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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

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   

 
 

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.

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.

 
                                       

Mr Matthew Hoyes

Elected by Parents at the School

Term of Office:  4 years to November 2026

I moved to East Grinstead in 2004 and both my boys attend The Meads. I have a background in aviation operations and I've been a volunteer youth worker in the town since 2005, as part of Jubilee Community Church, and from 2016-2022 worked full time as their children and youth leader. I enjoy being outdoors, adventuring in mud, and used to love playing rugby at EGRFC until my body let me know it was time to stop! I joined as a Parent Governor in November 2022 because, like all parents, I am passionate about contributing toward the vision of the school and helping where I can to improve the environment our children learn in.

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 2021-22

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

7/7

 

 

-

None

 

Lisa Newhouse

Parent

(Vice Chair of Governors until 16/5/22)

15 February 2019

4 years (resigned 16/5/22)

Vice Chair of Governors

5/5

 

-

None

 

Resigned 16/5/22

Nicole Marie Essex

 

Headteacher

n/a

n/a

Headteacher

7/7

n/a

-

 

 

Susan Katharine Smith

Co-opted

 

29 January 2019

4 years

 

5/7

Pay committee

2/2

Son in law is proprietor of a business (Polaris Outdoor) that includes forest school activities.

Term of office expired 28/1/23

Deborah Matthews

Co-opted

29 January 2019

4 years

7/7

 

 

-

None

Term of office expired 28/1/23

Jane Ann Oxlade

Local Authority

(Chair of Pay Committee)

12 March 2020

4 years

Chair of Pay Committee

6/7

 

Pay Committee

2/2

 

 

 

None

 

Paul Barker

Parent

3 December 2018

4 years (resigned 5/7/22)

5/6

Pay Committee

 

2/2

None

Resigned 5/7/22

Kate Hannah BryantStaff15 October 20194 years6/7n/a-None 
Michelle AdkinCo-opted22 September 20204 years6/7Pay Committee from Sept 20211/2None 
Katarina LawrenceParent09 November 20204 years5/7 n/aNone 
Eileen Virginia (Ginnie) Batten Evatt

Parent

(Vice Chair of Governors from 24/5/22)

19 May 2021

4 years

Vice Chair of Governors from 24/5/22

7/7Pay Committee from 30/11/21n/aNoneAppointed to Pay Committee by FGB on 30/11/21. Vice Chair from 24/5/22.
Hayley SpargoParent21 June 20224 years 1/1n/an/a 

Elected 21/6/22

Resigned 24/1/23

Matthew HoyesParent25 November 20224 yearsn/an/an/a Elected 25/11/22
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
         

 

*Attendance during previous academic year to 31/8/2022

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