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Meet the Governors

Sandy Bramley – Co-opted Governor

I was appointed as a Co-opted Governor of the Cornerstone Federation in May 2023 and am fully committed to supporting the positive development of both the Bay C of E school and Niton Primary school for the benefit of pupils, staff and parents. I am married and have 5 children whose ages range from 7 to 30 as well as two grandchildren. My youngest child is a pupil at Bay C of E School.

I moved to the Isle of Wight in 2019 and feel very privileged to live in such a beautiful place.

I have been the Chief Executive Officer of Citizens Advice Portsmouth since 2016. I am also Vice Chair and founder member of an organisation called HIVE Portsmouth. 

I am a fully qualified lawyer and veterinary nurse due to a change of career in my 30's.

In my spare time I love to take long walks with my two miniature dachshunds, attend air shows and learn about local history.

Carolyn Corbett – Foundation Governor

As a foundation governor I am a member of Christ Church Sandown. I have been married for forty four years and have two children and our grandchildren attend island schools. Before retiring I worked in a school library and also public libraries. When possible I enjoy gardening, walking our dog Molly and being with the family.

It has been my privilege to be a governor and see Niton and The Bay CE School develop over the years, and I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that continually enable the schools to thrive and be the best they can be for all. 

I am on the Quality of Education Secondary and Primary sub committees. The latter of which I chair. I am also on the Christian Distinctiveness and Pay Committees. 


Peter Higgin – Co-opted Governor and Chair of Governors

I have been a parent governor since 2019 and took on the role of Chair in 2021. 

I have 20 years experience of working in education,  theatre and creative approaches to education. I split my time between London and the Island working for an immersive theatre company called Punchdrunk Enrichment, where I am Artistic Director and  joint CEO. I believe strongly in the transformative power of the arts to unlock our innate creativity and curiosity. I place particular importance on ensuring an equitable approach and am passionate about access, inclusion and diversity. I understand first hand the importance of a strong education as a foundation for your future and have my experiences at Sandown High School to thank for that. 

Originally from Knighton, I now live in Ventnor with my family. Our two  sons attend Niton Primary School. In my spare time I enjoy surfing, gardening, running, cycling and spending time with family and friends.  

As well as chairing the Governing Board I am also on the Quality of Education (primary) and Leadership Management and Safeguarding committee.

Rev. Ian Lovell – Co-opted Governor

Hello, my name is Rev. Ian Lovell and I was appointed as a Co-opted Governor in November 2021. I am currently the Baptist Minister of Salendine Nook Baptist Church, Huddersfield.

I left the Isle of Wight in 2019 in order to take on the role that I now have in Huddersfield.

Some of you will know that I have had a long association with the Cornerstone Federation involving both Niton Primary and The Bay C.E. School. I was a Governor at both schools and was formally Chair of Governors for about 9 years.

I have been married for over 30 years and have 5 sons, 2 daughter in laws, 1 grandson, and a 5 year old Labrador.

I have extensive governance experience and am looking forward to once again working alongside both schools in the Cornerstone Federation. My passion is to see both schools thrive and continue to become the outstanding schools that they can be.

I am also Vice-Chair of Governors at Newsome Academy in Huddersfield, where I am currently a Parent Governor.



Sally Jones – Co-opted Governor

I started working at The Bay in 2012 as School Business Manager after taking time off with my 2 children. Prior to that, I worked for a Building Society for 20 years in a variety of roles up and down the country, before returning to the Island with my family. I am responsible for the non-teaching element at The Bay which includes financial management, HR, personnel, catering, premises, communications, website and the office support of the school. I am also responsible for the financial management of Niton Primary.  I think I am extremely lucky to be able to combine my professional experience with my interest in making a difference to children’s education at 2 fabulous schools. When I am not in school, I am with my family who is made up of my husband, my 2 children, the dog and me.


Duncan Mills – Executive Headteacher

My name is Duncan Mills and I am the Executive Headteacher of the Cornerstone Federation. The Governors of The Bay CE and Niton Primary Schools appointed me as the Executive Headteacher of both schools in July 2016.

I have been a Headteacher since 1999, in five different schools, working in the London Borough of Barnet for most of my teaching career before relocating to the Island with my family. I feel extremely privileged to be working with both schools that have such talented staff, wonderful children and supportive parents and governors. I am committed to working to ensure that pupils across the Federation have access to a nurturing environment where they feel safe, a stimulating curriculum, high quality teaching and exciting extra-curricular opportunities available to them to enable them to be the best they can be to prepare them for the future.

An Executive Headteacher is a strategic role. I provide strategic leadership across both schools, which secures success and continuous improvement, ensuring high quality education for all pupils and the highest standards of learning and achievement.

I work closely with the Senior Team and Governors to make decisions, monitor the effectiveness of the provision and implement improvements. I spend part of each week at each school, although these days change week by week. I am always keen and happy to speak with parents. If you would like to make an appointment, please contact the school office at Niton or The Bay.

Anna Payne – Staff Governor

My name is Anna Payne. I have been married for 35 years and have 2 children, and 3 grandchildren, soon to be 4. Over my time working at school, I have grown and developed in ways that I never thought possible and I am now the Office Manager for The Bay CE all through school.

I am the Staff Governor for the Cornerstone Federation and am in my second term of office. I sit on the Quality of Education (primary) committee. My link subject is EYFS where I monitor and visit Reception class. The ethos in school is a happy one; it is paramount that this is reflected within our children, and it is a vital part of our role as governors to find a way in which all children can Believe, Inspire and Excel.

I feel privileged to be able to contribute towards shaping and securing the future of education for children, parents and carers within the community of the Sandown Bay area. I look forward to continuing to support the Cornerstone Federation.

Selina Powder – Co-opted Governor

I was Co-opted as a Governor in December 2023 with a want to assist the Cornerstone Federation, its pupils, staff, parents in any way I can with a view to securing the future benefit of this federation within our Island community.

My first school was Niton Primary when my family lived and ran St Lawrence Post Office and Stores. I attended several Island schools in between and took my GCSE’s at Sandown High School where many of my lifelong friendships were formed.

Since leaving school I have worked at a local firm of Accountants and qualified as a Licenced Association of Accounting Technician, currently running my own practice.

My association with the Bays CE School started as a parent when my daughter joined in Sept 2015 and my son followed suit Sept 2022. I am fully committed to assisting the Governing Board in any way I can and welcome the opportunity to do so.

Any spare family time is spent dog walking, playing football, basketball, squash, cooking, and enjoying our beautiful Island with family and friends.

Matt Purvis

I moved to the island with my family in December 2021 and wanted to get involved in the community straight away. I thought there was no better way than supporting the Cornerstone Federation to deliver great educational outcomes to all the children at the Bay and at Niton. My children are both at Niton. 

I have a longstanding personal interest in education outcomes and social mobility. Professionally, I have worked at Parliament for the last fifteen years. I am currently head of research services at the House of Lords. When I am not enjoying the island with my wife and two children, I am usually out running, listening to music or disappointed by Tottenham Hotspur’s latest football result.


Rev. Mark Williams – Foundation Governor

Hello, I am the Reverend Mark Williams and am the vicar at Christ Church, Sandown and at St Paul’s in Shanklin. I moved to the Island with my family to take up post here at the beginning of August 2018. We have three children; our daughter will soon be attending the all through school. My involvement with the school means that I am often taking collective worship at the school on a Monday or am at Christ Church when the year groups come for collective worship there. I was a governor at previously on the mainland and gained valuable experience there. I look forward to continue serving the Cornerstone Federation.