Governors’ Information and Duties

The Governing Body has adopted the Circle method of Governance, with Monitoring pairs appointed to review the following areas.

Quality of Education, Behaviour and Attitudes, Personal Development, Leadership and Management, SIAMS, Finance, HT Appraisal and Pay Committee, Discipline Committee


Governor Type


   Committee     Membership

Business Interests/material interest arising from personal relationships

About the Governor


Local Authority Governor

Mr David Hill

Term of office 29/11/16 to 28/11/20

Personal Development


Finance and Property



Governor at Mascalls/None

David Hill has been Chair of Governors at St Marks for 3 years. His two youngest grandchildren used to go to St Marks.  They now live with their mum and dad and David and Susan, his wife, in a shared house in Matfield. David was a senior sales and marketing manager with BT until 2001.

Since then he has trained over 1000 senior and middle managers in leadership, teamwork and communication skills.

He is an executive member of the Kent Governance Association and sits on the Leadership Strategy Board for Education in Kent. 



Rev Laurence Powell

Term of office from 22/4/2019



Foundation Governor

Paul Avis

Term of office

10/2/2020 to 9/2/2024



Foundation Governor

Krista Jarrett

Term of office

18/3/2019 to




Headteacher Governor

Mr Simon Bird

Term of office from 1/1/18




None/NoneI was appointed Headteacher in January 2018, having previously been Deputy Head from February 2010. I live outside of Tunbridge Wells and have two young daughters.


Staff Governor

Miss N Bennett

Term of office 1/9/19 to 31/8/2023



I am extremely proud to become a staff governor at St Marks. I have been a teacher here for the last three years and have been fortunate enough to work with fabulous children and inspiring and dedicated staff.

I will be using my experience as a teacher and my passion for wellbeing to further support the school in growing from strength to strength and to ensure that staff and children alike are reaaching their full potential. 


Co -opted Governor

Mr John Moynihan

Term of office 16/5/17 to 15/5/21

Pupil Outcomes




None/married to a member of staffI joined the St.Mark’s School community in 2013, when my son entered the reception class.  I was elected as a parent governor that year and am now a co-opted governor.  Both  my children now attend the school.  I have seen the school double in size over the years and am committed to supporting the whole school through this period of change.


Co -opted Governor

Mrs Sarah Russell

Term of office 1/2/15 to 31/1/19

Teaching Learning and AssessmentNone/NoneI joined the St.Mark’s School community in 2007 and both of my children have attended the school. I was first elected as a parent governor and am now a co-opted governor. There have been many changes over the years and I an as committed to supporting the whole school as when I joined.


Vice Chair 

Co-opted Governors

Mr James Gambrill

Term of office 5/12/17 to 4/21/21

Finance and Property


None/NoneI am a parent of 3 children currently attending St Marks and have a number of business interests in events, business consultancy and travel. I have a degree in Physics and an MBA reflecting my primary interests in science and business. I am also a keen proponent of lifelong learning having returned to studies in my early 30’s. I strongly believe developing an early love of reading and learning that is so central to the ethos of St Marks is the key to a successful and fulfilling adult life. Outside of work I am keen on a number of sports especially skiing and I often teach schoolchildren at the Bowles dry slope in Eridge.


Parent Governor


Ms Jamie Johnson

Term of office 24/10/16 to 23/10/20


Personal DevelopmentNone/NoneMy name is Jamie Johnson, I have been a parent governor for the last 6 years since my oldest son Frankie started at St Marks; he is now in year 6! I have two other sons: Charlie who is in year 3 and Joey who has just started in reception! They all are loving school; and so am I being a parent governor. You may see me around the school giving boxing lessons to the children! I am the former W.I.B.F British Lightweight Champion; and now I am an A.B.A Boxing Coach. We use the training in the school to teach children self control and discipline; and mainly to combat any form of bullying


Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor

Mrs Teresa Cutts

Term of office 21/1/19 to 28/1/23

Teaching Learning and AssessmentNone/NoneI have lived and worked in Tunbridge Wells for over thirty years. For the past twenty five years I have taught in several local primary schools and am currently working in a local prep school. Before going into teaching I worked in insurance and can use my experience from both the world of education and business to support the good work done by all of the staff for the children.


Parent Governor

Mrs Lynne Doran

Term of office 26/3/17 to 25/3/21

Pupil Outcomes

Teaching Learning and Assessment


None/NoneI am a parent of children at St Marks CEP School and have been involved with the school since my eldest started in 2011. I am a Chartered Civil Engineer and have worked in the design and construction industry for over 25 years. I have a keen interest in our children, their development and potential for the future. Specifically I am interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and how we can inspire our children to achieve in these subjects even at an early age. I also have a keen interest in healthy eating & lifestyle and the impact this can have on a child’s development and learning.


Clerk to the Governors

Mrs Kate White


None/NoneI joined the school in September 2010 and have slowly increased my hours and experience to become the School Business Manager. I have 4 grown up children.