Herne Bay Infants & Seashells Nursery governors are a committed team of volunteers, drawn from all walks of life, yet something we all share is having time, an open mind and a passion for education and the local community. The governing body is accountable for the school’s performance, its finances and the safety and well-being of pupils and staff. We support and challenge the school, ensuring it delivers the best education and environment possible.
If you are interested to know more about the governing body – flag one of us down, or send an email via the school to us.
We can all help to make a difference in a small way.
Chilton Saint: Executive Head Governor
Joanna Heath Head of School Governor
Kate Amos: Chair of Governors: Local Authority
Area of responsibility: Safeguarding, Early Years, Finance
What I bring to the role: Having a connection to Herne Bay Infants School over many, many years as a pupil, teacher, parent and governor, the well-being of the school is very important to me.
Jennifer Scanlon: Staff Governor
Area of Responsibility: Class teacher
About myself: I had spent many years working as a production manager for London fashion houses before having my 4 (now grown up ) children. Since then, I have been a parent helper in local schools and a preschool practitioner before completing my degree in Children’s Early Years. How children learn and develop, and how schools support this has been of significant interest to me.
What I bring to the role: What I bring to the role: I have had many roles as a staff member across all the year groups at Herne Bay Infant School, currently teaching in year 2. This has given me a varied insight into the school’s operations on a day to day level. I am excited to be a staff governor as I can share my classroom experiences and provide insight into the ways ideas discussed could impact staff, children and their families.
Rob Newman: Co-opted Governor
Area of responsibility: Health and Safety
About myself: I have 4 grandchildren and all 3 of my children attended the school. I am very interested and in particular Railway and Aviation Heritage
What I bring to the role: I am a lawyer and have approximately 30 years’ experience as a Governor of Herne Bay Juniors and Infant Schools and am keen to foster close working relationships between the two adjoining schools. I have been chairman of the Buildings and finance committee in the past.
Alan Norley: Co-opted Governor
Area of responsibility: Joined vice-chair
About myself: I am passionate about education and run my own education consultancy company working with Local Authorities and schools locally and with Governments and Development Agencies abroad. I keep my feet on the ground by being grandfather to eight lively granddaughters and one grandson, playing drums in a 60-70s rock band, taking long rambles with a cocker spaniel and messing about with model and heritage railways.
What I bring to the role: I have worked extensively in teacher education and development, quality assurance/inspection, education leadership development, strategic planning and capacity building of educational establishments and systems in the UK and over 26 countries for over 45years. I was appointed as a National Leader of Governance in January 2013 helping to support and develop governors and school leaders.In addition to being a governor at Herne Bay Infant School, I am involved in the governance of 3 primary schools, and a Special School. I am also a Director and Chair of Trustees of CARE Foundation Trust of 10 primary schools and am Co-Chair of Kent Special Education Needs Trust.
Richard Martindale: Co-opted Governor
Area of Responsibility: Joint vice-chair, Finance, Compliance
About myself: I am a parent to four children all of whom have attended HBIS (one currently). I work for an organisation delivering financial education in the UK and internationally from GCSE equivalent qualifications through to degree programmes and professional development.
What I bring to the role: I have worked in education for nearly 20 years and currently have responsibility for leading organisational operations. Experience in quality assurance and audit also mean I have a keen eye for detail and evaluating effective implementation of policy.
Gillian Brady: Co-opted Governor
Area of responsibility: Targeted Funding
About myself: I relocated to Whitstable from London in 2019 following 20 years of enjoying family holidays in Kent. I joined the teaching profession in 1975 as a primary school teacher in London. Since this time, I have worked in a wide range of schools and settings, teaching all age groups and then appointed as headteacher at a primary school in 2000. From 2009, I was employed as a school improvement adviser in Hackney. I am now semi- retired but continue to work with schools in Suffolk.
I enjoy living by the sea, spending time with my family and friends alongside taking on new learning opportunities such as learning to paint and draw.
What I bring to the role: As a headteacher, and as leadership and management adviser, I have gained experience of working with a range of governing boards. I have served as governor on a number of governor boards since 2014 and continue to enjoy working with school leaders and colleague governors to support schools.
Wendy Donnelly :
Area of responsibility:
About myself: Having been brought up on the coast in Suffolk, I was delighted to return to the seaside when we moved to Whitstable nine years ago. Apart from spending time at the beach, I enjoy walking, cycling, reading and gardening. I also volunteer at Whitstable Museum. I have three children and I am the proud granny of four grand daughters and one grandson.
What I bring to the role: What can I bring to the role? Having retired as a primary head teacher last Christmas, I hope to use my skills, knowledge and passion for education to support the school in any way that I can. I am really looking forward to this role and to being part of a school community once more.
Clive Best :
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About myself: Now retired primary school teacher. I spent nearly all of my working life in Kent, with one brief excursion into Oxfordshire. I now spend my time volunteering at Canterbury Dogs Trust and as a book editor for the National Accessible Library. I play the piano and the organ and possess a clarinet, which I haven’t touched in a very long time.
What I bring to the role: I am currently SEND governor at a primary school in Faversham and chair of the trustees at an independent secondary special school near Ramsgate. The school works with ASD students and those who have not been able to cope with mainstream education and have been out of school for some time.
Nick Smith: Co-opted Governor
About myself: I am a former parent governor at Herne Bay Infants. Three of my children went to the Infants and loved it.
What I bring to the role: I have worked as a civil servant in London before relocating to Kent in 2000. I then joined KCC, where I worked for the now disbanded East Kent Education Partnership as a Project Officer for Extended Schools initiative in Canterbury and Ashford. In 2012 I began a teaching course and I now work as secondary school English teacher.
I have special interest in the curriculum offer and, with my current background, take a close interest in the delivery of literacy. In addition, during these times, I believe the well- being of children, parents and staff is crucial. I will take a close interest in the school’s policies for maintaining well-being for these groups.
Daisy Durnian: Parent Governor
About myself: I am married and have two children, one of whom is at Herne Bay Infant School, one due to start in September. I moved to the area after visiting our caravan in the summer holidays as a child I loved it here. I am currently in my 2nd year of a Primary Education degree.
What I bring to the role: I think I can bring a sense of what the teachers entail due to my studies and how valuable teaching assistants are. I express an educated and respectful view that many parents will be happy with and be a voice for parents in governor meetings. I have children who need extra help for different reasons so I also feel I will have a special interest and understanding of how valuable SEN is.