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Meet the Governors

 

Chair of Governors

Diana Holmes:  Co-opted Governor

Appointed by the Governing Body

Term of Office: 4 years to November 2024

Head Teacher Performance Management Panel

Looked After Children Governor

Equality & Community Cohesion Governor

I have been a parent at The Meads since we moved to East Grinstead in 2006. We were immediately struck by the warmth, enthusiasm and commitment of the staff and school community. As a governor, I am pleased to be able to support the school to provide a high quality, wide ranging education and school experience to enable all children to reach their full potential.

 

I have worked as a PA in Human Resources in local authority, and leisure, retail and construction sectors. I have also trained and taught as a registered Royal Academy of Dance ballet teacher. In recent years my organisational skills have been used to raise a large family and to facilitate the home education of one of our children. This has certainly developed my interest to learn more about education and I have enjoyed the opportunities and experience I have gained as a governor. As Chair of Governors, I look forward to working with the Head Teacher and staff to support the school and to deliver the very best for all our children.

Vice Chair of Governors

Lisa Newhouse: Parent Governor

Elected by Parents at the School

Term of Office: 4 years to February 2023

Engagement Governor

Governor for Disadvantaged Pupils

I have two children at the Meads and have been a Meads parent since 2015.  I have always been impressed by the commitment staff show to the children and the inclusive, happy environment they learn in.

I currently work in general management for a leading pregnancy charity. My role finds me involved in numerous aspects of the charity day-to-day, but my particular focus is digital marketing and leading awareness campaigns.

I’m delighted to be a Parent Governor and look forward to contributing towards the continual success of our excellent school.

 Susan Smith: Co-opted Governor  

Appointed by the Governing Body 

Term of Office: 4 years to Jan 2023 

Mental Health & Wellbeing Governor

Pay Committee 

All four of our children attended The Meads and have happy memories of their time at the school.  I joined the Governing Body in 2005 and thoroughly enjoy working with the Head Teacher and her staff who are committed to giving a good quality education and school experience to every child, whilst keeping up with the rapid changes in our education system. I continue to learn as a governor and enjoy the challenge and the opportunity to give support to the school.

Deborah Matthews: Co-opted Governor

Appointed by the Governing Body

Term of Office: 4 years to Jan 2023

Inclusion/SEND Governor

I have had a long connection with the school – my two grown up children attended the Meads and I was a midday meals supervisor for many years.

I am a Lay Minister in the Church of England working at St Swithun’s church with special responsibilities for children and young people. I am the link between the church and the school and visit the Meads to lead assemblies. I enjoy welcoming the school and parents to the church to celebrate Harvest and Christmas.

My role as a Community Governor has broadened my understanding of the work of the Head Teacher and staff at school and made me more aware of the challenges they face. I always enjoy visiting as a Governor to see the school ‘in action’ and continue to offer my support whenever I can.

Ms Jane Oxlade:  Local Authority Governor 

Nominated by the LA.

Term of Office: 4 years to March 2024

Co-Finance Governor

Chair of Pay Committee

Head Teacher Performance Management Panel

Co-Safeguarding Governor

For the last 10 years I have worked in schools in Surrey and Sussex as a Business Manager in both the primary, junior and secondary sector.

I have always been interested in schools finance and developing schools to develop to their full potential both in operating on a day to day basis and developing their facilities to maximise the teaching and learning experience of the whole school community.  I have both financial and legal experience which has enabled me to undertake a pro-active and hands-on role within schools.

My interests outside of the school environment include  volunteering roles with Standen a local National Trust Arts and Craft property where I am a tour guide  and assist in the busy visitor ticket office.

I am a member of a local Health Club where I participate in a variety of fitness classes. I also enjoy walking and playing Tennis and Racketball at East Grinstead Tennis Squash and Racketball Club. When time allows I like gardening and pottering in my greenhouse.

This will be my first role as a Local Authority elected school governor and I am excited and keen to make a positive contribution to the whole school community and give pupils the best possible learning environment in which to fulfil their potential in a relaxed and friendly learning environment.

Paul Barker:  Parent Governor

Elected by Parents at the School

Term of Office: 4 years to December 2022

Member of Pay Committee

School Reopening and Recovery Governor

 

My son joined The Meads in 2018, three years after my daughter, and I wanted to put myself forward for the board of governors to gain a greater understanding of how the school works and the challenges it faces, and to help push it forward for the benefit of all its children.

I’ve always been impressed with the way the school instils a sense of community and responsibility in its pupils, and the dedication and enthusiasm of its staff.

I have lived in East Grinstead since 2012, having grown up on the Sussex coast before moving to London. As a director of a small publishing company, I have faced and overcome a variety of challenges that I hope to learn from and use in my role as governor, and my role also gives me the flexibility to try and get as involved in school life as much as I, and my family, are able to. I believe I have the ability to see both sides of an issue and work hard to overcome problems, as well as an analytical mentality and willingness to ask questions.

