Amery Hill School trustee and former chair of governors Jacky Wilde has retired after a “remarkable” 21 years of voluntary service.

Mrs Wilde was president of the Alton Chamber of Commerce when in September 2001 she was asked if she would be interested in becoming a school governor.

She has seen significant change in education and the school during her tenure, which included terms as vice-chair and then chair of governors, a position she held for eight years.

In the latter role, Mrs Wilde oversaw the transition of Amery Hill School in 2011 from a local authority-maintained school to an academy trust, and appointed two headteachers.

Chair of trustees Lorna Vickery said: “Jacky has made an amazing contribution to the local community and to the school, giving up her own time and energy.

“She has been a supporter and champion of the school for many years, and the whole school community has benefited from her knowledge and experience.

“Twenty-one years as a school governor is a remarkable achievement. We thank Jacky for her commitment and service.”