the team here at Southill in September 2011. Over the years I have taught in Reception, Year 1, 4 and 6. I’m really proud to be part of the team at Southill because I’ve always believed that a good education is more than just learning facts and figures – it’s about learning to be the best person you can be. At Southill we help our pupils become resilient and resourceful learners who can work with others and reflect on their learning and experiences, making links with the wider world and becoming thoughtful and caring citizens.

I’m married with two grown-up daughters. I love books, films and watching live music. I dream of having a dog one day.


Kevin Jay


I’m a parent governor at the school and try to bring along a few new ideas. I feel that running my own business puts me in a good position to make a positive and constructive contribution to the Personnel and Finance committee. In my opinion, Southill Primary School is a great school and I am very glad that my children attend there. It has thriving support from the local community and I enjoy being a part of that body of people; helping the school, supporting its aims and ultimately making a positive difference for the pupils.

Elaine Pullen


I was born and brought up in Weymouth, although I have lived in various other parts of the country over the last thirty years. I returned in 2011, with my husband and our four children.  My employment background is in higher education (sociology), and I have taught at Warwick and Plymouth Universities. I now work as a gardener, so enjoy a very different kind of working environment!

I am very pleased to be the local authority governor, as I believe the start we give our children at primary school has a crucial role to play enabling them to fulfill their education and social potential during the rest of their lives.  Schools really do help to shape the next generation.  It is a privilege to be given the opportunity to contribute to the life of the school as a governor, and I look forward to contributing in any way that I can.

Simon Hounsell

I was born in Weymouth, raised and educated in Southill. I am married and have a son who is currently a pupil at Southill. I’m an active person, my interests include camping, skittles, football, golf and, well any sport really. I completed the Level 1 FA football coaching course last summer and have, until recently been helping out with my son’s football team.
Whilst I have a vested interest in the school doing well it is not my only reason for becoming a governor. As a former pupil of this school it is time to give something back to the place that served me so well during my early years.
I am looking to bring my knowledge and experience gained from many years working in finance to the board to help the team at the school continue the great work that is already happening.