Find out a little more about our governors...
I first got to know South Malling School when I was appointed as its Local Authority adviser from September 2013 to July 2014 and enjoyed it so much that I have continued to work with the school in a voluntary capacity until the present day! I joined the governing body of South Malling as an associate member in December 2015. In July 2016 I became a Local Authority governor and was elected Chair of Governors for September 2016 which has added an interesting new perspective to my work with the school.
I have worked in education for over forty years as a teacher, headteacher, adviser, school improvement partner and governor, mostly in Oxford. I retired and moved to Seaford six years ago, though I still work as a part time schools adviser for East Sussex.
I thoroughly enjoy going into South Malling School and try to visit as often as I can to talk to staff and children and use my experience, knowledge and skills to further enhance the strengths and successes of our lovely school.
I am a Foundation Governor, appointed during the Summer of 2013. My recent background is in tertiary education, currently working in the management team of the Brighton and Sussex Medical School, where I am responsible for the quality assurance of our course in general, and particularly that of our NHS placements.
My husband and I have been living in Malling since 2004 and we have one daughter who is currently in Year 4. I am a member of TRINITY South Malling Church, Cliffe Bonfire Society, LOS Musical Theatre and St Mary's Pantomime (for whom I was choreographer, working with many local youngsters, from 2004 - 2011).
During my tenure so far I have been lead governor for Learning and then Chair for two years. I am currently Deputy Chair. I am passionate about education and about giving all our kids the best possible opportunities to fulfil their potential, both within the school curriculum and via wider extra-curricular activities.
I became a Parent Governor a South Malling in January 2014. I have two sons, both of whom have attended South Malling and are at Priory School and BHASVIC respectively. My working background of some twenty plus years is in the private childcare sector. I have worked as a Nanny, Childminder and have experience as a volunteer classroom helper in both private and state primary schools as well as working on a one to one basis with a dyslexic student during their school career.
I have always had a keen interest in education and how it is delivered in schools throughout my professional career. I have been involved with South Malling CE and Nursery School over a period of ten years as my sons progressed through their education. My involvement was initially at a casual level, including helping to run the schools’ gardening club and listening to the children's reading in class. I always felt that I could offer more to the children, staff and fellow parents at South Malling, so becoming a Parent Governor was a way of fulfilling this wish.
I am a Co-opted Governor (having been originally appointed a parent governor in December 2013). My current role is the development new government-backed lending programmes as partly of the British Business Bank. These schemes are targeted at smaller businesses and social enterprises, and I have a particular interest in the development of community finance and tackling exclusion from mainstream banking. My previous roles have taken in social housing policy, audit and risk, coastal towns, fire and civil resilience, corporate strategy and psychosocial policy issues, such as workplace bullying and stress.
I have lived in Lewes since 2009. Having been involved extensively in youth and amateur drama before moving to Lewes, I have recently joined Lewes Little Theatre and sing from time to time with Lewes Vox Community Choir. In what's left of my spare time, I front the Dead Sea Scouts, a local folk rock band.
In my role as a governor, I am a member of the Finance Working Group, supporting the school's financial and risk management, and take on wider projects as required.
I joined this governing body in January of 2014. I am now a co-opted governor. Since joining I have been continually impressed by the attention to detail, dedication and engagement of my fellow governors. At meetings I have consistently witnessed a leadership team excelling in articulating, analysing and assessing the important work they are overseeing every day. I currently have two of my children who attend the school which gives me another insight into the activities, attitudes and values that the school promote. They provide me with further evidence of the compassion and commitment of the South Malling staff to each pupil, regardless of age or ability.
