Our  school governors are :

Summary of Constitution
Position Name
Chair of Governors Rose Durban
Vice Chair of Governors


Name Post Appointed Expiry
Andrew Button Co-opted Governor 27/09/2018 26/09/2022
Rhiannon Chillingworth Parent Governor 27/09/2018 26/09/2022
Rose Durban Co-opted Governor 1/09/2021 31/08/2025
Revd Dr Owen Edwards Foundation Ex-Officio Governor 26/4/2021 25/04/2025
Marian Ham Foundation Governor 11/07/2019 10/07/2023
Emma Herbert Staff Governor 27/09/2018 26/09/2022
Chrissie Johnston Parent Governor 16/07/2020 15/07/2024
Ann-Marie Murphy Local Authority Governor 24/09/2021 23/09/2025
Deborah Ongley Associate Governor 11/07/2019 10/07/2023
Lison Smart Headteacher – Peasmarsh 18/09/2018 17/09/2022
Simon Thurston Headteacher – Beckley 18/09/2018 17/09/2022
Vanessa Tomlinson Local Authority Governor 26/11/2020 25/11/2024
Paul Redstone Associate Governor 26/11/2020 25/11/2024
Revd Teresa Munro Foundation Governor 19/04/2021 18/04/2025
Robin Redsull Associate Governor 29/04/2021 28/04/2025

Governors Roles and Responsibilities 2020 to 2021

Sept 2020 Governor Declaration of Interests

Governor Attendance – 2019-20

Genesis Governors’ Code of Conduct

Minutes of Federation Governing Body Meetings 2019-20:

26th November 2020 Minutes of the virtual Genesis Federation Full Governing Body meeting

24th September 2020 – Minutes of the Virtual Genesis Federation Extraordinary Full Governing Body Meeting

16th July 2020 – Minutes of the Virtual Genesis Federation Full Governing Body Meeting

29th April 2020 – Minutes of the Virtual Genesis Federation Full Governing Body Meeting

28th November 2019 – Minutes of the Genesis Federation Full Governing Body Meeting

19th Sept 2019 – Minutes of the Genesis Federation Full Governing Body Extraordinary Meeting

11th July 2019 – Minutes of the Genesis Federation Full Governing Body Meeting

4th April 2019 – Minutes of the Genesis Federation Full Governing Body Meeting

24th January 2019 – Minutes of Beckley and Peasmarsh Full Governing Body Meeting

Rose Durban :  Chair of Governors

Rose lives locally and wants to contribute to making a difference locally and can’t think of a better way than to help contribute to changing children’s learning and life-chances across Beckley CE and Peasmarsh CE Primary Schools, which together make up The Genesis Federation.  She comes with experience of working on behalf of vulnerable children within and across the education, health and voluntary sectors which complements the wealth of skills, expertise and support other governors bring.  Our job is to champion children’s learning and achievement in each of our schools.

In her experience, what children and families say they need is simple and powerful:

I tell my story once

Support and services join up around me

People do what they say

I feel better, safer and able to learn and achieve

Rose believes that every child in each of our two schools, Beckley and Peasmarsh has the right to be safe and cared for, succeed in learning, thrive and mature into adulthood, able to contribute to the economy and their community in a positive way. Rose is just starting to get to know the Genesis community but even in a very short time she’s been hugely impressed when she met with the headteachers and some of their staff to see and hear their passion and commitment to make this a daily reality for children.

What matters to her is to think big for children, believe in them, and work together so that their rights are realised, their views shape decisions made about their lives and they respect the rights of others.  Together, as a governing body, we can make an important contribution to helping our school leaders ensure children are learning and achieving well, positive about themselves and their community and looking forward to a bright future.

Rose is pleased and proud to be chair of our Governing Body. Please do get in touch via either of the schools if you want to contact her.

Vanessa Tomlinson: Local Authority Governor

Vanessa has spent 30 years working in Primary schools and another 14 years in Teacher Training, retiring at the end of August 2020. Her career has spanned the roles of Class Teacher, Headteacher, Ofsted Inspector and PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) and SDS (Schools Direct Salaried) Tutor and Lecturer and she therefore has a diverse view of how the education system works and evolves.
Throughout these years Vanessa has been passionate about providing Primary school children with high quality and enjoyable education, to enable them to develop and flourish throughout their time in school and on into their adult life.
Vanessa moved to Robertsbridge 16 years ago and loves being in, and surrounded by, the beautiful East Sussex countryside. Walking and visiting places of interest with her husband or friends has become a major part of her leisure time, but now, having retired from the commute to London, Vanessa is hoping to extend her pastimes and give time to her passion for education by supporting the Governing Body of The Genesis Federation.