   

Michelle Adkin: Co-opted Governor

Appointed by the Governing Body

Term of Office:  4 Years to Sept 2024

Data Protection Governor

Co-Finance Governor

Member of Pay Committee

I have been a resident of East Grinstead since 1999, and live very close to The Meads with my two children, husband and small but confident dog!

My eldest started at The Meads in 2019, and I was immediately taken with how supportive and encouraging the staff are. I am excited to have been appointed co-opted governor, as this will be my way of contributing to the ongoing success of our school.

 

I have a number of years’ experience working within finance, in a variety of roles of both a statutory and an analytical capacity,

and I look forward to using my skillset to benefit the school

Mrs Katarina Lawrence: Parent Governor

Elected by Parents at the School

Term of Office: 4 years to Nov 2024

Co-Health & Safety Governor

I have lived in East Grinstead since 2010 and married a local boy. We have two young children.

I am fluent in Czech and English and have years of experience as a nanny, and as a PA in a Japanese company.

I have organised and led many outings and summer camps in Czech forests. Children instinctively love contact with nature and do not notice that while having fun, they are learning things for their future in relation to natural history, sustainability and climate change.

I hope the experience I have gained throughout my life can help the school in reaching its goals.

                             

Mrs Ginnie Batten-Evatt

Elected by Parents at the School

Term of Office: 4 years to May 2025 

Co-Safeguarding Governor

Co-Health & Safety Governor                                                           

 

Miss Nicole Essex:  Head Teacher

Statutory Member of the Governing Body

 

Mrs Kate Bryant: Staff Governor

Elected by School Staff

Term of Office: 4 Years to Oct 2023

Administration of Medicines Governor

 
Mrs Helen Salter: Clerk to the Governors
 

 

Governing Body Details, Including Attendance for the Academic Year 2020-21

GOVERNING BODY OF The Meads Primary SchoolOur Governing Body consists of up to 11 members. There is one Committee, the Pay Committee 

Full name of Governor

Governor Category

Date of Current Appointment or Election

Term of office/Roles within GB

Attendance at full GB Meetings*

Committee Membership

Attendance at Committee Meetings*

Declarations on register of business & pecuniary interests/

governorships at other schools

Remarks

Diana Claire Holmes

Co-opted

(Chair of Governors)

24 November 2020 

4 years

Chair of Governors

12/12

 

 

-

None

Chair of Governors since 3/9/20. Stepped down as parent governor 24/11/20. Appointed by the governing body as a co-opted governor and continuing as Chair from that date.

Lisa Newhouse

Parent

(Vice Chair of Governors)

15 February 2019

4 years

Vice Chair of Governors

9/12

 

-

None

 

Vice Chair of Governors from 3/9/20

Nicole Marie Essex

 

Headteacher

n/a

n/a

Headteacher

12/12

n/a

-

None

 

Susan Katharine Smith

Co-opted

 

29 January 2019

4 years

 

9/12

Pay committee

1/1

Son in law is proprietor of a business that includes forest school activities.

 

Deborah Matthews

Co-opted

29 January 2019

4 years

12/12

 

 

-

None

 

Jane Ann Oxlade

Local Authority

(Chair of Pay Committee)

12 March 2020

4 years

Chair of Pay Committee

12/12

 

Pay Committee

1/1

 

 

 

None

 

Paul Barker

Parent

3 December 2018

4 years

10/12

Pay Committee

 

0/1

None

 

Kate Hannah BryantStaff15 October 20194 years11/12n/a-None 
Michelle AdkinCo-opted22 September 20204 years12/12Pay Committee from Sept 2021n/aNoneMember of Pay Committee from Sept 2021
Katarina LawrenceParent09 November 20204 years10/10 n/aNone 
Eileen Virginia (Ginnie) Batten EvattParent19 May 20214 years1/2 n/aNoneElected by parents 19/5/21

Gaelle Blake

Co-opted

7 November 2017

4 years (Resigned  24/11/20)

 

2/3 during time as governor

 

 Pay Committee

 

1/1

None

 

Stepped down as a governor 24/11/20. Appointed as an associate member of the Pay Committee 24/11/20

Full Name of Associate MemberCommittee Membership

Voting Rights

yes/no

Date of AppointmentTerm of Office/Role on ComitteeAttendance at Committee MeetingsAttendance at FGB MeetingsDeclarations on register of business & pecuniary interestsRemarks
Gaelle BlakePay CommitteeYes24/11/20204 years0/0 (attended meeting as governor - see above)3/5 during time as associate memberNoneResigned 23/3/21

 

*Attendance during previous academic year to 31/8/2021

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