My own professional career has, for over 20 years, been in special educational needs. This has been primarily working with children and young people with a diagnosis of autism. As Co-Director at the TLC, my work in behaviour analysis involves consulting to families and schools across the UK- promoting evidence-based practices and procedures for implementation by staff and parents. I helped found SEABA (a professional association for ABA in the South East), I serve as a trustee at Step by Step school and belong to the UK-SBA, ABAI and EABA. My belief is that "the learner is always right"- that every student communicates the effectiveness of their teacher (or parent). If the learner is always right- then it remains the responsibility of the teachers and parents to create, design, plan, assess and adapt their educational interventions to suit each individual learner. Outside of governor or professional work, I enjoy playing guitar and football with the Lewes Vets, I attempt and fail at gardening and carpentry in equal measure.
I am a co-opted Governor having joined the Governing board in October 2015. As part of my role as a governor I am a member of the Finance Working Group, supporting the school's financial and risk management and the Early Years Working Group, supporting the development and integration of the school's Nursery, Reception and Key Stage 1 provision.
I currently work as a Further Education Lecturer in Economics, Accounting and Business at Sussex Downs College in Lewes teaching A-Levels and vocational courses. Prior to moving into education in 2014 I worked for 15 years as a Chartered Management Accountant in various industries starting in Financial Services and latterly working for an international charity where I travelled widely in Africa and Asia overseeing the financial management of the organisation's international programmes. In 2004/5 I spent a wonderful year in Tanzania undertaking voluntary work supporting young people in accessing vocational training and working with local schools to find opportunities for disadvantaged children to obtain a quality education.
I live in South Malling and my son attends the school, currently in year 4. I have lived in Lewes for 6 years and my wife is from a Lewes family which stretches back generations. Indeed her father attended South Malling School a number of years ago! My wife is also involved with the Friends committee at South Malling.
In the little free time I can cobble together I can be found playing football with a veterans’ team in Lewes on Friday evenings and my son and I are season ticket holders at Brighton and Hove Albion.
I was appointed as a Parent Governor in July 2016. I am the mother of two girls at the school, one in Year 4 and one in Year 1.
Currently, I am self-employed, working as an editor and writer. Previously, I worked as a training associate for an international public health charity in Washington, DC. My role included designing training courses and developing training materials. I was also responsible for organising training workshops and conferences. I have a Masters’ Degree in International Training and Education from American University and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies from Middlebury College.
I have always been passionate about education. I want to dedicate my free time to working for the school. It has become such an important part of my life since my older daughter started there. I look forward to bringing my skills and passion to the position as governor and helping the school in any way possible.
Since 2016-17 I have also been the Chair of the Friends of South Malling.
I became a co-opted governor in September 2016. I work for Brighton and Hove City Council Children's Services as a lead practitioner. I feel very strongly about the value of education to children, and how a positive experience in primary school can have such an influence on a young person's life and opportunities. I have two children at the school, and have loved becoming part of the school community. I enjoy being outside and walking on Malling Down, music, cooking and reading. I am very enthusiastic about sport, but my football career was cut short after a disastrous season in goal for Boxford Rovers under 11s team: we came second bottom of the league, losing one game 25 nil (in just 60 minutes).
I have two children at the school. I enjoyed my C of E primary school, particularly when I was encouraged to learn through developing my own interests and passions, and to use initiative, creativity and critical thinking. I believe that experience was a fundamental contributing factor to my continued love of learning (I’m still studying today). In my experience so far, I have found South Malling strives to provide a broad, fun and rigorous education for all its pupils, despite a very different regulatory environment, national curriculum, and size of class to that in which I grew up.
I have a BSc and MSc from Sussex University. I came to work in Lewes after graduating, to manage the ever-popular Farmers’ Market for a spell and later to work with the Council’s Sustainability Department. Lewes struck me as an interesting and inspiring place to raise a family, and we were lucky enough to be able to settle here just before our first child was born.
As a Parent Governor I mostly bring enthusiasm for the school and a desire to contribute to its continued development and success. From my previous work and education I bring skills in listening, discretion, analysis, organisation and creative problem solving. I have devoted much of my working life to the fitness and health food sectors, I am currently studying nutrition, and I am particularly looking forward to contributing to the Wellbeing Working Group. In my spare time I enjoy exercise, yoga, gardening, and cooking for family and friends.