 Revd Dr Owen Edwards:  Ex-Officio Foundation Governor


Paul Redstone: Associate  Governor

Paul Redstone was appointed as an Associate Member in December 2020 and has lived in Cripps Corner since 1990. He graduated in Natural Sciences/Physics at Cambridge then worked at Logica, a computer software company. In 1989 he become co-owner of a pharmaceutical services company based in Battle which analysed clinical trials, working for most of the major drug companies.  The company grew to nearly 100 staff then merged with a US company. In 1997 he started a software company based in Bodiam then Tonbridge, which he sold in 2011, since when he has worked as a freelance computer consultant before retiring. Paul is a county councillor for Northern Rother, which includes Beckley.

Paul was a governor of Vinehall School for 13 years until 2019, concentrating on financial planning, strategy and key staff appointments. He was educated in the state system and with his mother, wife and two of his children as teachers has a long interest in education!  He believes strongly in the ability of education to give opportunities to all children to achieve their maximum potential, not only academically but in the life skills necessary to become fulfilled in this changing world. He is also involved in a number of local and national charities.

Ann-Marie Murphy: Local Authority Governor   

Teresa Munro: Foundation Governor





Marian Ham : Foundation Governor

Marian has taught in Church Primary Schools for over 40 years, in Surrey, Kent and East Sussex, and was the Head teacher of Sedlescombe CE Primary School for 25 years, until 2016 when she semi-retired.   Marian is passionate about all children enjoying a creative curriculum, through an exciting broad and balanced curriculum, which places importance on outdoor learning, the arts, music and drama.

As a Foundation Governor with the Genesis Federation she is focused on supporting, and further developing, the Christian Life of the Schools, which she believes is very important to the whole school community.  Marian currently teaches music in two Primary Schools, part-time, as well as working with Church Primary Schools as a Diocesan Effectiveness Partner for the Diocese of Chichester.

Andrew Button: Co-Opted Governor

Andrew Button is a qualified Actuary and a member of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. He has recently semi retired from his role as CEO of an insurance company, after working in the insurance and banking industries for more than 35 years.  Andrew has lived locally for 9 years and has 2 adult children and 3 adult step-children.  He was previously a parent governor at his childrens’ primary school in Brabourne.  Andrew hopes that he can use the skills and knowledge gained over many years to help to support the Federation.


Simon Thurston: Headteacher – Beckley

Simon has been teaching in 1987, initially in secondary schools, with the last seven being in primary schools.  He has taught all ages, from 4 – 18 and says that the 4 year olds are the most scary! Simon is passionate about supporting the pupils, parents and staff in his school to thrive, flourish and excel in every aspect of life and sees the school as playing a key role within the local community.

Out of school, Simon and his wife are very involved in a local church and in any other time left over, he is busy either playing the drums, watching rugby, going for walks and enjoying meals with his family.

Lison Smart: Headteacher – Peasmarsh

Lison really enjoys working at Peasmarsh School because every day is different and exciting. The children make her laugh and she likes to hear the stories that they tell her. When she is not at school, Lison likes to spend time with her family and two little dogs. She loves reading all sorts of books and finding out about the world.

Emma Herbert: Staff Governor

Emma has been working at Peasmarsh school since April 2010 and has been a teacher for 9 years.  She has experience of teaching year 1-6.  In September 2015, she started her qualification to become the SENCO at Peasmarsh which she finished in August 2016.

Rhiannon Chillingworth: Parent Governor

Rhiannon serves as a Parent Governor in the federation. She has been a teacher for 11 years and is    currently Head of English at Rye College. Rhiannon has a passion for the creative and performing arts and believes they play an integral role in the academic, emotional and social development of a child. She is also an advocate for reading for pleasure and the promotion of this in schools.


Chrissie Johnston: Parent Governor

Chrissie has two children who attend Beckley School.  A former Management Consultant, specialising in Financial Services companies, she had a special interest in using data to help her clients develop strategy. Since 2014, she has been on the Management Committee of the Peasmarsh Flying Start Pre-School, including serving as its Chair for a period.  She continues to be a Trustee of the charity.

As a parent, Chrissie loves to be outside with her children and is passionate about the benefits of outdoor learning. She holds a degree in Experimental Psychology and continues to be fascinated by how children learn.

Deborah Ongley: Associate Governor 

Deborah has lived in Beckley for 40 years and has two children – both at Beckley School. She also attended the school and has very happy memories. She runs a small cleaning company based in Beckley.

In November 2018 Deborah stepped down as the Vice Chair of Beckley Parish Council, she served seven and a half years.  Her passion for the village shows in her commitments to various village organisations.

By being involved with Beckley and Peasmarsh schools it would be in her interest to help achieving the best future for our children in these rural communities.

Robin Redsull: Associate Governor





Clerk to Governors: Vacancy