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Governor Pen Portraits

Governor Pen Portraits

This page provides more information about who your governors are and why we have chosen to be governors.  If you are interested in knowing more about us, or about being a governor please contact us through the school office.
Catherine Cottingham

I am the Executive Headteacher of Herstmonceux School and probably have one of the best jobs in the world.  It is a joy to work with the children at our school, they make me smile every day, and working in a school there is always something new to learn.  I have been a governor at three different schools and fully appreciate the commitment and hard work that governors put in to their role.  Governors from different backgrounds and different experiences enrich the leadership of our school.

Karen Bye

I am employed by East Sussex County Council, as an Advisory Headteacher, working with the improvement team. My role has included School Improvement Partner work, Advisory work, Governor Services work and Executive Headship.  I have also undertaken work for Ofsted as an Additional Ofsted inspector. When not at work, I enjoy family time with my grandchildren and socialising with friends.  I am passionate about providing the best outcomes for pupils so that all can achieve their full potential. I have been a governor since 2000 and am an experienced Chair and Vice Chair of Governors.  I am delighted to be appointed Chair of Herstmonceux CE Primary School to work with pupils, staff, parents and governors.


Tim Roberts

I am a foundation governor and my appointment took effect on 1st February 2012. I am a practising solicitor and have worked for a local law firm for the last 36 years. I have lived in East Sussex for almost all of my life, moving to this particular area in 2010. As a Foundation governor, I firmly believe that Christian values have a great part to play in education and I will aim to ensure that they inform the strategic direction taken by the governors of the school. I hope my professional skills will prove helpful to my fellow Governors as we face a time of great change in the world of education.

Kellie Russell

I have been a staff governor at Herstmonceux for several years now. I am the Head of School and SENCo. I have several other roles within the school including assessment leader and educational visit co-ordinator. My role as staff governor helps to ensure that staff's views and opinions are represented at governing body meetings. I am a governor because I am passionate about our school and I believe that the whole school community needs to work together to ensure that it is a fantastic learning environment for all its members. I have been privileged to be a part of this school community for the last eleven years and I am very proud of the education and opportunities the children experience whilst they are with us.

Lisa Phillips

I am a new parent governor who joined the board in May 2016. I have a 6 year old son, in year 1 and am keen to help ensure standards on the governing board and within the school are maintained, and developed even further.  I am a business development manager for a local company and have lived in the village for nearly 3 years now. I have a particular interest in Special Educational Needs and am passionate about ensuring children, and their families, are able to access the support they need to help them thrive and progress.

Jenny Alder
I became the community governor for the school in October 2016.  I am retired with 2 grown up sons and 2 granddaughters and when not involved with my family I am actively involved with the windmill at Windmill Hill as a Friend, Guide Co-ordinator and Marketing.  I have also been an elected Parish Councillor since May 2014 where I am involved with planning, highways, communication and the Neighbourhood Plan.  I have just put myself forward to be a local representative on the Police Panel for the area.  I look forward to working with and helping the school, where I am able, with involvement in the community.

Karen Fletcher-Wright
I have been appointed as a Local Authority Governor and was delighted when they asked me to serve on the Herstmonceux C of E Primary School Governing Body.  I have a background in education and children's services, especially children with special educational needs and disabilities, and I have worked for a number of different local authorities rising to assistant director.  I am now semi retired although I do still work part time as a consultant advising local authorities.  I enjoy running, playing tennis and reading with my book club.  I'm committed to improving outcomes for all children but especially those who are vulnerable or have special needs.

Anthony Cooper
I have recently become a co-opted governor at this lovely village school.  I moved to Windmill Hill in 2015 and felt I wanted to do something useful with my spare time.  Although retired, I have children of my own and grandchildren of varying ages.  In the past I have been involved in the Scouting Movement including my last role as Group Scout Leader and was Vice Chairman for a parish council.  I was also a governor of a large primary school in Kent for a number of years which I found challenging and very rewarding.  I hope with the experience and involvement I have had with young people I will be able to support the leaders, staff and of course the children in whatever way I can. I am looking forward to working with them.

Christine Taylor
I am happy to have been appointed as a foundation governor and joined in January 2017.  I have two grown up daughters and two young grandchildren.  Having had a career in both International Banking, and Publishing, I have recently taken early retirement and now enjoy volunteer work.  I am in Herstmonceux CE Primary School once a week helping in the classroom.  In addition I also volunteer in the Special Care Baby Units at two local hospitals.  I am currently a treasurer for my church Womens Fellowship group and have previously been a school governor at a church primary school in West Sussex.  I look forward to working with the rest of the governing body to help the school in whichever way I can.

Rory Abbott
I have recently been co-opted onto the School’s Board of Governors and am looking forward to the challenges the role will no doubt bring.  I am employed as an Area Manager by a local young people’s charity that supports 16-24 year olds and have worked in both primary and secondary school settings in the past.  I have a son in Year 1 and have lived in the village for the last two years so have strong links to the area too.  When I’m not working I enjoy reading and spending time with my excellent family.  I look forward to working with the rest of the Board, the staff and the brilliant children at the School.