Governing Body

The Costello School Governing Body comprises members of the local community, parents and staff and serves as a formal governance, financial and scrutiny body, answerable to the The Costello School Academy Trust.  It meets throughout the year as a full governing body and as committees with specific functions.  If you would like to join our governing body, or get in touch with any suggestions, please contact the Clerk to the Governing Body via the school:

Meeting Minutes

Committee meeting minutes are available on request. Please contact the clerk via email:

Attendance at Meetings

Attendance Record for the Academic Year 2018/2019

Governance Structure

Please click here to see how Governance is organised at Costello

Please click here to see the BET terms of reference and schemes of delegation

Record of Pecuniary Interests     Trustee and Governor Allowances

Meet Costello’s Governors


Debbie McLatch, Community Governor

I have lived in the Basingstoke area for the last 25 years and am involved in the Basingstoke & Deane Rotary Club and am an Ark Rider supporting the Ark Cancer Centre Charity. I am married and have 2 children who are now all grown up.

I am a Chartered Surveyor with a degree in Real Estate Management and a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyor and have worked in the Planning and Development environment for large-scale development with local authorities, developers, housing associations and land owners. I have had extensive experience of the entire property cycle including land agency/land assembly through planning to project management of construction and delivery of sales of both serviced parcels and individual homes as market or affordable housing. I aim for exemplar in everything I do and want to be part of the Costello journey in achieving it’s own exemplar standards and results.

Lisa Martin-Whatley, Community Governor

I work in Communications for a large global company based in Basingstoke and have a background in Marketing. I have a degree in modern languages and business studies and I am a fluent French speaker having lived and worked in France at the start of my career. I have a real interest in education and work with local schools as part of my current role. My family and I have lived in Basingstoke for nearly 20 years and both my children attend Costello School. Being a community governor means I can share ideas between the worlds of business and education. Apart from that, outside of work I practice yoga and pilates and love being outside walking or running with our dog.

Sally Newcombe, Staff Governor

I’ve worked for The Costello School since January 2009 as a support staff member in an exams and data role. Previously, I had over 20 years in business working for a large chemicals company in various marketing positions. Married with 2 sons, who have been through schools in Basingstoke and are now in their 20s, I am a keen gardener, love to cook and enjoy walking my dog.



Matthew Ripton-Palmer, Parent Governor

I have spent the last twenty five years building my family business initially with my father and more recently since his retirement on my own.  This has given me a great deal of skills in business from management to marketing, negotiations, hiring and growing the business into a recognisable local company. But most of all working with a team of people some of whom have been with me from the beginning who share my vision and goals.   When it’s your own money you are spending you really become focussed on getting things right.  I will enjoy being part of a team whose driving force is to make sure The Costello School gets the best out of each and every child who attends.  From day one my priority is make sure everyone has the opportunity to shine at whatever their particular thing is whilst leaving the school with the tools to start life and achieve the best they can.  My daughter has just started in Year 7 and as every parent knows we want the best for our children.  This single aim will drive me on as a governor for this school doing whatever I can to help.

Ramaprasad Satyamurthy, Parent Governor

I have worked in IT consulting area advising a number of Fortune 500 customers, streamlining their business processes to improve the efficiencies. During this period I have worked across the globe and worked within multiple cultures. Currently I am part of IT strategy consulting firm and have been living in Basingstoke for the past 15 years with my family. My oldest son is studying for A-levels and my younger son is studying in the school.  As a parent governor, I would like to bring my corporate experience to make The Costello School one of the top secondary schools in the country.


Nigel Skeete, Parent Governor

I have worked in the retail industry for the past twenty years, although my first career was as a primary school teacher. As my passion was business, I changed direction and really enjoy my line of work, currently managing a coffee shop which is part of an iconic worldwide brand.  I moved to Basingstoke in 2005 and have settled here and made it my home. My three children are currently at Costello and when I saw the post was vacant, I considered my application carefully as I didn’t think such a responsibility should be taken lightly. I hope in my role as a Parent Governor I can make a contribution to help the school’s continuous improvement.  In my spare time I go to the gym or enjoy a good movie.

Alexis Smith, Community Governor

I have worked in education for over 20 years, firstly as a Careers Adviser with the Connexions Service and for the last six years in Further Education.  I have previously spent six years as Chair of Governors at a Primary School and I am looking forward now to be joining the Governing Body at Costello.  I have been at BCoT for a couple of years, as many Costello students come to us it will be interesting to watch that journey.  I have two sons at University and a daughter who has just started secondary, in my spare time I like long distant walking and try to do at least two 100 KM walks in under 24 hours a year.


Hilary Todd, Chair of Governors

Hilary ToddI have worked for the NHS for 38 years, initially as a nurse and midwife and now as a senior manager. I am also on the Old Basing Carnival Committee and help manage the Old Basing Village Hall. My 3 children have all been through the school and I enjoy being a governor ensuring that the school remains an excellent school that parents want to send their children to. I enjoy being with my children and grandson, afternoon tea with friends and Yoga.