Our school governors are :
Jane Burnett – Chair of Governors
Ian Bryan – Vice-Chair of Governors
Alan Lloyd-Smith – Foundation Governor
Martin Harper – Foundation Governor
Kate Sims – Foundation Governor
Peter Mayers – Co-opted Governor
Greg Russell – Co-opted Governor
Jane Nash – Staff Governor
Emma Hogg – Staff Governor
Marie-Claire Erith – Parent Governor
TBC – Clerk to Governors
Minutes of Federation Governing Body Meetings:
Presentations to Federation Governing Body
Jane Burnett MA : Chair of Governors
A geography graduate and a trained teacher/school counsellor from Durham University, Jane spent 25 years working across the country in the teaching profession, culminating in headship. Jane achieved an MA in Education Leadership in the mid-1980s. Following headship Jane set up her own education consultancy and worked freelance in schools, specialising in leadership development and school improvement until she chose to semi-retire in 2016 , choosing to continue to work on small projects of interest to her. She was an accredited performance management consultant, leadership coach and trained as an Ofsted Inspector.
Over the years Jane has worked for many different organisations including the DfE, NCSL, LSC and several independent school associations. Jane currently practices as an Executive Leadership Coach for a number of private clients on a regular basis. Jane has a number of volunteer roles including a school governor in Kent and membership of the Independent Monitoring Board of East Sutton Women’s Prison.
In her spare time Jane and her husband farm a small herd of alpacas on the Kent/Sussex border. The reason Jane is a governor is her strong interest in education and her desire to continue to support local schools in offering her skills and experience to help them to flourish.
Ian Bryan is a recently appointed Governor, having previously been a Governor at Rye College. Born in Sussex, he has lived in Peasmarsh for the past four years. A graduate of the Open University and Post Graduate of Birkbeck College, he started his working life in the Education Department of West Sussex County Council before moving to become, for the next 21 years, an Official of the House of Commons as a Member of the Clerk of the House Department. Leaving to join the UK water sector, he set up and was CEO to both its national training organisation and an awarding body for vocational qualifications.
Having had the opportunity to travel widely in his career and since retirement, Ian fully understands how a good grounding in education is necessary for children to succeed in life and hopes to contribute to that end for the Beckley and Peasmarsh schools.
Alan Lloyd-Smith : Foundation Governor
Alan Lloyd-Smith is a recently appointed Foundation Governor to the school having previously been a Governor at Wittersham Primary School and at Rye College. Alan was born in Sussex and has lived in Wittersham for over 30 years and has a developed interest in education and community issues. He has been a General Practitioner in Tenterden for 36 years (retiring from practice in 2014) and he hopes this background may give him some understanding of the needs of a rural community such as Beckley. He has three adult children and five grandchildren living locally. He would like to do his best to ensure that Beckley is a successful and happy school.
Father Martin Harper : Foundation Governor
Father Martin was inducted as Rector of Brede and Udimore in July 2008. His initial career was as a Quantity Surveyor and, during this time, he was ordained as a Deacon in 1985 and a Priest in 1986. He qualified and went into teaching from 1995 until 2008.
Martin is a member of the Scout Fellowship and also serves on the Board of the Fellowship of St Nicholas. He has also recently been made a Director of the Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust.
Kate has lived in Rye for the past 16 years having spent most of her career in senior roles in global banking and reinsurance in London, as well as spells in South Africa and Australia. She is currently a Director of the Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust and a member of the Chichester Diocesan Synod and has previously been a member of the Chichester Diocesan Board of Finance. Kate worships locally and has links to a school in Uganda. She is a founding trustee of the Rye Community Shop, which she recently helped to set up as a local charity, serving Rye and District. After years as Head of Futures and Cost Control at an international bank, she studied for a Diploma in Landscape & Amenity Horticulture and has a RHS certificate in Planting and Garden Design. Following retirement from the city, she pursued her love of gardening by working for some time for Christopher Lloyd at Great Dixter.
Peter has lived in Beckley for the past 6 years and has two children at Beckley School. He works as project manager for a company based near Ashford, Kent servicing a range of sectors from agriculture to utilities.
Having previously served as a parent governor at Beckley School since 2013, he is keen to see balance between the long term sustainability of our rural schools and the preservation of their unique characters, whilst achieving the best possible outcomes for all children.
Greg has lived in Playden for the past 5 years since retiring from a career in health and social care. He has a strong interest in local education, having an eight year old daughter, and is keen to see a sustainable future for rural primary schools in local communities. Greg was a parent governor at St Michaels Primary School, Playden and is currently the community representative on the schools Interim Executive Board.
Jane Nash : Staff Governor
Jane has been teaching for more years than she cares to remember! Graduating from university with a Degree in Education, majoring in Maths and Art, Jane has taught across the whole of the primary age range 4-11 years.
Jane enjoys working with children and in her ‘spare’ time runs a cub pack and trains both adults and children in kayaking and canoeing!
Year 5/6 Teacher at Peasmarsh School and SENCo
I have been a parent at Beckley School for 9 years and currently have children in year 2 and 5. I am interested in securing the future of both schools and improving their links with the community. I strongly believe in the value of small rural schools.
Viv Davies : Clerk to Governors
I have been a Clerk to Governors for a number of schools in East Sussex for the past six years. I was previously the Clerk to Governors at Peasmarsh.