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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors' section.

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Attendance for your information.

Minutes of the Full Governing Body, Teaching and Learning Team and Resources Team Meetings can be requested through an email request to the school office.

 

Tom Carney: Co-opted Governor - Chair of Governors

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Tom Carney: Co-opted Governor - Chair of Governors

Governor Since: February 2013 

Term of Office: 10/09/2021

Responsibilities: Member of the Teaching & Learning Team, Strategy Team, Pay Team, Headteacher Appraisal Team and currently Governor linked to English.

Background Information:

I am a professional communications and marketing expert with experience in private and public sectors, currently working in central government. I've lived in Aldington with my wife for five years and both of our children were born here.

My eldest child started in Panda Class in September 2012 and I'm happy with my experiences of the school. I want to be able to help shape the school's development to ensure it continues to help children fulfil their potential and learn in a positive, supportive and creative environment. I will contribute to the Governing Body's strategic function, supporting the delivery of the school's long term plans and helping to maintain the reputation that has taken time to build and of which it is rightly proud.

Dr Lynne Graham-Matheson: Co-opted Governor - Vice Chair of Governors

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Dr Lynne Graham-Matheson: Co-opted Governor - Vice Chair of Governors 

Governor Since: 6/7/2016

Term of Office: 5/7/2020

Responsibility: Member of the Teaching & Learning Team, Strategy Team, Pupil Progress Team, Headteacher Appriasal Team and currently Governor linked to Inclusion and Curriculum Development.

Background Information: 

I am originally from London but have lived in Ashford for over 30 years. I have two grown up daughters.

I started my career in human resource management then began teaching when my children were young. I have taught psychology, social sciences and management in Kent and at the Open University. After completing my PhD looking at mature students in higher education I joined the Faculty of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University in 2003, working in research and knowledge exchange.

I am very pleased to join the governing body of Aldington Primary School, the third school I have been a governor of. I believe education is very important for everyone and although my professional interests tend to focus on adult learners and training and development, I see excellent primary education as crucial to giving all children a good start in life. 

 

Tim Hughes: Local Authority Governor

Tim Hughes: Local Authority Governor

Governor Since: 

Term of Office: 

Responsibilities: Member of the Teaching & Learning Team and currently Governor linked to English.

Background Information: 

 

Keith Bowley:  Foundation Governor

 

Keith Bowley:  Co-opted Governor

Appointed: 05/07/2017

Term of Office: 10/09/2021

Responsibilities:  Member of the Resources Team, Pupil Progress Team and currently Governor linked to Maths, Health & Safety and Training & Development.  

Background Information:

Born in West London I moved to Kent more than 40 years ago having lived mainly in Hythe and Brabourne Lees. Until my retirement I had worked for Saga Group as an Operations and Administration Manager for 25 years and for the last 5 years worked on the Roger De Haan Charitable trust as the link person between schools and sports organisations in the Shepway area. This led me nicely into education where for 15 years I worked at a local secondary school working primarily with disadvantaged children.

The chance to share my knowledge and experience as a governor at a local school and to once again to be involved with teachers and children was an opportunity I could not miss and look forward to helping the school and its children grow and develop in every way.

Dave McQuillan: Foundation Governor

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Dave McQuillan: Foundation Governor

Governor Since: 14/03/2018

Term of Office: 13/03/2022

Responsibilities: Member of the Resources Team and currently Governor linked to Arts, Geography/History and Safeguarding & Child Protection.

Background Information: 

I grew up in Aldington and returned to the village with my wife and family ten years ago.  My three children all attended the school and I have been a governor for five years. I work as a Paramedic practitioner for South East Coast Ambulance service; this has always allowed me flexibility to spend time at the school. I believe a successful local school is vital for a strong village community and in my co-opted role hope to further support the school in its continued development. 

Emma Owen - Parent Governor

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Emma Owen - Parent Governor

Governor Since: 08/11/2017

Term of Office: 07/11/2021

Responsibilities:  Member of the Resources Team and Pupil Progress Team and currently governor linked to PE.

Background Information:

The school is close to my heart and I am pleased to be supporting it by being a Parent Governor. Not only did I attend Aldington Primary but so have five generations of my family, as well as both of my children currently. I live in Aldington and am part of the community. I believe my knowledge of the local area will benefit the governing body, as well as my knowledge of strategic plans and policy implementation, through experience working within the NHS, local government and education sector. I can also be a voice for all pupils and parents.

George Russell: Parent Governor

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George Russell: Parent Governor

Governor Since: 12/01/2015

Term of Office: 11/01/2019

Responsibilities: Member of Resources Team, Pay Team and currently Governor linked to Computing, Modern Language and Finance Monitoring.

Background Information: 

I moved to Kent from London with my wife around 10 years ago.  I have worked for Eurostar for around 20 years and spend most of my working days between London, Paris and Brussels.  I speak French and Dutch.

My daughter started in Panda Class in September 2014.  I am delighted with my experience of the school so far.  As a Farmer's son, I love the school's rural location and the unique outdoor learning opportunities that it offers.

Phil Cocks: Co-opted Governor

Phil Cocks: Co-opted Governor

Governor Since: 

Term of Office: 

Responsibility: Member of the Resources Team and currently Governor linked to Maths, Science and Health & Safety.

Background Information: 

 

Ben Dawson: Co-opted Governor

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Ben Dawson: Co-opted Governor

Governor Since: 01/10/2014

Term of Office: 30/09/2018

Responsibilities: Member of the Teaching and Learning Team, Resources Team and Pupil Progress Team.

Background Information: 

I grew up in Smeeth and have lived fairly locally all my life with the exception of heading to Bath for University. Since becoming a teacher I have taught in a variety of places in Bath, Canterbury and Ashford. All these schools helped me to develop as a teacher, learn new skills and progress my career. Moving to Aldington as Deputy has opened many new opportunities. I hope to contribute to the success and reputation of Aldington through my teaching, deputy and governor roles.

Rebecca Widdop:  Co-opted Governor

 

Rebecca Widdop:  Co-opted Governor

Appointed: 

Term of Office: 1

Responsibilities:  Member of the Teaching & Learning Team, Pupil Progress Team and currently Governor linked to Inclusion, Early Years and Outdoor Learning.  

Background Information:

Claire Gates: Staff Governor

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Claire Gates:  Staff Governor

Appointed: 01.09.2017

Responsibilities: Member of Resources Team.

Background Information:

 

Sandra MacCourt: Staff Governor

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Sandra MacCourt: Staff Governor

Governor Since: 01/04/2005

Term of Office: Ongoing

Responsibilities: Member of the Teaching and Learning Team, Resources Team, Pupil Progress Group and Strategy Team.

 

Jerry Newson:  Associate Governor

 

Jerry Newson:  Associate Governor

Appointed: 

Term of Office: 

Responsibilities:  Member of theTeaching & Learning Team and currently Governor linked to Early Years and RE/PSHE.  

Background Information:

Jean Grieb: Clerk to the Governors

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Jean Grieb - Clerk to the Governors

Appointed: March 2016

Responsibilities: Advisory Clerk.

Background Information: 

I joined the Governing Body in March of this year, bringing with me experience of clerking for five schools over a substantial period of time.  Most of my career has been in primary education working in office and financial management.  Apart from this  school I clerk for another primary school in Folkestone. 

 

I am privileged to be part of this school and working with the Governing Body Team.

 

Governor Record of Attendance

Have Served on the Governing Body in the Last Twelve Months:  Chris Gadsby, Jan Wirrmann

 

 

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