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Leadership & Governance

At Embley, we have a dedicated team of staff and governors who work together to achieve the best for your child.

Senior Leadership Team

The Senior Leadership Team (SLT) is responsible for the effective day to day running of the school. The SLT comprises seven senior members of staff who report directly to the Headmaster. Each member of SLT has specific responsibilities within the overall management of the school: curriculum, pastoral care, co-curriculum, admissions, finance and operations.

Please see our full staff list on our Staff Directory page. We also have a list of Ex-Officio Members


Embley is a part of United Learning whose trustees hold the ultimate responsibility for the governance of each United Learning school. The Department for Education’s governance handbook 2019 identifies the essentials of effective governance as follows:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

United Learning’s trustees delegate certain key roles and responsibilities to the school’s Local Governing Body (LGB) and these are set out clearly in our Scheme of Delegation which can be seen on the United Learning website.

Our Local Governing Body (LGB) reviews local issues and meets with the Headmaster and other staff as necessary. Anyone wishing to contact the Chair of Governors should do so in writing. Please direct all communication to: c/o LGB Clerk’s Office, Embley, Embley Park, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 6ZE. 

Chair of Governors – Professor Tom Thomas
Headmaster – Mr Cliff Canning

Dr Lesley Black
Mrs Rachel Brooks
Mr Richard Butler
Mrs Kay Smith