Governors’ Information and Duties

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

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

Governor Type

Name

   Committee     Membership

Business Interests and material interest arising from personal relationships

About the Governor

Chair of Governors

David Hill

Quality of Education

Governor at Mascalls

David’s 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.

Local Authority Governor

Term of office 8/2/13 to 6/12/2024

Leadership & Management

 

 

 

Finance & Premises

 

Ex-Officio

Rev Laurence Powell

SIAMS

None

 

Term of office 22/4/2019

Foundation Governor

Rev Claire Allwood

SIAMS

None

I am vicar of St Mark’s Church and have also been fortunate to have a family connection with the school. I am passionate about enabling the children to engage with the treasures of the Christian faith and traditions and about supporting the well-being of the whole school community

Term of office

17/01/2022 to 16/01/2026

Foundation Governor

Hester Gudmunsen

SIAMS

None

 

I am very pleased to be appointed as a new governor at St Marks. I have two girls who currently attend the school and am part of the St Mark’s Church community. My background is in strategic planning, performance and marketing and I look forward to bringing my professional skills and knowledge to the role. I’m passionate about supporting this great school to continue to raise standards of achievement and develop well rounded children that are able to reach their full potential. 

Term of Office 21/3/2022

to

20/3/2026

Headteacher Governor

Simon Bird

SIAMS

None

I 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.

Term of office from 1/1/18

Staff Governor

Natasha Saville-Smith

Behaviour, Attitudes & Personal Development

None

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.

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

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 reaching their full potential. 

Co -opted Governor

Sarah Russell

Quality of Education

None

I 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.

Term of office 1/2/15 to 01/02/2023

Vice Chair 

James Gambrill

Leadership & Management

None

I 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.

Co-opted Governors

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

Finance & Premises

None

Co -opted Governor

Marsha Ejiofor

Quality of Education

None

 

Term of office 17/5/21 to 326/5/25

Behaviour, Attitudes & Personal Development

None

Parent Governor

Jamie Johnson

Behaviour, Attitudes & Personal Development

None

My 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 9! I have two other sons: Charlie who is in year 6 and Joey in year 3! 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

Term of office 15/10/12 to 6/12/2024

 

Parent Governor

Lynne Doran

Quality of Education

None

I 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.

Term of office 26/3/17 to 24/3/25

Finance & Premises

None

Clerk to the Governors

Claire Chapman

 

None

I have worked at the school for 10 years and my two children went to school here.